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Book Title: Goodnight Punpun Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Inio Asano
ISBN 13: 9781421586205
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Reader ratings: 6.6
Edition: VIZ Media LLC
Date of issue: March 15th 2016
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I actually know little to nothing about manga, other than having read Ito's Uzumaki and a few issues of Akira back in the day. But just over a year ago I came across an online article proclaiming Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph one of the ten best graphic novels of 2014, comparing the sinister, dreamlike atmosphere to a David Lynch film. So of course I immediately bought and read it, and was totally enveloped the entire time. It wasn't just one of the best graphic novels I'd ever read, it was one of the best and most powerful pieces of storytelling I'd ever experienced, in any medium. I immediately snatched up everything else by Asano that was available in English (which wasn't much), and while I enjoyed them, mostly they were normal "slice of life," love and heartbreak-type stuff. Which is fine, but I really missed the weirdness of Nijigahara. Punpun seemed right up my alley, a mixture of "slice of life" and the bizarre, but it was still only available in Japanese. After searching for any online, fan-made translations to no avail, then (briefly) considering learning Japanese, I decided to wait til it was made available in English.
Now that it's here, I can say it was definitely worth the wait. The artwork is absolutely stunning, and while the story didn't grab me quite as much as Nijigahara, it was still pretty damn absorbing, and this is only the very beginning of an epic story spanning several years, tracing Punpun's life from an adolescent to an adult. This first volume follows Punpun's years in grade school (or the Japanese equivalent of it), dealing with his parents' divorce, succumbing to things like peer pressure and love, and dreaming of one day colonizing distant planets (as he thinks this will impress the new girl in town, whom he loves). He sees himself as an outsider, not really belonging anywhere, which I suppose is why he's drawn like a cartoonish bird while everyone and everything else is more lifelike.
But it's not just a coming of age story, as there are Murakami-esque moments where unreality and reality collide, such as when Punpun repeats a simple chant that his hip, slacker uncle taught him for when he needs God to show up and help. I won't tell you what God is like, but it's pretty hilarious and tripped-out. We also see that one of his buddies has an entirely different God that appears for him. And Punpun's thoughts and daydreams are pretty hallucinogenic as well.
Most importantly, Asano is a master at depicting the joys and triumphs, as well as the anxieties and tragedies, of growing up. He is able to make the simplest, most everyday accomplishments seem like a massive feat, which is of course true when you're 9 or 10, and it was true for me while reading. The weirdness that creeps in occasionally doesn't feel out of place at all in this otherwise pretty realistic (sometimes gut-wrenchingly realistic) story. It's a near-perfect marriage of "boy meets world"-type stories and otherworldly strangeness, and I'm already counting down the days until volume 2 becomes available.
Recommended to pretty much everybody who's looking for a moving, first-class coming of age story. As long as you don't mind a side of straight-up weird to go along with it.
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Read information about the authorInio Asano (浅野いにお Asano Inio, born September 22, 1980 in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. Asano created the acclaimed manga Solanin which was released as a feature film in Japan in April 2010, starring Aoi Miyazaki. He is known for his character driven, realist stories that range from slice of life stories to psychological horror. In 2001 he won the first prize in the GX competition for young manga artists.
The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper described him as "one of the voices of his generation."
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