Here's something unexpected. I picked up this manga today because I've heard about it from multiple sources. Oyasumi Punpun (Goodnight Punpun) starts out as a cute and funny story with a quirky looking main characters. At first the series seems like it'll be a gag story with the surreal imagery shown. In fact, it even looks like it'll be a kid's story because of the main character, but the story actually dives into some rather real issues. It's a coming of age story about a kid that learns soe of the harsh realities of real life. The story itself is filled with lots of symbolism and metaphors, but you don't need to read deep into the story to enjoy it. Despite the main character and his family being simplistic figures, the overall art style of the manga is really well done. Asano Inio is a really great artist, that can really go into detail and draw some nice panels in his comics.
As I said, it's a coming of age story. It goes into some rather depressing topics about human nature and such, and I feel it's something that some here can relate to in one way or another. I spent most of my day reading this, with breaks in between. I'm currently up to about chapter 45 as I type this, with a tab right next to blogger opened with my current page.
I'm definitely recommending this to anyone looking for a new manga to pick up. I have a hard time writing about stuff without spoiling it, and I feel my "review" doesn't really touch on what really makes the story feel good. I came for the cute Punpun humor and stood to see what becomes of poor little Punpun as the years pass.
~ Kirari ミ★