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Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 7 Paperback – September 19, 2017
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About the Author
Inio Asano, a bona fide earthling, was born in Ibaraki, Japan, in 1980. In 2001, his short story "Uchu kara Konnichiwa" (Hello from Outer Space) won the first Sunday GX Rookie Prize. Later, GX published his series Subarashi Sekai, available in English from VIZ Media as What a Wonderful World! His other works include Hikari no Machi (City of Light), Nijigahara Holograph and Umibe no Onna no Ko (A Girl on the Shore), as well as solanin, also available from VIZ Media.
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The ending of this series is fairly long.... I would say it lasted the entire second half of this volume. It isn't all happy joyful but it isn't all dark and depressed either. I guess that's just part of life. Overall, I think it brings enough closure to all these characters... However, there are couple of plot points that I could never understand...
I never understand is why the characters change are so sudden in the final arc. I never understand why Punpun/Aiko chose to run instead of just tell the truth.... it was very clear they could argue 'Self Defense'..... the physical evidence is on Aiko's body, Punpun barely just met Aiko so he couldn't have inflicted those wounds.... there's clear evidence that the mom was abusive and unstable.......Japan isn't a huge country, where could they possibly run to and not get caught? Okay well, I guess that's just a plot device to get them on the road, away from home...... but why did Punpun's attitude change so drastically for no apparent reason at all. He was finally able to reunion w/ his first love after so many years yearning for this chance....... why would he became so abusive to Aiko? I really hate to think that Aiko's suicide was directly caused by Punpun pushing her in a way for Aiko to realized there's no way out for both of them..... so she chose to sacrifice herself instead. Yea, I get that this is just a story, a manga.... it's just sad to see the protagonist made so many horrible decisions without any rational explanation.
Finally, f'ck that 'Good Vibration' Cult, they are wasted of pages and are completely nonsensical. I couldn't believe one of the chapter was just the cult leader speaking to the camera.....
Overall, I still love this entire series a lot.... it shows the lost of innocent of regular kids growing into adulthood. It didn't shy away from some very sensitive topics.... and although I could seen how the ending will unfold itself but I still hope that these characters could find salvation from various trauma they've faced. The way this manga series was able to make readers care for these fictional characters is the reason why so many people loved & recommended this series.
I think one of the things that makes Goodnight Punpun interesting, to me, is that there are different ways of interpreting not only what's going on in the story's more surreal moments, but the ending as well.
Goodnight Punpun is a strange and complex story from the start to the end, and I like to think that this is a happy ending for our little bird-faced friend, even if he wouldn't see it that way.
However, the digital release of this last volume makes it hard to really enjoy this manga to the end.
Viz has done an excellent job releasing Punpun digitally since they released their first volume back in March 2016. This last volume though has a few glaring problems that make it hard to overlook.
First problem is that this volume was programed to be read from left to right which is a huge deal since manga is read normally from right to left.
Second problem that just kills me is that the double spread pages are ruined. I don't know if they forgot to add a page or what but the double spread pages are seperated from each other.
I have two examples attached to this review specifically showing how this programming error is shown.
First two pictures show how a double spread page is show in Volume 6 and the next four pictures show how a double spread page is show in Volume 7.
As you can see from the last two pictures, all the impact that comes from these double spread pages are diminished because they are not together.
I redownloaded this Volume again as of September 25th 2017 or almost a week after this volume came out and it still has the same problems with it.
Hope Viz can make an updated version of this specific Volume becasue it just ruins my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent release. This review is staying the same until then.