Goodnight Punpun Terrifies me

Key points for Goodnight Punpun discussion:

  • Goodnight Punpun delves deep into the repercussions of a twisted childhood on the adult psyche, illustrating how early experiences shape individuals into who they become.
  • Through its raw portrayal of human struggles and vulnerabilities, the manga evokes discomfort and fear by presenting scenarios that feel uncomfortably real, resonating with readers on a profound level.
  • The manga’s unsettling journey culminates in ironic twists, such as Aiko, who desired life, tragically ending her own, and Punpun, longing for disappearance, having his existence immortalized in a mangaβ€”leaving readers emotionally shaken and introspective.

I’ll have you know that I can sit through entire horror films without flinching. I can play games like Outlast without batting my eye and while things to do creep me out, very few things genuinely terrify me. And I do mean terrify as in make me question my whole life and give me an outright feeling of dread. There is a difference between being creeped out and being truly scared. But Goodnight Punpun truly terrifies me despite not being a horror manga.

Thankfully, I have been blessed with a very good family. Yes, we have our own issues to deal with, who doesn’t? But I truly do consider myself blessed when it comes to family. So I am not even close to the subject matter presented in Goodnight Punpun. But I’d argue that this manga manages to cut deep because of that. Yeah, I done goofed up and reread this manga and now I need an outlet. So let’s talk about it.

What makes Goodnight Punpun so damn Terrifying?

This manga shows how hard it is to maintain a normal life, and how a twisted childhood can produce twisted adults, as seen with Aiko and Punpun. Punpun is afraid to open up to people due to his past experiences.

We see Punpun, a fundamentally good but impressionable kid get twisted into an adult who is pretty much fine with murder. Aiko was the first person who truly accepted him and because of that, he puts her on a pedestal, Even going as far as to assume the worst in others because he doesn’t want to blame her or accept that she has flaws too. Both of Punpun’s conflicting goals of wanting a happy family and wanting to just disappear were formed because of her. At times, he didn’t even want the former, he wanted to be killed by Aiko to achieve the latter.

I am aware that this manga makes many people uncomfortable. And that is intentional. It is supposed to hit too close to home because everything depicted in Punpun or Aiko’s story can happen to anyone. I can’t recommend it to everyone, but read this manga if you have the heart for it. It is an assault on emotions. At times it is bloody and violent too. And as I said, it is terrifying. It feels uncomfortably real. Even if you have never experienced a distant family yourself, you will still find a part of yourself in Punpun.

That is all for now

How the manga ends is also quite ironic. Aiko who wanted to live, ends up taking her own life. But Punpun who just wanted to disappear has his life story immortalized in the form of a manga.

If you have a family member or someone you care about deeply, hug them, and cherish them, if they are going through something, help them to the best of your ability. That is all I have to say after reading this manga once again. Goodnight Punpun terrifies like no proper horror story has done before. I hate it but I still have to admit that it is a goddamn masterpiece because of the emotions it makes you feel. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

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