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This is Punpun Onodera’s coming-of-age story. His parents’ marriage is falling apart. His dad goes to jail, and his mom goes to the hospital. He has to live with his loser uncle. He has a crush on a girl who lives in a weird cult. Punpun tries talking with God about his problems, but God is a jerk. Punpun keeps hoping things will get better, but they really, really don’t.
Like most kids his age, Punpun is in high school.
In fact, he has made it into the best high school in town.
He is such a good student.
He studies so he doesn’t have to think about his life.
Maybe a meteor will crash into Earth and destroy everything.
A guy can wish, Punpun…
Inio Asano, a bona fide earthling, was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1980. In 2001 his short story "Uchuu kara Konnichiwa" (Hello from Outer Space) won the 1st Sunday GX rookie prize. Later GX published his series What a Wonderful World! (Subarashii Sekai). His other works include Hikari no Machi (City of Light), solanin (also published by VIZ Media) and Oyasumi Punpun.