Oyasumi Punpun

Alt titles: Goodnight Punpun

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Wandering Son

Wandering Son

Shuichi Nitori is an elementary school boy with a secret: he wishes he were a girl and likes wearing their clothes. With the right outfit and his cute, effeminate looks, he is often able to convince people that he is someone else - or even something else. Unfortunately, although his best friend and object of affection, Takatsuki, accepts him as he is, she does not return Shuichi’s feelings. Moreover, school is an unforgiving place and Shuichi walks a fine line between liberating his true self and being labeled a freak by all his peers...

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both manga are about children growing into teenagers while dealing with issues like love, the onset of puberty, friendship and feeling disenfranchised or not being accepted for who you are. They're also very similar in that they feature a lot of characters, plotlines and angst. All this is told with an understated social-realist tone: there's not much in the way of melodrama or easy answers in either work.

I wholeheartedly encourage fans of either of these works to check out the other.

Baka and Gogh

Baka and Gogh
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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

It's hard to pin down, but I'd say Baka and Gogh and the beginning volumes of Oyasumi Punpun have a similar sort of... soul(?). Both are really great dramas, with a similar style of humor, and would probably appeal to the same audience.

20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys

The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Though not terribly similar plot-wise (20th Century Boys is an epic political thriller, whereas Oyasumi Punpun is about one guy growing up), they have their share of common elements. Both prominantly feature a bizarre suspicious cult (of Friendship or Good Vibrations), cover a fairly long timeline, and have similar elementary-school era arcs (in which a group of boys- and sometimes one girl, run around the city looking for porno magazines and breaking into abandoned "haunted" buildings, among other things).

At any rate, these are two of the best seinen manga available, so if you're into that demographic, I heartily encourage you to check both out.

Homunculus

Homunculus

Susamu Nakoshi, a man disillusioned with life, meets Manabu Ito, a young medical student bored with life. To relieve his boredom Ito offers Nakoshi 700,000 yen to undergo a trepanning to see if it will unlock his sixth sense, and Nakoshi eventually agrees. However, much to his dismay and chagrin it actually succeeds, and now Nakoshi must contend with seeing homunculi, the metaphysical and symbolic representations of a person's psychological disorder. He now helps people, usually against his own will and often theirs as well, with resolving their psychological problems.

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

If you liked the ennui, psychology, and type of character interaction in either of these seinen manga, you should check out the other. Both are fairly bleak, and occasionally depressing, but have similar atmospheres, and will probably appeal to the same audience.

Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa

Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa

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Joonasu Joonasu says...

Both are bleak but occasionally uplifting stories about aging, loss, regret, dreams, romance, those kinds of things. Kurosawa and Punpun are pretty cynical works with some humour thrown in. It would seem that they have similar morales too.