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Sumire♡16-sai!! (Manga)


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Synonyms: Sumire 16!!, Sumire Sixteen!!, Sumire Sixteen
Japanese: スミレ♡16歳!!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 52
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 2006 to 2007
Authors: Nagayoshi, Takeru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Magazine Special


Score: 8.271 (scored by 884 users)
Ranked: #4212
Popularity: #2232
Members: 2,039
Favorites: 61
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The manga chronicles the days of Sumire, a lively 16 years old girl. However, Sumire is not a common girl: she is a life-sized marionette, controlled by an old man in black clothes. Sumire seems unaware of her puppet nature, although the rest of the cast are very aware that she is a marionette, but they become more or less accustomed to her weird nature.

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Sequel: Sumire♡17-sai!!


Yotsuya, Sumire

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Feb 7, 2011
There really is no story, the art is nothing astounding, and the premise of the manga seems a little...creepy to say at the least. The execution however, is pure gold. From start to finish, I absolutely loved every moment. The ending catches you off guard since the series was abruptly cut short but the finale is absolutely stellar.

It pains me that I am a man of very little words but I really cannot recommend this enough. If you don't mind slice of life and love comedy, read this.

Right now.

No, really...

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Jun 24, 2011
In a line: excellent story, characters, comedy, enjoyment and overall, good art and subpar character development.

Story: Excellent

I think this might be one of the weirdest but yet most normal stories I've ever seen. A puppet girl and later on a puppet guy doing normal stuff, making friends and doing normal people stuff. It reeks of sheer creativity and originality, yet comprises of ordinary stuff, and that creates a unique story.

In short, this is about a puppet's high school life, mainly her first year, who is controlled by an old man (all hail the old man!!).

Art: Good
Details are there, sometimes the funny aspects of the manga read more
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Both series involve a girl who's unique, and where initially no one dares to go near. Later on, the girl begins to make more and more friends as people realise her good points instead of judging based on outward appearances and rumours.

Both are comedy, and have a main male character who "bring out the best in the girl". They also have a "from bottom of the class/grade to one of the top" part.

The difference lies in Sumire 16 having more unique circumstances and humour, since it's about a life-size marionette, while Yandere is about a "Yankee-dere".
With the romance aside, everything else seems to be highly same. Both take place in a school, hilarity often (if not always) ensues when the characters interact with one another and tinge of life lessons appear here and there. Both are a definite must-read for those who want to enjoy a hearty laugh while still retaining a sense of bitter yet sweet nostalgia of happy bygone days.

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