The manga chronicles the days of Sumire, a lively 16-year-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.
Sumire♡16-sai!! was previously serialized in Weekly Shounen Magazine until November 8, 2006 (2006-48) and was then moved to Magazine Special on December 20, 2006 (2007-01). A special chapter was published in Weekly Shounen Magazine issue 2007-19.
The series was adapted into a 12-episode TV Drama which aired from April 13, 2008 to June 29, 2008.
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.
In a line: excellent story, characters, comedy, enjoyment and overall, good art and subpar character development.
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!!).
Details are there, sometimes the funny aspects of the manga are also portrayed through the art. Nice art style, stable drawings (no issue of eyes too big/small or other features drawn wrongly).
Excellent cast. When the characters were introduced, their personalities and character traits were vividly shown and expressed, and were stable for most of the manga (one exception was the "bottom to top" chapter).
Character Development: Subpar
Unfortunately, to the end of the manga, if you ask me what have I known more about the MAIN characters (by this I exclude Sakura, the 2 teachers and Ageha) since they were introduced, I can largely tell you not much has changed. The manga seems to evolve more about events than the main characters' lives and the understanding of them.
One of the best unique comedy you can find in the market probably. The comedy style is excellent, with touching moments, and finally exciting scenes which are hardly predictable.
Overall: Must Read -
Excellent storyline and comedy about the slice-of-life etc. events of Sumire and the people around her.
Only downside is character development.read more
Sumire is a sixteen year old girl who goes to high school. She always puts others before herself and keeps her cheer no matter what. There's one other thing, though - she's actually a ventriloquist puppet handled by a much older man (implied to be somewhere in his fourties by his appearance). Not once, however, does she - or he - break character, despite getting called out, bullied, beaten up etc. - it's always Sumire at her sixteen year old self.
I admit it's been one of the most emotionally touching things I've ever read. It pulls on the secret strings in your heart that you may have never known existed. It's completely unrealistic, on the one hand - on the other, the character chemistry that it pulls off manages to strike as something that goes beyond realism: a poetry of the mind. read more
Sumire 16 Sai!! is an amazing manga that I think everyone should try.
Story 10/10: Sumire is about an old man who is a ventriloquist; he attendees high school by using a life size doll called Sumire and changes peoples lives for the better wherever he goes. It is a very light hearted story filled with laughs.
Art: 7/10: The art in itself is not very special or outstanding in anyway but it is in no way bad I'd say that art is about average.
Characters 9/10: The charters themselves stay very much the same throughout the entire manga after they have been helped out by the old man but every few chapters there is a new character who is introduced who the old man helps out to become a better person.
Enjoyment 10/10: Every chapter of this manga kept me entertained and I never once lost interested or thought that it was stupid (of course I thought it was ridicules but I mean come on who wouldn't? its about an old guy who goes to high school with a doll). Many times I found myself laughing so hard that it hurt....happy I wasn't drinking anything that would've sucked....
Overall 10/10: I loved everything about this manga and I hope that you will try it you wont regret it for a second.read more