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Sumire♡16-sai!! (Manga)


Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 52
Status: Finished
Published: May 10, 2006 to Jan 5, 2009
Authors: Nagayoshi, Takeru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Magazine Special


Score: 8.261 (scored by 1094 users)
Ranked: #3942
Popularity: #2215
Members: 2,538
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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.

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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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Oct 8, 2014
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 read more
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Jan 20, 2014
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 read more
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