Karakuri no Kimi

Puppet Princess

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Clockwork Ones
Japanese: からくりの君
English: Puppet Princess
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 24, 2000
Licensors: Media Blasters
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 41 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.471 (scored by 35963,596 users)
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Ranked: #69642
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Popularity: #6707
Members: 9,066
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In an obscure corner of feudal Japan, a clumsy young girl carrying a massive box searches for a legendary ninja. That girl is Rangiku Ayawatari—the sole survivor of the Ayuwatari clan—and she seeks revenge against Lord Sadayoshi Karimata, the man who slaughtered her family and stole the secrets of her father's prized puppet collection. However, in place of the legendary ninja, Rangiku finds Yasaburou Manajiri, a vagabond who is being pursued by "deathless ninjas"—strange, fearless warriors who can survive seemingly fatal blows. Upon discovering that they share a common enemy, the pair team up to defeat the cruel lord and rid the world of strange puppets that conceal a horrible secret.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yoshioka, Masahito
Takaya, Hirotoshi
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director, Character Design


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Nov 22, 2022
Wow, how did I manage to miss this one back in the day? It may say it was released in 2000, but everything about Puppet Princess screams mid-90s anime excess, and that is right up my alley. All 45 minutes of the film are pretty much non-stop action, with lots of gore and eye-catching set pieces. The whole use of puppets as warriors is cool as hell and their designs are all different and striking, with a steampunk aesthetic. The pace is brisk with a score that's pretty epic, featuring horns that really reminded of the stuff heard throughout Record of Lodoss War. Would have ...
Jul 30, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's short and has charm, so watch it if the premise appeals to you. But don't go into it thinking it'll be on par with series like Ninja Scroll, the Kage OVA, or Vampire Princess Miyu in terms of either fights or beautiful animation. It's got style, but at a fraction, but it's definitely got some things going for it that make it a classic.

Animation was alright, and I'm not just saying that for the time this came out. It feels like, surprisingly, despite this OVA being an almost 1:1 shot of the one-shot it was based off of, that the manga did it better. ...
Nov 12, 2023
We've fallen on dark, desperate times when I somehow find myself watching and subsequently writing a review for a 41 minute, quarter-century old anime movie that no one else has heard of and there are FOUR reviews for prior to my own. That's about one every five years!

Puppet Princess isn't the worst of the worst, but talking plainly it came out in 2000, looks like it came out in the mid 90s at best or even the late 80s, is short, doesn't have time to develop characters or plot points or provide any emotional depth whatsoever and might as well not have a soundtrack at ...

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