Karakurizoushi Ayatsuri Sakon

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Synonyms: Ningyou Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon, Puppet Master Sakon, Tales of Puppetmaster Sakon
Japanese: 人形草紙あやつり左近


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1999 to Mar 31, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Producers: WOWOW
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SuspenseSuspense
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 25962,596 users)
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Ranked: #20202
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Popularity: #5182
Members: 10,264
Favorites: 50

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The dark-haired bishounen is Sakon Tachibana, a puppeteer, and the other is Ukon, his favorite puppet, and best friend. Sakon is the (only) grandson of Saemon Tachibana, a national treasure of Japan famous for his manipulation of Bunraku puppets. Ukon is a child doll puppet made in the early Meiji era by the famous female dollmaker Unosuke. Together they run into murders and solve them.

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Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"Hikari naki Yoru wo Yuke" by Humming Bird

Ending Theme

"Kanaete" by Akino Arai

Nov 5, 2007
Emptyk (All reviews)
Mystery is the whole point of this show. Who killed who and why is the question asked every episode.
As a huge fan of mysteries, I recommend this show to anyone who likes shows that have you thinking while being on the edge of your seat waiting for the murderer to strike again. You really get pulled into the stories, you get a feeling of pressure and of being uneasy as if you really were in the story. You want the killer to be caught and for everything to work out. Something very interesting about the show is the mixture of villains. Some times read more
Sep 3, 2008
Yemi_Hikari (All reviews)
Story: One has to be clear about this, a lot of the arcs run into the cliques of the murder mystery genera. Also, there are some that have very big simularities to cases in other Anime/Manga, but this is not do to complete coping, but due to the cliques that run through them.

That being said, what makes this story is the mystery solving pair, a boy and his puppet, and how they interact with the characters. As it progresses, one gets to not only get a really good mystery to try to solve, but a better understanding of who Ukon and Sakon are.

Art:The art read more
Jul 28, 2011
stonnyfor (All reviews)
Ayatsuri Sakon is anime about a young boy puppet master who is skilled at using puppets and soliving cases involving murder.

The story of Ayatsuri Sakon is About A Young shy boy named Sakon and his puppet Ukon getting involved in some weird cases involing murder and it is up to them to solve these cases. The story is really kool becasue its not episodic but instead they are like 3 or 4 episode arcs which is really different than im use to. Its like watching a mini movie every arc.

Art/animation: 9
The art and animiation were great it had that old school anime feel. Characters read more
Aug 27, 2015
Beobachter (All reviews)
An old favorite from late 1990s, this is a solid murder-solving ventriloquist show and a particularly memorable representation of its genre.

The show comprised of eight murder cases, presented in separate story arcs that last for 3-4 episodes each. It's very similar structural-wise with Kindaichi Shounen, which also shared a number of familiar whoddunit tropes between them; seemingly impossible scene of crime, multiple victims, tragic and elaborate backstory, etc. While none of the ideas or solutions for the murder themselves is particularly mind-blowing, it’s still plenty engrossing for the most part. The show also subscribes to the fair play rule and very generous with read more

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