Karakuri Zoushi 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: MysteryMystery, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: DetectiveDetective
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.361 (scored by 33103,310 users)
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Ranked: #23612
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Popularity: #5836
Members: 12,089
Favorites: 59

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Sasaki, Shirou
Ooishi, Hiromichi
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

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"Hikari naki Yoru wo Yuke" by Humming Bird

Ending Theme

"Kanaete" by Akino Arai


Nov 5, 2007
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 ...
Sep 3, 2008
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 ...
Nov 1, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I will keep it as short as possible. If you are looking for a short version, read the last paragraph.

Looking at the cover image and reading the short resume, I was given the impression that the series would be somewhat different than what it really is. Sakon on the cover image, and even Ukon with a bit of a dumb expression both look mysterious in a way like they have their own shocking secrets and the series would be more like xxxHolic where there's one big overarching story arc and mini arcs in between that will feel like some intense, thrilling mystery, but instead it ...

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