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


Score: 7.371 (scored by 32443,244 users)
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Ranked: #22552
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Popularity: #5740
Members: 11,816
Favorites: 57

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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 1, 2020
What are you looking for in an anime? A crime-fighting twink and a shithead puppet? Here's an anime for you, and a decent one at that. Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon is an above-average anime - not necessarily amazingly amazing, but not mediocre - about a wandering ventriloquist and his puppet, a Meiji-era puppet by the name of Ukon. In the name of spoiler-free content, I won't be dissecting the anime or manga's contents, but the mysteries are decent.

Sakon is an appealing, albeit relatable character; Ukon is his foil. There's enjoyable side characters that draw you in, such as Kisaragi-sensei, the idiot kansai-ben photographer Zenkichi, and ...
Aug 9, 2017
This anime is one more of what is called oldy but goody and there are many reasons as to why that is.

This anime about a boy and his doll solving mysteries mostly involving murders has an unique feel to it that i havent as far seen any other anime manage to emulate. There is a peacefull feeling to it as you watch and listen to this anime the story that just keeps giving you one piece and then another of a greater mystery or we get to learn more Sakon and his relaitonship with his talking doll Ukon. The stories are not those typical ...
Jan 19, 2023
Mixed Feelings
After searching for a long time for a good mystery anime, I found Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon. I was a bit sceptical at first, as the animation looked a bit too old for my taste. But I gave it a try, and I actually enjoyed it more or less.

Story: 5 out of 10 (Minor spoilers)

The story revolves around Sakon, a puppeteer, and his bunraku puppet Ukon. Together they solve mysteries behind murders that happen within a group of people. Each arc is around 3 episodes, displaying nearly the same type of cases, i.e. ithey are a bit like locked room mysteries, so the suspects and ...

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