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.
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 the murderer is a completely evil person, but often times you feel sympathy towards them, you wish that they could have found another way. It gives you a strange feeling of realism.
A 10 on story from me.
The art is nothing special. I would maybe compare it to Rurouni Kenshin, or something else of that general time. The colors of clothes, people, and objects are usually very bright, but the backgrounds are generally dark. Giving it a unique look which works well for the type of show.
A 7 on art.
The sound effects are good, if only because they are put to better use in this show then in most others. The music is nothing unusual. It serves it's purpose, it sets the mood. But there s nothing spectacular about it. I will say I very much like the intro song, but other then that, nothing out of the common way.
An 8 on sound/music.
The characters, other then the core two, change every episode.
There are a couple who appear in more then one to several cases, but mostly, it's a new cast each case. I liked most of the characters, but few of them were particularly interesting. It had, at least in my opinion, very likable leads, which is a plus. Sakon and Ukon are both very fun in their own ways, and Kaoruko is always fun to have around.
A 9 on character.
I loved this show to death. It has become an all time favorite.
As a great lover of who-done-it's, I fell in love hard and fast.
The show and its characters were all very western in the way they worked. The plots were fun, and while confusing were not overly so.
As I said before, I highly recommend this to anyone who loves mystery.
a 10 on enjoyment.
Overall: Very good. A fun ride that doesn't leave you bored or lost.
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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 work is very detailed. For those wondering why Ukon looks so much like the Rurouni, it is because the two artists worked together when starting out. I can actually find quite a few simularities in their work due to this, yet their art has their own flavor to it.
Sound: The opening theme is so haunting, perhaps even gothic, as in the sence of a literary term. It is the same with the ending music. It is something that sticks in ones head and one gets out.
Character: Is Ukon possesed, or does Sakon have a major split personality disorder? That is a good question as the story progresses, one has to wonder that, as Sakon is rather attached to the puppet and is really only know being able to make friends with people, something he couldn't do when he was younger. Sakon is also very smart too, which sets him apart.
Enjoment: It is one of my favorites, I fell in love with the characters and loved the fact they were so unique.
Overall: I highly recomend this Anime to any one who is into this kind of stuff. It is worth at least watching once, to form ones own opinion of it.read more
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.
The art and animiation were great it had that old school anime feel. Characters were animated well and so were the areas and places.
I didn't pay to much attention to the sound but the opening and ending were decent and music in the episodes had that mystery and murder feel to it.
I really think the only chacters get developed are Sakon and Ukon. there are different characters in every arc and some recurring charcters like Sakon's aunt and cameraman friend. Sakon is a shy and smart character and he uses his puppet to help him say stuff that he wouldn't say.
I really enjoyed this series from start to finish. It was really enjoyable how people interacted with Sakon and his Puppet Ukon. It had me wondering if the puppet was a dual personality or just a way to express himself.
If you like mystery anime and want to try something a little different this is a good anime to pick up. This anime has some unique cases and a differnt approach to solving them. you should give it a try.read more
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 murderers are always one of the people in a group. But the problem lies in how they try to conceal who the actual culprit is, by giving of obvious hints. That makes all of the stories actullay really pointless, because it's really predictable for the viewer (atleast for me xD) who the murderer is. Some twists here and there wouldn't hurt. But one of the biggest problems is that quite a lot of sidecharacters die before Sakon can solve the mystery. This just narrows down the amount of suspects, making it easier for him to point out who it is. Every culprit is then revealed by one of the murderered persons spirit possessing Ukon (the puppet). But it's actually not really obvious if that's the case, it is possible that Sakon does that to make the culprit frightened. Ukon then talks in that persons voice. And, the mystery is solved, more or less.
Art: 6 out of 10
The art isn't that bad for being an anime from the late 90's, though the effects are quite bad at some part. A cut of head doesn't look like a mannequin head with pink flesh and nearly no blood. That's just one of the minor things that may lower the quality of Ayatsuri Sakon. The wardrobe change is limited: nearly no wardrobe change. The characters look quite good, and some scendery's are beautiful.
Sound: 7 out of 10
I personally disliked the opening, it's a typical J -Pop song. But the ending song is really good, it's a bit mysterious, yet beautiful somehow. I felt that it represented Sakon in a way. The other soundtracks aren't that memorable, though I liked the one called "Koe" (Voice). Both the ending song and this song is more of the oriental/ traditional type.
Characters: 6 out of 10
We have Sakon, our main protagonist, a mystery magnet. When he's not holding his puppet Ukon, he's quite a shy boy. He's also quite a bishounen (I personally think that he's quite cute). But when he holds Ukon, he becomes more brave, speaks up a bit more, and also, gains confidence.
Sakon is also more calculative when he is with Ukon. All of these traits come out like that because for Sakon, Ukon is the only friend he has. But here's the creepy thing, Ukon is like a human boy when with Sakon. He has the opposite personality of Sakon, yet, Sakon is the puppeteer, so he is obviously the one making Ukon talk. Sometimes, Sakon makes Ukon say "rude" things, which leads to him telling Ukon to not be rude. I think that's really creepy, because it feels like Sakon talks to himself, and not to an actual person. (Sakon and Ukon has the most dialouges in this anime.)
We don't actually know of Ukon is a magic or supernatural puppet, who becomes alive when Sakon holds him.
If that is actually the case, then it becomes less weird that Sakon talks to Ukon when they are not entertaining the audience. Otherwise, I think that Sakon has some sort of Dissociative identity disorder, which has come up because of him getting bullied. But others don't seem to think that he's mentally unstable. Another weird thing is that Ukon and Sakon's aunt Kaoruko fight quite a lot with each other. Ukon is used as a comic relief. Though I feel that Ukon is actually a magic puppet.
Sakon doesn't either seem to feel much remorse after quite many has died because of the murderer, although it's not his fault, I felt that he would be the type who would blame himself.
Sakon seems to be a really kind and softspoken person, but he is still quite an incomplete character. He doesn't seem to show his feelings quite well, making him look kinda emotionless, and the lack of emphathy is unsettling.
Kaoruko Tachibana, Sakon's aunt, is one of the characters that pops up more than the other side characters. She's an assisstant police inspector. Although it's her job to find out the culprit, she's as dumb as a crayon. She just jumps to conclusion very fast, it doesn't even take her five minutes after inspecting the crime scene before she starts sprouting nonsense. She's quite a silly character, whom I dislike.
Enjoyment: 7 out of 10
Even though I got easily bored of the story arcs, I enjoyed this anime. The last arc focused on Sakon and his family, making it more interesting and worthwhile. You could actually understand why Sakon is the way he is, in a way.
Overall: 6 out of 10
So all in all, it's quite good anime as something to pass your time. It's not that good in the mystery department, but it's somehow interesting in a way. read more