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 33093,309 users)
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Ranked: #23612
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Popularity: #5836
Members: 12,089
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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 28, 2023
Ayatsuri Sakon is about a boy and his puppet solving murders. That is the story in its entirety. What makes this show stand out amongst others is its usage of Bunraku, a style of Japanese puppetry, to aid in the solving the crimes. The show is unique in its execution and does well to mix elements such as humor and suspense.

For me personally, what made this anime top tier above all else was the soundtrack. I don't think I've heard one so beautifully captivating. A flute sings woefully or mystically in the background as you work your brain trying to figure out the killer. The ...
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 ...
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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