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Synonyms: Sumire 16!!, Sumire Sixteen!!, Sumire Sixteen
Japanese: スミレ♡16歳!!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 52
Status: Finished
Published: May 10, 2006 to Jan 5, 2009
Authors: Nagayoshi, Takeru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Magazine Special


Score: 8.151 (scored by 1829 users)
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Ranked: #6222
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Popularity: #2156
Members: 4,588
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The manga chronicles the days of Sumire, a lively 16-year-old girl. However, Sumire is not a common girl—she is a life-sized marionette, controlled by an old man in black clothes. Sumire seems unaware of her puppet nature, although the rest of the cast are very aware that she is a marionette, but they become more or less accustomed to her weird nature.


Sumire♡16-sai!! was previously serialized in Weekly Shounen Magazine until November 8, 2006 (2006 #48). It was then moved to Magazine Special on December 20, 2006 (2007-01). A special chapter was published in Weekly Shounen Magazine on April 11, 2007 (2007 #19).

The series was adapted into a 12-episode TV Drama which aired from April 13, 2008 to June 29, 2008.

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Feb 7, 2011
OkamiBlack (All reviews)
There really is no story, the art is nothing astounding, and the premise of the manga seems a little...creepy to say at the least. The execution however, is pure gold. From start to finish, I absolutely loved every moment. The ending catches you off guard since the series was abruptly cut short but the finale is absolutely stellar.

It pains me that I am a man of very little words but I really cannot recommend this enough. If you don't mind slice of life and love comedy, read this.

Right now.

No, really...

Jun 24, 2011
Dunkjoe (All reviews)
In a line: excellent story, characters, comedy, enjoyment and overall, good art and subpar character development.

Story: Excellent

I think this might be one of the weirdest but yet most normal stories I've ever seen. A puppet girl and later on a puppet guy doing normal stuff, making friends and doing normal people stuff. It reeks of sheer creativity and originality, yet comprises of ordinary stuff, and that creates a unique story.

In short, this is about a puppet's high school life, mainly her first year, who is controlled by an old man (all hail the old man!!).

Art: Good
Details are there, sometimes the funny aspects of the manga read more
Oct 8, 2014
Kubla_Khan (All reviews)
Sumire is a sixteen year old girl who goes to high school. She always puts others before herself and keeps her cheer no matter what. There's one other thing, though - she's actually a ventriloquist puppet handled by a much older man (implied to be somewhere in his fourties by his appearance). Not once, however, does she - or he - break character, despite getting called out, bullied, beaten up etc. - it's always Sumire at her sixteen year old self.

I admit it's been one of the most emotionally touching things I've ever read. It pulls on the secret strings in your heart that you read more
Jan 20, 2014
bl00dthirsty47 (All reviews)
Sumire 16 Sai!! is an amazing manga that I think everyone should try.

Story 10/10: Sumire is about an old man who is a ventriloquist; he attendees high school by using a life size doll called Sumire and changes peoples lives for the better wherever he goes. It is a very light hearted story filled with laughs.

Art: 7/10: The art in itself is not very special or outstanding in anyway but it is in no way bad I'd say that art is about average.

Characters 9/10: The charters themselves stay very much the same throughout the entire manga after they have been helped out by the old read more


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