Puppet Master Sakon (TV)

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© Sharakumaro • Takeshi Obata/Shueisha • Victor Entertainment • TMS


[ adapted from Ayatsuri Sakon (manga) ]

Alternative title:
Ayatsuri Sakon
Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon (Japanese)
Sakon le Ventriloque (French)
Sakon the Ventriloquist
Tales of Puppetmaster Sakon
人形草紙あやつり左近 (Japanese)
Genres: action, mystery
Themes: puppetry
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Sakon is the grandson of the famous Bunraku master, Tachibana Zaemon. He is incredibly shy and lacks confidence in himself. However, when he is with his puppet, Ukon, he is able to focus himself and his crime-solving abilities. As a contrast to traditional Bunraku puppeteering, Sakon is an expert ventriloquist. He uses his talent of mimicing and throwing voices to confront the villains and often force a confession. Ukon is a beautiful Bunraku puppet created in 1870, supposedly by the Master puppet-builder Unosuke Koizumi III. But Ukon doesn't act as a good Bunraku puppet should. When he is with Sakon, he is forward, obnoxious, flirtatious, coarse, and very egocentric. Together, Sakon and Ukon travel around Japan, solving mysteries, murders, and horrific crimes. In the meantime, Sakon's aunt Kaoruko, a young and pretty police detective, helps him out and keeps an eye on him.
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Seen in part or in whole by 337 users, rank: #2082 (of 5996)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.958 (Good), std. dev.: 1.9079, rank: #2509 (of 5991)
Weighted mean: 6.950 (Good), rank: #2353 (of 5991) (seen all: 7.31 / seen some: 6.87 / won't finish: 5.41)
Bayesian estimate: 7.004 (Good), rank: #1963 (of 4542)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
Vintage: 1999-10-08 to 2000-03-31
Opening Theme:
"Hikari naki Yoru wo Yuke" by Humming Bird
Ending Theme:
"Kanaete (Wishing...)" by Akino Arai
Trivia: We have 1
Review:
Puppet Master Sakon (Jul 27, 2002)
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hitoyuki Matsui
Screenplay: Yuuichi Higurashi (eps 4, 6)
Character Design: Toshimitsu Kobayashi
Art Director: Toru Kuga
Sound Director: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
Director of Photography: Toshihiro Kawada
Producer: Shiro Sasaki

Assistant Director: Masao Fukuda
Color design: Takuya Kawami
Editing: Tsuyoshi Imai
Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
Theme Song Performance:
Akino Arai (ED)
Hanamichi Itsuki ("Koe")
HUMMING BIRD (OP)
Kokia ("Sayonara wa Iwanai de")
Yoshiki Fukuyama (OP - Humming Bird lead vocal)
Megumi Ogata as Sakon Tachibana
Motoko Kumai as Ukon

Eisuke Yoda as Saemon Tachibana
Hiroshi Takemura as Tsuyoshi Taruumi
Miho Yamada as Kaoruko Tachibana
Ryotaro Okiayu as Fujita Zenkichi
Shinobu Satou as Chizuru Tachibana

Akio Ohtsuka as Katsumi Oki
Akio Suyama as Tamotsu Yoshida
Akira Ishida as Seiichi Mori
Arisa Ogasawara as Mai Kawai
Atsuko Tanaka as Futaba Akidzuki
Aya Hisakawa as Hoshie Nishimura(eps 21-23)
Bin Shimada as Kouichirou Hamada
Chiharu Suzuka as Mari Yuuki
Chinami Nishimura as Sayoko Fukami
Emi Shinohara as Yuriko Satou
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Katsuhiko Takamura
Hideyuki Tanaka as Nagare Tachibana
Hiro Yuuki as Eimei Kuujo
Hiroshi Yanaka as Eda Jun
Jouji Nakata as Toshio Kobayashi
Juurouta Kosugi as Kouei Kuujo
Kaneto Shiozawa as Seiji Isshiki
Kazuya Ichijou as Tsutomu Saeki
Kazuya Nakai as Kouji Kitamura
Kei Hayami as Shizuka Sanjou
Kihachiro Uemura as Kyouichi Akidzuki
Kikuko Inoue as Ayano Shigurezaki
Kouji Ishii as Tadao Hayami
Kousei Yagi as Takaaki Tsubota
Kyoko Tsuruno as Mika Akidzuki
Masahiko Tanaka as Akihiko Aoki
Masaki Aizawa as Tomonori Tachibana
Masayuki Omoro as Manabu Tadokoro
Masuo Amada as Hajime Kishikawa
Miki Itou as Aki Kuujo
Mitsuki Yayoi as Maya Nishihara
Naoya Uchida as Hisashi Kikuchi
Osamu Hosoi as Kenji Yoshida
Osamu Saka as Ittetsu Kisaragi
Sakura Tange as Shiho Akidzuki
Sho Hayami as Naoto Kuujo
Susumu Chiba as Hisashi Sugiyama
Takashi Nagasako as Chuuta Shikiba
Takehiro Koyama as Niemon Tachibana
Takehito Koyasu as Shinozaki Takumi
Takeshi Watabe as Gouzou Terao
Takkou Ishimori as Junichirou Fukami
Tamio Ohki as Shuumei Kuujo
Taro Arakawa as Satoru Yagisawa
Toshiharu Sakurai as Kenichi Saitou
Toshihiko Seki as Numata Mitsuru(eps 21-23)
Wakana Yamazaki as Tsukiko Nishimura
Yasuhiro Takato as Kouji Kameda
Yousuke Inaba as
Osamu Kusunoki
singing voice
Yuki Kaida as Yuki Kagawa
Yuko Sasaki as Yoshie Takahashi
Yumi Hikita as Keiko Shiraishi
Yumi Touma as
Hazuki Funabashi 
Hazuki Funasaki
Yurika Hino as Yoko Oka
Yuzuru Fujimoto as Soushirou Akidzuki
Japanese companies
Animation: TMS Entertainment
Broadcaster:
Animax
WOWOW
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Production: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
French staff
French companies
(none)
Distributor: Taifu video
French cast
(none)
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