:: Ayatsuri Sakon ::Reviewed By: Hermes
Tachibana Sakon, a ningyotsukai (puppeteer), his puppet Ukon, and sometimes Sakon's relative Tachibana Kaoruko, travel Japan solving gruesome mysteries.
Ah, the 'mystery' genre. 'Tis a good, good thing. Detective shows are entertaining and interesting, and this one is no exception. Although it may be somewhat gory, and the mysteries all involve death, it doesn't fail to capture.
The characters are very likable, with wisely chosen seiyuu and fitting character designs, and very distinct personalities.
The animation is somewhat smooth, but seeing as it's not all that recent, the movement is a bit jerky at times. It's understandable and forgivable, though, that it lacks some smoothness.
This series will keep you watching, seeing as each mystery generally takes up three or four episodes, and each episode, while generally following the same detective formula, will leave you somewhat hanging.
Although the show lacks subtlety and (to some extent) originality, the characters and their interactions keep it from becoming too generic.
Watch it if you can, but beware and gruesome deaths in almost every episode, including decapitations, violent shootings, and people being crushed.
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