Karakuri-Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon

Updated 11th February 2006

 

Welcome to the world of Sakon and Ukon! If you've stumbled across this page it must be either because you were on my main page and followed the link, or you were actively searching for webpages on the series. Assuming you're the former, not the latter, and probably don't know anything about this series, let's proceed.

Now if you're a drooling bishounen fangirl like most of my closest friends, you probably saw the picture at the top of the page and are wondering "Who is THAT?!" (The image is original art from the manga, photoshopped and colorized by a good friend of mine who has requested anonymity. Doumo, Kitsune!)

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. Think of it as kind of a Japanese Murder, She Wrote, except with much nicer eye candy.

Sakon's personality and Ukon's personality are radically different. Sakon without Ukon is a shy, polite, gentle boy. (Sakon with Ukon is another matter, mind you.) Ukon is a wise-cracking, casually spoken loudmouth. Given that it is Sakon who is manipulating Ukon, you have to wonder how much of his personality Sakon has split and subverted into Ukon. They really are two distinct people, and even Sakon's family members seem to think of them as such.

The manga is only four volumes long and there was recently an animated version of the series running on WOWOW in Japan. In addition, there are four different drama CDs (two from the anime, two from the manga), a novel, and at least one uncollected yomikiri chapter of the story (Jump 21, 1996). So there's plenty of material to get into.

While I haven't been able to dig up any information on other series by Sharakumarou, Obata-sensei has done at least three other series in Jump, one of which is the recently finished (and very popular) Hikaru no Go.

Without further blathering:

And here are the fanfics:

 

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