The Twilight Shoujo Zone of Yoko Matsumoto

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Enter the fifth dimension, where cute girls and guys with big round eyes mix up with chills, thrills, and morbid twists. Continue reading

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Elementary, My Dear Puppet (Ayatsuri Sakon Review)

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Seeing the resurgence of mystery/detective shows lately, I figured it’d be a good time to dredge up an old favorite from the last turn of century. Karakurizoushi Ayatsuri Sakon, or Puppet Master Sakon, has a very clear identity as classic murder mystery show, in the sense that anyone who can’t stand repetitive cycle of gory corpses, people being spiteful to each other, and tons of scenes with investigators standing around discussing the likes of alibi, motive, and opportunity, shouldn’t come anywhere close to it. On the other hand, those who can’t get enough of that stuff should be able to really enjoy its pure whoddunit set-up that enabled the audience to sleuth along, distinct atmosphere and setting, and a great protagonist in crime-solving ventriloquist Tachibana Sakon.

Bonus points if you like puppets, especially the creepy murderous variant.
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