(セイバーマリオネット, Seibā Marionetto
?) is a science fiction humor/adventure series featuring android girls. It has been produced in the form of anime, manga, and light novels. It was created by Satoru Akahori. Beginning with a short story published in the October 1994 issue of Gekkan Dragon Magazine
, twelve volumes of serialized light novels were produced. A long-running manga series illustrated by Yumisuke Kotoyoshi titled Saber Marionette Z was later adapted into an anime series which first aired on TV Tokyo in October 1996.
In January 1995 a twelve-episode audio drama series called SM Girls Saber Marionette R
aired on the radio show Nowanchatte Say You
. The audio drama concluded in April 1995 and the story was continued one month later with the release of the first episode of the Saber Marionette R
OVA. Episode two was released in late July 1995, and in September 1995, the final episode was released.
In October 1995 the SM Girls Saber Marionette J
audio drama series premiered on Nowanchatte Say You
and ran until January 1996. In October 1996 the Saber Marionette J
anime series aired. The series ran through March of 1997 with 25 episodes.
In October 1997, a sequel arrived on video, the Saber Marionette J Again
OVA. In June 1998, the sixth and final episodes of the OVA were released. In October 1998, the Saber Marionette J to X
TV series was first broadcast. The series ran for 26 episodes, concluding in March 1999.
The Saber Marionette R
OVA is currently licensed by Media Blasters. The Saber Marionette J
TV series, the Saber Marionette J Again
OVA, and the Saber Marionette J to X
TV series are currently licensed by Bandai Entertainment. The English language Saber Marionette J
manga is currently licensed by TOKYOPOP. The American translation is imported to Australia by Madman Entertainment.