Ranked #441

Kaleido Star

Alternative Titles

English: Kaleido Star
Synonyms: Kaleido Star: New Wings
Japanese: カレイドスター


Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2003 to Mar 27, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Gonzo, Production I.G
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.071 (scored by 17,605 users)
Ranked: #4412
Popularity: #1181
Members: 36,623
Favorites: 779
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Sora, a young girl from Japan, comes to America in search of her dream. She wants, with all her heart, to be a member of the Kaleido Stage, a world famous circus, with a combination of musicals, acrobatics and magical effects. With the help of her friends, she struggles to make this dream come true.


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Opening Theme

#1: "Take it Shake it" by Sugar (eps 1-13)
#2: "Yakusoku no Basho e" by Chihiro Yonekura (eps 14-26)
#3: "Tattoo Kiss" by r.o.r/s (eps 27-51)

Ending Theme

#1: "Real Identity" by Sugar (eps 1-13)
#2: "Boku wa Kokoni Iru" by SOPHIA (eps 14-26)
#3: "Escape" by r.o.r/s (eps 27-50)
#4: "Yakusoku no Basho e (約束の場所へ)" by Chihiro Yonekura & Kaleido Stars (ep 51)

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Aug 1, 2007
Kaleido Star was a big surprise for me as I expected it to be a typical shoujo with probably many cheesy moments...
I was proven wrong..

Overall, it was beautiful, bright colours and flowing movements that even appeared graceful, a very colorful setting that didn\'t appear too flashy....it totally captured the brilliance of a circus and the lovely performances that I just had to rewatch again. However it had its flaws, I noticed that several episodes had seemingly worse animation compared to the rest in which the characters looked distorted, thankfully this was hardly significant during the performances which kept their high standard throughout the whole read more
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Mar 22, 2010
You have a dream don't you? Of course you do. Everyone has one. A dream to do something that no one else has ever done, or maybe someone else has done it and you want nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. It could have started when you were a child, maybe even recently, but no matter what, your heart doesn't let it rest. It's something you want more than anything, even more than you think you want it.

Kaleido Star is the story of our dreams. How they all start from tiny things. Memories from days gone by that we think are insignificant, read more
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Mar 21, 2008
A certain expectation arises for an anime series such as this, which takes the effort to build a unique premise and story. Without the telltale signs of pervasive cliché, like a harem or giant piloted robot, I had good hopes for Kaleido Star. The show wasn’t even approaching flawless or astonishing on any technical level, or even in the way its story was written and reared, but what I found is that it had an intoxicating charm and that it was far more vibrant and ‘energetic’ than most anime. When I say energetic, I don’t mean just a cast of genki characters relentlessly talking quickly, read more
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Jun 29, 2014
Due to the fact that this is a 2003 and 2004 anime, I would most definitely give it a 10. haha for some reason older animes have better plot lines (just found out recently). To be quite honest at first the anime didn't seem interesting... and i'm not really into an anime that has quite a lot of episodes... though when I kept watching it, there was no doubt that I couldn't stop.

Story: Amazing, by far the most detailed and well planned out story i've seen. Everything had a moment, a conflict, a climax. It's exactly how an actual story is suppose to be read more
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Anime: Glass no Kamen (2005)
These two shows are extremely similar, both focusing on a teenage girl with a big dream and trying to make it. The only difference is that in Kaleido Star they focus more on things like gymnastics and dancing, while in Glass Mask it's about acting. 
reportRecommended by algelic
Anime: Full Moon wo Sagashite
The story is alike, both shoujo and are sometimes funny and sometimes sad.. both drama's 
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Anime: Skip Beat!
Both are fun loving comedy type anime's that involve the main character trying to become a "Star" basically. Each finding her own way to becoming famous while going through bumps in the road.  
reportRecommended by Jdawg557
Anime: Ginban Kaleidoscope
Both are about girls pursuing their dreams and both are about artistic sport. 
reportRecommended by chii
Anime: Hikaru no Go
In Kaleido Star, we follow the story of Sora, who wants to become a star on the Kaleido Stage, and in Hikaru no Go we follow Hikaru, who wants to become a go player. And in both animes the main characters go through difficulties to win and receive help from a spirit. 
reportRecommended by biakudryavka
Anime: Aria The Animation
It's strange to express this feeling, but I trully enjoyed both shows. Sora is just like Akari a very optimistic girl who wants to do everything to realise her dreams together with the help of her friends.
Both shows are also full of touching moments and will result in some moments where u will have tears in your eyes ^^.
Although the setting in both show are both totally different (circus in KS and becoming an undine in Aria), I still recommend everybody to check out the both shows. They are very underrated pearls and you won't regret watching either of the 2. 
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