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Karakuri Circus

Alternative Titles

English: Le Cirque de Karakuri
Japanese: からくりサーカス


Type: TV
Episodes: 36
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2018 to Jun 27, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Thursdays at 22:30 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio VOLN
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.141 (scored by 11,397 users)
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Ranked: #32012
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Popularity: #1758
Members: 52,510
Favorites: 206
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The protagonist, Masaru, has just inherited a big fortune after the death of his father. However, people are trying to get their hands on it by any means necessary, even if it means killing him. Narumi helps Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting strange figures. He finds out that they're not humans, but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi is forced to admit that he's no opponent for them; and just when he starts to think that Masaru will be captured, Shirogane, Masaru's watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here begins the story of Karakuri Circus.

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#1: "Gekkou (月虹)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-12)
#2: "Haguruma (ハグルマ)" by KANA-BOON (eps 13-24)
#3: "Over me" by Lozareena (eps 25-36)

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#1: "Marionette (マリオネット)" by Lozareena
#2: "Yuudachi (夕立ち) by Memai SIREN (眩暈SIREN)
#3: "Gekkou (月虹)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN

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Jun 27, 2019
EdHaku (All reviews)
This is one of the worst adaptation to ever come out in recent memory. Not only it's a bad anime, but it's also an insult to the original manga by Fujita-sensei which is considered a classic in Japan.

Let's go over the biggest problem: it's rushed like hell.
How rushed? Well...
Imagine if you had to adapt JoJo part 5 into 13 episodes...
Or HxH into 24 episodes...
Or FMA into 16 episodes...
Or... Well, you get the idea.
The original manga is 43 volume long. This anime is 36 episode.
This means that even if they adapted a volume per episode, it wouldn't do read more
Jun 27, 2019
bmoore07 (All reviews)
People evolve. We venture beyond our comfort zones, adapting and adjusting to new environments. In the end, we become better versions of ourselves. However, for the shirogane (masters of magical puppets), this is not the case. Defined by their silver hair, slim figures, and seemingly ageless bodies, they’ve been fighting monsters for hundreds of years. Their reasoning for this lies within a traumatizing event from long ago; this event permanently affected them. While the seasons change, the shirogane stay the same. It's apparent in their fighting style (the manipulation of puppets). With the issues they confront, the shirogane insist on an approach that’s not only read more
Jun 27, 2019
Stark700 (All reviews)
Over the past decade since I’ve been reading manga, there’s one author that I always felt underappreciated. Kazuhiro Fujita is the manga artist responsible for works such as Ushio and Tora and Moonlight Act. It’s not his first rodeo of having an anime adaptation. Ushio and Tora got the treatment of a 3-cour show (with a split break) based on his manga. Both series ran a large chunk of chapters before their conclusion. Karakuri Circus takes place in modern Japan focusing on a young boy named Masaru Saiga.

The story itself contains elements of action and dark fantasy while the plot revolves with three protagonists. read more
Jun 27, 2019
papsoshea (All reviews)
“What if?” is something that I have been thinking to myself throughout the second half of this series. What if the studio VOLN were able to go back and retell the story in chronological order? What if they were able to adapt the best parts of a manga with 43 volumes within 36 episodes without it feeling too disjointed? There are certainly parts where the pacing is out-of-control, and then there are other parts where it feels episodes are dragging its tail between its legs. It’s a ‘what if’ kind-of-series for sure, because you can see how promising this story is. There is so much read more


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