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.
Honestly this show has absolutely impressed me. (fairly easily done i'm not going to lie) But the main reason is very simple. The show is taking turns i am not expecting, investing in characters i did not think would it would be able to develop, and throwing twists i did not see coming.
The highest praise i can sing for it is the main development of the MC (the kids) character. I can not think of many shows off the top of my head that so quickly, AND convincingly, show character development. He literally goes from being a whiney annoying cry-baby character, (admittedly i think he's
supposed to be like 8) to a person striving to become strong in both character, morality and mind. And it's a pretty believable transition!
Its setting of puppeteers battling with ridiculously op marionettes is dumb but certainly NOT the focus of the story so far, and has managed to make for some fairly fun fight-scenes. On top of that i'm only excited to see where they go after the pretty heavy cliff-hanger they just dropped at the end of episode 5!
I will update this review in the future as i watch it. However so far i can only recommend it for people this season! I honestly think 7.5 is a shame, and that it deserves somewhere between 7.8-8.2!
I haven't read the manga, so this review is purely based on my experience with the anime.
Karakuri Circus presents an interesting concept to the battle shounen genre, by making the combatants use puppets to do battle. In essence, it's no different from a mecha anime, except for the fact that the people controlling the mechs aren't inside of it. Due to this, many unrealistic moves can now be used in battle, because well, they're puppets.
The first episode immediately establishes a strong sense of mystery, while also introducing us to the main cast and their personalities. After watching it, I felt that I
needed to know more about this show. Later on however, the story ends up becoming much more simple, which is a good thing in this case, since the show focuses mostly on the action scenes. In other words, if you're looking for a thought-provoking story that speaks about real social problems with tons of symbolism everywhere, this isn't your type of show.
It's nothing special, but also not overly generic. The most that I can say about it is that the style is actually quite interesting, and I feel that it helps highlight the main themes of the show. Its not KyoAni grade, but it isn't bad.
I haven't noticed any low quality sound effects that don't match with what's going on, so no complaints there. I do however, like the OP song, and I'm loving the ED song. The voice acting isn't bad. At the very least, the characters aren't always shouting at each other, but it's a battle shounen, so expect some screaming.
They're certainly very interesting individuals, each with their own past, which has been eluded to, but not yet properly fished out at the current point in the story. There is a surprising amount of character development for a show that's about puppets beating each other up. I'm only on episode 5, and yet the mc has already shown signs of improvement, not only skill-wise, but as a better human being. I'm sure that the show will keep this good pace of development, and hopefully touch upon the other members of the main cast.
Over the top action scenes is something that I enjoy, so generally speaking, I'm very much enjoying watching this show. Of course, it could just be because of my own personal preference, but I think this show is very well worth a watch.
This most likely isn't going to be one of my most favorite anime of all time, but it's certainly one to remember. Even with the strong lineup of great shows we have this season, Karakuri Circus can still stand proudly amongst them. You don't have to take my word for it, but I believe you should atleast give the first 3 episodes a chance, then decide for yourself whether it's up your alley or not. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's still pretty good. It might just be the one for you.