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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: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2018 to ?
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: 7.501 (scored by 3,383 users)
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Ranked: #16572
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Popularity: #2598
Members: 23,479
Favorites: 37
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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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"Gekkou (月虹)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN

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"Marionette (マリオネット)" by Lozareena

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Nov 9, 2018
TheEarlofBronze (All reviews)
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 read more
Nov 8, 2018
MScientist0 (All reviews)
*Preliminary non-spoiler review*

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.

Story 7/10

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 read more


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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Karakuri Circus Episode 6 Discussion
Stark700 - Nov 15
29 replies by HUNK1984 »»
6 hours ago
Episode 6 might make or break the whole series
Ventus_S - Nov 10
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