Karakuri Circus

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Japanese: からくりサーカス
English: Karakuri Circus
German: Karakuri Circus
Spanish: Karakuri Circus
French: Karakuri Circus
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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: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio VOLN
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.141 (scored by 3598235,982 users)
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Ranked: #33362
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Popularity: #1642
Members: 125,149
Favorites: 576

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Narumi Katou is a middle-aged man who suffers from the bizarre ZONAPHA Syndrome: a rare and inexplicable disease that causes its victims to endure severe seizures at random, with the only cure being to watch someone laugh. One day, during Narumi's part time job, a young boy with a giant suitcase fleeing from three adults runs into him. The boy introduces himself as Masaru Saiga, the new owner of the famous Saiga Enterprises following his father's recent death. However, other members of his family are trying to assassinate him and claim the fortune for themselves.

Determined to save the child, Narumi helps Masaru escape and ends up fighting the pursuers, only to discover that they are sentient humanoid puppets with superhuman strength. As Narumi is about to lose, a white-haired girl suddenly joins the fray and swiftly summons yet another puppet from the boy's suitcase, claiming herself to be Shirogane, Masaru's guardian.

Karakuri Circus follows three people from different backgrounds whose fates intertwine and diverge as they unravel the mysteries of an ancient tale of love and betrayal, and the long, ancient battle between humans and puppets.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Ushijima, Shinichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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

Ending Theme

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

Jun 27, 2019
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 ...
Jun 27, 2019
Mixed Feelings
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. ...
Jun 27, 2019
Mixed Feelings
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 ...

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