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.
The story is great. It's simple and original. It may sound stupid at first, but trust me, you'll get used to it.
It's just beautiful and smooth. Everything looks good to the eye and all the colors are greatly combined.
The sound is also fantastic. Themes are great and match the scenes, and the opening is one of the best of the season.
All characters are interesting and enjoyable. The development is going fast, but doesn't look forced and all characters are lovable in general.
It's an enjoyable anime. If not the most enjoyable of the season.
I feel bad because this
anime doesn't get the recognition it deserves. In my opinion Karakuri Circus is the best anime of Fall 2018.
Its story is original and unique, the art is beautiful and smooth, the sound is good in general, characters are great, and it's enjoyable in every scene and every episode. Really looking forward to what's going to happen until the end.
Definitely a must watch of 2018.
Karakuri Circus is the latest shounen this season revolving around puppets and the circus. It sounds like an interesting concept on paper and it is more grounded than your typical battle shounen, however it still falls into the same pitfalls that plagues most shounen.
Note: This review is based on the first 4 episodes and may be subject to updating in the future.
The story is about a boy named Masaru who has inherited his late father’s fortune. However, a group of people wielding these mysterious puppets are after him trying to get their hands on it. Through a sequence of events he meets Narumi, a
man who fills the ‘stronger, more confident’ aniki (older obrother) role
and his puppeteer guardian named Shirogane. Together they try to rescue and protect Masaru.
Just based off the premise and watching the first three episodes I was contemplating dropping the anime because I knew Masaru was going to be used as a plot device and play the weak, useless, ‘damsel in distress’ role.
Masaru is your typical beta, weak, crybaby who’s no different to Deku from MHA.
Narumi is a decently written character. He’s also the most interesting and fun to watch.
Shirogane is the most developed and complex character in the show so far. I’m interested in her character arc- developing from a woman who’s been shaped by her tragic upbringing into believing she’s nothing more than a puppet.
Masaru’s uncle had potential to being a interesting antagonist, instead we got a generic evil family member that wants to claim his brother’s wealth.
The art is pretty mediocre and nothing really standout about it.
The fights are really dull and uninteresting. Narumi’s supposed to have learnt karate, but you couldn’t tell that with the weak choreography since he just looks like a big muscular dude beating people up. The fights between puppeteers are lame. Instead of taking the opportunity for creative fights involving strategy, we get Shirogane wielding Arelequin in some boring combat sequences and calling out special moves. It doesn’t help that Jojo part 5 is running at the same time because it’s like watching a less interesting version of stands being used.
The opening is catchy and the visuals are good, since it doesn’t spoil much of the series, However, I can’t remember any of the osts. That should tell you how uninspired and forgettable they were.
I originally was going to rate Karakuri Circus a 6/10, but there’s so much poor writing and inconsistent moments in this show, that my suspension of disbelief was broken:
Masaru’s development from a crybaby to a boy with the eyes of a beast would have been good, if it didn’t happen in the span of three episodes... I’m not saying take as long as Deku, but his development is too unrealistic given the timespan.
How is Masaru so smart all of a sudden e.g. he’s able to figure out the distance the puppet needs to go to get across the castle. No explanation
Why did Masaru give in to his uncle and actually believe him, after everything he’s been through?!
Narumi’s so strong that he’s able to break cage bars... well why didn’t he do that in the first place? If he’s so strong why couldn’t he break the strings?
How did Masaru survive jumping out of a building and landing on tree branches with no broken bones?
How is this same Masaru who’s covered in blood now able to fight while Shirogane’s injured in her legs? Neither should be able to move.
Of course Masaru can use puppets, which takes years of experience to master in his first try (coughs bullshit protagonist plot power)
Masaru surviving the burning building was bullshit. He should have died from lack of oxygen due to inhaling too much smoke or from the building collapsing on them. In fact how wasn’t Narumi’s arm not burnt to ash?
These are flaws I’ve pointed out are in the first four episodes! I don’t know if the anime is skipping parts from the manga, but the pacing is a mess.
I’m conflicted as to whether to continue watching Karakuri Circus because even if i tried ignoring it’s flaws, the anime is so mediocre. Plus, Masaru isn’t enough to carry this show.