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.
We’ve seen shounen about ninjas, pirates, wizards, but I bet you haven’t seen one about the circus?! [Spoiler Warning]
Karakuri Circus is the latest shounen revolving around puppets and the circus. It sounds interesting conceptually and Karakuri Circus 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 up to 30 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 and his puppeteer guardian named Shirogane. Together they try to rescue and protect Masaru.
Based off the premise and watching the first few episodes I was skeptical about this anime because I knew Masaru was going to be used as a plot device and play the weak, useless, ‘damsel in distress’ role. I’m pleased to say that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Masaru is your typical weak crybaby who’s no different to Deku from MHA.
Narumi is a muscular man who’s a Kung fu expert and has zonapha syndrome: a illness where he needs to make people laugh or he’ll die. He fills the ‘stronger, more confident’ aniki (older brother) role. Personally, I find him to be the most interesting and fun to watch.
Shirogane is beautiful, strong and loyal to Masaru. She’s 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.
The art is pretty mediocre and nothing really standout about it.
The fights are subpar. Narumi’s supposed to have learnt Kung fu, but you couldn’t tell that with the choreography since he just looks like a big muscular dude beating people up. The fights between puppeteers is weak. Instead of taking the opportunity for creative fights involving strategy, we get some boring fight scenes where they call 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 & ending song are 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 higher because the story started off well, but it goes downhill quickly after the first tragic event. There’s a lot of bad writing and inconsistent moments in the show, that my suspension of disbelief was broken:
Masaru’s development from a crybaby to a boy who doesn’t cry anymore and has 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.
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.
How is Masaru able to wield puppets when it’s supposed to take years of experience to master?
How did Masaru survive the burning building? 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?
If Shirogane had Aqua Vitae all along, then why didn’t she share her blood with Masaru when he was injured throughout the rescue arc?
Why does Narumi have a white strand of hair?
Beast Tamer girl controls the strongest beasts that the enemy tamer hasn’t been able to all his life, by just staring at them and saying one word?? What ability does she have because it’s clearly not the sharingan. No explanation is given.
I was never emotionally invested in Beast Tamer girl and her rushed storyline, because of how little screentime she got to begin with.
These are few flaws I’ve pointed out in the first couple of episodes!
It’s clear to me that the anime is skipping a lot of content from the source material. As a result the pacing is a mess, events aren’t flowing well, there’s a lot of unexplained plot points and underdeveloped characters e.g. Ming-xia, the villains. Characters are being introduced one episode (the faceless & the Shirogane Os), only for them to die the next episode without being properly fleshed out.
The long backstory relating to Francine/Eleonore/Sadoyoshi/Masaru’s ancestors etc. was too convoluted and overall bad writing to explain character’s motivations. Faceless being the mastermind behind everything with his plan to download his memories into Masaru is the worst case m of Aizen’s “all according keikaku”. It wasn’t hinted that Faceless even wanted to take over the world and his obsession with Eleanore is creepy. He continues to top himself coming up with more nonsensical plans like sending himself and Shirogane into space to be together, to the point it becomes comical. He’s the definition of a Saturday morning, mustache twirling evil villain.
Karakuri Circus had potential at the start, but ultimately was ruined by the terrible pacing and bad writing.
SOOOO UNDERRATED. i really enjoy this anime it oddly gives hunterxhunter vibes idk how but its mt opnion the story is so fit and everything is connected
in the first episodes you wont understand that much but trust me it all will be shown in the next episodes...the art is likeable not like those 2018 animes that they draw characters to look childish and stupidly personality big eyes and etc...
i really like the art and the colors..the sounds are great makes the fights scensess more exiting...enjoyment is perfect..no episode made me feel bored its just all exiting and holds u to the next episode...overall 10\10
:) and ofc that review is just my opinon :)