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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: 7.141 (scored by 8,805 users)
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Ranked: #32062
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1831
Members: 47,189
Favorites: 157
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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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#1: "Gekkou (月虹)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-12)
#2: "Haguruma (ハグルマ)" by KANA-BOON (eps 13-)
#3: "Over me" by Lozareena

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#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

More reviewsReviews

Dec 2, 2018
donati01 (All reviews)

[Story 8/10]
The story is great. It's simple and original. It may sound stupid at first, but trust me, you'll get used to it.

[Art 10/10]
It's just beautiful and smooth. Everything looks good to the eye and all the colors are greatly combined.

[Sound 9/10]
The sound is also fantastic. Themes are great and match the scenes, and the opening is one of the best of the season.

[Character 9/10]
All characters are interesting and enjoyable. The development is going fast, but doesn't look forced and all characters are lovable in general.

[Enjoyment 9/10]
It's an enjoyable anime. If not the most enjoyable of the season.

[Overall 9/10]
I feel bad because this read more
Dec 4, 2018
OG_Guts (All reviews)
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.

Story: (4/10)
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 read more
Dec 27, 2018
animejas (All reviews)
Here is my review on the first third of Karakuri Circus! Will update it after the next third as well as after the end of the show.

Story (8.5/10)

Karakuri Circus' 36 episodes length may seem long but with it having to adapt 43 volumes worth of manga, 36 seems like a very small number.

So I knew it was going to be super rushed and had my hopes low.

But somehow, this show was able to be quick and skip volumes, and still not lose me at all whilst still keeping me super invested in what's going on.

The story is interesting as it just oozes creativity and heart read more
Jan 15, 2019
YoonBum- (All reviews)
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 read more


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