Karakuri Circus

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Alternative Titles

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: 7.151 (scored by 3770737,707 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1710
Members: 130,870
Favorites: 616

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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


Nishimura, Satoshi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director


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


Sep 24, 2022
Story: 8/10, Art: 8/10, Sound: 7/10, Character: 8/10, Enjoyment: 10/10
Overall Score: 8.5/10

As a whole, Karakuri Circus is an anime full of themes like freeing oneself from the past, creating a better future, and appreciating the current present. Although there were pacing issues throughout the story, the characters and ultimate ending make up for it. I heard from other reviewers that this story line was really rushed, and I do agree with them. A story of this magnitude could’ve been extended to 60 episodes instead of compressed into 36. However, I truly loved the experience of ...
Jul 22, 2022
Mixed Feelings
im doing a simple and spoiler free review

the plot is actually amazing, deep unpredictable twists, and the world building is awesome (9)

it is not good, moreover some battles r awkwardly animated making it worse (4)

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 ...

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