Kaleido Star

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Synonyms: Kaleido Star: New Wings
Japanese: カレイドスター
English: Kaleido Star
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Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2003 to Mar 27, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Saturdays at 09:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Performing ArtsPerforming Arts
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.931 (scored by 3588635,886 users)
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Ranked: #7232
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Popularity: #2282
Members: 85,920
Favorites: 1,408

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The Kaleido Stage is known throughout the world for captivating audiences with its amazing acrobatics, innovative routines, and extravagant costumes and sets. It is a place for guests to believe in magic, and Sora Naegino wants nothing more than to be a part of that magic—by becoming an acrobat for the famed circus herself.

To realize her dream, she travels from Japan to California to audition for a place in the group. However, Sora learns that she needs much more than her natural talent to bring joy to the faces in the crowd. She quickly discovers just how difficult it is to be a professional performer where the stakes—and the stunts—are higher and mistakes spell danger! To put on performances worthy of the Kaleido Stage, she will need to endure rigorous training, unconventional assignments, fierce competition, and the antics of a mischievous spirit named Fool.

Can Sora reach new heights, make new friends, conquer her fears, and surpass her limits to become a Kaleido Star?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Kaleido Star premiered Thursday April 3, 2003 at 5:25 PM on TV Tokyo. Starting with episode 27, the show moved to a morning timeslot of Saturdays at 9:30 AM, and added the subtitle "New Wings" to the title.

"Special Thanks Dio" in the end credits refers to Dio Kobayashi, a Japanese circus performer who traveled all over the world. He was invited to the project by its director Satou Junichi and became a special adviser for the show. The character Dio is based on him.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Satou, Junichi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Original Creator, Creator
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Daichi, Akitarou
Hiraike, Yoshimasa
Director, Episode Director, 2nd Key Animation


Opening Theme

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1: "Take it Shake it" by Sugar (eps 1-13)
2: "Yakusoku no Basho e" by Chihiro Yonekura (eps 14-26)
3: "Tattoo Kiss" by r.o.r/s (eps 27-51)

Ending Theme

1: "Real Identity" by Sugar (eps 1-13)
2: "Boku wa Kokoni Iru" by SOPHIA (eps 14-26)
3: "Escape" by r.o.r/s (eps 27-50)
4: "Yakusoku no Basho e (約束の場所へ)" by Chihiro Yonekura & Kaleido Stars (eps 51)


Aug 1, 2007
Kaleido Star was a big surprise for me as I expected it to be a typical shoujo with probably many cheesy moments...
I was proven wrong..

Overall, it was beautiful, bright colours and flowing movements that even appeared graceful, a very colorful setting that didn\'t appear too flashy....it totally captured the brilliance of a circus and the lovely performances that I just had to rewatch again. However it had its flaws, I noticed that several episodes had seemingly worse animation compared to the rest in which the characters looked distorted, thankfully this was hardly significant during the performances which kept their high standard throughout the whole ...
Mar 22, 2010
You have a dream don't you? Of course you do. Everyone has one. A dream to do something that no one else has ever done, or maybe someone else has done it and you want nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. It could have started when you were a child, maybe even recently, but no matter what, your heart doesn't let it rest. It's something you want more than anything, even more than you think you want it.

Kaleido Star is the story of our dreams. How they all start from tiny things. Memories from days gone by that we think are insignificant, ...
Jul 18, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (26/51 eps)
This review is based on the first 26 episodes. Kaleido Star is about a girl and how she joins a stage in America and performs. Kaleido Stage is about performance, so the trials and tribulations of the character were centered around how she struggles to pull off a series of acrobatic maneuvers and interfaces with the audience. The series took this very seriously, which can feel slightly strange at times, reminiscent of Yakitate Japan which is incredibly serious about breadmaking, but I found that disconnect a bit more entertaining.

Kaleido Star falls into the comedy/drama genre, however it's mostly drama. There are a few humorous ...

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