Kaleido Star

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Alternative Titles

English: Kaleido Star
Synonyms: Kaleido Star: New Wings
Japanese: カレイドスター

Information

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, SportsSports, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.921 (scored by 2941129,411 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6612
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Popularity: #1919
Members: 73,231
Favorites: 1,107

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Synopsis

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]

Background

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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Staff

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


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Opening Theme

#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)
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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 (ep 51)



Aug 1, 2007
ZJun (All reviews)
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..

Animation:
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 read more
Mar 22, 2010
Splitter (All reviews)
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, read more
Mar 21, 2008
Washi (All reviews)
A certain expectation arises for an anime series such as this, which takes the effort to build a unique premise and story. Without the telltale signs of pervasive cliché, like a harem or giant piloted robot, I had good hopes for Kaleido Star. The show wasn’t even approaching flawless or astonishing on any technical level, or even in the way its story was written and reared, but what I found is that it had an intoxicating charm and that it was far more vibrant and ‘energetic’ than most anime. When I say energetic, I don’t mean just a cast of genki characters relentlessly talking quickly, read more
Apr 11, 2017
Skittles (All reviews)
The graceful motions of the swings, the dazzling lights of the stage, the crowd cheering with delight. These are some of the spectacular imageries of Kaleido Star, a phenomenal story about a young acrobat who reaches her dream through sheer dedication and practice. Facing countless challenges only to overcome them all, she rises higher and higher until the circus tents—no, the sky itself—could no longer limit her reach.

The premise of Kaleido Star will probably be one of the most down-to-earth synopsis you’ll ever read, but such familiarity is what gives the show its peculiar charm. Aliens, ninjas, and fifty-feet kaiju are lacking here; instead, the story read more

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