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Kaleido Star


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)
Studios: Gonzo, Production I.G
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.041 (scored by 20,551 users)
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Ranked: #4862
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Popularity: #1370
Members: 45,002
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Synopsis

As a talented young acrobat, Sora has dreamed of sharing a stage with the performers of Kaleido Stage, a world renowned circus that combines graceful acrobatics, dazzling costumes, and stunts that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. She makes the move from Japan to California to audition for the show, in hopes of one day basking in the glitz and glamour.

However, finding her place in such a competitive world will not be easy. Sora will shed blood, sweat, and tears on her path to becoming a performer, buoyed by the friends she makes along the way. Of course, there will also be rivals and other individuals who do not believe Sora has what it takes to shine as brightly as Kaleido Stage needs her to.

Sora will need to endure these trials and tribulations in her quest to become a star, earning the respect of both those who doubt her abilities and by those who are threatened by her. Watch as Sora flies through the bright lights in Kaleido Star!

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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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

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


Edit 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)

Edit 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)




More reviewsReviews

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
CheekyPenguin (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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