Karakuri Circus
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Karakuri Circus

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Synonyms: Clockwork Circus
Japanese: からくりサーカス


Type: Manga
Volumes: 43
Chapters: 426
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 9, 1997 to May 31, 2006
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Mystery Mystery
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Fujita, Kazuhiro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.911 (scored by 13261,326 users)
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Ranked: #8812
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Popularity: #2481
Members: 6,588
Favorites: 152

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Katou Narumi suffers from Zonapha Syndrome, a rare ailment that stops his breathing unless he makes people laugh. He's been forced to abandon his training in Chinese kenpo and return to Japan, where he now works as a clown. The only problem: he's not very funny.

One day he meets Saiga Masaru, the recent inheritor of a huge fortune, who gives him the first laugh he's gotten all day. When he realizes Masaru is being pursued by assassins, he steps in to protect the boy, only to discover that instead of conventional weapons, the assassins wield huge, eerie puppets. They soon encounter the mysterious Shirogane, who controls a puppet of her own, and claims she was sent from France by Masaru's late grandfather to protect him.

Their paths intertwine and diverge, splitting into two stories: Karakuri and Circus, puppets and performers, tears and laughter. The strange circus of living dolls that spreads Zonapha Syndrome, the human puppets known collectively as the Shirogane, and the puppeteers whose undying grudge set in motion both sides of this performance.

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Nov 23, 2015
Benku (All reviews)
I am writing this review to share my feelings about what this masterpiece Karakuri Circus. Why I love this manga ?

Already the scenario is very well put together with a lot of revelation that make stepper.

At the level of the characters are very well worked and are an endearing than others. The plot moves very well with no downtime.

If you search for original shonen, do not hesitate and go read Karakuri Circus.

At the universe and atmosphere of the manga, I really love the principle of putting the circus as part of the manga.

However the manga does not speak that circus that read more
May 16, 2014
theangrytoonnerd (All reviews)
This manga is really difficult to rate. It's like a completely different story starting at volume 4, a not very interesting one, but until that point it was really good.

From the beginning of the manga it gives a strong sense that Narumi is the protagonist. He is quirky, interesting, and pulls all the action and gives energy to the story. The kid who is supposedly the protagonist is generic, not very interesting, and gets less screen time. But at the end of volume 3 it changes.

What this means is, the manga starts ok, becomes very captivating, engaging, and excellent, with the culmination point at read more
Nov 6, 2018
janadestiny (All reviews)
I don't like this story, I don't like it at all.
Why am I here writing its review while I'm supposed to sleep?
This manga is one hell of a roller coaster. It pulled you in, and once you're on, it's a non-stop ride towards the end. The end is kinda weak, in my opinion. But overall it's still a good story. An old shounen story with a dark theme (and a lot of blood, seriously, blood is everywhere in this manga). You who like 90s kind of shounen and martical art would enjoy it. I did enjoy the ride, but tell me to read it again? read more
Apr 19, 2021
Austino_ (All reviews)
It's a really special feeling when you come across an incredible manga that seemingly no one is talking about. For me, that manga was Karakuri Circus. Karakuri Circus is a tale of twists and turns that goes in directions that you would never expect it to take in terms of both the plot and character progression. It's a real shame that this manga is so unknown from the masses, likely due to the lack of releases in other countries and lackluster anime adaptation, but regardless, I'm here to convince you today why you should read the diamond in the rough known as Karakuri Circus and read more

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