This year's 16th issue of Shogakukan's Shounen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that the fantasy battle action manga Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) will receive a TV anime adaptation. Entertainment school Human Academy will also hold an audition for the main character, Masaru Saiga. More information will be announced in future issues of the magazine.
The protagonist, Masaru, has just inherited a big fortune after the death of his father. However, people are trying to get their hands on it by any means necessary, even if it means killing him. Narumi helps Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting strange figures. He finds out that they're not humans, but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi is forced to admit that he's no opponent for them; and just when he starts to think that Masaru will be captured, Shirogane, Masaru's watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here begins the story of Karakuri Circus. (Source: Baka-Updates Manga, edited)
Kazuhiro Fujita drew Karakuri Circus after ending the serialization of Ushio to Tora. The series was published in Shounen Sunday between 1997 and 2006 and originally compiled into 43 volumes. Shogakukan later reprinted the series in 23 wide edition volumes between 2011 and 2013. According to Shogakukan, Karakuri Circus has sold a cumulative 15 million copies of its compiled volumes.
A 30-second animated promotional video was created for the manga in 1998. Characters from the series also appeared in a 1999 omnibus animated commercial commemorating the 40th anniversary of Shounen Sunday.