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Karakuri Circus Season 1 (2018)
からくりサーカス (Karakuri Sākasu)


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 helped Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting some weird guys. He found out that they’re not humans but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi was forced to admit that he’s no opponent for them; and just when he started to think that Masaru would be captured, Shirogane, Masaru’s watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here, begins the story of Karakuri Circus.
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An anime television series adaptation by Studio VOLN began airing on October 11, 2018. The first episode received an early screening at a special event held at TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku Screen 9 on 30.09.2018.

Alternative title

– Karakuri Circus
– からくりサーカス
– Karakuri Sākasu
– 꼭두각시 서커스
– Le Cirque de Karakuri
– Циркът Каракури

TL;DR Review

Karakuri Circus (からくりサーカス Karakuri Sākasu) is a manga by Kazuhiro Fujita, also the manga artist of Ushio and Tora.

The animation is rather uninspiring to borderline cartoonish. Even up close shot doesn’t contain that many details. The series also use a mixture of 3D CGI to blend in some scenes. Overall, the animation is marginally good.

Bump of Chicken performed the series’ opening theme song “Gekkō” and Lozareena performed the ending theme song “Marionette”. Both the opening and ending themes are way better than what this anime deserves.

This series appears to be aiming at children to young teen, as the writing is rather crude and nonsensical. There is no need to create a fictitious disease that causes you to die if you don’t make people laugh. It is just an excuse to attempt some crude and cringy slapstick touches of humor, and I use that term loosely.

Perhaps I am too old for this series core demographic, but I would suggest not to bother with this anime if you like good writing and character development. Karakuri Circus contains graphic violence and intended for young teens.

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Featured Music

Karakuri Circus Season 1 (2018)

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “Gekkou” by Bump of Chicken

Closing Theme

– “Marionette” by Lozareena



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