Karakuri Circus

Karakuri Circus

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Narumi Katou is a middle-aged man who suffers from the bizarre ZONAPHA Syndrome: a rare and inexplicable disease that causes its victims to endure severe seizures at random, with the only cure being to watch someone laugh. One day, during Narumi's part time job, a young boy with a giant suitcase fleeing from three adults runs into him. The boy introduces himself as Masaru Saiga, the new owner of the famous Saiga Enterprises following his father's recent death. However, other members of his family are trying to assassinate him and claim the fortune for themselves. Determined to save the child, Narumi helps Masaru escape and ends up fighting the pursuers, only to discover that they are sentient humanoid puppets with superhuman strength. As Narumi is about to lose, a white-haired girl suddenly joins the fray and swiftly summons yet another puppet from the boy's suitcase, claiming herself to be Shirogane, Masaru's guardian. Karakuri Circus follows three people from different backgrounds whose fates intertwine and diverge as they unravel the mysteries of an ancient tale of love and betrayal, and the long, ancient battle between humans and puppets.

User Rating: 4.65 ( 2 votes)


English: Le Cirque de Karakuri
Japanese: からくりサーカス
Type: TV
Episodes: 36
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2018 to Jun 27, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Thursdays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: Fujipacific Music, Twin Engine
Studios: Studio VOLN
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Shounen
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p, 720p
Type: Eng Sub


Masao Maruyama – Producer
Satoshi Nishimura – Director
BUMP OF CHICKEN – Theme Song Performance
KANA-BOON – Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Arrangement
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Gekkou (月虹)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-12)
OP2: “Haguruma (ハグルマ)” by KANA-BOON (eps 13-24)
OP3: “Over me” by Lozareena (eps 25-36)
ED1: “Marionette (マリオネット)” by Lozareena
ED2: “Yuudachi (夕立ち) by Memai SIREN (眩暈SIREN)
ED3: “Gekkou (月虹)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN

Episode List

01: The Curtain Rises
02: Promise
03: Abyss
04: Swirling Tiger
05: Circus: Departure
06: Hell
07: Demonic
08: Moment’s Beginning, Moment’s End
09: Memories
10: Francine
11: Fanfare
12: The Faceless Commander
13: Lucille
14: By the Sea, in the Dead of Night
15: Back to the Starting Point
16: Encounter
17: Visitor
18: A Smile
19: The Truth Behind the Shadow
20: Black Sun
21: Silver Goddess
22: Headed to “Harry”!!
23: The Demon’s Return
24: Escape
25: At Mont Saint-Michel
26: Animal Show
27: Download
28: This Little Piggy
29: What Shirogane Did



a level of art i haven’t seen in a long time. refreshing.


Jojo’s Bizarre Circus?


This anime contains a splash of humor, sympathy, and a satisfactory plot. I recommend this anime as a nice breather from the others.


What a clusterfuck. I really want to like this but I just can’t force myself anymore.


Not what I was expecting. This is a case of, don’t judge a book by its cover, It’s really fun and filled with action!


Really interesting premise and main cast is wasted by deplorable pacing and overuse of “shirogane”. Moves way too fast with too many pieces.


The character designs are awesome, and so is the overall concept of this show! The execution is pretty mediocre though =/


    Demon Alpha

    “When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.” – Dr Hiruluk, One Piece