Karakuri Circus Anime Unveils Cast, Staff, Video, October Debut, Amazon Streaming
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This year's 36th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga will premiere in October and will air on Tokyo MX and BS11. The issue also revealed a new visual, and the show's cast and staff. The anime's official website began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Wednesday.
The anime stars:
Rikiya Koyama as Narumi Katō
Megumi Hayashibara as Shirogane Saiga
Studio VOLN (Ushio & Tora, Idol Incidents) is animating the television anime series for Twin Engine. Satoshi Nishimura (Ushio & Tora, Trigun, Fighting Spirit) is directing the series, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (2011 Hunter × Hunter, Trigun) is the character designer. Toshiki Inoue (Ushio & Tora, Death Note) and original manga author Kazuhiro Fujita are handling the series composition. Yuuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!) is composing the music.
Amazon will exclusively stream the anime in Japan and overseas.
The story centers on Masaru Saiga, a fifth-grade boy who aims to become a puppeteer. After Sadayoshi Saiga — the CEO of the giant home telephone maker Saiga and Masaru's father — passes away, Masaru inherits 18 billion yen. Masaru is targeted for his wealth, and is saved by two people. Narumi Katō is a man who has studied Kung-Fu and has a weird illness called "Zonapha Syndrome," and Shirogane is a silver-haired woman who controls the puppet "Arurukan" (Harlequin). Together, Masaru, Narumi, and Shirogane get thrown into various conspiracies by those who would try to steal Masaru's fortune.
Fujita (Ushio & Tora) published Karakuri Circus in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1997 to 2006, and Shogakukan published 43 volumes for the manga. Shogakukan published the manga in a new wide edition with 23 volumes from 2011-2013. The manga has more than 15 million copies in print.
Fujita's Ushio & Tora manga ran from 1990 to 1996 in Weekly Shonen Sunday with 33 volumes. The manga was adapted into an original video anime series in 1992 and a television anime that began in July 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the television series and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Fujita's Bakegyamon manga also inspired a television anime in 2006. Another manga, the "Karakuri no Kimi" short story in Fujita's Yoru no Uta collection, inspired the Puppet Princess original video anime project.
Update: Name spelling corrected. Thanks, Demonic+Elemental