Karakuri Circus Anime Gets Smartphone Game
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Staff of the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga revealed on Thursday that the anime is inspiring a social game. The smartphone game project is tentatively titled Karakuri Circus Larmes d'un Clown, and it will be the first video game adaptation for the anime.
The role-playing game's basic gameplay will be free. The game has a display in the smartphone game corner of Kick Ass' booth at Tokyo Game Show, which is being held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba from September 20-23.
The 36-episode anime will premiere in October and will air on Tokyo MX and BS11. Amazon will exclusively stream the anime in Japan and overseas.
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.
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.