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Masahiko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Romi Park Join Cast of Karakuri Circus Anime

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Series premieres on October 10 with Amazon only streaming

The official website for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga revealed three more cast members and character designs on Sunday.

Masahiko Tanaka as Shōji Saiga


Akio Ohtsuka as Zenji Saiga


Romi Park as Lucille Berneuil


The anime will premiere on October 11 on Tokyo MX at 10:30 p.m. and on BS11 on 24:00 (effectively, October 12 at midnight), but Amazon will stream the anime's first episode ahead of both on October 10 at 24:00 (effectively, October 11 at midnight). 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.

The previously revealed cast includes:

Chihiro Ueda as Masaru Saiga

Rikiya Koyama as Narumi Katō

Megumi Hayashibara as Shirogane Saiga

Tomoyo Kurosawa as Talanda "Lise" Liselotte Tachibana, an animal trainer who came to Japan from overseas

Marina Inoue as Vilma Thorne, a master knife-thrower who harbors a strong hatred for automated puppets due to a past incident

Hisao Egawa as Shinobu Nakamachi, the head of the Nakamachi Circus

Ryōta Iwasaki as Noriyuki "Nori" Nakamachi, who has a reliable side as the big-brother figure of the Nakamichi Circus

Kaito Ishikawa as Hiroo 'Hiro" Nakamachi, who performs as part of Nakamichi Circus with Nori

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 designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. Toshiki Inoue (Ushio & Tora, Death Note) and original manga author Kazuhiro Fujita are handling the series scripts. Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!) is composing the music.

BUMP OF CHICKEN are performing the opening theme song "Gekkō" (Moonlight Rainbow).

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.

Sources: Karakuri Circus anime's website, Comic Natalie


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