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Karakuri Circus Manga Gets Stage Play in January

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Stage play to run in Tokyo

Office Endless opened a website on Friday to reveal that Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga is inspiring a stage play that will run in Tokyo at the Shinjuku FACE theater from January 10-20. The website also revealed the main 17 cast members and a visual.

The play stars:

Taiga Fukazawa as Masaru Saiga

Koudai Takikawa as Narumi Kato

Momoka Onishi (AKB48, left) and Riho Iida (right) as Shirogane / Francine (double cast)

Kairi Miura as Bai In

Ryōtarō Kosaka as Bai Jin

Kento as Eiryo Ashihana

Shōjirō Yokoi as George LaRoche

Yūki Ochi as Guy Christophe Rech

Ryōko Tanaka as Lucille Berneuil

Natsuki Maeda as Harlequin

Saki Endō as Fatima

Yōjirō Murata as Faceless

Mitsuru Karahashi as Pantalone

Hiroya Matsumoto as Arlecchino

Seshiru Daigo as Columbine

Shūhei Izumi as Dottore

Yū Murai is directing the play and Keita Kawajiri is writing the script.

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.

An ongoing television anime adaptation of the manga premiered on Thursday. Amazon is exclusively streaming the anime in Japan and overseas.

Sources: Karakuri Circus stage play's website, Comic Natalie

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