Karakuri Circus Manga Gets Stage Play in January
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
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.