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Karakuri Circus Manga Gets Stage Play in January

posted on 2018-10-12 04:30 EDT 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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