Karakuri Circus Stage Play Gets Sequel in October

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Main cast, staff return for sequel returning to Tokyo

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) manga revealed on Thursday that the play is getting a sequel in October. The play, titled Karakuri Circus ~Deus Ex Machina-hen~, will run at Shinjuku FACE theater in Tokyo from October 10 to 19.

Taiga Fukazawa will reprise his role as Masaru Saiga, and Koudai Takikawa will return as Narumi Kato. Momoka Onishi (AKB48) and Riho Iida, who played Shirogane (Francine) in the first play, will play Éléonore (Francine puppet) and Angelina. Yū Murai is also returning to direct the sequel and write the script.

The first play ran in Tokyo at the Shinjuku FACE theater from January 10 to 20.

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 October 11. Amazon is exclusively streaming the anime in Japan and overseas.

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

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