The fall 2018 anime series Karakuri Circus is coming to us from Studio VOLN through Amazon with a thirty-six episode plan for it. The official site is rolling out some new promotion for the twenty-third episode that’s set to land on March 28th, 2019, that gives us a taste of what’s to come. Satoshi Nishimura is directing it based on the series composition by Toshiki Inoue and Kazuhiro Fujita. Takahiro Yoshimatsu is the character designer for it.
The Japanese cast includes Chihiro Ueda as Masaru Saiga, Rikiya Koyama as Narumi Katō, Megumi Hayashibara as Shirogane Saiga, Takahiro Sakurai as Eiryō Ashihana, Nozomu Sasaki as Gii Christoph Resh, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Talanda “Lise” Liselotte Tachibana, Marina Inoue as Vilma Thorne, Hisao Egawa as Shinobu Nakamachi, Ryōta Iwasaki as Noriyuki “Nori” Nakamachi, Kaito Ishikawa as Hiroo “Hiro” Nakamachi, Jun Fukuyama as Arlecchino, Jouji Nakata as Pantalone, Aoi Yūki as Columbine, and Ryūzaburō Ōtomo as Dottore.
The anime project comes from the manga by Kazuhiro Fujita as serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday between 1997 and 2006 where it had forty-three volumes produced for it.
Fujita’s not exactly a well-known name but he’s had some very popular works. His Ushio & Tora series that finished in 1996 got a big remake recently and he’s currently producing the Sou-Bou-Tei Must Be Destroyed Manga that’s in Weekly Shonen Sunday. His other big series is the twenty-nine volume run of Moonlight Act, which makes us wonder if that’s being looked at as well.
Plot Concept: The story focuses 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.