The fall 2018 anime series Karakuri Circus ran for three consecutive seasons and has worked through its Japanese releases after getting streamed through Amazon. Now, Sentai Filmworks has announced their pickup of the series for release with plans for the 36-episode run to get home video distribution on Blu-ray and digital sell-through this spring. Details for the releases and locations will be coming soon.
Satoshi Nishimura directed based on the series composition by Toshiki Inoue and Kazuhiro Fujita. Takahiro Yoshimatsu is the character designer for it with studio VOLN handling the animation production.
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: Following his father’s untimely demise, Masaru Saiga inherits the family fortune as well as his father’s company. Too bad he also inherited a target on his back since his unscrupulous relatives want to murder Masaru and take what’s rightfully his! The only thing standing between Masaru and assassination is a sickly clown named Narumi Kato, a white-haired girl name Shirogane who claims she’s Masaru’s guardian, and the mysterious puppet left to Masaru by his father upon his death.
Check out the Japanese packaging:
[Source: Karakuri Circus]