Karakuri Circus

A “super important announcement” teased for Ushio and Tora creator Kazuhiro Fujita has turned out to be a new anime based on his second published manga, Karakuri Circus. Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine unveiled the news in this week’s issue, and the TV series’ official website and Twitter openings weren’t far behind.

Where Ushio and Tora ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1990-1996, Karakuri Circus was serialised from 1997-2006. It follows the story of kid protagonist Masaru Saiga, who aspires to be a puppeteer and inherits 18 billion yen after his father passes away. Open auditions are planned for the 11-year-old hero who runs away with the circus, in collaboration with Human Academy and with no prior acting experience required.

A perfect edition of the manga is also confirmed for a Japanese release soon. If you were curious about this story, it’s been described as follows:

Katou Narumi suffers from Zonapha Syndrome, a rare ailment that stops his breathing unless he makes people laugh. He’s been forced to abandon his training in Chinese kenpo and return to Japan, where he now works as a clown. The only problem: he’s not very funny.

One day he meets Saiga Masaru, the recent inheritor of a huge fortune, who gives him the first laugh he’s gotten all day. When he realizes Masaru is being pursued by assassins, he steps in to protect the boy, only to discover that instead of conventional weapons, the assassins wield huge, eerie puppets. They soon encounter the mysterious Shirogane, who controls a puppet of her own, and claims she was sent from France by Masaru’s late grandfather to protect him.

Their paths intertwine and diverge, splitting into two stories: Karakuri and Circus, puppets and performers, tears and laughter. The strange circus of living dolls that spreads Zonapha Syndrome, the human puppets known collectively as the Shirogane, and the puppeteers whose undying grudge set in motion both sides of this performance.

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