It’s time to head to the greatest circus of them all! No, it’s not Ringling Brothers.

Earlier today, the official Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri) anime website updated with a key visual and trailer, along with the main cast and crew members attached to the show.

We break the details down below.


The minute-long promo introduces the major players, as it cuts through various scenes. Character dialogue drives the major story beats.

Key Visual

The visual features Masaru Saiga, Narumi Katō, and Shirogane Saiga standing front and center, the riggings of the big top surrounding them as a dark entity looms above.

Karakuri Circus Anime Visual


Satoshi Nishimura (Trigun, Hajime no Ippo) will direct the project at VOLN, with Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Future GPX Cyber Formula, Trigun) providing character designs. Original creator Kazuhiro Fujita and Toshiki Inoue (Death Note, Ushio & Tora) will team up to tackle series composition.

Yuuki Hayashi will score the show’s soundtrack. Twin Engine is listed on general production.


The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Masaru Saiga: Chihiro Ueda
  • Shirogane Saiga: Megumi Hayashibara
  • Narumi Katō: Rikiya Koyama
  • Eiryō Ashihana: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Gii Christoph Resh: Nozomu Sasaki

Visuals for Masaru, Shirogane, and Narumi were all revealed, which you can check out below.


Amazon is listed as the exclusive digital distributor for the series worldwide.

Kazuhiro Fujita’s Karakuri Circus manga launched in the pages of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday in 1997. The series ran through 2006, spanning 43 compiled volumes.

Manga resource Baka-Updates describes the title as:

The protagonist, Masaru, has just inherited a big fortune after the death of his father. However, people are trying to get their hands on it by any means necessary, even if it means killing him. Narumi helped Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting some weird guys. He found out that they’re not humans but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi was forced to admit that he’s no opponent for them; and just when he started to think that Masaru would be captured, Shirogane, Masaru’s watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here, begins the story of Karakuri Circus.

Source: Comic Natalie