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Karakuri Circus! A well twisted story!

Karakuri Circus Anime has a very twisted story; when you watch this anime for the first time, you’ll find it difficult to understand or get bored after the 9th or 10th episode. Frankly, the plot is a classic hero and a villain story. Karakuri Circus has a very different approach. It is shounen revolving around puppets and the circus. I would say a typical battle shounen. The story revolves around 3 main characters: Masaru Saiga, Narumi Katō, and Shirogane Saiga.

The kid is Masaru Saiga, who inherits a massive fortune.
The Man is Narumi Katō, a martial arts expert who suffers from Zonapha syndrome.
The Woman is Shirogane Saiga (Éléonore Saiga), Masaru’s caretaker, and controls Harlequin’s puppet.


The main story that led to creating the present scenarios is that the story was around 200 years ago. 200 years ago, two brothers Bai Yin and Bai Jin, wanted to learn alchemy (supernatural chemistry), and they are the sons of the puppeteer. So they travel from China to Prague; in these events, they meet a girl named Francine, and they both fall in love with Francine. Yin proposed to Francine, and she said yes. Then the bother’s quarrel start, Jin Kidnapped her, and after 9 years she dies due to illness. To save her, Yin created Aqua Vitae (Elixir of life), but it was too late.

Jin created a puppet resembling Francine an automaton, but he failed to get the real feeling. He then created automaton clowns to make her laugh, but they failed, so he released the Zonapha (Z.O.N.A.P.H.A.) syndrome into Kuroga village. Zonapha (Z.O.N.A.P.H.A.) syndrome in which you have to make another person laugh; otherwise, you will suffer breathing difficulties and excruciating pain in every nerve.

When YIN came back and helped the village and then, he passed on his memories.

Then the YIN and JIN caused a whole list of events that make up this whole story. Such as, events like Francine automation died in a well with a child, and all the properties of Francine were transferred into that child Éléonore Saiga (that is Shirogane, the main character).

This story is really complicated. You have to read the manga to understand every aspect of this anime.

To summarize, two brothers love the same girl, one gets the girl, and 2nd the one kidnaps the girl. Years later, she dies, one tries to save her, 2nd the one tries to reincarnate her. 2nd one releases a disease, Zonapha syndrome, to make reincarnation laugh. 1st one tries to stop him. This has led to a story of tears, sadness, hate, revenge, and death.

The Story is really beautiful and it is so much twisted, as soon as story progresses it looses interest of some viewers.


In this anime, just by looking at a character, you can understand very easily where the character stands in the story. The development of characters is unique, and every character has a backstory that is causing them to move forward and fight for the right things.

I feel sad. In this anime, we lose characters that we actually wanted to see till the end. There are some scenes where you will feel like why this character is dying?

The characters resemble the real human nature of hate and love, and how can your love be easily changed into hate! Imagine you love someone, and suddenly you know something about them, and you hate them. Crazy? Right!

The animation style is 90’s, and the animations were moderate; the characters in the story were way off. There is a laughing scene. Then suddenly there are sad scenes. I am like I am eating something and enjoying it suddenly I have felt sad. This is an annoying part of this anime.

The anime lacks quite a lot development of characters background stories and skips many things!

Story line and Review

The story starts when Masaru Saiga’s father dies and leaves 18 billion yen of inheritance solely. Narumi Katou is dressed in a bear costume and meets Masaru Saiga. Saves Masaru, then they meet Shirogane, and Shirogane and Narumi both protect Masaru because his uncle and half-siblings pan to kill or abduct Masaru for his inheritance. Together they try to rescue and protect Masaru.

Masaru is a typical weak crybaby who figures out that crying is not a solution and takes a step to fight for his problems.

I was impressed story has no fillers, but as the story progresses, a 200-year-old story is uncovered of YIN and JIN. This is where you have to put your brain into processing mode to understand the story.

The story also divides into two arcs :

  1. In the first arc, Narumi Katō, joins the Shirogane to battle the automatons (auto-mannequins) and save the world from the Zonapha syndrome.
  2. In the second arc, Éléonore and Masaru join the Nakamachi Circus and attempt to live as normal as possible.

I was not able to understand why Narumi doesn’t go back and meet Masaru or Shirogane? But the story revealed that he needs to protect children who have the same syndrome.

During the Climax of the story both arcs intersect, and the world is saved from Zonapha syndrome.

For the the story was like a classic villain that is Zonapha syndrome and hero are the three main characters Masaru Saiga, Narumi Katō and Shirogane Saiga who saved the world.

I Loved this series as a story, clowns are funny people and they get paid to make people laugh and the story is revolving around Zonapha syndrome and circus with automation clowns.

The starting episodes of this series are very good and I felt awesome watching them, but as the story progressed the interest is lost. The story feels like a rushed story. The feeling when I watched first three or four episodes are lost. The story went to outer space!

If anime were only the first five episodes, it would have been great anime. Although the story of 200 years ago is fine, the current story could have been better. There were many twists, and everything was revealed mysteriously, and after the tenth episode, anime was just like another TV show you watch because you want to complete the story.


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