March 14, on the official release day of this year's latest 16th issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday, Web Sunday revealed that a TV anime project based on 53-year-old manga artist Kazuhiro Fujita's 1997-2006 work Karakuri Circus is now in the works. The TV anime's official website and Twitter also open today. The news was teased as a "super important announcement" in the magazine's previous 15th issue last week.
Karakuri Circus (Le Cirque de Karakuri in French) ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1997 to 2006
as Fujita's second serialization work following Ushio to Tora (1990-1996). It was compiled in 43 tankobon
volumes and has printed over 15 million copies in total. The perfect edition of the manga is also confirmed
to be released soon.
In addition, an open audition for the voice cast of the 11-year-old protagonist Masaru Saiga is planned
as a collaboration project with Human Academy. No previous experience is required and professionals
can also join. And five amateurs chosen from the finalists will be able to join the anime's voice recording
session as "Gaya" (background chatters). Entries will be accepted until April 30.
The manga author Fujita announced the news on his official Twitter at the same time today.
"'Karakuri Circus' will become an anime! Thank you very much! Thank you very much!"
「からくりサーカス」が、アニメになりますよ！— 藤田和日郎 (@Ufujitakazuhiro) 2018年3月13日
"I have thought this would never be possible. But 'Never' does not necessarily mean true."
「からくりサーカス」がおかげさまでアニメになります！— 藤田和日郎 (@Ufujitakazuhiro) 2018年3月13日
"The credit goes to all the readers who have quietly supported 'Karakuri Circus' for so long. Thank you!
I am extremely happy!"
「からくりサーカス」がアニメになったのは、細く長く支持してくださった読者の皆さんのおかげです。— 藤田和日郎 (@Ufujitakazuhiro) 2018年3月13日
ずんべらぼうに、嬉しいです！\( ˆoˆ )/ pic.twitter.com/w5s6tWyN0f
© Kazuhiro Fujita/Shogakukan