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    started a topic [Fall 2018] Karakuri Circus Discussion Thread

    Karakuri Circus Discussion Thread

    からくりサーカス

    A show about a boy who is being hunted down for his father's massive fortune he inherited upon his death by a bunch of puppets. He is protected by two guardians who are skilled in the art of circus.

    Airs: Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Studio: VOLN

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    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 helps Masaru from being kidnapped after fighting strange figures. He finds out that they're not humans, but wooden puppets with amazing strength. After a hard fight, Narumi is forced to admit that he's no opponent for them; and just when he starts to think that Masaru will be captured, Shirogane, Masaru's watcher arrives from France with a weapon, the puppet Arlequin. Here begins the story of Karakuri Circus.

    Notes
    As usual, please try to follow these two easy forum courtesy habits when replying:
    1) If you're the first person to post about an episode in any given week, please indicate in the first line which episode you're posting about.
    2) If someone has already posted about an episode before you, please quote that post (or a relevant reply to that post), or include the episode title in the first line. ("Re: Episode 1") Just make sure the episode is indicated.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 30

    Bringing down the house.

    Sad to see Guy go, but he didn't have long to live as he started to crystallize, and he used the last of his life to hold off the pursuing automatons so that the train could get off and running. While that's happening, Masaru sees that Narumi is still alive, and he got to see Guy one last time. Guy sure did go out in grand style there taking the mansion down with him. And now, it's off to Russia as the final battle is coming.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 29

    Zonapha all around the world.

    Amazon was really late with this episode as nearly a week passed since the time it was supposed to go up. Anyway, if it had to happen, this was the episode to do it as it transitions into the final story arc as now the world is in danger. Faceless is now in space ready to spread the virus around the world. Meanwhile, Shirogane has been getting weaker as she's using her own blood to help others live through their ailments, and Mingxia just couldn't trust her until she saw the truth. So now, it's a long train ride to a remote part of Russia to save the world, all while Shirogane is really taking one for the team going to show that she's trying to help all the Zonapha sufferers out.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 28

    Not having a blast.

    And just like that, Masaru's willpower boots Faceless from his mind, but getting Shirogane out is another matter entirely. Luckily, her joints can be dislocated and put back together as by doing that she slips out of the chains. While that's happening, Colombine is engaged in battle and is trapped, and instead of fighting, she sacrifices herself to save a falling Masaru and Shirogane. Pretty sad to see Colombine go, but she did something heroic there to save the day, all while everybody is finally together again with Narumi making quite the entrance there at the end.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 27

    Mind is playing tricks on him.

    And now, Faceless is really going for it by sending Shirogane out to space, while possessing Masaru's body and making it look like Masaru defeated himself to get the chained-down Shirogane to submit to him. He thought he had it all figured out, but there there's just one problem. Actually three as not all automatons are on-board with his plan, he doesn't know how to lose, and most importantly he can't completely take over Masaru's mind. Even when he's in it to lose, his instincts prevent him from doing it. Even so, things are still dire for Masaru and Shirogane as the rocket is about to blast off into space, all while Colombine is engaged against another loli automaton.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 26

    Nothing lasts forever.

    And the truth is revealed as Colombine unleashes all of the old guys from their chambers, and those automatons sure were in for quite the shock. Pretty emotional that was for Naya and the others meeting their original bodies and killing them by accident. They wanted to live forever, and Faceless could give them that, so that's why they fought for them. Nevertheless that was just sad how things turned out.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 25

    No humans shall be harmed.

    And now, the final cour begins with a new opening, and an ending that is the same song as the first opening. Masaru is in the fortress where automata are being created by Faceless, and he and Lise get help along the way by automata aligned with Francine, who has ordered them not to kill any humans. Masaru is helped out by Columbine after she gets attacked by Naya, and Arlequino helps Lise out when she gets chased. So after running around the mansion, Lise falls down, while Masaru is taken to the place where the original bodies for the automata are lying. Something big is about to be revealed, and it's not going to be pleasant to say the least.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 24

    All aboard the Clown Express!

    The fighting at the hospital for Zonapha patients wraps up with Narumi managing to get everybody who is still alive out of the facility that has been overtaken by the shirogane deployed by Faceless, and Narumi received some unexpected help from Pantalone, who had a change of heart after being injected with Aqua Vitae form his battle with Ashihana. Narumi and Mingxia had a two-on-two battle, and while Narumi made quick work of the drill guy, the trapeze guy was a lot of trouble, and that made Narumi use his upgraded parts to punch through that durable body of his. And then there's Guy fighting a lot of small fries by himself and he's all worn down after all that. Quite a thrilling escape that was as it took everything those guys had to get everybody out to safety on that train. Now, the focus shifts to Masaru as he's confronting Faceless himself seeing that he's the guy he had believed all this time to be his father who tried to take over his body.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 23

    Blood-stained puppets.

    Ashihana has his fight with Pantalone, and just when he thinks he figured out his attack patterns, he hasn't seen anything yet. After getting impaled with his own blade, Ashihana remembers that Aqua Vitae is poisonous to automata, and as such he uses his own blood to defeat Pantalone as he took it in after sucking George's blood out. And then George had a tough time against his opponent, and while he defeated the enemy, he bites the dust, all while Ashihana is about to kick the bucket as well. Pretty intense battles there going to show that it's going to take everything these guys have if they are going to make it out alive and well.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 22

    Heads I win, tails you lose.

    The chaos continues, this time with the focus on Mingxia as she's battling Jones, the gambler. Of course, betting against him is a bad idea, not because Mingxia has bad luck, but because Jones is a cheater as he can manipulate the bets at will. So she takes matters into her own hands and takes luck out of the equation with that sucker punch that breaks him. While that's going on, George and Ashihana have their own battles, and while Ashihana was given the option to just walk away, he has his pride. It's all action here as it goes to show that Faceless means business.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 21

    Face-off against Faceless.

    Now that the backstory has been fully explained, it's go time now as things are quite chaotic. At least Masaru knows just how no-good his "father" was, and that he's determined to not let him take over, but before that Eleonore has been kidnapped, all while Faceless, who is actually Sadayoshi, is out to cause this Zonapha epidemic around the world using the silver goddesses to do his bidding. And just when Guy was about to bite the dust, in comes Narumi to save the day, and then it's back to the hospital that's under attack. Things are finally moving again, and it's so chaotic.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 20

    Papa's got a brand new body.

    And the long backstory finally finishes up as last time Sadayoshi was revealed to be the cause of why all hell broke loose, with the last piece being how he managed to inhabit Masaru's body. It turns out that only a small portion of his soul made it in as Shoji sacrificed himself to keep that bastard from taking Masaru for himself as he was downloading his mind into his, but Shoji puts a stop to that by drowning in a tub of acid. But even so, Sadayoshi is back in a new, artificial body and is ready to take everything away to stick it to Shoji, and it turns out that Sadayoshi is Jin, the jealous brother of Yin. So through all that, Masaru finally understands the situation as he calls Shoji grandfather just before he dies, all while Sadayoshi is the guy who started this whole mess and needs to be stopped. And it all starts with rescuing Shirogane from him. So while the backstory was dragged out, hopefully this will lead to better things moving forward as I lost sense of a lot of things during this stretch, but I understand how important it is to make sure everything is all set up.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 19

    Lurking in the shadows.

    And the reason why Sadayoshi, or rather Dean as that's his real name, is so despised is revealed as he stole the everything away from Shoji. He used to serve as a subordinate, but then things boiled over for him when Angelina chose to fall in love with Shoji instead of him. Then to stick it to him, he put himself into Shoji's grandson. That was quite the elaborate scheme there that he pulled off, and as if all that wasn't bad enough, he has stolen Masaru's identity all for the sake of his grudge against Shoji. No wonder why Masaru is the hunted as not only does he have a massive fortune, but he has Sadayoshi within him, who is an evil man.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 18

    The price of smiles.

    Not long after Eleonore was born, automata come knocking and are after the soft stone that Angelina gave to the baby, and the automata Francine took the baby to get her out of harm's way. And after stumbling into a well, the Aqua Vitae activates causing the water there to become acidic, and Francine used the last of her life to calm her down and dispel the toxic waters. Things just continue to be so messed up in the world that the characters have been living in as it's no wonder why Shirogane has such a chip on her shoulder. But at least they got a smile out of her even when all hell broke loose. It will be interesting to see where this all leads to.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 17

    There's only one, and he's not it.

    Things are getting quite complicated here as now Shoji tells Masaru that Sadayoshi is not his son, thus in turn Masaru is not his grandson. The guy to be known as Sadayoshi was adopted by Shoji, while his only child is Eleonore, who is known today as Shirogane. He was trying to make peace there as this Francine was tossed away because she couldn't laugh, and the soft stone inside Angelina was sought to convert Zonapha sufferers into shiroganes. Lots of background information as has been the case for recent episodes as what is clear is that not everybody is who they think they are in this whole ordeal.

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