Alleged leaks have surfaced following a Weibo post featuring an image of what appears to be an anime adaptation announcement for Kazuhiro Fujita's 1997 manga series Karakuri Circus. Originally published in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, the leaks hold slight value following the detailing that in the upcoming issue of the magazine there would be an important announcement from Kazuhiro Fujita, as detailed in the Mainichi Shinbun. The alleged leak can be seen pictured below:
It's clear from the image above that there's quite a bit planned behind this. Listed at the bottom right corner of the post is a link to an official website, which when accessed, requires you to log in to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, there's a Twitter account listed next to that which was originally registered in November 2017, likely around the time of discussion for the anime. That being said, you can never be too careful with these kinds of things, especially with the curiosity of thousands peeked by the mystery surrounding the upcoming announcement from Kazuhiro Fujita. Remember, this is just a rumor we're discussing.
Originally published in 1997, Karakuri Circus follows the story of Masaru Saiga. The story is kicked off with the death of his father, who leaves behind 18 billion yen in inheritance solely for Masaru. This sparks jealousy in his half-relatives and his uncle, who all eventually set out to murder or abduct Masaru. The full synopsis of the story can be found below:
With just a few more days until we finally find out what the big revelation is in regards to the author, it'll be interesting to see if this supposed leak holds any value. Until then, however, we'll just have to wait and see. Don't forget, this is just a rumor, so don't take it with too much face value.
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.