TV Anime Karakuri Circus Second OP Theme to be Performed by KANA-BOON

22.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Having just dropped their mini album Nerine, Japanese rock band KANA-BOON have announced a new song titled Haguruma which will be used as the second opening theme song to the popular ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus. You can get a taste for the song in the new trailer for the series below.

The band’s vocalist and guitarist Maguro Taniguchi has been a fan of Karakuri Circus since his childhood. Talking about his dream collaboration, he commented: “I have loved Karakuri Circus since I was a child, so in getting to be a part of it I wrote this song with fiery passion. I’m still very influenced by the characters as I was back then when I see them pushing forward in spite of their wounds and choosing their own path with their own hands while in the middle of misfortune. That’s why we laid the theme out in this song as ‘choices.’ I am very happy to be able to perform music for a series I love. I’m a fan too so I’m really looking forward to [the series] airing. I hope ‘Haguruma’ will be one of the things people look forward to too.”


  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Soundtrack Releasing On July 24

    21.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The final episode of the TV anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga series Karakuri Circus is drawing to a close with its final episode set to air next week. In the run up to the show’s climax, it has been announced that the series soundtrack will be released on July 24.

    The soundtrack features all 62 insert songs composed by Yuki Hayashi as well as all of the opening and ending themes. It also comes with a 28-page special booklet which features the lyrics for the themes as well as iconic scenes from the anime which Hayashi wrote music for, images of the animation process for the opening and ending theme videos, and a long interview between Hayashi and the manga’s author Kazuhiro Fujita.

    The CD cover was illustrated by Kazuhiro Fujita himself and is the only piece of artwork he has drawn for a product associated with the anime adaptation.


    The themes features on the CD are the edited versions for the anime series and include the first opening theme Gekkou by BUMP OF CHICKEN, the first ending theme Marionette by Lozareena, the second opening theme Haguruma by KANA-BOON, the second ending theme Yūdachi by Memai Siren, and the current opening and ending themes Over me by Lozareena and Gekkou again by BUMP OF CHICKEN.


    ©Kazuhiro Fujita・Shogakukan / Twin Engine

    ©Kazuhiro Fujita・Shogakukan

  • Full Music Video for Massara by KANA-BOON Now on YouTube

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON are currently celebrating five years since their debut with “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.” On June 12, the full version music video for KANA-BOON’s newest song Massara was unveiled.


    Massara was released on June 12, marking the end of KANA-BOON’S five-year commemoration project. This makes it a very significant song in their career. 

    Massara is currently the opening for NoitaminA TV anime Sarazanmai. After the release of the short version music video, fans just could not contain their excitement for the release of the full version video.


    From the moment the introduction starts, KANA-BOON powers through the entire song. From the way vocalist/guitarist Maguro Taniguchi passionately screams from the bottom of his heart with deep feeling etched into his face, to the emotional guitar solo, the entire band pulled out all the stops to create this powerful piece. KANA-BOON is set in motion and they just cannot stop improving and striving forward.


    This music video is the perfect way to wrap up KANA-BOON’s five-year commemoration project so please check it out.

  • Smartphone Game Trailer Reveals KANA-BOON’s New Song As Game’s Theme Song

    05.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been five years since KANA-BOON’s debut to stardom and to celebrate, they’re surging through their “5 season” plan of 5 live performances, 5 releases and 5 events to celebrate with their fans. However, as the end of season 5 approaches, they are releasing two songs at once on 12th June. Their new single Massara will be released as a coupling song along with FLYERS; a new song that will become the theme song for a brand new smartphone game called Kick-Flight. An anime game trailer is now available on YouTube.


    Kick-Flight × KANA-BOON: FLYERS Animated Trailer

    The making of the animation for the trailer was directed by MAPPA, who is responsible for many high quality anime such as Yuri!!! on Ice, BANANA FISH and much more. Munehisa Sakai, who has managed a number of famous anime such as ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD and Zombie Land Saga, was the overall director, created the storyboard and producer.


    A light rock beat and speedy lyrics ー a classic KANA-BOON feel-good style. The high quality animation is something you should not miss out on either.

    Statement by vocalist Maguro Taniguchi

    “We have this crazy dream of kicking the life back into this idle world, so we made a song about it. This song is now the theme song for the upcoming game Kick-Flight. I am so happy we bumped into this opportunity. I am especially pleased that we even managed to find and create words that reflect us, which will be the key ingredient in our songs to come. After seeing the game trailer, I was so surprised at the quality ー it looks like it could be an anime. I’m so pleased with it! You can tell that it was made by a very passionate team of video makers. Now I’m even more excited to play the game. Please watch the video!”


    © Grenge, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • Lozareena Unveils CD Cover For Karakuri Circus Opening Theme ‘over me’

    13.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga series Karakuri Circus began airing on October 11 last year and has since gone on to be praised as a “legendary masterpiece.” Japanese singer-songwriter Lozareena sang the series’s first ending theme Marionette which was well-received by fans. Her newest song Over me is now being used as the third opening theme.


    Lozareena enjoyed a strong debut with Marionette which was played on over 40 radio stations across Japan when it was released last year. It become a favourite amongst anime fans and was dubbed “Shirogane’s song,” one of the main characters in Karakuri Circus.

    Regular Edition

    At the time of releasing Marionette, Lozareena chatted with Kazuhiro Fujita, the author of Karakuri Circus, and both of them exchanged opinions on both the series and their creative endeavours. For the new song Over me, the singer sent letters back and forth with Fujita regarding the content of the song lyrics. Like Marionette, the song was once again produced by the internationally acclaimed artist TeddyLoid.



    Details on the content of the CD, which is set to drop on May 22, as well as the CD cover of the Limited Pressing Edition have also been released.


    The CD features both the title track as well as the already-released Marionette (Piano Ballad Ver.) and a new song titled Anemone which is based on the anime’s last boss character Faceless.

    Limited Pressing Edition

    The Limited Pressing Edition comes with a DVD containing the full music video for Marionette as well as the creditless anime opening video for Over Me. The CD cover features an illustration of the main three characters of the series.


    This is the full Lozareena x Karakuri Circus package that any fan of the singer or series shouldn’t miss out on.

  • KANA-BOON Reveal Release Date For TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ Opening Theme ‘Massara’

    20.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON have revealed that they will release their new single Massara (“Brand New”) on June 12. The refreshing-sounding and feel-good song is being used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sarazanmai.


    The single is coupled with the up-tempo track FLYERS which features wordplay by the band’s vocalist Maguro Taniguchi.


    First Press Limited Edition copies of the single come with a DVD featuring the band’s performance at Yokohama Bay Hall taken from their 55-date tour “Let’s go 55 ONE-MAAN!!” held across all 47 prefectures of Japan, as well as a tour documentary. The footage comes as proof of KANA-BOON having refined their live performances even more.

    Additionally, the CD cover art is a photo of KANA-BOON’s muse Yukino Kishii who has appeared in several of their music videos including Naimononedari1.2. step to you and Ikiteyuku. This marks her 5th year working with the band.

    KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi released the following statement on the new single: “It’s been 5 years our debut during which we have come to perform at some crazy events and have release many songs. We are now adding a new song to the repertoire. It’s the theme song for the anime series Sarazanmai. We themed the lyrics on ‘connections’ as the [anime’s] story is rooted in that. You and I, me and you, the world and myself, the stage and the floor, a person I have never seen before and one I have. I want this song to take on both the role of creating new connections and reconnecting things.”

  • BUMP OF CHICKEN’s Song ‘Gekkou’ to Feature New Karakuri Circus Ending Theme

    07.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN’s song Gekkou will be used as the third ending theme for the ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus from April 11 onward.


    Gekkou was previously used as the anime’s first opening theme from October to December last year. The song features a unique fusion of acoustic guitar and accordion mixed with a fast-paced guitar sound.


    The song was written and composed by the band’s vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara. All the members are known fans of the Karakuri Circus manga series which made them a perfect fit for performing the track.

    It is extremely rare to see the same song used as both an opening and ending theme to an anime series. Perhaps it is an insight into the song’s deep connection with the series. This time, the second half of the song will be used as the ending theme. The new lyrics and deepening ensemble will serve to prop up the story as it draws to its conclusion.


    An official new promotional video was posted YouTube which plays the new ending theme. Check it out below.


    “Karakuri Circus” 6th Animated PV

  • KANA-BOON’s new song becomes opening theme song for anime “Sarazanmai”!

    08.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    From “Revolutionary Girl Utena” to “Penguindrum”, Kunihiko Ikuhara is a creative artist who has worked on multiple big hits including Sarazanmai. Sarazanmai will be broadcasted on Fuji-TV’s programming block “NoitaminA” from April 2019.

    The opening theme song will be KANA-BOON’s new song “Massara”. We have finally received a statement by vocalist Maguro Taniguchi, explaining how he felt about making the song. You can hear the song when the anime is broadcasted on NoitaminA on Thursday 7th March at 00:55 am. News about the release of the opening theme song is yet to follow!


    Statement by KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi:

    It’s been five years since our debut and since then we’ve held wild events and released many songs. Now, we have made yet another hit. The song will be the theme song for the anime “Sarazanmai”.


    As the story of the anime focusses on “connections”, we put this theme at the core of our song and from there, we composed the lyrics. Me and you, the world and yourself, the stage and the floor; two people who are yet to meet. Giving birth to new connections and amending broken ties ー this is the role we intend for this song. At the peak of our tour, when we are jumping from hotel to hotel, and even when we are on the move in the car, we compose songs. These songs are a continuation of constant new feelings and that make up our very own theme song.

  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Opening Theme by KANA-BOON Digitally Released

    02.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON released their new song Haguruma digitally on January 31.


    The band is currently carrying out a special project centred around the number “5” which consists of “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons” to celebrate their 5th anniversary since their major debut. Haguruma will be released on CD on March 6, 2019 which will be the first of their “5 releases.”

    The song is used as the second opening theme for the anime series Karakuri Circus. It is already gaining much attention with anime fans due to it going perfectly with the opening video.


    The full version of the track more dramatic than the anime edit. Be sure to check it out before the CD release in a month’s time.

  • KANA-BOON Announce New Single ‘Haguruma’ For 5th Anniversary Release

    19.January.2019 | MUSIC

    This year marks the 5th anniversary since Japanese rock band KANA-BOON went major. To celebrate, their are holding a special project centred around the number “5” which consists of “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.”


    To conclude the end of Season 5, the band will release the first of five singles Haguruma on March 6, 2019.

    The song is used as the second opening theme for the anime series Karakuri Circus. It’s an upbeat tune and the kind of “fight on” song KANA-BOON is known for that looks to the future.


    The single is coupled with the song Orange which features an idyllic and jaunty melody that paints a picture of wearisome and cheerless evenings with colourful words. Lead vocalist Maguro Taniguchi’s songwriting skills really shine through in the track.

    Limited edition copies of the single include a DVD that features the title track music video and the creditless version of the Karakuri Circus second opening video.


    Expect more releases from KANA-BOON very soon.

  • Memai Siren Releases TV Anime Karakuri Circus Ending Theme ‘Yūdachi’

    11.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese rock band Memai Siren will release their new CD single Yūdachi on February 6, 2019. In the run up to its release, the anime edit version of the track is now available on streaming platforms.


    The song serves as the second ending theme for the ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus. A creditless version of the ending video was also posted on TWIN ENGINE’s official YouTube channel.

    Memai Siren have also released a new artist photo with art direction from INNI VISION who worked on the band’s 2017 EP Rikka.

  • Japanese anime is popular worldwide, and one part of the watching-experience that makes a series so memorable is its opening and ending themes. Here’s part one of a list of artists providing music for ongoing series and soon-to-air series.

    Lead x Hinomaru Sumo

    Three-member dance and vocal unit Lead will release their song Be the NAKED on January 30, 2019 which will be used as the opening theme song for the anime series Hinomaru Sumo starting on January 25. The series depicts themes of friendship, endeavor and victory.


    Full Details:



    Be the NAKED
    Release Date: January 30, 2019
    First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
    First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
    First Press Limited Edition A (CD+Special Booklet): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
    Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Lead Official Website:

    Hinomaru Sumo Official Website:


    ЯeaL x Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

    Popular rock band ЯeaL will release Tsuyogari LOSER on February 20, 2019, their new single that will be used as the new ending theme for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. ЯeaL has released a string of smash songs for popular various anime series and they are gaining much attention from anime fans who are anticipating this new release.


    Full Details:



    Tsuyogari LOSER

    Release Date: February 20, 2019

    Price: ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    First Press Bonus: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations wide cap sticker

    Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Website:


    KANA-BOON x Karakuri Circus

    KANA-BOON wrote their new song Haguruma as the second opening theme song for Karakuri Circus. A promotional video for the series was released that includes a snippet of the track. The video features scenes of the characters working together to knock down the circus. Be sure to check it out!


    Full Details:




    TV Anime “Karakuri Circus”

    TOKYO MX: Every Thursday at 22:30 (JST)
    BS11: Every Thursday at 00:00 (JST)。
    Hokkaido TV: Every Monday at 01:55 (JST)


    Streaming Services
    Available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and overseas.


    KANA-BOON Official Website:

    Karakuri Circus Official Website:

    ©Kazuhiro Fujita・Shogakukan / TWIN ENGINE Inc.


    The Quintessential Quintuplets

    The Quintessential Quintuplets is set to begin airing in January 2019. A video teasing the anime’s opening theme song Go-Tōbun no Kimochi was recently released. The song is performed by the series’ five Nakano siblings themselves. It begins with the sisters calling out to the series protagonist Fūtarō Uesugi to wake up. It drops into a cute pop song where each sibling expresses their feelings towards Uesugi, from hate to love.


    Full Details:



    Go-Tōbun no Kimochi (Opening Theme)

    Release Date: January 30, 2019

    Unit Name: Go-Tōbun no Itsutsugo (Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase)

    Price: ¥1,200 (Pre-Tax)

    POS Code: 4988013296619


    Sign (Ending Theme)

    Release Date: March 6, 2019

    Artist Name: Aya Uchida

    First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,900 (Pre-Tax) [COZC-1514-1515]

    POS Code: 4549767 05915 0


    TV Anime “The Quintessential Quintuplets”

    TBS: January 10, 2019 (01:28, JST)

    Sun Television: January 11, 2019 (00:00, JST)

    BS-TBS: January 12, 2019 (02:00, JST)

    *Broadcast times subject to change.


    ©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / The Quintessential Quintuplets Production Committee


    Continued in Part 2.

  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Ending Theme ‘Marionette’ to be Performed by Lozareena

    07.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s dark fantasy manga series Karakuri Circus will begin airing on October 11. It has already been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN will perform the series’ opening theme song. In recent news, it’s just been unveiled that singer-songwriter Lozareena will perform the anime’s ending theme song.

    The song is titled Marionette of which a snippet was revealed in the latest trailer for the anime series which was released on October 3.


    Lozareena made her major debut with her single Tarareba Ryuuseigun which was released on April 11, 2018.

    In coming to write the ending theme Marionette, Lozareena went ahead and read the Karakuri Circus manga and projected the character Shirogane Saiga into the song. The singer commented on the process, talking about how enthusiastic she became about the manga and her thoughts on producing the track.


    Comment: Lozareena
    “I began writing this song as Shirogane’s song. She has lived her life feeling like she can’t smile, like she doesn’t have a self and is being controlled by something other than her. That’s something that everyone has felt in life, even if there’s a difference in to what extent. We are just being controlled by someone, by society, like puppets. We are ‘marionettes.’ I’ve felt this before too. Even so, I may still be able to find something that is my own – something that only I can do. If you meet someone that can help you find that or feel that I believe the world you see is sure to change. Like how Shirogane met Narumi.”


    Marionette arranged by sound producer TeddyLoid who boasts fans across the world. The song, with its melancholic and piercing melody, is made even more grand and emotional thanks to Lozareena’s unique voice.


    The latest trailer for the show which can be seen below includes a short preview of the song along with scenes focusing on Shirogane.


    Lozareena will be holding weekly live streams every Thursday from 23:00 (JST) on LINE LIVE. The first stream was held on October 4 where she gave her thoughts on both Karakuri Circus and Marionette.