As a talented young acrobat, Sora has dreamed of sharing a stage with the performers of Kaleido Stage, a world renowned circus that combines graceful acrobatics, dazzling costumes, and stunts that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. She makes the move from Japan to California to audition for the show, in hopes of one day basking in the glitz and glamour.
However, finding her place in such a competitive world will not be easy. Sora will shed blood, sweat, and tears on her path to becoming a performer, buoyed by the friends she makes along the way. Of course, there will also be rivals and other individuals who do not believe Sora has what it takes to shine as brightly as Kaleido Stage needs her to.
Sora will need to endure these trials and tribulations in her quest to become a star, earning the respect of both those who doubt her abilities and by those who are threatened by her. Watch as Sora flies through the bright lights in Kaleido Star! – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Echo’s Anime Reviews
MUST OWN. Get your ass off the computer right now and buy it. I’m serious here.
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In the case of Kaleido Star, I do see a couple of flaws here and there. Some of the more emotional scenes are just too hard to sit through for some viewers, myself included, and of course the English dub’s a little hit-or-miss. But let me put it to you this way: I don’t know if I’ll ever raise a family. But if I do so, I would show this to my hypothetical children. Sora Naegino is just such a great role model for anyone who has goals for their lives. It’s true that outside circumstances may put a damper on those plans, but with enough diligence and the right attitude, she can power throw anything life throws at her. Now that, more than anything I could say about the animation, the music, the storylines ‒ which are all fantastic by the way ‒ is the greatest compliment I could give anything. But even if Kaleido Star’s problems are enough to dock it some points in the end, well, that’s why I invented the Dragon Award modifier — to celebrate those works which do something so amazingly and uniquely good, that I simply have to recommend them despite any minor flaws. So, if you can steel yourself for a bit of heartbreak, you’re in for a fantastic treat for both the eyes and the heart. And hey, if it gets you turned onto Princess Tutu, so much the better! I won’t tell.
So yes, this series deserves all of the praise it gets. Even though it’s got 52 episodes, every single one of them is dedicated somehow to pushing one of the characters forward, and I especially liked how much of an in-depth look it gave into the themes of working to your dreams and never giving up. It’s a wonderful series, definitely the product of Good Gonzo.
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Just plain enjoyed it. What complaints I have dissolve when the overall series is viewed, it becomes a cohesive, enjoyable and suprisingly motivation anime. I highly recommend this series for anyone who can look past labels and just enjoy it for what it is.
This show is a fascinating look at how tough it is to be new at something. The more experienced girls treat the newbies like garbage, not thinking they even belong at Kaleido Stage. But everyone is new at some point. Sora not only has to overcome extremely challenging situations physically; socially, she has to take the harshest criticism imaginable for every mistake she makes. The animation of the show is beautiful and when you get to see a real Kaleido performance, the visual effects are stunning. Watching this show makes you feel like you’re in the audience watching the performances, cheering when Sora and her two best friends get it right, and cringing at their mistakes with them, hoping they’ll do it better next time
A wonderful plot with excellent story progression, Kaleido Star is the light for those moments when the clouds are gloomy and the sky is dark. The stage performances sometimes border on the absurdly impossible (like a swaying tightrope swordfight in the rain), but it’s simply magical (think Disney). Drop a star if you don’t like simplistic titles like these.
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Overall this was a great ride, Satou Junichi\’s other creation, Princess tutu had left me in a bit of a trance when it ended, apparantly this had the same effect. It is hard to describe the truly magical effect this has, you have to watch it to know, and you won\’t regret it.
The cast of Kaleido Star are here to give us a show. The performers put forth a brilliant effort all in order to entertain, and we simply bear the fruit of their endeavors. No matter how much sweat was put into the performance behind the scenes, the emotional payout from seeing these stars succeed is an absolute joy to watch, so much that it becomes more than difficult to resist the primal urge of a smile.
This is a great anime that is all about the struggle to be the best you can be. Sora’s spirit is almost always high and she tries so hard to be a performer worthy of being Layla’s partner. This anime shows how important it is never to give up hope even in the darkest times. Sora’s friends play an important part in her life just as friends do in real life and I thought it was captured really well. This is an anime that is great for all, young or old. There’s not any violence or inappropriate language and that makes it possible for families to enjoy together. There is some humor that only adults will understand, but only because most children haven’t experienced enough of life to understand.
Kaleido Star takes a while to come into its own – but the wait is worth it. With an entertaining journey, the show is ultimately nothing but camp fun designed for those looking to sit back and enjoy without having to figure out any plot complexities. I honestly expected to dislike the sentimentality, especially with Chii’s running critique of crudeness, however Kaleido definitely disarmed and then grew on me. As the conflicting comments can contest, this is a love or hate show that will not appeal to everyone, but I definitely enjoyed a heart-warming tale.