Kaleido Star

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Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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!

Last Updated: 6/10/2022Network: TV Tokyo
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An Amazing New Rival
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6.00
4 votes

#1 - An Amazing New Rival

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/2003

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Amazing Prologue to Stardom (Part 1)
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6.50
2 votes

#2 - Amazing Prologue to Stardom (Part 1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/4/2003

Fool recaps Sora's career as a performer from joining Kaleido Stage up to the Arabian Nights show.

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Amazing Prologue to Stardom (Part 2)
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6.50
2 votes

#3 - Amazing Prologue to Stardom (Part 2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/2003

Fool recaps Sora's career as a performer from joining Kaleido Stage up to the Legendary Great Maneuver.

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Amazing Rosetta of Sweat and Tears
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7.00
3 votes

#4 - Amazing Rosetta of Sweat and Tears

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/2003

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Mr. Policeman's Amazing Proposal
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7.00
2 votes

#5 - Mr. Policeman's Amazing Proposal

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/31/2004

Sora, Ken, Mr. Policeman, and his love are trapped in a bank robbery. When the Kaleido Stage is insulted, Sora performs a dazzling impromptu performance that gets the robber to turn himself in.

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Mysterious Amazing Circus
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7.20
5 votes

#6 - Mysterious Amazing Circus

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/3/2003

Instead of vacation, Kalos assigns Sora as a guest performer for a faraway circus group called "Theatrical Camp", accompanied by Ken. The two arrive at a rustic town with a rustic circus. For the next performance, Sora is assigned as the lead princess role. The following day, Ken and Sora find out that the group does not dedicate time for rehearsal. Instead, Sora is advised to notice the individual performers and their specialized acts, plus, she must adjust to the crowd and each other. For her first performance, she is simply shoved into stage and is humiliated on stage. Despite the humiliation, she figures out the need for adaptation and improvised performance interaction with the audience and the others. Later, she learns the trapeze specialist used to work for Kaleido Stage.

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Marion's Amazing Debut
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7.33
3 votes

#7 - Marion's Amazing Debut

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/29/2003

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The Legendary Amazing Maneuver
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7.50
4 votes

#8 - The Legendary Amazing Maneuver

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 9/4/2003

Now able to see Fool, Layla is reasserted by Sora, and Fool informs the two about their worthiness for the Legendary Great Maneuver, which risks the lives of any performer attempting the trick. Keeping the maneuver secret, he gives them the idea of performing the maneuver together. In the meantime, Kaleido Stage under Yuri's management suffers dwindling attendance rates, and as Yuri seeks Layla's return, she informs her decision. Angered, Yuri publicizes the intention of performing the maneuver, without consultation. Given one month to train, Layla throws the ownership of Kaleido Stage as a wager. Together along with the rest of the group, they meet up with Kalos for coaching at the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival, Sora and Layla begin the relentless and necessary physical regiment.

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My Amazing Fresh Start
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7.50
2 votes

#9 - My Amazing Fresh Start

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/17/2004

Sora decides to go back to Kaleido Stage even if it is to help out in the background. May does not agree with Sora's decision. May and Leon perform Romeo and Juliet with their famous move that won them the world competition, the Demon Spiral, and as they get applause from the audience, Sora becomes aware that she misses the stage. Mia gets advise from Broadway director Cathy Taymore who also criticizes Leon and May's poor partnership and lack of enamor. When May amps to compete with Sora, Sora refuses. At night, Leon chases Sora across traffic in a trans-like state mistaking her for Sophie.

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An Amazingly Humiliating Performance
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7.50
2 votes

#10 - An Amazingly Humiliating Performance

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/24/2004

During the performance of Romeo and Juliet, Leon drags Sora into the performance when she is scattering flowers. To not confuse the audience, Sora competes with May, but as Sora leaves the stage, Leon again mistakes Sora as Sophie and chases her falling from the trapeze. To lift Sora's spirit, her friends throw her a performance in the Kid's Stage.

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Launching An Amazing Smile!
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7.50
2 votes

#11 - Launching An Amazing Smile!

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/7/2004

With Leon in the hospital, the Stage cannot open up performances so the Kaleido gang create a performance for the Kenneth Motor Show based on the theme Harmony with Nature. Sora tells Layla that Sora wants to return to the stage and Layla gets an urge to return to the stage too. Anna creates a fun caterpillar act with two others and Ken. The day of the show, there is a net placed for the trapeze act that will prevent Sora and May from being visible or close to the audience. With little preparation, but some smart use of free ropes, Sora, May and Rosetta put on a dazzling and fun performance for all ages. Sora adlibs wildly, and May realizes that Sora's energy is to make the audience smile.

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My Amazing And Lonely Challenge
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7.57
7 votes

#12 - My Amazing And Lonely Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/17/2003

Sora deals with Fool, who indicates her as a future star performer. However, the other performers view Sora with jealousy, because she qualified without an audition. Motivated, she cleans the stage early in the morning. After the cleaning work, she ends up late to ballet lessons. At practice, she stumbles and draws further disrespect from the other performers. In addition, she blurts out her prospect of performing Layla's special trapeze trick, the "Golden Phoenix". Overhearing Sora's boast, Layla is adamant that she will practice and perform the trick in one week's time. Motivated to earn respect, she learns the trick with the help of Ken, even without prior experience handling the swings. As she trained, Sora shares her determination with Mia Guillem and Anna Heart, whom she gains support and friendship. Sora persistence earns Layla's approval.

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Anna's Not So Amazing Father
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7.67
3 votes

#13 - Anna's Not So Amazing Father

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/12/2003

After a Little Mermaid performance, Anna reads about a comedy act performed by her father, Jack Barron, whom she had not seen in a decade. Then she looks back to her childhood memories of him, and the day he left the family. Yet, Anna had maintained contact via correspondence. At a comedy club, they watch his bitter and cynical act, which insults the audience. This "new" version of her father is stark in contrast to the father she remembers, and she runs out of the comedy club. Apparently, his career was marked with disappointment and deception. After calling her mother, Anna attends Jack's comedy act once more dressed as a waitress to confront him on stage. Together, the two talk through some old truths and reconcile.

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The Ever Amazing Miss Layla
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7.67
3 votes

#14 - The Ever Amazing Miss Layla

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/22/2003

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Amazing and Sad Homecoming
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7.67
3 votes

#15 - Amazing and Sad Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/10/2004

Everyone returns to Kaleido Stage to begin rehearsal, but Sora feels defeated. So she gives up and decides to return to Japan for good with her family. Sora takes the chance to spend time with her new baby sister, but the Fool reminds her if she gives up then he'll disappear from her sight. Meanwhile at Kaleido Stage, May begins to annoy the cast while tensely rehearsing. Ken and Mr. Policeman attempt to visit Sora and Minami convinces Sora to go back to Kaleido Stage.

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Fire it up! Amazing Mia
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7.75
4 votes

#16 - Fire it up! Amazing Mia

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 7/24/2003

Entrusted with the next show, Mia devotes her efforts towards writing the script. In the meantime, Layla turns to Simon, an experienced scriptwriter. Also, Sora talks to Yuri about his motivation towards dismantling Kaleido Stage, which involves revenge for his deceased father. The next day, Mia presents her rough draft, and Layla disapproves. Yet, Kalos appoints Mia as the director, and Simon is assigned as Mia's mentor and the script supervisor. Just as Mia nearly quits writing, Sora inspires her with additional story ideas, and Mia asks the others to practice some routines, even with an unfinished script. A week later, the show is successful.

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An Amazing Bond
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7.75
4 votes

#17 - An Amazing Bond

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 9/18/2003

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An Amazing Sinister Rumor
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7.75
4 votes

#18 - An Amazing Sinister Rumor

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/17/2003

Manami, Sora's old friend, visits Kaleido Stage while on the way to Boston. Throughout the day, Manami overhears various backstage discussions and observes Sora's regular day schedule. During practice the following day, Yuri takes Sora out to lunch and offers her a job outside Kaleido Stage. He reveals his intent on creating a new circus to rival Kaleido Stage. In addition, Kaleido Stage workers leave in droves, which cancels further performances. After the last Arabian Nights show, Yuri makes his separation official, and Manami departs feeling satisfied about Sora's choices. In order to keep Kaleido Stage in operation, Mia submits ideas for the next show, and Kalos orders its one week preparation.

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Facing An Amazing Wall
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7.75
4 votes

#19 - Facing An Amazing Wall

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/5/2003

While in cloud nine, Sora goes through her schedule as the leading role, including photo shoots, practices, etc. Via video-tape, Sora looks to mimic Layla's previous performance. After some performances, audience opinions on the Little Mermaid have been lackluster, and attendance decreases. Fearing poor reviews, this prompted Sora to study her role and experiment in order to "make the performance her own" by incorporating her personality. After upsetting the stage crew over changes, she figures out the role of a mermaid and shares her ideas. With some script adjustments, the production crew finally pleases the audience.

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My Amazingly Distant Family
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7.83
6 votes

#20 - My Amazingly Distant Family

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/5/2003

Sora's adopted father makes a surprise visit to Kaleido Stage. For the debut of the Triple Illusion, the team performs poorly and receives a negative review the next day. The review spread to her worried father and among the performers. In another performance, the three continue to struggle, and Sora's father sees the negative atmosphere back stage. Worried, he suggests for her to return with him back to Japan. Soon afterwards, her father has a heart attack, and with an hour till another performance, Sora runs off to her hospitalized father. Missing a performance, she decides to return home, but before boarding the flight, she becomes depressed once again, expressing her childhood dream of performing. In turn, her father lets her return to Kaleido Stage; Sora apologizes to the stage crew and follows up with a better performance.

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The Amazing Seal
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7.83
6 votes

#21 - The Amazing Seal

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/8/2003

Prancing happily on the beach, Sora trips over an unconscious baby seal, whom she names Jonathan. With pity, she sneaks the seal back to the dormitory, with the intent upon keeping and taking care of him. In addition to her Kaleido Stage work, she fills up her daily schedule with part-time work, over Layla's objections. Eventually, the doubled workload renders Sora exhausted, and her concerned friends look to pick up some of the burden. However, Sarah Dupont shows a flyer of a juggling contest, where first prize can feed Jonathan for a month. Having never juggled before, Sora and company work on a routine. Having been gone for six days, Kalos returns and sees the juggling act. After some convincing, he allows Sora to keep Jonathan as a company mascot, under the care of Marion and her father.

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The Amazing Resolve Beneath The Mask
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8.00
4 votes

#22 - The Amazing Resolve Beneath The Mask

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 8/28/2003

Performances at the marine park continue, and a low-profile Layla scurries off after the rain. Apparently, Yuri is aware of her identity as the masked performer, and Layla's father confronts her about it. In the meantime, Yuri buys out a large number of marine park tickets, on condition for the cancellation of Sora's contract. This forces the group to enter a performance competition in Vancouver, where Yuri is unknowingly one of the judges. Concerned about Sora, Layla temporarily leaves her movie production and helps with the group's performance as the masked performer. Afterwards, Layla's identity is revealed in front of everyone, including her own father, and Layla expresses her desire to continue performing. In the end, Layla gains the ability to see Fool.

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An Amazing Change From Zero To Hero
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8.00
6 votes

#23 - An Amazing Change From Zero To Hero

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 8/14/2003

Sora and company had not worked for 2 weeks, and they attend the first Kaleido Stage production under Yuri. Soon, the three work at a seafood restaurant, which ends shortly after humiliating themselves in front of Yuri. Upon Sarah's return, she arrives with a job opportunity at the marine park. Auditioning for the job, they invite other former Kaleido Stage members, including Rosetta. On the other hand, Layla declines. At the marine park, the group is notified of a show cancellation, which brings suspicion of Yuri's intervention. Nevertheless, they perform their routines in the park anyways, and they impress the park attendees. During their impromptu show, Sarah surmises that it was actually Kalos who cancelled the performance to give them an opportunity to perform in a more open space with a bigger audience. Just before an angered park owner interrupts their performances, Dio and a mysterious masked performer arrives.

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Yuri's Amazing Trap
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8.00
4 votes

#24 - Yuri's Amazing Trap

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 7/31/2003

Kaleido Stage continues to thrive with Mia's production. However, their hopes are dashed, as Yuri takes ownership of Kaleido Stage and cancels the remaining performances of Mia's show. Likewise, anyone refusing to work for Yuri resign their positions at Kaleido Stage. Regardless of the circumstances, Layla continues to view Sora as a worthy partner, but her father makes a greater presence on her career path. With the transfer of Kaleido Stage, the stage crew have one last show, but Sora deals with the bleak outlook of Kalos's words and not seeing Fool. In addition, she contemplates the last performance as the end, but she overhears Layla's conversation with Yuri, where she depicts a more optimistic view. As a result, they move onward with good spirits.

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The Amazing Intensive Training Continues
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8.00
3 votes

#25 - The Amazing Intensive Training Continues

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 9/11/2003

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