Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 14, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011
14 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisCarnival Phantasm is an adaption of the manga "Take Moon" by Type-Moon's Eri Takenashi, to celebrate Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary.
Carnival Phantasm shows parodies and new stories loosely based on Type-Moon's original works like Melty Blood, Fate/Stay Night, Tsukihime, and more.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Take Moon
Character: Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Fate/stay night
Side story: Carnival Phantasm EX Season, Carnival Phantasm: Illya's Castle, Carnival Phantasm: HibiChika Special
Characters & Voice Actors
Okay. So, we have two quite serious franchises most well known for their Visual Novels, Anime... One of them having an anime, and strangely their Fighting Games too. What could we do with them next?
Make a spin-off? Okay... Give it to a freshman company that could ruin it all? Alright...
TAKE MY MONEY!
Carnival Phantasm is an OVA Comedy Sketch Anime based on the Manga called Take-MOON which was written by Type-MOON's Eri Takenashi to celebrate Type-MOON's 10th Anniversary.
I originally heard about this anime back in 2010 but I never had the chance to watch it. So I decided to watch it last year; and this has became my number one favourite of all time.
There really isn't a major story and I'm A-OK with that! The anime follows the many plots the Manga has and revolves around the cast from Melty Blood, Fate/stay night and Tsukihime. Each one having a comedic plot; and the hosts of this anime being the Neco-Arcs from the Melty Blood franchise. There really isn't much to say as there are multiple plots hanging, but they are pulled off so well I cannot help but laugh.
The art is great but it can be very noticeable that some things were missing or re-drawn. One example of an error is during the OP; one of the schoolgirls on the far right will vanish just before she leaves the screen. While these are a few errors, I still like the art direction, it feels very close to the original artwork of the VN and Fighting Games. The OP always brings a smile to my face whenever I see it; the ED is great to see too. This anime is very pretty to look at if you ignore some of the errors.
The sound in this anime is just... how can I put it?... SO HAPPY!
The OP Super Affection by Minami Kuribayashi, Miyuki Hashimoto, Faylan, Aki Misato, yozuca* and rino always puts a huge smile on my face with how upbeat it sounds. The ED Fellows by Masaaki Endoh is a huge treat to listen to as well. The rest of the sound effects are very nice to hear to aswell.
The characters we know and love from Fate/stay, Melty Blood and Tsukihime have all kept their original personalities but upped the ante with a sprinkle of humour added into their personality. There are alot of characters so I will only go through a few. One of the most popular characters in this anime being Lancer (voiced by Nobutoshi Canna) is the biggest bit of Slapstick Humour in this anime and recurring gag. As he is always dying. Satsuki Yumizuka (voiced by Omi Minami) is a member of a stand up group called "Back-Alley Alliance" as she tries to do unfunny stand up comedy.
All the other characters are a treat to see. Even those with minor appearances are a great enjoyment to watch.
If this rating system could go any higher. I'd give it a twelve; but the enjoyment here is absolutely great. The humour in these episodes is hilarious and will always bring a smile to your face, the jokes are great, the recurring gags are hilarious; characters are so memorable and great to see. The OP is just so cheery too. It feels like the right recipe that can be watched again and again, with the comedy never running dry.
This anime to me is just amazing. I had my doubts about it at first, but I'm glad I got to see it; its my favourite of all time and I enjoyed it. Fans of Type-MOON's Visual Novels, Fighting Games and Fate/stay night anime franchises will love this.
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Once upon a time, there was a certain, quite funny manga featuring the characters from both sides of the Nasuverse, and telling us the story of their meetup. Its title was Take Moon, and it was liked by those who understood it, and unrecognized by those who didn’t. With the former being in a definite minority, Take Moon didn’t become overly popular, or in fact – its existence was unnoticed by a wider audience. But then, to celebrate their tenth birthday, Type-Moon announced the upcoming OVA, which was to be loosely based on the, already dust-covered, Take Moon. I must admit – I wasn’t entirely sure whether adapting that manga (which was aimed at a very narrow range of receivers to begin with) wouldn’t fall short of its premise… and to top it all off, the studio responsible for production was a newcomer to the industry, so—yes, it seemed that the grim future would await that OVA series. Time passed by, my skepticism towards the series grew, the first OVA was released, and… I can’t help but mutter to myself “o ye of little faith”. What I had expected to be a failure similar to Higurashi Kira, proved to be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a very long while. Are you excited yet? Sorry, but before you start drooling, you must remember that there are certain conditions which need to be met beforehand in order to find the series funny.
Now, don’t kill me, don’t swear at me, don’t throw knives at me, just try to stomach the fact that to fully understand all the jokes in Carnival Phantasm, having watched the adaptations of F/sn and Tskukihime is, well, far from being enough. This series was made to celebrate the Type-Moon’s birthday, thus all jokes, all characters… basically everything is related to what they created during those 10 years. So, sorry, but to fully appreciate the series you need to play through Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya, Tsukihime Plus-Disc, Melty Blood, Fate/stay night, and Fate/hollow ataraxia. Not watched – played. Their adaptations are either very, very loose (F/sn), or are… not adaptations at all (Tsukihime). With that being said, let us move onward and discuss the anime itself.
The story is about the aforementioned meetup between two sides of Nasuverse. So - to put it in different words - Shirou and Shiki with their gangs finally get to see each other. The form and concept of this anime is very simple - we have tons of jokes (inside ones for most of the time), some fan service, and all those characters we know all-too-well making fools of themselves. Sounds trivial and cliched, but... no, it's actually true - this series is nothing new, but it's not about originality here, but rather about enjoyment and delivering fun to all the fans. I mean, we have characters' personalities being laughed at, Sacchin being cast aside as always (isn't it sad, Sacchin?), and a few overlapping dates... We have everything here, everything! The amount of funny scenes and pacing faster than Ciel's Black Keys make Carnival Phantasm the best gift a T-M fan could get. If you're not one, well - this series is not really for you. If you watch it - you'll most likely enjoy it, giggle a few times, some sudden bursts of laughter are sure to ensue too, but it's still far from the amusement of those who would give away one of their kidneys if that made Nasu finally finish the script for Mahoutsukai no Yoru.
The art and design aspects of this series are, I'm missing a word here, err... fluffy, I guess. But apart from that - characters are drawn better than in both: F/sn and Tsukihime anime. Also, the way they are drawn shows their personalities very well. As much as I hate that word, I just have to name things right, the art style emanates with moeness. But apart from all that - there are original elements of graphics from Melty Blood (gauge meters), locations known from the visual novels and other things that remind you of the games (for example: in the fourth episode Neko-Arc plays both F/sn and Tsukihime). When it comes down to art, I just don't have anything against it - it's really good as it is.
Music and voice acting... are both great! Voice actors/actresses known from Melty Blood and the vns, a few older themes from the vns combined with some new ones - it's really good. And the voice of Jouji Nakata as Kotomine is something I could listen to for hours. I don't really like the opening song - but it undeniably suits the series well, so let's be fair in judgments. To sum it up, audio-visual side of the series is not great or awesome - it's just bloody perfect. It's exactly as it should be, so no complaints here.
I think we can skip the talk about characters - I mean, they are what makes the whole OVA, and if you don't know them - you should go and say hello to them before even trying to watch Carnival Phantasm. I'll repeat myself here, but it's worth pointing out - the characters' personalities are being laughed at in the most perfect way imaginable.
Did I enjoy it? An inane question, really - of course I did! Thanks to Carnival Phantasm I spent about 3 hours of quality time, having fun and laughing until my stomach hurt. I shall say it again - for your own sake, do not watch this OVA if you haven't played the original games. It's a hassle, I know - but you really should at least check those games out for your own sake. They're a few of best titles available in English, so it's really worth it. Furthermore, Carnival Phantasm is a textbook example of what fan service should be - it's not about boobs, low camera angles and panties everywhere. It's about showing the appeal of characters whom the viewers got accustomed to - and if there's nothing else beside boobs about them, then... they are not much of interesting protagonists and heroines, really. I can't help but give it a 10 - even though I'm rather stingy when it comes down to scores. As a huge T-M fan I just can't rate it any lower, it's... damn, it's just too good. read more
Both series are Type-Moon related franchise so expect some of the same characters to pop up here and there. But more importantly, both series are VERY funny for their humor. In fact, both series are portrayed as parodies with no direct/serious plot to the whole.
There is a lot of funny dialogues as well as comedy going on. There is also the school life background where even more comedy ensures.
Verdict: watch for the humor and entertainment rather than taking either series seriously.
-Spin off story of Fate The Series
-Serve jokes and light battle
-Including moe-moe character
-Character's nature that totally different from the original story
Carnival Phantasm and Fate/kaleid are part of the Fate franchise, but on a alternate story. Unlike it's parent franchise, they both have a lighthearted, comedy atmosphere, where characters interact with funny dialogues and segments. You will see most of the returning characters, who are going to be a either a running gag, or in a cute appearance.
Carnival Phantasm is somewhat a variety genre where they show gags and comedy segments, but no story. Fate/kalied follows Illya who is a normal school girl until she was contracted as a magical girl.
Opening Theme"Super☆Affection (すーぱー☆あふぇくしょん)" by Minami Kuribayashi, Miyuki Hashimoto, Faylan, Aki Misato, yozuca*, rino
Ending Theme#1: "Fellows" by Masaaki Endoh (eps 1-10, 12)
#2: "FINAL DEAD LANCER" by Yasuharu Takanashi (ep 11)
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