Synonyms: Karneval (2013)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisNai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country's most powerful defense organization—"Circus"!!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Karneval
Other: Karneval, Karneval Specials
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I wanted to like this show. Hand to God, really. It was probably one of the most visually unique programs I'd found in recent memory, and its commitment to the visual theme of a circus reminded me of Soul Eater's gothic design motifs in a refreshingly good way.
But having finished its (insofar) only season, I feel exhausted, and yet, content-wise, I feel grossly underfed.
The main problem is Karneval wants so badly to be a big, interesting anime with big mysterious overarching serial plot threads. It wants to do the FMA:B-esque slow, controlled, gradual reveal of information. All of its arcs (save for the one that finds Gareki revisiting his childhood home—probably not coincidentally, the show's high watermark by a long shot), aim to pique the reader's curiosity about the mythos and the big picture first and foremost, but lose focus on being satisfying in the moment.
So, throughout its run, Karneval withholds exposition and lore from the viewer, thinking it's being tantalizing, but it crosses the line well into confounding.
So when it comes time to reap the benefits of all these seeds it had sown throughout the course of series—at the cost of its episode-to-episode (or even arc-to-arc) quality and general enjoyability—it fumbles. It simply can't cover them all. It shucks and weaves throughout a giant, chaotic battle climax to touch base on them, and satisfyingly concludes none of them. (Probably the most egregious offender is Nai's quest to find his old friend Karoku—an incredibly enigmatic character, frequently teased by the narrative, whose role and character are both woefully underexplained, even by the show's end.)
I haven't read the manga, but what this smacks of is a poor adaptation, biting off more source-material plotlines than the anime had room to chew. With its lack of conclusions, and so many balls still in the air, characters introduced to hardly ever be used, not to mention its too-optimistic sequel-begging final scenes, I feel like I just finished watching the pilot to a show, not its entire first year (and possibly its entire run).
And sure, the visuals are amazing. The characters are fun to watch interact with each other, even if they are a little short on development (although, with a cast of 24 characters for a 13-episode series, it was inevitable some of them would have wound up a little undercooked—again: overambitious source material selection). But all in all, I'd say unless there's something about the premise or the art that really speaks to you, getting invested in Karneval is primarily a discouraging venture. read more
The show must go on! No literally, the show should really keep going on. I only recently finished it and I'm already aching for more episodes.
At first, what may appeal to you and make you want to watch the show is the art. After all, it's very colorful, bright, and overall beautiful. It's enticing to say the least, and the first thing that hits you is probably how beautifully animated and drawn it is.
After the outstanding art settles in, the characters and plot may seem lacking. It centers around Nai and Gareki; a dynamic duo who met by chance and chance alone. They're soon intertwined into a world of action and danger via Circus, a protection agency whose sole mission is to protect the world from the Varuga and Kafta. (You'll find out more about them throughout the show.) The two soon begin building friendships with some of Circus's members, such as with Yogi and Tsukumo. The show itself is very well paced for such a small amount of episodes. However, the show itself ended leaving a lot to be asked for and desired. Many questions were left unanswered, and that usually doesn't leave a good taste in your mouth, particularly with no promises of a future season.
The music is good. The opening and ending are cute enough and catchy as well. Most of the music and sfx fit well in the show, so I really can't complain.
All in all, I would give this show a watching. With only thirteen episodes, it's a shame if you don't. It's creative, mysterious, and all in all a good time.
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Both series feature two protagonists—one white-haired, the other black-haired—in a sort of guarded-guardian relationship. As well, both white-haired protagonists have more to them than meets the eye. The characters of Karneval and K [Project] interact within alternate realities wherein mystical occurrences are possible.
The two series share the quality of having fantastical aspects in play throughout their progressions. Characters' powers are unique, and there's no shortage of futuristic gadgets and sci-fi elements. In conjunction with this environment are paramount forces and organizations that engage in power struggles as connections between characters are gradually revealed.
Both anime have similar art styles and they both have some super natural elements. Both MC's have similar personalities and style as well.
Similar art: eyes, hair;
The main characters are similar (personality, appearance...);
Both have action and supernatural elements;
Similar universes with groups: HOMRA and SCEPTER4 // Circus.
Mysterious organisations, tons of handsome guys, a slightly similar plot and a decent amount of action - if you happen to like one of these, you'll definitely like the other.
Both are fantasies with similar art styles and feature a weak but kinda adorable main character who makes a strong and unlikely friend and isn't what they seem. I also think it's safe to compare Scepter 4 to Circus....
-Both involve a guy protecting the main character
-Both give off same aura and feeling into the anime
-Both anime similar setting time of era
-Both anime involves supernatural
-Both anime involves main character has powers but they don't know
-Both anime has action
-Both are dark at times yet funny
-Both really good
Makai Ouji and Karneval are published by the same company. Both series deals with supernatural things. Lots of bishounen characters. The opening animation has that Karneval feeling.
These shows have a similar feel due to the fantasy elements used and the extraordinary powers the characters possess.
They both are about a cute main character and other hot characters protecting him ,
both have to do with fantasy
Opening Theme"Henai no Rondo (偏愛の輪舞曲)" by GRANRODEO (eps 2-12)
Ending Theme"REASON" by KAmiYU (eps 1-11, 13)
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