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Karneval (TV)

Karneval (TV)

Alternative Titles

English: Karneval
Synonyms: Karneval (2013)
Japanese: カーニヴァル


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.441 (scored by 30154 users)
Ranked: #16892
Popularity: #441
Members: 68,924
Favorites: 685
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Nai 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"!!

(Source: OneManga)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Karneval
Other: Karneval, Karneval Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro
Michael Teague, Sean
Michael Teague, Sean
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Ayres, Greg
Ayres, Greg
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Bevins, Christopher
Bevins, Christopher
Endou, Aya
Endou, Aya
Saxton, Jad
Saxton, Jad


Suganuma, Eiji
Kodama, Saori
Theme Song Lyrics
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Performance

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Dec 5, 2014
Karneval, I had high hopes seeing the logo and art style of the promotional banners, an interesting mix of cheery and gothic. I was sad that the art didn't continue very much into the actual show further than the costuming of the circus agents. The overall feel felt like a brighter version of D.Gray Man. The story was interesting but could have used a little more thought and the characters were decent, (despite Nai's lack of a back bone driving me nuts) but the downfall was the work put into the dub. I cringed every time the main cast entered the read more
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May 3, 2014
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 read more
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Jul 9, 2013
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 read more
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Aug 6, 2013
Do you happen to be female? Yes? Do you like watching tons of bishies fight yet also have enough fluff moments to satisfy your inner fangirl? Really?
Then "Karneval" might be an anime for you.

Let me say that Karneval is not a masterpiece, it's not something that changes your view of life. Still, it's a rather nice series to watch on a boring afternoon. Maybe you've watched animes like "K" or "07-Ghost", they both deliver an equal amount of fighting and fanservice.
If you liked either of them, you'll probably like this one.

But let's get to a more detailed description:

Story 7/10

While there is read more
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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 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
both have a white haired protagonist (with a black haired "friend"),involved with some mysterious power and organization fighting the evil.
Both involve people with special abilities and secret organizations going after evil elements. Both have characters with very optimistic and artistic personalities. Both have the same action genre and the art of both anime are a bit too fancy.

One has an extra supernatural, comedy genre and a yaoi element in it, while the other has sci-fi and school as its extra genre. One has an extra ecchi element, while one doesn't. The MC in one anime is boy who's more like a damsel-in-distress, while the other anime also stars a boy but he however, can kick ass.
- Similar art styles
- MC is a little boy
- Lots of bishounen everywhere who do their best to protect MC
- Both series give the same kind of mysterious feeling.
Both anime display some plot similarities like, for instance:
- A Powerful Organization (Pandora/Circus) & some weird monsters.
- An alternative fantasy World, where PH is set in an alternative Victorian Era and Karneval in a Modern Steampunk World.
- A blonde happy go lucky main character (Oz/Yogi) that apparently has no problems, but later on some secrets are revealed.
IMO, I like PH better because of certain elements you do not find in Karneval: While PH & Karneval start with a happy feeling, PH soon becomes heart wrenching,leading to a profound character development and an intricate twisted plot, while Karneval manages to keep the happy feeling by shortening the drama scenes and making soft transitions. Still, both are anime that heavily rely on the message of true friendship and that is the central theme: "your friend is your family, you will protect them, they will protect you" is a quote that could define both plots, even if they are dealt in a completely opposite manner. Also, in both mangas the males are predominately more well developed than the females. Take for instance, Alice (PH) & Tsukumo (Karneval) which are badass, but frequently overshadowed by the males´s strong and meaningful presence. In general, I would say if You like one of these anime, you'll certainly enjoy the other, they both have gorgeous artwork and most of all, very likable characters.

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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