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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: 7.431 (scored by 32286 users)
Ranked: #17422
Popularity: #447
Members: 73,673
Favorites: 703
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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)

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Aired  Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Karneval
Other: Karneval, Karneval Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kitamura, Eri
Kitamura, Eri
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Endou, Aya
Endou, Aya


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

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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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Apr 22, 2015
This might actually be one of my favorite animes, and I doubt that that is the case for many others. But it was as if this anime was designed to appeal specifically to me. The look, characters, mythology, story, it all works wonders for me. The best things about this anime is twofold. First, the animation is absolutely stunning. The colors are bright without being garish, and help with the atmosphere wonderfully. The character designs are also very well done on all fronts. This show has a very, very distinct look to it, which I appreciate. Secondly, the cast of characters is very solid. The 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. 
reportRecommended by mechato
both have a white haired protagonist (with a black haired "friend"),involved with some mysterious power and organization fighting the evil. 
reportRecommended by Sango_chan_desu
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. 
reportRecommended by Nasty001
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  read more 
reportRecommended by Orulyon
-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 
reportRecommended by iNinjeek
- 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. 
reportRecommended by SailorKagome

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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