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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Score: 7.471 (scored by 24815 users)
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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
Characters & Voice Actors
*Decided to re-write my review*
Karneval- An anime with a strong plot, great characters, and amazing artwork.
At first glance, Karneval looks like nothing more than a bishie parade. Which is sorta true, beautiful people, beautiful people everywhere, but, if that is all you look at, and don't at least give Karneval a try, there is something wrong with you.
Karneval isn't that well known, which is a shame. It really is a good story. At least, the manga. Trying to smash great character development and a somewhat confusing plot into 13 episodes wasn't a great idea.
Art and Animation
Karneval's art is just superb. If I could give it more than a 10, I would. This goes for the manga and anime. Realistic proportions (other than Iva's big bewbs ) and interesting designs. I literally had my eyes glued to the screen. Each shot was beautifully done, and I could hardly find any slips like most anime. The characters actually change clothes, unlike most anime.
I don't remember much, didn't really fancy the OP & ED either. But there was this funny OST that always played when someone like Yogi showed up. This could have been better. Despite this, the character songs are a MUST LISTEN. Especially Gareki's, which he tells about how going through all that with Circus basically changed him, and how he finds his past self annoying.
A strong, interesting, well-developed story. "Circus"- The country's defense organization who fight off beings called "Varuga" and are tracking down an organization named "Kafka" in a fantasy world with weird city names, plant names and animal names. off the top of my head, Karasuna is one of the main towns, and Niji is what Nai is, a type of rare animal. Despite the series being VERY rushed and jam packed, the first episode seemed a bit slow.
i love almost every single characters, which doesn't come often with me. The only reason i gave this section a 9 is because they didn't do the development right. If they would have, it would be a 10. They jam-packed the series; If they would have followed the manga more, the rating would go up.
Gareki- Our thief. On my list of favorite characters, Gareki comes close in at #2, behind Shizuo, who is #1. Gareki, at first, is a rude, not caring type of person, but has a weak spot for women and children. As his description says, "When showered with affection, Gareki (metaphorically) puffs up like a cat and lashes out to hide his embarassment." I find this hilariously adorable, and is a part of his development. Although, they are times when Gareki is a douche bag. Recently, I came across a character who has many similarities with Gareki, and it's not just that they share the same VA- Hiroshi Kamiya. Both laid down in the slums, both act the same, both are "thugs", and both are badass. You should know by now who I am speaking of- yes, Levi of SnK. I think I found out the reason why I like Levi.
Nai- The adorable "shouta" of the series, Nai is an innocent young boy, and the protagonist. So far, I haven't come across a character as cute and innocent as Nai yet. He is a "niji"; A rare animal found in the "Niji Forest" of the Karneval World. He was made that way by the man he is, well, was, looking for, Karoku. In reality, Nai is half Niji, and has many mysteries surrounding him. Why was he made that way? Why are all the Varuga attracted to him?
Yogi- The comic relief of the show, Yogi is an eccentric young man with a sad past. He also has a "split personality", which everyone named "Silver Yogi". That Yogi is eccentric as well, but seems to be more sadistic. It is explained as to why and how he has Silver Yogi, which lets readers bond even more with him and his sad past. The way Yogi interacts with other characters is the probably the leading reason as to why the show makes people smile. He acts like an older brother to Nai, and is about as childish as him, but gets serious when needed. His interactions with Gareki are insanely hilarious, always getting "abused" by him whenever he showers him with affection.
Tsukumo- The beautiful female character who is down-to-earth. I actually like Tsukumo. She isn't annoying like most female characters, and her voice is soothing and beautiful. She is a strong fighter, and hardly relies on anyone to help her. Her past is still somewhat shrouded in mystery; We only know that she might have known Hirato since she was young
Hirato- Probably the most mysterious character in the series; We don't know much about him, just that he has an older brother and went to the Academy with Akari. He has a somewhat sinister smile and seems no one takes him seriously. Despite that, it seem he cares about everyone, in his own special way.
All in all, if the series was longer, it would have left room for way more development between the characters. They seriously missed on the fun between Gareki and Nai in the first few chapters. But, I still enjoyed it, no matter how fast-paced it was. It isn't a must see, but it shouldn't be ignored either. If you don't like the anime, the manga IS A MUST READ. read more
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
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 have a white haired protagonist (with a black haired "friend"),involved with some mysterious power and organization fighting the evil.
Both anime have organizations fighting formerly human monsters (Akuma/Varuga) created by an enemy organization (Noah/Kafka). The organizations have several branches with eccentric leaders that mentor the main characters. The members are regularly dispatched on missions.
Both anime have a white-haired boy protagonist.
Some common positive themes are strong will, friendships, and the wish to protect loved ones. But there are also darker motifs such as despair and grief over death.
Both animes have an organization (Black Order and Circus) working for the government for the greater good. They also have similar goons the akuma and Varuga which come from innocent people being turned by the antagonists. In both the only known way to save the people is to ‘purify’ by kill them. The powers held by the characters are honed through the organization, and only those compatible and capable can use the weapons. The weapons are honed through training in D Gray Man and school in Karneval. Kanda is very similar to Gareki, both being a bit tsundere but eventually becomes friendlier to the main characters. Although, Allen and Kanda fight like brothers while Gareki is much kinder to Nai. Lavi and Yogi are the happy go lucky characters that prefer to lighten the mood than to show their knowledge unless necessary.
Both protagonists are young white-haired males (D.Gray-man's Allen Walker is 15, while Karneval's Nai is of an unconfirmed age) with some sort of secret, in a way. They are both searching for someone important to them (both of which are mentioned only a few times and in a vague manner) with the help of members of an organization attempting to rid the world of destructive monsters. In D.Gray-man, the Akuma can take on different forms like the Varuga in Karneval can. Both, of course, have evil organizations in charge of these monsters. In both series there is an item, for lack of a better word, which can only be activated by the correct owners to aid the exorcists in D.Gray-man (Innocence) and the members of Circus in Karneval (Circus I.D.). While D.Gray-man takes place in 19th century England, Karneval is set in something of a more futuristic country.
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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