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 21595 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
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 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.
In terms of similairites, both Karneval and Gatchaman Crowds involves an organization who has a goal of protecting its people. These individuals belonging to the organization are skilled users who are able to use supernatural abilities to fight off foes. Thus, expect action in both series.
Among other things, both series employs a mysterious like vibe with the antagonists and backgrounds. Then, there's the main protagonists who seems to be cheerful although they are often curious about the world around them.
Both involves secret organization whose mission is to go after evil entities, except one is gay while the other seems to be cool.
The same intense action and mystery genre, where it involves a secret organization that dedicated in fighting evil and members with special capabilities. The differences are; one has an extra supernatural genre while the other has sci-fi, the protagonists in one anime are up against and evil organization, while the other one are only up against one very powerful alien.
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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