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Karneval (Manga)


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English: Karneval
Japanese: カーニヴァル


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 28, 2007 to ?
Authors: Mikanagi, Touya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic ZERO-SUM


Score: 8.241 (scored by 5792 users)
Ranked: #4592
Popularity: #139
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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"!!

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Adaptation: Karneval, Karneval (TV)
Side story: Karneval Bangaihen: Ashita no Yakusoku, Karneval Anthology



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Mar 19, 2011
I was hesitating to start this manga, still for the beautiful art i decided to try it and got addicted to the intriguing plot and mostly to the characters. It became one of my favorites. And it has originality (starting by the name, Karneval), all the universe of Karneval its quite charming.

Story- Karneval is about a kid named Nai who seems to be searching for his lost "brother" Karoku. In his journey he eventually finds a teenage named Gareki and they end up in the Organization Circus, where they develop a friendship with two young Circus agents. The four start living together as a group read more
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Dec 1, 2010
This is probably one of the greatest mangas I've ever read. Just thought I should start with that. The art work is done beautifully, something that's pretty hard to come across. Not just because the characters are beautiful (Gareki, Yogi, Karoku, Hirato...need I go on?) but detailing and the effects are powerful.
I gave it all a ten because I truly feel it deserves that. As an ongoing, monthly manga, I find myself checking it each and every day in hopes that some miracle happened and the internet set another juicy chapter in my lap. Too much? IT'S JUST THAT GOOD!!! I promise no disappointments read more
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Feb 17, 2013
NOTE: [Updated 2x since Oct 2013]
I will rewrite and/or modify this review once the manga is complete.
So far I have only read 71 chapters (i.e. vol 12) out of ??? by early Oct 2013.
Primary aim has been resolved by this chapter, however complications are still ongoing.

STORY: 7/10 [EDITED 1x]
As MAL has clearly written out, Karneval is a series that deals with a young boy called Nai who is looking for this person called "Karoku." Upon trying to find him, Nai encounters a rouge thief named Gareki, later on getting involved in an organisation called Circus. Together, Circus helps Nai find this Karoku guy.

The story seems read more
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May 16, 2013
Karneval... when you think of carnival... you think of roller coasters and cotton candy with a spectacular fireworks show right? Well think of it this way... your on one of the most winding roller coaster, the fear and rush of excitement, all are necessary for a great ride.

This story represents that roller coaster... scary, yet exciting... at the end of each chapter you feel a step closer to solving mysteries. Details are essential in order to understand the whole story, so even stopping in the middle of a volume for a day or 2 might make you want to re-read the whole read more
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Both manga display some 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 mangas 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 manga, you'll certainly enjoy the other, they both have gorgeous artwork and most of all, very likable characters.
Both have: - Main boy is searching for the truth related to his past. - A lot of bishonen. - Great art, fantasy setting and good characters.
I started Karneval not long ago, but somehow it reminds me of Loveless. Even though the personalities of the main characters are not alike, both of them are looking for someone who dissapeared leaving almost no clues (both Seimei and Karoku seem to have similar personalities too).
I also found the artstyle (specially in the covers) of Karneval really similar to the Loveless art.
The main characters are young in both and they both have some mysterious power that they discover in the course of the manga. Also in both there are dark organizations that are after them and equally mysterious organizations who are their allies. The boys are also trying to find people, or information on people throughout the manga, and there is quite a bit of tragedy and action in both.
Both have a younger boy as a main character. Both stories focus on the relationship between the main characters. Both are mainly mystery shows with some fighting. Both are kind of gothic but Karneval has a more Circus feel. Both are really good.
The similarities are crazy. In DGM the Black Order and the Noah fight each other. The Order fights to protect while the Noah fights with ill thoughts in mind. In Karneval, 'Circus' fights the Kafuka (a dark hidden organization that does illegal genetic research) . 'Circus' being the good guys. The way the Noah makes their akuma is in a way similar to how the Kafuka make their Varuga.(Post-humans with special abilities.) The Millenium Earl takes advantage of his victims when the are weak and turn them into his pawns. The Kafuka gives their victims a pill that modifies poor humans into Varuga. To identify themselves, the exorcists have the emblems on the uniform and let the people and akuma know who they are. For 'Circus' they have braclets, that act as both a I.D and a significance to the public.
So if you absolutley love DGM but could go for a little difference in scenerio then Karneval is for you. The art is great and though the story needs to fix up a few loose ends, this manga goes for a good read. It's funny, mysterious, and though not as addicting as most manga, still nice to take a look at.

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