Karneval (TV)


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Synonyms: Karneval (2013)
Japanese: カーニヴァル
English: Karneval
German: Karneval
Spanish: Karneval
French: Karneval
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.081 (scored by 8995089,950 users)
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Ranked: #38972
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1118
Members: 215,966
Favorites: 1,178

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While in search of his precious friend, a young boy named Nai falls captive to a beautiful woman, whose looks are matched only by her taste for human flesh. Meanwhile Gareki, a clever thief, is in the midst of robbing her luxurious home. After causing a distraction, Gareki agrees to help Nai escape, but they are discovered upon the woman's return. As she transforms into a ghoulish monster, the boys flee.

On the run, Nai and Gareki are found by "Circus," a government defense agency that deals with criminal activity too difficult for the police to handle and protects civilians from "varuga"—terrible monsters that devour humans for sustenance. In the hope that it will lead Nai to his missing friend, he and Gareki decide to join Circus. On their perilous journey, they face dangerous varuga and begin to uncover the secrets behind a shadowy organization known as Kafka.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Frontier Works Inc. released a drama CD titled Karneval Circus on March 25, 2010. An internet radio show premiered on animate.tv on January 25, 2013, with the character voice of Nai, Hiro Shimono, as the host.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kamiya, Hiroshi


Miyano, Mamoru


Shimono, Hiro


Endou, Aya


Ono, Daisuke

Dezart, Akari

Hirakawa, Daisuke

Arumerita, Karoku

Hoshi, Souichirou


Yusa, Kouji


Nakamura, Yuuichi


Kitamura, Eri


Cook, Justin
Shiraishi, Youko
Assistant Producer
Suganuma, Eiji
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Yano, Satoshi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Henai no Rondo (偏愛の輪舞曲)" by GRANRODEO  (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

"REASON" by KAmiYU (eps 1-11, 13)


Aug 6, 2021
I mainly watched this show for the blonde and black haired pair who seemed to have great chemistry. Unfortunately, I think the producers spent too long milking the possibility of being more than friends - so much so that the show ends with so many loose ends. Relationships, plot and context still remain ambiguous. It's not a bad show, but it seems it would've taken more episodes to wrap things up. I recommend watching for the aesthetics and character dynamics. Just be ready for the fact that you might have to resort to seeking out source material to actually resolve your queries.

Anyways, I always get ...
Aug 19, 2020
Mixed Feelings
One of the most annoying trends established over the last decade or two is how some studios will opt to adapt a publishing manga/novel partially. We've seen this happen with shows like Black Butler, Fruits Basket, and Attack on Titan, but they're the lucky ones in this regard. Their source material sells quite well, so there's always going to be a vested interest in making a continuation or indeed, a full-on reboot. Some shows, unfortunately, aren't so lucky. There's a whole host of shows that got one 13-episode season before fading away into obscurity because the BD sales were poor. For every Black Butler or ...
Mar 14, 2021
Decent idea, miserably executed

I was aware of this anime for several years and never bothered to watch it or learn what the story was, until just recently when I decided it would be pleasant to binge through some shorter shows on my list. Choosing this anime as my starter for the binge, I curled up in bed with a bowl of chips, and turned on the first episode, unaware of the utter disappointment and annoyance I was soon to experience.

As a side note, this may just be, with no exaggeration, one of the WORST anime I have ever seen in my experience with the ...

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