Anime Spotlight - Karneval

by Justin Sevakis, Mar 26th 2013

April 3, 2013 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Eiji Suganuma
    (Sasameki Koto, Ninja Cadets)
Series Composition - Toko Machida
    (Amnesia, Cat God, Tears to Tiara)
Character Design/General Director of Animation - Toshie Kawamura
    (Mashiro-Iro Symphony, character design on Pretty Cure)
Animation Production
manglobe INC.






Introduction

We are bound by destiny.

Story

Nai is a mysterious young boy who knows nothing other than his name and Karoku. With nothing but Karoku's bracelet from “Circus” to go on, Nai set out in search of Karoku when he was rescued from trouble by Gareki. When Gareki demands the bracelet in exchange for his help, Nai begins to travel with him and joins the National Defense Agency, “Circus” after getting involved with them and a freight train high-jacking. Nai will learn many new things as works together with various people. Gareki too will find the doors opening to worlds he never knew of before.

The rare and colorful world of Karneval starts here!

Top National Defense Agency, “Circus”:

The Circus is a law-enforcement agency that travels the land in pursuit of criminals and syndicates. Within the Circus, the First and Second Ships are composed of agents that chase after Possessors, those with certain special abilities. Their chief mission: to kill the Possessors, bury them, and destroy the Kafka organization. They also hold shows to calm the nerves of the local townspeople after the infamous “raids” they carry out without warning.

Characters

Nai
VA: Hiro Shimono
Nai is an innocent young boy who only knows his name and Karoku. There are a lot of secrets hidden behind him. While using his bracelet as a clue to search for Karoku, he meets Gareki.
Gareki
VA: Hiroshi Kamiya
Gareki travels with Nai, because he is interested in the bracelet he carries. He is nonetheless caring of others, while he has a foul mouth and no formal education, is highly intelligent.
Yogi
VA: Mamoru Miyano
A fighter in the Second Ship; a compassionate, honest man who serves to inspire the rest of the team, although he can be weak-minded at times.
A fighter in the Second Ship. She seems cold at first glance and gives the impression that she does her work with indifference, but she's actually a kind girl who pays attention to details.

Hirato
VA: Daisuke Ono
The leader of the Second Ship. The Boss of Yogi and Tsukumo. He's a prudent person with great foresight, but he also likes teasing Akari and his subordinates.
Iva
VA: Yoko Honna
Iva is a glamorous woman who's kind to girls and strict towards men. Yogi calls her “Iva-neesan”, and she's an older sister figure to the Second Ship crew. She often goes on solo-missions, absolutely loves Tsukumo and will deliver harsh punishment to Jiki, who tries to get too close to her.
Hitsuji
The “black sheep” that serves as the Second Ship's defense system. Highly functional, they handle everything from daily chores to ship security.

Mewverona
The mascot of the Circus. Popular enough with children that there is all kinds of merchandise made of him. Yogi is inside the suit.
Jiki
VA: Yūichi Nakamura
A fighter in the First Ship. A suave and sensible man, he can often be much harsher with familiar or strong-willed foes.
Tsukitachi
VA: Koji Yusa
The leader of the First Ship; he trained alongside Hirato. He's optimistic and doesn't worry about minor details. He also loves liquor and often invites Hirato and Akari to drink with him.

Kiichi
VA: Eri Kitamura
A fighter in the First Ship. She believes that the mission should be accomplished, no matter how cruel, so she's proud, hates to lose, and hard on both herself and others. She's antagonistic towards Tsukumo and Yogi.
Usagi
The white rabbits that serve as the First Ship's defense system. Love being brushed.

Akari
VA: Daisuke Hirakawa
Akari is a scientist in “Circus”'s research division. She excels highly as a researcher, but she also has great pride and can be a bit domineering at times. She's a member of a group of important people identified by the government.
Karoku
VA: Sōichiro Hoshi
Karoku is the mysterious young man Nai is searching for. He's shrouded in riddles, and says that Nai's bracelet belongs to him, but his details are unknown.

Cast

Nai
Hiro Shimono
Gareki
Hiroshi Kamiya
Yogi
Mamoru Miyano
Tsukumo
Aya Endo
Hirato
Daisuke Ono
Iva
Yoko Honna
Jiki
Yūichi Nakamura
Tsukitachi
Koji Yusa
Kiichi
Eri Kitamura
Akari
Daisuke Hirakawa
Karoku
Sōichiro Hoshi

Staff

Original Work
Touya Mikanagi
(Gekkan Comic ZERO-SUM
ICHIJINSHA)
Director
Eiji Suganuma
Series Plannner
Toko Machida
Character Design
General Director of Animation
Toshie Kawamura
Animation Sutdio
manglobe INC.
Produced by
Project Karneval
Music
Shiro Hamaguchi
Keiji Inai
Opening Theme
GRANRODEO
"Henai no Rondo"
Ending Theme
KAmiYU
"REASON"










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