Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.
Yes, its been a long break between fall and spring semesters and ive had a lot of time to indulge myself in the wonderful, magical, albeit fictional but spectacular world of anime and manga. Id say, during the holidays i became an otaku in the Japanese sense of the word, as in my face never saw the light of the sun during this period nor did i ‘mingle with my peers’ outside of those that exist in the virtual realm. I think it is safe to assume that this has been the most fun ive had in a boring way since i attended a class that had a gassy instructor trying her best not to fart loudly during the lecture.
One of the most colorful and beautifully designed anime ive come across. If you notice, characters are drawn in an art style similar to that of Nabari No Ou. Karneval mainly revolves around Nai, Gareki, Karoku and the members of Circus, a defense organization that works for the government. Nai is a rare magical creature called Niji with advanced hearing abilities that, for some reason able took on the appearance of a twelve year old human boy. Gareki, a small time crook, genius at lock picking and stealing, was sold by his parents at a young age to a group of human traffickers. He managed to survive when the ship that he was held captive was sunk by Circus. Karoku is a mysterious character in the series that can speak to Nai telepathically. For as long as Nai can remember before meeting Gareki, he had been living with Karoku before he went missing with only a Circus ID bracelet left for Nai to remember him by.
The show begins with Nai held captive by Minne, a female Varuga. Varuga’s are post-humans and post-animals with special abilities. They were once human or animal, but a cell-modifying medicine given to them by Kafka, an illegal organization, slowly took over their bodies until they were fully transformed, at which point they became monsters. At this point, Gareki just happens to break in to Minne’s mansion where he and Nai make a deal to get him out of there in exchange for Karoku’s bracelet. However, things dont go as planned and as Gareki realizes his helplessness against Minne, they are saved by an explosion that he had set up before breaking in.
As they escape from the mansion by boarding a train, they run into more trouble as the train currently holds the Owner of a big corporation and his grand daughter hostage by angry employees. This is where they first encounter Airship Two Captain, Hirato and Tsukumo from Circus. By working together they manage to diffuse a bomb set up by the hijackers and save the Owner and his grand daughter. After that, Gareki and Nai hang around for a medical check up and things get puzzled once everyone discovers that Nai isnt actually a human. At that point, Nai declares his wish to find Karoku again and Gareki decides to stick with him with the hopes of getting opportunities to make money through Circus somehow. The crew of Airship Two, Tsukumo and Yogi, welcome them as guests and they begin to form bonds with each other with the passage of time.
Although some may call this anime Shonen Ai for “obvious” reasons.. *rolls eyes* I like to call it a tale of friendship, especially between Nai, Gareki and Yogi. While it is true that moments of fan service exist for female viewers, i would not categorize it as a BL anime. Karneval includes many possible pairings not limited to Nai and Gareki. There’s Yogi and Kii-chi, Iva and Tsukumo, Uro and Eleska, Jin and Tsukumo, Karoku and Eleska as well as a personal favorite of mine, Hirato and Tsukumo which is hinted quite strongly at. Truthfully im tied between Jin and Tsukumo VS Hirato and Tsukumo. But can you blame me though? It cant be helped. Theyre both such hot potatoes.
The first season of the anime me wondering about a lot of unsolved mysteries. Firstly there;s the matter of what the hell actually happened to Karoku. Then there’s that box that exploded when Airship One Captain went near it. The alive/dead status of Uro and Tsukitachi, Nai’s transformation, etc etc. Im eagerly looking forward to the next season to be released so that these questions can be answered. In the mean time, i have also decided to check out Karneval’s manga version in hopes of finding out more.
‘Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That’s the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: she’ll never make another friend. Ever. Okay, maybe that’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s worked for Mei – or at least, it did until handsome, charming and annoyingly popular Yamato Kurosawa came along. For some freakish reason, he seems to like Mei. He even gave her his phone number! As if she would ever call him. Except she did. But only because she needed help. Still, he came. He actually came. And now things are getting way too complicated. Mei’s no princess in a tower. She’s not waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. So why did he have to kiss her and confuse everything? And why are those three little words so hard to say?’ -MAL
Say, I Love You is another anime that i already watched a while ago but decided to watch again to fill up my Shoujo reserves. Mei Tachibana is a total loner. She does not believe in making friends because of being betrayed by her friends in her childhood. *Pfft.. a highschool student with child hood problems? Lel* Anywhoosers, she’s this shy Kuudere with trust issues going about her high school life when due to a misunderstanding she accidentally slaps Yamato, the most popular boy in the entire school. To her amazement, instead of retaliating, he asks her to be his girlfriend. *squeal squeal*
This is quite a impact inducing anime. Might make you curl your toes and hide under the blanket blushing at some parts, shake nervously at some moments, scream with anger at some parts and bawl your eyes out crying at another.. or maybe that’s just me operating under the influence of orange soda and buttery popcorn.. I dunno. How about you guys watch it and let me know.
*pictured above: self conscious little high school girl finally finding her courage* *Yes, i cheered for her at this part, you will too.*
Ah, what else? Lets see. I started watching Level E. Its this hilarious anime about an alien prince running to the planet Earth to escape from his responsibilities back at his home planet. Initially it gives off the vibe of being this serious, supernatural action anime but you’ll be laughing your guts out by the time the first few episodes end.
‘In the present day, hundreds of extraterrestrial species walk the Earth. Some are pacifistic, others violent. Some are here for research purposes, others are career criminals. However, humans don’t know they are here. Now, one more alien has arrived on Earth. One of the universe’s foremost geniuses with a personality that’s bound to attract all sorts of trouble.’ -MAL
Watch it Peoples!