Just look at that cast and tell me they’re not pure eye candy
|Welcome to the colourful ship of Karneval! Us trio will be your hosts today, in other words, starry-eyed maidens who like bishies. Though, doesn’t mean we will look over the faults or sugar-coat anything. Sit back and relax for a colour adventure. Take it away, Miyu and Kara~|
|BL bait indeed. Well, everything I’ve seen so far for this anime looks pretty fabulous. Will the rest of the series live up to that? I’m hopeful at least, from this first episode. And if not, looking at our icons, the four of us are certainly appropriately coloured for watching this anime at least.|
|You already know when you see that the tag group for this show is full of girls and only girls that there’s going to be some bishielove going on!! c: We’ll try our best to push away our yaoi goggles and review this calmly… lol who am I kidding I know you know what I’m thinking >D|
§ production pats
*kyokai // Manglobe isn’t really a studio that screams major releases but they have been known for their interesting work like Ergo Proxy, Michiko to Hatchin, House of Five Leaves, KamiNomi and recently ZKC: The Unlimited Hyoubu Kyousuke. I think their only mistake till now has been Deadman Wonderland and we all know what happened with that. Coming to the main staff behind producing and directing though, none of them have any famous series under their belt so I am concerned on how this series will be treated but then again is plot going to be the main center of the series or it’s colourful characters? I would like both but as it’s just the first episode, it’s too early to setup any expectation or predictions.
§ an uncanny duo
*karakuri // So Hiro Shimono and Hiroshi Kamiya. That seems like an odd combination for a BL bait show, but what do I know? (Maybe I’m just so used to Yuuichi Nakamura and Yuki Kaji being in everything I watch). Anyways, the show seems pretty clear on who the two main characters are. So we have Nai, who has an extraordinary sense of hearing and… an extraordinary lack of common sense. I have no idea who this Karoku person is, but considering that Nai doesn’t know how long it was since he last saw him, I’d say that Nai doesn’t really have much going on up there. In short, I guess he’s kind of more like an animal, since he says things like “I want to eat food with him (Karoku)” and has superhuman senses. That plays well into his blatant innocence as well (not to mention that his hair is painfully reminiscent of animal ears). …I’m interested on finding out exactly why he was handcuffed and in bed with that creepy ass spider lady, but at this point, his past is obviously supposed to be a mystery.
§ le circus
A lot has been talked about Karneval already and interestingly the views are almost extremely opposing with people loving and hating it and before releasing too! Can you believe the elitism of some anibloggers?! But hey, it’s a part of our community after all. So, before watching the first episode, the only thing I knew is that it’s a popular niche manga, which even got some drama cds to boot. In the industry, for a manga to be successful, an anime offer is not always the first step but drama cds do their trick, but there are exceptions to rule in everything; still Karneval seems to be stepping up on media vehicles amassing a bigger fan-following.
Well that was even better than I had hoped for. I was expecting nothing more than heavy BL vibes and this even had a creepy ass spider woman and unnecessary violence. That animation! Man, studios that aren’t DEEN should animate things like this more often, since everything in this was great to look at. ….Yes, even the creepy ass spider woman. The main characters are interesting as well. …Okay, that’s Kamiya bias talking. Actually, I don’t know what to think of Nai. He’s there, but he doesn’t seem to do much to be honest. Gareki has enough quick thinking skills to keep me interested, but Nai just seems to occasionally help (but not really) and he’s constantly being rescued. Hopefully he provides more in future episodes. Actually, I was also surprised about the amount of female main characters in this so far (judging from the ED). I was under the impression that they didn’t exist in BL (ignoring Hakkenden) or were really rare. Then again, maybe I’m thinking yaoi. ….Can you tell I don’t watch these things often? I’m currently really loving Tsukumo (since she can actually hold her own) and even if the rest of the female population of Karneval turns out useless, I think I’ll be able to stick with this.
…One downfall though was that lot of it didn’t make sense of course (like Tsukumo and the other guy being able to fly), but I’m sure that will be explained in time. I mean, I know that they’re all in some defence force, but I still don’t get the significance of the bracelet. They also implied that there’s something going on behind the scenes with that grandfather and Suwabe character. …And that Nai is special for some reason. I don’t even know. Karuko is a big mystery too (but he’s obviously supposed to be). It IS an interesting set up though and it looks like it has enough violence and capable leads to keep me interested, even if things wind up not making sense.
I am getting all sorts of No.6 flashbacks from this show and it’s making me want to cry. Don’t even try to tell me that Gareki isn’t exactly like Nezumi at the start of the series, both untrusting and only ever concerned with their own interests. Nai might make for an even more naive Shion (god, I didn’t think that was possible) and much more gullible in a sense, but I’m hoping he will grow in away like Shion did, knowing more about the cruel world out there but not losing that innocence that once made him who he was? *too many No.6 references* Ahem. Okay, back on topic, this was just a very.. complicated episode in general? They introduced a lot of things in one episode and didn’t really fully explain them, but the good thing about this is that it managed to capture my interest and make me look forward to the next episode’s answers (uh, hopefully there will be answers), instead of just leaving me confused and stunned!
Aaaand I shall leave you with a very lovely image to end off the post:
Sweet dreams~ _(:3 」∠)_