Karneval (Japanese: カーニヴァル) is a Japanese action, adventure and fantasy manga series by Toya Mikanagi. Karneval first came out in Ichijinsha’s Monthly Comic Zero Sum since August 2007.
Karneval is still an ongoing manga series with thirteen volumes published thus far.
Manglobe Studios later produced the anime adaptation of Karneval with Director Eiji Suganuma.
Also working on the project were Shiro Hamaguchi and Keiji Inai.
Karneval is licensed by Madman Entertainment, Funimation Studios and Manga Entertainment.
Karneval debuted on ABC, Tokyo MX, AT-X and BS11 on April 2013 and quickly ended its run on June 2013.
Karneval follows the mysterious Nai, who continually searches for someone important to him with only a bracelet as a clue.
He bumps into 15-year old Gareki who happens to be robbing rich people’s mansions.
Their unusual encounter was destined by fate much like their encounter with the country’s most powerful defense organization, Circus.
Due to some rather unfortunate turn of events, Nai and Gareki eventually find themselves in a hopeless predicament when they became wanted criminals by military security operatives.
They later discover that the bracelet Nai was holding onto belongs to the Circus organization, a somewhat I.D. their fighters carry around.
Circus works for the government doing raids, capturing criminals and solving crimes that the Security Forces isn’t capable to handle.
Thus begins Nai’s and Gareki’s unusual journey to unraveling the truth behind Nai and Circus itself.
Nai is the unusually naïve young boy who is in search for the person most important to him. He claims to have spent most of his time living with a mysterious man named Karoku in a nearby forest in Karasuna. Aside from his rather acute sense of hearing, there is not much to know about Nai. A scientist of Circus even has to say that Nai may very well be an entirely different species where he carries human and creature DNAs.
Gareki is the 15-year old carefree pickpocket who tends to rob rich people’s mansions. He compensates for his lack of combat skills by being smart and sharp, taking advantage on his knowledge on mechanics. He is also a remarkable skilled shooter and carries a gun in case of emergencies. Although generally cold and distant, he does show a warm side othis personality especially with Nai.