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->''"I only ever have three choices: enemy, nobody, or '''prey'''."''

A fifteen-year-old boy named [[BadassNormal Gareki]], who gets by on stealing from rich people's mansions, one day comes across a [[HeroicAlbino strange]] [[CheerfulChild young lad]] named Nai. Nai had been searching for somebody important to him with only an abandoned, blood-covered bracelet as a clue, but wound up being captured by a cruel, abnormal woman because of his otherworldly naivety.

The two are set-up within her mansion wherein Nai is held captive and where the rest of Gareki's crew is slaughtered, and soon become wanted criminals sought out by military security operatives. Just as Nai and Gareki find themselves in a desperate predicament, they encounter none other than the Second Ship of the nation's most powerful defense organization, Circus, with its [[ManipulativeBastard deceptive captain Hirato]], its fighters, the [[BigBrotherMentor cheerful Yogi]] and [[LadyOfWar dedicated Tsukumo]], and its odd black mechanical sheep.

As they learn more of Nai's past and its relation to Kafuka, [[NebulousEvilOrganization a dark and hidden organization]] involved in illegal genetic research that vehemently opposes the government, the two continue to meet allies, friends and enemies alike through Circus, and eventually become wrapped up in the defense organization's mysterious affairs.

A fantasy manga series by Mikanagi Touya, which originally started serialization in the manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum and was published by Ichijinsha in early 2008. There are currently 10 volumes out, with several drama [=CDs=] released in Japan. An anime adaptation by Creator/{{Manglobe}} started airing on [[Spring2013Anime April 4th, 2013]].

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!!''Karneval'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalKiss: An innocent variant happens between Nai and one of the sheep in [[http://www.mangareader.net/389-26249-35/karneval/chapter-12.html this]] omake from volume 2.
* ActionGirl:
** Tsukumo, Eva, and Kiichi so far. They're part of [[BadassCrew Circus]], after all.
** Since she started attending Kuronomei Academy, it looks like [[spoiler:Tsubame]] is [[TookALevelInBadass well on her way]] to Action Girl status as well.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Yanari.
* AlternateIdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: Yogi, although his alternate persona doesn't seem to have this problem.]]
* [[spoiler: AngstySurvivingTwin: Tsubame. But she pushes past it later.]]
* ArtEvolution: Rather subtle, considering how distinctive the manga-ka's art style already is, but it's particularly noticeable with Nai throughout the chapters, where in contrast to the first, his face looks much younger and more "innocent." Gareki and Yogi's character designs are also refined as well.
* ArtStyleDissonance: The manga can get quite dark and violent, but you'd never know it just from looking at the covers.
* AttemptedRape: Disturbingly enough this happens to Nai in the very first chapter, at the hands of the much older Valga woman, Mine.
* AuthorAppeal: Characters often appear in [[ClothingDamage torn clothing]] and [[BandageBabe bandages]] on the covers.
* BadassCrew: Both Circus Ships possess this.
* BadassInANiceSuit / SharpDressedMan:
** Most male members of Circus, particularly Hirato.
** [[TheDragon Uro]] also qualifies.
* TheBait: Nai (and Gareki) in the beginning, but less so as it goes on.
* BandageBabe: While with Kafka, Karoku consistently appears with bandages around his head and torso.
* BandOfBrothers: Second Ship.
* BareYourMidriff: Eva, and occasionally Gareki and Yogi. Tsukumo once as a mermaid for a play
* BigBrotherInstinct: Yotaka becomes jealous of his twin sister Tsubame's friendship with Gareki because he "[[BrotherSisterIncest wants Tsubame all to himself.]]"
** Yogi toward all his younger companions. Gareki will deny it, but he also shows signs of this toward Nai. Karoku towards Nai.
* BigBrotherMentor: Yogi ([[spoiler:and even Hirato]]) can later be seen acting as this to Nai, Gareki and others. Gareki's more than likely to deny this (or any attachment to the crew of the Second Ship, really).
* BioAugmentation: Kafka's trade--and they have no qualms about testing their research on humans. In many cases, the victims aren't even aware that they were made to be a part of ugly experimentation.
* BioPunk
* {{Bishonen}}: Most of the guys introduced.
** CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* BodyHorror: The Varuga
* BoundAndGagged:
** Nai is tied up in his first appearance, having been captured by the valga Mine.
** After capturing Tsukumo in Rinoll, Kagiri and Kiharu tie her to a chair and tape her mouth shut. [[BadassInDistress She escapes]] [[ActionGirl pretty easily, though.]]
** When they're mistaken for kidnappers, Yogi and Gareki are confronted by Yanari's bodyguards as well as Hirato, who hasn't bothered to clear up the misunderstanding. He allows Yogi to escape with Yanari but captures Gareki and ties him up as part of the "show," much to the latter's intense annoyance.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: What happens to Yotaka when he is turned into a [[OneWingedAngel Varuga]]...]]
* BridalCarry: Inverted in chapter 11 when Eva carries Gareki this way after the latter has been wounded. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He is not pleased ]].
* BrokenTears: In chapter 18, after [[spoiler:Yogi's allergy patch that holds back his split personality falls off]],tears start streaming down his face for no reason other than this. Given his [[spoiler:usually [[{{Keet}} sunny]] disposition]], it's quite disconcerting.
* ButtMonkey: Yogi gets a lot of abuse from pretty much everyone except Nai, probably because of his status as the resident {{Keet}}.
* CaneFu: Hirato's weapon of choice, with the special attack "Vakuum."
* CelibateHero: In chapter 12, Yogi mentions how cool Gareki can be when [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/karneval/v02/c012/12.html Gareki easily shoots down a bracelet in a booth that Yogi had been trying to get, and how he probably has several girlfriends]]. It seems to be implied otherwise.
* CheerfulChild: Nai.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Kiichi appears with Tsukitachi a few chapters before she's introduced.
** Uro appears in chapter 3 as Parunedo's underling but doesn't reveal his full-fledged [[TheDragon Dragon]] status until much later.
* ChivalrousPervert: Jiki.
** Hirato might be worse, as is shown in a humorous extra.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Eleska toward Karoku.
* ClothingDamage: Goes along with BandageBabe on the manga tankoubon covers -- though [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys only]] [[EstrogenBrigadeBait men]] have thus far being shown in this fashion. Tsukumo was featured on the volume 6 cover while in rather revealing (but undamaged) clothes.
* CoolBigSis: Eva seems to be one to some extent, although the guys are pretty scared of her.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Karoku's boss.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: All the sparkly, colorful characters and artwork does a great job in hiding how gritty the setting really is.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Yogi.
* CuteMachines: The sheep and rabbit security bots.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gareki, Hirato, and Tsukumo when [[{{Keet}} a certain someone]] is irritating them (read: Yogi).
* DistressBall: Tsukumo. She's usually competent, but when the plot calls for someone to be rescued, well...
* DestinationDefenestration: In chapter 33, during the siege at Smoky Mansion, Eva knocks Uro through the window. [[spoiler:That he doesn't die suggests something sinister about his biology...]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. When a woman attempts to force herself on Nai in the first chapter, it's not played for comedy, she's characterized as a horrible person, and she soon winds up killed off. It's not that much different than how a male in her role would have been treated.
* EyeScream: One chapter had a Varuga that went around collecting people's eyes (i.e. ''ripping them out of people's heads''). He tries to do the same to Nai, but the latter is saved by a sheep.
* FanService: Of both male (see above) and female variety, though Eva wears particularly revealing clothes.
* FashionableAsymmetry: One of Gareki's skin tight black shirts is an obvious offender underneath the red jacket, as can be viewed in chapter 12.
* FriendToAllChildren: Yogi, especially in his Nyanperona costume.
* FunbagAirbag: How Nai first meets Eva.
* TheGlomp: Gareki is often the unwilling recipient of this.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Yotaka.]]
* GratuitousGerman
* GroupHug: A touching one between Yogi, Gareki and Nai. Considering Gareki's feelings towards open affection, however, he looks annoyed.
* HatesBeingTouched: Gareki tends to react violently whenever touched (but it might just be a personal bias against Yogi, who is the principle offender).
* HeroicAlbino: Nai.
* HoldingHands: This is important to Nai to express friendship and as a calming device.
* HopelessSuitor: Eleska.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Yotaka.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Though not as forthright as most examples, Gareki [[spoiler:manages to bring the stabler Yogi back in chapter 19]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Eleska.
* IWantThemAlive: When Circus storms Smoky Mansion to [[spoiler:rescue Karoku]], Eva and Tsukumo take on [[TheDragon Uro]] and defeat him without killing him, which he mocks them for until Eva reveals that they were ordered to capture him alive.
* IWillFindYou: Said by Gareki in chapter 52 after [[spoiler:Nai has gone missing with Karoku]]. This resolution says a lot about [[CharacterDevelopment his character]].
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Most of the Circus members wear their impractical performing outfits in battle as well. Eva's [[BareYourMidriff outfit]] in particular comes to mind.
* InnocentInaccurate: Nai gets this a lot, being a [[ChildrenAreInnocent particularly naive child]], but the most prominent example is his recounting of having found Karoku's bracelet in a "puddle of red water" leading up to the sea.
* {{Invocation}}: Each Circus member has to come up with a personal dramatic line which they'll use in combat. Yogi made the mistake of leaving it up to Hirato...
* JerkAss: Gareki can be one, Akari can also, and Hirato can especially be one, but...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gareki obviously has a weak spot for Nai's innocence (though it won't spare the poor kid getting bonked in the head), Hirato seems to effectively hide how much he cares for his crew and how often he makes certain of Nai (and [[spoiler:Gareki]])'s safety, and Akari is harshly vocal about Hirato's apparent callousness toward his crew and the people essentially under his care.
* {{Josei}}
* {{Keet}}: Yogi. He's cheerful and happy-go-lucky and acts like a child despite the fact that he's twenty-one years old. He even acts as Circus's loveable mascot.
* KillerRabbit: [[spoiler:Peka, the cat varuga, who turns into an enormous beast that devours humans]].
* TheLancer: Yogi to Hirato, Gareki to Nai. However, Gareki seems to share the main character role with Nai, as a good deal of narrative focus goes into Gareki's thoughts and circumstances.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: After being saved from the Smoky Mansion, Karoku wakes up with no memory of his relationship to Nai.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: If it's not there yet, it's definitely on its way.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Azana and Uro.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Eleska for Karoku.
* LoveConfession: A side character, Isosa from the Life Research department declares her love for Murano in the Sheep side story.
* LoveHungry: [[HopelessSuitor Eleska]] wants Karoku to fall [[ItsAllAboutMe so deeply in love]] with her that he becomes desperate and can't live without her. [[UnrequitedLove Unlikely.]]
* ManChild: Yogi. It's even lampshaded in one of the volume 2 omakes in which Eva puts a sign on his back labeling him as one.
* Mangst: Gareki.
* ManipulativeBastard: Hirato, although he seems to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and Karoku. [[spoiler: However, only the entity taking Karoku's form qualifies. The real Karoku is not.]]
* MercyKill: Circus see it as their duty to kill the Varuga both to protect humans and put the Varuga out of their misery.
* MissionBriefing
* MoodWhiplash: "I've killed someone..."
* MoralityPet: Nai acts as one for Gareki who, while not entirely an {{Antihero}}, does tend to come off as a bit of a selfish {{Jerkass}}, particularly at the beginning of the series.
* MrFanservice: Although most of the male cast could qualify to the point of having a CastFullOfPrettyBoys, Gareki is especially seen in cut up or revealing outfits that should not look as hot as they do when he's wearing them.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: All the Karneval members have special introductions they say as they draw their weapons. Yogi likes to also use his to announce himself as Nyanperona.
* NebulousEvilOrganization[=/=]ForScience: Kafuka.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The creation of [[spoiler: Nai, a unique Niji-human hybrid]]. There is a notebook left behind but it's badly damaged and furthermore, written in codes.
* ParentalAbandonment: Gareki's parents ''sold him to a slave trader'' when he was eight years old.
* ParentalSubstitute: Tsubaki for Gareki, and her younger siblings Yotaka and Tsubame. Most likely Karoku for Nai as well, [[spoiler: before he became an apparent AloofBigBrother and worse by the start of the story]].
** It turns out [[spoiler:Akari]] is one, too...
* PowerCrystal: Eva fights with these.
* PowerTrio: Trios are important in Karneval -- the main trio has Nai as Id, Yogi as Ego, and Gareki as Superego. In Circus, the Second Ship has Yogi as Id, Tsukumo as Ego, and Hirato as Superego, while in the First Ship, Kiichi is Id, Tsukitachi is Ego, and Jiki is Superego (although the latter two cases can switch), and the adults in charge are Tsukitachi as Id, Hirato as Ego and Akari as Superego.
* PsychoSerum: Taken by people who become Valga, sometimes unwittingly and other times not.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Happens to [[ButtMonkey Yogi]] frequently.
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: Hirato does this to Gareki after "capturing" him when he and Yogi are mistaken for kidnappers, in order to keep Gareki from revealing that they know each other.
** Yogi does this to Gareki when he wakes him to follow Tsubame.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[HeroicAlbino Nai]], but he's not evil. In fact, he's the least threatening character in the whole story.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** The niji, including [[spoiler:Nai in animal form]].
** What say you of the black sheep, or of the bunny from chapter 15?
* RunawayTrain
* RunningGag: Nai being drawn as a Niji in times when he's being particularly cute or clumsy.
* SayMyName: The first time Gareki called (yelled) Yogi's name is when he realized Yogi's [[spoiler:SuperPoweredEvilSide]] is showing.
* SeriesMascot: Nyanperona.
* {{Shotacon}}: The monster woman Mine tries to ''rape'' Nai in the first chapter…
* SlippedTheRopes: Tsukumo (and Hirato in the anime) in the train heist.
* SocialDarwinist[=/=]MightMakesRight: [[spoiler:Azana]] has taken this stance as of chapter 34.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: [[LoveHungry Eleska,]] [[HopelessSuitor always]] [[ClingyJealousGirl Eleska]].
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Yogi in the tragedy of his home country.]]
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Yogi.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Eleska.
* StormingTheCastle: The Smoky Mansion attack.
* SweetPollyOliver: Kiichi and Tsukumo dress in drag in one chapter to carry out a mission.
* SwissArmySuperpower: The technology of Circus allows their ID bracelets and [[CoolHat hats of the commanders]] to do all kinds of cool things.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Tsubame.
* TraitorShot: Several, some discreet--Valga are sometimes hard to distinguish from normal civilians, especially in the process of turning, and there are plenty of agents secretly working for the black market or are involved in conspiracies…
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Yogi and Karoku]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Gareki has Type A tendencies.
* TwinTelepathy: Apparently Yotaka and Tsubame share this. [[spoiler: It's the main reason Yotaka never went full Varuga.]]
* UnableToCry: Gareki after the incident in his hometown. He's just not a big crier in general.
* UnknownRival: Tsukumo seems pretty unaware that Kiichi passionately considers them to be rivals.
* UrbanFantasy
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ranji and Shishi.
* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: Hirato and Tokitatsu.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Ranji.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kiichi and Karoku have blue hair (hers dark, his light), Tsukitachi has bright red hair, and Eva's is jade green. And in the anime Eva's hair leans toward aqua in color while Kiichi's hair has more of a purple shade to it.

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