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Carnival Mirror is a Play-by-Post Game based on the Persona series that takes place on the anime-based roleplay web forum, Gaia Online. This is the roleplay’s fourth reincarnation. The first roleplay thread began in 2010, the second thread was made in 2011, and the third in 2012.

The third thread can be found here, containing links to the first two threads.

The roleplay revolves around the lives of a group of students in the small town of Kagami, located in Japan. Their lives have been shaken by a string of disappearances among their fellow classmates. This began after a rumour spread throughout the town: "If you peel an apple in front of a mirror at midnight, you can see the figure of your soul-mate in your reflection."


Carnival Mirror contains examples of:

  • Addiction Displacement: While Leonardo has quit drugs, it seems he has moved on from drugs to alcohol. He was also on cigarettes long before his drugs habit.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Adam calls Hoshi 'Звезда' ('Star' in Russian).
    • Hoshi calls Adam 'cтарший брат' (which means 'Big Brother' in Russian).
  • All Myths Are True: A person's Persona or Marionette is based on mythological or literary figures.
  • Animal Motifs: Alto's Persona is a cat, he wears cat accessories, and can even transform into an ordinary cat or his mascot form (which is also a cat).
  • Blood Lust: Hoshi has an odd fascination with blood.
  • But Not Too Foreign:
    • As part of his human masquerade, Alto claims he's half-Japanese, half-German.
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    • Yuzuki's half-Japanese, half-British.
    • Hoshi's half-French, half-Japanese.
  • Common Tongue: The majority of characters are Japanese yet can communicate with foreign characters perfectly fine.
  • Cowardly Lion: Leonardo has a lot of fears that cause him to cower in a corner, but he won't back down from a fight if it's for a good cause.
  • Cruella to Animals: Hoshi has no problem actually dissecting insects and small animals for fun.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hoshi was the one who discovered the bloody aftermath of her parents' bodies.
  • Delinquents: Leonardo gets mistaken for one. He dyes his hair, looks scary, smokes, has a knife, gets into fights (only against bullies), and occasionally skips school. Yeah, you can see why.
  • Dumb Jock: Leonardo is great at sports but sucks at academics.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Hoshi had her hair cut, dyed her black hair to blonde and changed her hairstyle to avoid being hunted down by the same people that had killed her family.
  • I Have No Son!: Leonardo was kicked out by his family after they found out about his drug taking.
  • An Ice Person: Adam has some minor Ice capabilities with the use of his Marionette.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: When Leonardo was a kid, he wanted to keep a cat he found but wasn't allowed, and then gave the cat to Yuzuki on her tenth birthday.
  • Mafia Princess: Hoshi lived in luxury while her father got up to illegal things before her life got turned upside down.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Adam's very good at fooling others with mind games, and will do anything to get what he wants.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Alto is a common name for a cat, and he has the word Neko in his surname, meaning "cat" in Japanese.
    • Koizumi means "Little Spring" and Yuzuki means "Moon". Yuzuki has the moon tarot.
    • Adam is the Hebrew word for 'Man' and Vadik is a diminutive of Vadim, which is possibly related to the Slavic element 'Rule'.
  • Mr. Exposition: Alto provides most of the information to the party members about the Mirror Realm.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Alto sometimes slips up and grooms himself like a cat when he's in human form, which embarrasses him.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • Yuzuki is really interested in the occult, and she enjoys scaring Leonardo.
    • Hoshi has a thing for blood, enjoys horror movies, and likes to mutilate insects and small animals.
  • Older Than They Look: Yuzuki looks pretty young and short for a sixteen-year-old, often leading to people thinking she's younger than she is.
  • Playing with Fire: Adam has some minor Fire capabilities with the use of his Marionette.
  • The Runaway: Hoshi. After finding her parents were dead, she feared for her life and went on the run, causing her to live on the streets for a short while.
  • Shout-Out: The roleplay's MMORPG fantasy game, Trinity Soul Online, is a reference to the spin-off Persona anime, Persona -trinity soul- (although the game has nothing to do with Personas or the story or characters itself, just the name).
  • Staying with Friends: After Leonardo got kicked out, he stayed with Yuzuki while trying to overcome his drugs habit. He eventually moved out and got his own place.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hoshi acts optimistic and cheerful, but she just uses it because she believes it's what people expect from her, hiding her unstable side.
  • Tarot Motifs: Everyone is based on the meaning of their tarot cards, to some degree.
  • Time Skip: Is usually done not so far into the future in order to move the roleplay along.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Eiji Akiyama, the guy that got Leo into drugs and steroids in the first place. Obviously, they aren't friends anymore.
  • Twice Shy: Yuzuki and Leonardo have feelings for each other but neither of them has the guts to confess.
  • The Un-Favourite: Leonardo believes his parents are biased towards his older brother, Aidan.


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