Jul 3, 2013

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Karneval episode 13

So this season finally ended? Good. I really hate to say this but I was getting really tired of writing about it. The story was going back and forth so much that it became difficult to follow. I don’t like to see that in a show.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 13 END [h264-720p][2B54E250].mkv_snapshot_01.01_[2013.07.02_23.25.08]So this is a season finale, right? You’d expect to see some drama and a lot of action, right? Well, there was a little bit of drama and quite a bit of action, but why do I feel so uneasy? Is it because Nai, one of the main characters that the story revolves around, has done absolutely nothing during these past thirteen episodes? That hasn’t gone unnoticed. Looking for Karoku was his quest, yet he had other people fighting his battles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nai fight. Hell, I don’t even think I’ve ever seen him defend himself (let alone his friends). I think that’s one of the biggest things that I dislike about Karneval.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 13 END [h264-720p][2B54E250].mkv_snapshot_11.19_[2013.07.02_23.25.32]But oh well, it’s over now. Gareki somewhat held his own for a while, Circus won the battle yet again, evil survived and is bound to return in the future, and, if all that isn’t “exciting” enough for you, they finally found (a near-dead) Karoku. After thirteen weeks (of which ten were a struggle) we finally see Nai and Karoku reunited.

People; bust out your blow horns, put on same evil classical music and raise your middle fingers as we say goodbye to season one. We have been waiting thirteen weeks for this, yet Karoku wasn’t even conscious in the end. Nothing god solved, no questions were answered and the episode ended with both a crappy cliff-hanger and an even crappier preview of season two. Well done, Japan.

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Jun 22, 2013

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Karneval episode 12

Is there something wrong with me? This episode didn’t excite me at all. There’s only one episode left but the ending still seems so far away. The episode was bursting with action and excitement, yet I couldn’t even give a damn. I’m just worried about the ending…

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 12 [h264-720p][BD85E2B0].mkv_snapshot_05.00_[2013.06.21_22.37.22]It is really strange; everyone finally found Karoku, headed out to enemy territory and finally brought the fight to them. It was mayhem. People were dropping like flies and even Uro, quite possibly one of the biggest enemies that Circus has ever encountered, seemed to be a piece of cake. It looked like Tsukumo and Iva were in a pinch, even though they were teaming up on the guy, but even they were holding back because they needed him alive. Is the difference in power that great? I don’t know about the rest of the viewers, but that seems rather disappointing. I expecting one hell of a struggle to defeat them…

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 12 [h264-720p][BD85E2B0].mkv_snapshot_16.25_[2013.06.21_22.38.10]It’s nice that they now know where Karoku is after all this time and all, but isn’t it a bit too ironic that they couldn’t even find him, despite knowing that he was supposed to be there? I thought the episode was primarily about finding the guy? It just seems to me that Circus is prioritizing their wishes over everybody else’s.

The ending still seems so far away, especially now that new problems keep surfacing. This maddening. Karneval, in my books at least, has been very average after the second episode. Had I known that it would turn out this way then I probably wouldn’t have written about it. I probably would’ve picked Valrave the Liberator instead. I’m getting really nervous here… Just find Karoku already, dammit! 

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Jun 15, 2013

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Karneval episode 11

Amazing! Karneval actually came on time this week. I wish I could describe the episode in general in the same way. Unfortunately, I cannot. The story is completely messed up and it doesn’t do the manga justice.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 11 [h264-720p][315F9BAC].mkv_snapshot_07.38_[2013.06.14_23.38.08]I am getting really tired watching the same thing over and over again. There are always characters in Karneval that need help, and it’s always Nai’s group that encounters them. Nai, being the good red-eyed rat that he is, will always help out these characters, even it means postponing his own quest of finding Karoku.

Imagine my surprise when that kid showed up, demanding that they helped him find some hard-to-find pasta restaurant. Was I seriously supposed to enjoy that? It’s almost like I just watched a filler. There are two episodes left, Karoku isn’t even in sight yet, but they think it’s alright to focus on some kid that ran away from home? What the…

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 11 [h264-720p][315F9BAC].mkv_snapshot_17.47_[2013.06.14_23.38.39]The only good thing that came from all of this, if any, is that they’re finally going after Karoku. Following this story has been like walking in a big, complicated maze. There was always something that got in the way of progress, so, now that they know where he is, they’re finally starting up a search and rescue mission. I can only hope at this point that it won’t be too predictable, that Karoku doesn’t turn out to be a bad guy that’s luring Nai and his friends into a trap, and that he was after Nai all this time. That would be the worst possible ending.

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Jun 13, 2013

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Karneval episode 10

Oh boy, it’s becoming quite obvious that even the fansubbers are getting tired of karneval. It’s just not a high priority anymore. I, too, think that it’s been slowly downhill ever since the second episode. I probably wouldn’t even care so much if the ending turned out to be disappointing.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 10 [h264-720p][69594B0B].mkv_snapshot_01.13_[2013.06.12_22.44.50]The only good thing about this episode is that Tsukumo survive, as we all knew she would. There is no way that they would’ve killed off one of the most popular characters on an otherwise declining show. I mean, even the ratings are slowly starting to drop on all the major anime websites. That just goes to show that people are losing interest.

I was hoping that Yogi’s condition would become a bit more complicated and interesting, but no… He’s completely returned to his old self. He’s jolly, sarcastic and always puts up an act to make it look as though everything’s alright. I really hate characters that make themselves seem unnecessarily weaker than they really are.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 10 [h264-720p][69594B0B].mkv_snapshot_15.33_[2013.06.12_22.45.39]Karneval has lost its magic, period. It’s supposed to be an action/fantasy show, but now it’s leaning more towards comedy. I just watched an episode where Kiichi, a little girl with a huge mouth, started a fight with some kind of mutated goat. That’s right, but it didn’t end there, the goat was mad as hell, had rabbit teeth and was capable of flying thanks to its wings. I’m sorry, but I cannot take the show seriously when I see something like that. The comedy in this show is getting out of hand, it’s taking over. There’s a real need for more action, more mystery and a lot more answers to our questions.

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Jun 1, 2013

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Karneval episode 09

No wonder people are losing interest in Karneval. Even fansubbers are prioritizing other shows over Karneval, even though they air much later. What is going on? I thought this “snow arc” was supposed to be exactly and refreshingly clarifying?

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 09 [h264-720p][292A6C37].mkv_snapshot_08.41_[2013.05.31_23.31.44]Let’s face facts; nothing got clarified so far. The story is getting thicker and harder to understand for the common viewer, especially for guys like me. I find myself thinking about other things while watching Karneval. It’s just so damned hard to stay focussed when you’re no longer that interested as before.

I thought things were going to get better when Yogi had that transformation, that there would be a lot more action and that the story would become clearer. I was completely wrong. Yogi didn’t do much, there was very little action and the story only got worse if you ask me. I also don’t like how they’re constantly putting Karoku in the spotlight. Is he a bad guy? Is he a good guy? I have no idea anymore.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 09 [h264-720p][292A6C37].mkv_snapshot_20.57_[2013.05.31_23.33.10]It got to a point where it seemed as though Karoku killed Tsukumo. I don’t know if she’s actually dead or if Karuko just put her to sleep, but she was one of the few characters worth watching. You can’t take that character away from Karneval. She is by far the cutest and most interesting character on this show.

The story, from what I could tell, revolves around Nai. It’s a simple as that. It seems that Karoku is going out of his way to harm those closest to him, hoping that it might upset Nai. Well, yeah… It’s going to upset him alright, but what’s the point? Just tell me already, because the story is getting less and less interesting. I might actually drop Karneval before it finishes airing.

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May 25, 2013

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Karneval episode 08

I must admit that this episode contained some much needed action, but to call it “awesome” would be a gross exaggeration. I think the first two episodes were much better than this one if you ask me, so I’m kind of hoping that the next episode will be even better. It sure is looking promising again.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 08 [h264-720p][630A38D0].mkv_snapshot_07.53_[2013.05.24_22.21.17]I must say that I started sighing again at first. I got this nasty feeling that it would turn out to be yet another one of those ‘easy-going’ episodes, especially when Nai started playing in the snow. I’m not willing to sacrifice twenty minutes every week to watch a gay-looking rat with red eyes playing with a miniature snowman.

It’s sad, but I actually got a little exited when they started discussing the option to dissect Nai again. I would’ve gone nuts at first, but now I don’t really care anymore. It’s really not like me to talk like that, even though I didn’t really like Nai from the very beginning. You need to be careful with guys like that, otherwise you might suddenly wake up one day to find his head between your legs.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 08 [h264-720p][630A38D0].mkv_snapshot_17.01_[2013.05.24_22.21.41]It’s a damn good thing that the end finally ended with some action. Yogi finally transformed into a real man after being attacked by two unknown enemies. I think that’s a good thing. Now he would play around so much with that girly voice of his. The only thing that hasn’t changed is how useless Nai and Gareki are. Gareki at the very least tries, but Nai was ready to crawl into a corner and die. The only reason why Gareki survived is because of his coat, the one thing they seemed interested in. So much for a serious story, huh?

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May 18, 2013

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Karneval episode 07

Why is it that most of this episode seemed like a filler? It’s safe to say that watching Tsukumo in that cute outfit is the only thing worth watching this week. It seems like they are focussing on clothes and accessories rather than the story.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 07 [h264-720p][1811D4CD].mkv_snapshot_13.56_[2013.05.17_23.21.05]Honestly; I have nothing more to say about this episode. It was quite boring and dull. It’s the kind of episode that you watch when you’ve already watched everything else. I have been told that next week’s episode should be very promising, something about a new arc starting and whatnot, but what about this week? Should I be happy with what I saw? Hell no! Karneval in general is simply starting to get less and less interesting. It has almost gotten to the point where I’d rather review Valverave than this to be honest.

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May 11, 2013

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Karneval episode 06

You know, now that I’ve thought about it carefully I think I’d rather be writing about Valverave than Karneval, because Karneval has simply become stagnant (story-wise). Too bad that I, being my usual idiotic self, shunned Valverave because of the first episode, because it looked a bit like Gundam Seed to me.

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 06 [h264-720p][E01A643A].mkv_snapshot_05.42_[2013.05.10_22.18.52]Anyway, this episode wasn’t anything special. It was very difficult for me to stay focussed on the story. We, from the very beginning, were led to believe that Circus is no more than an international organisation that fights crime when no one else can. We’re six weeks into it and I’m starting to believe otherwise, because the methods they use aren’t exactly peaceful and humane. I understand that they’re targets aren’t exactly human either, but that doesn’t give them the right to torture them for answers. Maybe that’s just me though?

[Anime-Koi] Karneval - 06 [h264-720p][E01A643A].mkv_snapshot_16.13_[2013.05.10_22.19.10]I also dislike how Gareki is constantly being portrayed as the bad guy. We all know about his bad-boy attitude, and that he’s actually a good guy beneath it all. Just stop. Just put the guy together with Nai, supposedly a gay-looking rat with red eyes in a human’s disguise, and let them continue their quest together, so that Karoku may be found in the (near) future.

Yeah, I get pretty agitated this time, but it got even worse when Tsubame actually offered her body as a test subject to see what that doctor did to her. The look on Tsukitachi’s face when she surrendered her body like that was dreadful. It was the face of a monster that had just won a battle, I don’t like it one bit.

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