Karneval – through a fujoshi’s eyes

I was browsing about in AnimeCrazy.net when I found this anime with very appealing art and lots of bishounen so I thought, what the heck, let’s watch it!

Nai searches for someone important to him (Karoku), with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization-“Circus”!! – animecrazy.net

The first two episodes were quite puzzling as I couldn’t know where everything was going. Let’s just say that I was curious if Nai has any special fighting powers that can be used, or will he remain as  just this damsel in distress type that will completely rely on Gareki and Circus. Also, what’s with Gareki and the bracelet? Curious indeed. Anyways, by the first half of the third episode you’ll probably get the gist of the whole story and where it’s heading. Furthermore, this particular episode has lots of shounen ai hints between the two main characters, and maybe, if you push it, even a love triangle angle.

In my assessment, Gareki seems to be that dark character that grew up in the slums while Nai is the innocent type, a pet-like epitome of light. Now, Nai seems to be brightening Gareki’s life and their exchange of words just sends tingles down my fujoshi spine. Here are some lines from the third episode.

Nai: Gareki, I don’t need you.
Gareki: Tell me, what do you mean by that?
Nai: Gareki is.. sca..
Gareki: I’m scary? You’re saying this after all we’ve been through?

Gareki: Are you saying that you’re giving me what I want so now I can disappear?

This conversation in particular seems like a little break-up scene, it was like a build up for the next one; and that last line was actually what gave me the sense of their lovey dovey affair. You can totally change the setting and reuse these lines in a yaoi fan fiction!

Gareki: I’ll look like a fool if I get angry, In fact, You’ve always asked for my help so what’s this about me being scary?
Nai: You’re not scary!
(Nai explains what Karoku told him to do)
Gareki: I’ll ask again, what’s you’re relationship with Karoku?
(Gareki asks Nai about his and Karoku’s relationship in more detail)
Gareki thoughts: On top of that, he’s picking a fight with me!
Gareki: I’m sorry, it seems I misunderstood you. I don’t really dislike you.
(insert Nai’s cute pet version here)
Gareki seems to almost blush

Jealousy? Love Triangle? and a Confession at the end? Ok, maybe I’m pushing it, but I totally felt it when I first watched it! Another easily fanficable conversation!

For more, watch this series! It’s a pretty good shoujo action-adventure kind of thing. You can stream it here! Now I’ll go proceed with episode 4!

What matters is not what you cannot do but what you can do~


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