Karneval

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Japan has reclaimed its former glory under the guidance of Kings, charismatic individuals wielding incredible powers. But now, one of the Red King's vassals has been murdered, and a viral video shows the killer's confession at the scene. He is one Yashiro Isana, claiming to be the Colorless King; and he is now a wanted man - not only to the Red King's faction, but also the Blues charged with keeping the peace. He is even sought by Kuroh Yatogami, a knight of the former Colorless King sworn to slay any unworthy successor. Only, the subject of their struggle, "Shiro", is a nondescript young man living an unremarkable life in an island academy, and seems to have no recollection of killing anyone. To keep his life, Shiro must prove his innocence; but what is the truth behind his mysterious past, and what will be the outcome of this confrontation of Kings?

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KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

Both series center around a white haired boy who is protected by a badass. The white haired boy and his bodygaurd are thrown into a battle between two supernatrually powered groups of people who both take an interest in the white haired boy. The white haired boy is more then what he appears to be which forms part of the plot for these series.

snivets snivets says...

If you like a show about a cute male lead, protected by strong male characters, and fought over by various strange organizations AND you don't mind a haphazardly thrown together plot, then these two shows will be great for you.

randomredneck randomredneck says...

Supernatural type deals. Sweet animation. Good theme songs. Ho Yay vibe between a white haired bishie, and the dark haired guy. If you liked it in one, you'd enjoy it in the other,

LinkSword LinkSword says...

Bishonen-filled shows (with plenty of fujoshi bait) which have a confusing premiere that makes one think the plot is going to be much more complex than it actually is. So if you like your action with a simple storyline, well animated and full to the brim with eye-candy, do give either of them a chance.

Noriko Noriko says...

Similar main characters, Two groups fighting against each other, with 2 main characters left out of these groups (yet they're somehow connected). These two titles are very similar.

panikinga panikinga says...

Main characters have simmilar looks and characteristics. In both animes they are being involved in the war of two competing organizations.

lsabells lsabells says...

Adorable and meek male leads with unique and mysterious abilities, origins, and flashbacks. Both require protection, and those around them seem more than eager to fulfill that need. Shiro (K) and Nai (Karneval) are both amiable and considerate. Their foils are a little trigger-happy and proud. Everybody gets caught up in some violent, grand scheme that's way bigger than themselves. Chaos. Organized chaos. With attractive babyfaces.

Starletka Starletka says...

K and Karneval have similar main characters (in looks and behaviour), both involve a lot of fights using supernatural powers, and both have way too complicated plots where you won't know what is going on even in the later episodes.

xCanaxCherry xCanaxCherry says...

Both anime/manga have airy white-haired boys with unknown secrets as the main characters and both said white-haired boys have strong people protecting them, aka, one serious person and one childish person, as well as groups chasing after them. The main characters, Nai for Karneval, and Yashiro for K, are pretty similar.

Both anime have organizasions with strange powers and both take place in a technology advanced setting.

Plus, both animes have great animation and art work.

I recommend reading the manga of both as well if you like the anime ^_^

Seisa Seisa says...

They're both mystrey and have magic in them!!!! Plus they're both really good anime that are interesting and are not boring to watch! They both have really colorful animtion as well! Also the characters are sorta similar i mean cute white-haired boy protected my badass black-haired boy in both anime!

thirteenturnips thirteenturnips says...

1. Very similar animation styles. 

2. Main characters experience the same identity confusion.

3. Coupling of main character with initially antagonistic, cold tsundere. 

4. Mystery premise. 

5. Fast-paced, supernatural. Karneval does focus more on character development. 

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East

When their village was wiped out five years ago, there were only three young survivors: boys Shino Inuzuka and Sosuke Inukawa and the girl Hamaji. Through a quirk of fate, both boys share the same peony-shaped birthmark. Genpachi Inukai and Kobungo Inuta were raised hundreds of miles away as foster brothers, but they too share the same birthmark. When they went north as part of the army three years ago, they went to confront demons and came back forever transformed. Now the Imperial Church has come for Shino and Sosuke and they must find eight mystical gems and their owners or face a fate worse than death at the hands of the Church.

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Bestanimeserie Bestanimeserie says...

Both shows have similar art styles and the main character is a little boy. Both shows have the same kind of mysterious feeling they also both feature monsters and have a shounen-ai undertone, both try to solve a mystery with his devoted friend by his side. and have an fantasy setting

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime series have colorful artstyles and are filled with lots of hot male characters.  Both have a fantasy storyline that contains poeple with some sort of powers and plenty of BL-ish undertones.  If you like one of these series, then you will probably like the other. 

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both have a very similar feel. They both have a fantasy setting and both have some interesting characters. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.

kawaiihimesama kawaiihimesama says...

Both Karneval and Hakkenden have a strong fantasy storyline, where the main protagonist goes on a journey/adventure to find something/someone, and along the way he forms many friendships with the people he encounters. Also both anime have characters with special powers and pretty art style.

07-Ghost

07-Ghost

Teito Klein is a former slave who attends the Barsburg Empire's military academy. Having no memory of his past and the power to wield a rare ability called Zaiphon, Teito is constantly under the scrutiny of his peers - except for his best friend Mikage, the only person he connects with. After seeing and remembering the man who killed his father, Teito tries to kill him and finds himself on the run from Barsburg's military might. Now, with the evil beings known as Kor after his soul, the Barsburg Empire after his blood and only the legendary Seven Ghosts to protect him, Teito must unlock the memories of his past before he ends up as a sacrifice for Verloren, the sealed God of Death.

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Etue Etue says...

Both series are filled to the brim with bishounen and have a cute almost ambiguous main character with a rather naive world view. Both their closest friends are more down to earth mature minds with troubles of their own and share aloof tendencies while being fairly hard on themselves. Both seies are filled with interesting and visually pleasing fights and supernatural themes. If you like one you are bound to like the other. 

Vija Vija says...

If you like either of these series you will probably like the other to, they have a similar feeling to them.

the art is also similar and beautiful :)

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

The bonds of friendship (without being cheesy), the desire to not be useless, fighting monsters without it being the main point of the story, adorable animals, supernatural events, all of these things can be found in both of these animes. They have a similar feel and a mature atmosphere despite focusing on a young person. Also....people can fly....

Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the "Armed Detective Agency" said to solve incidents that even the military and police won't touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that's been terrorizing the population... In the virtual city of Yokohama are individuals bearing the name of Bungo, "literary masters," who possess unusual powers likened to that name. Now begins the battle between the mysterious Bungo powers! 

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UsagiDandere UsagiDandere says...

Colorful artwork, lovely character designs, bishies, and a semi-secretive organization of people with specialized fighting powers are just some of the aspects they share :)

Plus, Osamu has the same VA as Yogi, and their personalities match a bit too! Osamu has his joking, light-hearted side, but reveals a serious "get-down-to-business" mood when provoked. But Yogi is a lot more openly loving/flamboyant and gets frightened waaay easier. They both wear bandages, but Yogi would never try to kill himself. Anyways, if you love one of these characters, you'll probably love the other <3

Just be aware that Karneval's plot isn't the strongest (it's still one of my favorites though!)

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

 Both focus on a white haired young male. Neither of these males are especially skilled or talented like those around them and yet they are valuable because of something special about them and therefor are protected by the others around them. At the same time, what makes them special also makes them a target. Both males were abandoned by those who took care of them and have wound up in a strange special government organization full of unique characters.

animenerd17 animenerd17 says...

Because the story is similar both animes have a group of people that fight evil doers with super natural powers. 

Black Butler: Book of Circus

Black Butler: Book of Circus

In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah's Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!

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Kit73928 Kit73928 says...

The settings for the two animes seem to be very similar. Ciel has Sebasian and Nai has Garuki. Plus, both of them has a circus feel within the anime. Both are action and adventure and have dark pasts.

assurancetourix assurancetourix says...

Both are really colorful anime with supernatural storylines. Kuroshitsuji is darker and is following perfectly the manga. 

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

When Jonathan Joestar was just a baby, his mother tragically died in a carriage accident, and his father George was saved by the kindness of a stranger, Dario Brando. At least, that's what George believed, unbeknownst to him that Dario was just attempting to steal from the victims. Thus, when Dario later dies and his son, Dio, comes to his doorstep, the wealthy George eagerly adopts the boy. But what should have become a budding friendship between two siblings quickly becomes a nightmare for poor Jonathan, as Dio is cruel, calculating and will go to great lengths to become George's primary heir. Little does Jonathan know that this unfortunate childhood is only the harbinger of things to come...

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Etue Etue says...

Both series share shounen-ai subtext at certain points. However while Jojo prefers very muscular men with barely any clothing Karneval sticks to the slender bishounen prototype. Both series have a lot of action and fighting in them. Karneval's visuals and Jojo's however share little comparibility with very different art directions. Still both series are about men of questionable orientation fighting ''evil''.

D.Gray-man

D.Gray-man

An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.

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Aranneas Aranneas says...

An invasion of mysterious forces that comes in the form a corruption of the existing world, fought against by people with incredible powers. The ordinary, familiar, and beloved turned grotesque. The eternal appeal of the Faustian bargain. Above all, the timeless power of regret.

Arata the Legend

Arata the Legend

In the fantastical land of Amawakumi, a succession ceremony occurs each 30 years to pass control of the kingdom to a female heir of the Hime clan. But three decades ago, the Hime clan was unable to produce a daughter and was warned that if history repeated itself, the entire clan would be purged. Now faced with the same problem in the present, the Hime clan opts to send their disguised son Arata to the ceremony instead, unaware that he’d be sent into a trap where the former princess is murdered and the boy would be framed for the crime. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hinohara suffers a similar sense of betrayal at the hands of his classmates, and after wishing he could just disappear, he and Arata switch bodies. Now, as Arata struggles to find a way to return the two to their own worlds, Hinohara must try to escape capture, clear Arata’s name and fulfill this princess’s last wish by exposing her killers.

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both Karneval and Arata takes place in fantastic worlds, have casts full of pretty guys with magical or supernatural abilities and have a very similar feeling. Expect loads of weird creatures, battles between warring factions and misplaced monologues. While Arata has the whole world swap theme and Karneval has a nebulous organisation that produces monsters, I still reckon they are similar enough to warrant this recommendation.

Sands of Destruction

Sands of Destruction

In a world where humans are enslaved by beast men, there is one person who wishes to destroy it all: Morute, the leader of the World Destruction Committee. She sets out on a journey with an ancient artifact known as the "Destruct Code," a device rumored to have the power to destroy the world and turn everything back into sand. Along the way she finds two companions: the kind-hearted human Kyrie, and aspiring hero and beast man Toppi. Together the trio travels the world, always staying out of reach of the World Salvation Committee. Will they discover the secrets of the Destruct Code, and more importantly, succeed at destroying the world?

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Shizuka97 Shizuka97 says...

The anime are very similar in that the focus is a group of individuals with resilient, adorable and clumsy characteristics. The main character in both animes does not really have much physical or mental stength but plays a big part in the story, and are connected to something important. Also each episode of both brings a new adventure.

The Betrayal Knows My Name

The Betrayal Knows My Name

Abandoned outside an orphanage when he was just a baby, Yuki is a boy with no idea where he came from or who he really is. Now in high school, the teen is plagued by odd dreams, death threats and an ability to see the negativity that dwells within people's hearts. One night after being lured into a trap, a mysterious and handsome man named Zess saves Yuki from being killed before disappearing into the night. Then, with the sudden arrival of his long-lost brother, the orphan finds himself pulled into a new world where he can not only learn about his powers and how to control them, but also becomes aware of the evils that lurk in the darkness. Can Yuki finally find the place he truly belongs, and just why is Zess so protective over the young boy?

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juice246 juice246 says...

These shows are very similar:

1. A small innocent kid, with mysterious past/abilities. 

2. Protected by a bunch of people, in Karneval it's only guys, but in Betrayal Knows My Name there are some girls as well. 

3. The kid is looking for a childhood friend. In Betrayal Knows My Name the friend is not missing but just distant. 

4. Mysterious organization/group, when their motives are revealed viewer has a "WHAT!!!!" moment. 

5. Suggested gay relationship, but not cannon. Betrayal Knows My Name is a bit more suggestive.