Canaan: Anime Review
Weapons, girls, and psychotics! That’s exactly what you get from watching Canaan.
Canaan’s plot is based around a virus called the UA Virus. The virus is deadly and can infect and kill people in less than 12 hours time. Some individuals survive the virus though and for the ones that do, they have some mutation or special ability. The people who survive are known as “borners” some Borners have two pancreases as others have special abilities. Additionally, some Borners known as “Unblooms” have to wear special costumes to avoid UV rays and other noises as they will die if they come in contact with either.
The main character, Canaan who is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro is a rather un-emotional girl. Faced with a tough life she herself has grown to be a very tough person. She seems to lack friends and a personal side of her life. But, she does have someone. Someone very very different from the way she is.
Maria Ōsawa is a photographer working alongside a man named Minoru Minorikawa. The two head to Shanghai where Maria reunites with her friend Canaan. Canaan has the ability to see a persons aura known as synesthesia. She is a skilled marksman and is a well trained killer.
I have to say, there were times during some episodes were I would have NOT been surprised if Canaan and Maria kissed or something even more friendly then that at some point. But, Canaan was different, she was close to Maria and Maria understood that Canaan was different. Maria meant a lot to Canaan and Maria was really Canaan’s only real friend she had.
Canaan and a girl called Alphard Alyshaya were taken in as children and trained by Siam. Canaan and Alphard were hired to break into an armed military train to steal the UA Virus that it was carrying. Alphard took Siam and Canaan surprise by her actions during the mission.
Ultimately, the whole anime is based around Alphard trying to hunt down and kill Canaan as Canaan’s friend Maria is targeted, Canaan spends much of the story saving Maria over and over again. Maria is a cute, unhurt, happy girl that is pretty much the complete opposite of Canaan. Which ultimately makes the series feel a bit off.
Canaan starts off strong but, gets a bit doll towards the end. In the first few episodes I felt a great deal of mystery and I wanted to keep watching to watch them learn more and more about the UA virus. It was set up great, a photographer and a reporter running into a story and wanting to expose the story to the people who know nothing of it.
But, I felt that about half way into the show it seemed to lose the bit of mystery and what I thought the show was going for. Instead it contained a ton of Canaan saving Maria’s ass and Alphard trying to kill her in the process. Additionally, the ending seemed very much set up for another season which, given the fact that season 1 was released in 2009 and the company and animators behind the series have yet to release any news of a second season, I don’t think they have any plans for a second season at this point.
One thing I really liked about Canaan and probably my favorite part of the story was based around Santana who runs a Karaoke cosplay bar in Shanghai and a Borner named Hakko. Hakko spent most of the show in silence because her ability made her voice inflict brain damage on the peopel who heard it. The two loved eachother and cared for eachother. At one point Santana was put into danger by a rather crazy girl named Liang who was one of Alphards lieutenants who often times referred to Alphard as her elder sister.
Let me be honest here, I was glad when it came time for Liang to go. She was an attention seeking annoying brat! Although, she played a key role in adding that twisted crazy feel to the show that made it a bit more interesting. Liang used her twisted thoughts to plot a tragic trap for Hakko and Santana which was honestly the only part of the series I found sad. But it was a good part for sure, don’t get me wrong.
Canaan has a unique story though, which is something I liked about it. It felt like something new and different from any other story.
Final thoughts: Canaan has a unique story but, lacks towards the end. Has a ton of great gun fights and action scenes which people into that stuff will love. Has a crazy side to it and features a bit of bloody eye popping scenes that people into gore will also love. Has some romance but not much. I’d recommend this to people who like a lot of bloody violent action! Yes, it has a pretty good story but again, kind of falls apart towards the end.