At essence, Canaan was an entertaining show, a girls-with-guns/mystery/supernatural anime similar to those of Noir and
Madlax, if you like those genre, you might like this. In many ways, Canaan lacks details, plot holes appear if one
ponders the series' logic even a little bit, it contains some of the worst cliche found in many common works with the
ending lacks a sense of closure. Still, this one looks and sounds good enough to succeed purely as a girls-with-guns
series if nothing else.
+Unique visuals and animation.
+Strong music score.
+Great action elements.
My favorite character is Alphard. Maria kinda just felt like she was in the way, I didn't like her too much. Liang Xi was creepy. I just wished that the anime was a bit longer, the writers/producers would've decided to explain and show more of Alphard's and Canaan's past and also wished they would've talked more about what happened to the characters after the end of the series.
I would give this an average no doubt. I mean the artwork is outstanding, the plot was just missing something for me. it had it's moments of outstanding action, but I just couldn't really get into this one. I did enjoy it though, but I just felt as if it needed something more. and more episodes was not it.
To tell you the truth, I had no interest in CANAAN at all. That all changed when at a local con, they decided to show CANAAN's Opening. Solely from that, my interest in it grew and with it, I set out to find the promised land, CANAAN.
Now let me begin with the story. First of all, it is by no means badly paced. No doubt, it was written in the anime description itself that anime was about all walks of life pulled together by a global conspiracy. A conspiracy in which only start to come together as the story progresses. You'll not figure out everything from the start and by the end, most if not all your questions will be answered. For some it may start off slow, but to tell you the truth, starting up like a Hong Kong action movie (set in Shanghai) is anything but slow. The progression as the action ramps up and the mysteries answered is just perfect, leaving me quite satisfied with the ending. However, they did slip up a bit. The transition is jarring by segregating the last mini arc with Alphard before the conclusion but after the mystery was solved.
Canaan is a great series. I really enjoyed the conflicting scenes between Canaan and Alphard. There were also quite a few comedic scenes throughout the series, which really helped to lighten the mood when the series took a turn down a dark plot path. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action series.
Two years ago, Shibuya was ravaged by a biological terrorist attack using the deadly Ua virus. Maria Osawa was saved when her father inoculated her against the virus, but is left with partial amnesia from the shock. Now working as a cameraman, she reunited with her friend Canaan in Shanghai. Canaan is an assassin gifted with synesthesia, and she's being targeted by the terrorist squad Snake. Meanwhile, numerous groups converge on Hong Kong, all after either Canaan or Maria.
Pretty good action oriented anime series, it reminded me of Black Lagoon in a lot of ways, with the character of Alphard being sort of like Revy. Series has some shoujo-ai overtones with Canaan and Maria, but it was well played and very sweet.
When I watched this the first time I stopped at the first few episodes.
However after I finished it it was really interesting.
The art style is not exactly my taste, but the story's quite cool *u*
It's about people with different senses than normal people, I find that quite cool xD it's like a whole different world
Great Animation, a very good story, but there is some questions left unanswered at the end of the series. Also, the relationship between Canaan and Maria was treated very awkwardly : they wanted so much to hint that, in the opinion of Maria, they were more than friends, but without shocking anyone that it was annoying and disturbing.
not a bad series, however it just does not seem as great. It has girls (who are flat, as the series likes to point out so very often), often those girls have guns. The main problem is that I do not associate with any of the characters, as none of them are really believable or something like that.
Canaan's a really lovely character. At first I expected some hard-cold serious GITS action (i gave up on GITS 'cos I was too young back then) but Canaan's innocence & sensitivity made it appealing to watch.