Ranked #1617


Alternative Titles

English: Canaan
Synonyms: 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ Tokubetsu Hen, 428 ~Fuusasareta Shibuya de~ Special Chapter, 428 the animation
Japanese: カナン


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2009 to Sep 26, 2009
Genres: Action, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.471 (scored by 45102 users)
Ranked: #16172
Popularity: #319
Members: 94,005
Favorites: 546
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Oosawa Maria is a Japanese photographer currently working in Shanghai, China. Along with her partner Mino, she searches for potential newsworthy stories throughout the city. When strange events occur at a local festival, Maria and Mino immediately investigate. Quickly, the two are immersed in a battle between unknown masked men and a strange, white-haired woman. Just when Maria is about to be caught in the crossfire, an old friend by the name of Canaan appears and helps Maria escape. But a sinister plot over a deadly virus soon develops, and Canaan learns she must confront her past if she wants any chance at stopping the perpetrator and saving her friends.

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Episodes  0 / 13
Aired  Jul 4, 2009 to Sep 26, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Canaan, Canaan
Summary: Canaan Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Alshaya, Alphard
Alshaya, Alphard
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Minorikawa, Minoru
Minorikawa, Minoru
Hamada, Kenji
Hamada, Kenji
Oosawa, Maria
Oosawa, Maria
Nanjo, Yoshino
Nanjo, Yoshino


Horikawa, Kenji
Ando, Masahiro
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Jong, Heo
Episode Director

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Sep 2, 2010
Believe it or not, the name "Canaan" is actually a reference to the Old Testament of the Bible, describing a land "flowing with milk and honey". Naturally, the name piqued my curiosity when I first saw it. I was quickly surprised when I saw that this anime is set in modern day, with the protagonist of the show bearing the same name as its title. I was left pleasantly surprised in the end, and found myself considering a re-watch of the show at some point.

Canaan is essentially the story of a photographer named Maria, and her friendship with the mysterious girl named “Canaan”. Maria read more
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Sep 27, 2009
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. read more
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Dec 28, 2013
Canaan is an assassin anime with excellent animation and intriguing fighting scenes. However, Canaan is a sequel to its game called 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de. Unless you have played this game, the story will be confusing as some important events are left unexplored. The strong female leads, Canaan and Alphard, brought on the fast and furious action, but some of the characters were more comical than serious, especially the villains. Character development is quite slow. Some of the supporting characters seem irrelevant until late in the anime.

Story (7)
The pacing for the anime is excellent. The series immediately begins with fast action and later read more
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May 28, 2014
I don't know what I was doing in 2009 that prevented me from watching Canaan when it aired. But as it is, I watched it about a month ago and I was blown away by how great it was. It captured my attention from the beginning, an art that some series could work on.

Story [7/10]

"Soldiers who're born within destruction take hatred as their weapon. Listen, Canaan. You must not counter hatred with hatred...ever".

I just want to say that Canaan has one of the best intros ever. The combination of Siam's solemn voice and the sad, haunting violin music in the background just sent chills down read more
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They have a similar sort of mystery/action thing going for them, though the pacing is quicker in Canaan, and the mystery is more... well, mysterious for Darker than Black. 
CANAAN and Black Lagoon have very much the same feel to it.
Both the main characters are bad-ass women with guns with a lot of good action, both series are mainly located in a urban city in China and are well illustrated.
They both have a sense of dark organizations doing things behind the scene, though Black Lagoon has it less and doesn't have any fiction things (like non existing viruses and such)

CANAAN and Black Lagoon are both very awesome series to watch if you like action and gunfights. 
Girls with guns. Both lead characters look similiar, have special abilities, and protect their not so skilled friend. Both use weapons for their professions. 
Action-filled, female main characters and gun-filled. Has crazy characters, silent characters etc. You should really look it up if you like this anime. 
Both have the hardcore girls with guns aspect as well as a bit of sci-fi or mysticism. 
Both are about women, who are natural born killers.
Both of them despite of their future seek for normality. 
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