Synonyms: 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ Tokubetsu Hen, 428 ~Fuusasareta Shibuya de~ Special Chapter, 428 the animation
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2009 to Sep 26, 2009
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.481 (scored by 43121 users)
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SynopsisOosawa 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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Related AnimeAdaptation: Canaan, Canaan
Summary: Canaan Special
Characters & Voice Actors
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 heads to China to do some investigative work, but quickly finds herself in need of protection from her friend as she winds up getting in way over her head. This anime is an excellent mixture of action, character development, and heartwarming moments. I’ve rarely seen a story told so well in so few episodes.
Here's the breakdown:
Story (7/10): You never know what you're going to get with short animes like Canaan. Much to my glee, this show is a gem among short animes. With a grand total of only 13 episodes, it's easily worth the amount of time spent watching it.
The story itself is rather straightforward, and doesn't go through any exceptionally large twists. However, I found that this added, rather than detracted from the enjoyment value. The story is fairly simple, yet leaves you eager to watch the next episode and discover exactly what sinister force is behind the strange happenings.
I won't spoil anything for you with any further synopsis (this anime is frankly far too short to bother with such things), but all you need to know is that while the story isn't the best I've yet seen, it was entertaining and fun to watch. Once again, you won't feel like you wasted your time. (Seriously, it's only 13 episodes, just give it a shot!) If you enjoy action shows, yet feel the need for good character development along the way, this anime would be an excellent choice for you.
Art: (10/10)- This show stands out to me as one of the finest examples of animation out there. Now, seeing as there were only 13 episodes to animate, the creators were able to pay more attention to each one, giving much more care to detail, and smoothing out places other animes would have been forced to skip over. I especially enjoyed the depiction of the Chinese festival early in the show, where there was some truly beautiful scenery, even mixed with some very believable CGI. The various CGI effects are given just as much attention as the rest of the lush backgrounds, creating a very smooth and coherent mixture which is very pleasing to look at. This is probably one of the best drawn anime that I have yet seen.
Sound: (7/10)- this show is superbly voiced. This isn't the sort of show that demands for many truly brilliant performances, but the actors performed the demands made of them very admirably. The one notable exception to this is the role of “Hakko”. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, but Hakko has very little dialogue until the last few episodes of the show. Remaining mute for most of the show (except for a few groans and sighs), Hakko is later given some dialogue that is both immensely important, and emotionally moving. This was no easy task for any actor, especially given the important nature of her few lines. All in all, excellently done!
The soundtrack was a good deal less memorable than the voice acting. It never stuck out to me as bad or unlikeable, but I never found myself thinking about the quality of music. It never really caught my ear, thus I couldn’t rate it as high as I would have liked. In contrast, the opening song is catchy, and very appropriately themed for the show. Overall, the music was probably the weak point of the show, but that’s hardly an insult in comparison with the quality of its other aspects.
Characters: (10/10)- Here is where the show truly shines. The role of protagonist is essentially shared by Canaan and Maria, as they are given about equal screen time and character development. Canaan is rather quiet, stoic, and rough, while Maria is friendly, outgoing, vivacious and fragile. This makes for an interesting combination, with Canaan being an ex-military, trained assassin, and Maria being an inquisitive photographer with a knack for getting into trouble.
These two share an interesting and unique friendship, which, much to my satisfaction, was devoid of any yuri themes. Their friendship is strong, and remains a driving force throughout the show. These two are supported by a cast of equally interesting supporting characters, each of which has a satisfactory, and interesting back story. Refreshingly, the villain of the show was far more than a mindless murderer, but had a story nearly as interesting as that of Canaan herself.
While Canaan can be a bit boring (due largely in part to her stoic nature), Maria easily makes up for this with her lively, innocent, wide-eyed view of the world. Canaan has a darker side to her, dating back to her military training, which Maria is still too naïve to see at the outset of the story. I found Maria to be an extremely lovable, and downright adorable character. While her constant repetition of the word “sugoi!” (amazing) may annoy some viewers, I thought it depicted her innocence and sweet nature very well. Canaan’s darker, quieter side provides an interesting balance to this duo.
These characters are placed into some rather emotionally touching situations, even to the point of bringing me to tears. I cannot say why, for fear of spoilers, but I was highly impressed by the clever use of the characters back stories, and even their unique abilities (which are given to only a select few characters) to provide an emotional charge that many action shows lack entirely. You’ll find a nice blend of action, character development, and even heart-wrenching moments that will bring you to the point of tears.
I could go on, but I think I’ve made my points clear. I grew to love each of the cast members, and I’m confident you’ll feel the same way if you give Canaan a chance.
Enjoyment: (9/10)- After all the bragging I’ve done about this show, why only a 9? I had to knock off a point because it felt too short. The show easily could have been extended without dragging, and the ending left me feeling as though a sequel was in store. I have not heard of any plans for a sequel at this point, but the ending certainly left that possibility open. Ultimately, it was an extremely enjoyable anime, but really left me wishing for more.
Overall (9/10)- Certainly not the best anime I’ve ever seen, but an excellent one, nonetheless. I highly recommend it to anyone. Even if you end up not liking it, you’ll only have lost 6 ½ hours of your life, so why not? =) read more
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.
The pacing for the anime is excellent. The series immediately begins with fast action and later becomes something deeper with tragic and dramatic events. However, the background behind the story is vague and confusing for those who have not played the game. The little of the story that Canaan does tell is pretty interesting. There is not a solid conclusion to the anime, and it provides an open ending. The plot is not exactly original, but it is entertaining. The government is the main villain who are injecting random people with deadly viruses to give them superpowers.
Years ago, a terrorist organization called Snake performed an experiment in a ghost village known as Shibuya, which is several kilometers outside of Shanghai. It created an infection called the Ua-virus, which had very few surviving test subjects. The survivors from that village are broken into two categories: borners and non-borners. Borners have a purple mark on their body, giving them special abilities. They continue living by taking medication. Non-borners are like zombies, and their only chance of survival is to wear a special mascot head that blocks out UV rays and sound. No medicine can cure them. If the helmet is removed, they bleed out of their head and die instantly. The job is to stop Snake from creating more victims and find the cure to the virus.
Canaan and Alphard (Canaan’s rival) are two active and serious characters in the anime by letting their guns do the talking. They are responsible for the entertaining nonstop action in the anime. Other secondary characters contribute to the series by solving the mystery within the plot. They show relevance to the story that helps viewers understand a few things about the background.
Canaan greatly lacks character development, and the relationships between the characters are not fully explained. E.g. Canaan and Maria are best friends, but the series barely emphasized on the background of their friendship.
Some characters, including the villains, take away the seriousness of the anime and makes it appear as a joke. Maria is introduced as a character who would play an active role in the story itself, but she turns out to be the character who always needs to be rescued by Canaan. She has a bubbly personality, jumping and screaming Canaan’s name in excitement in the majority of the episodes.
One of the main villains, Liang Qi (Alphard’s sister), primary objective is to please her sister by playing the “killer” role in her presence in hopes of earning her praise. This is sometimes done by either pointing a gun to someone’s head or playing with a BB gun. If Alphard ignored her, she’d run off screaming or wailing.
Some of the supporting characters appear irrelevant to the plot until near the ending. For example, Yunyun appears out of nowhere at random places but makes a contribution to the plot in the last few episodes.
P.A. Works, the animation studios responsible for series like Angel Beats, is responsible for the good quality. The settings are unique and detailed, especially the streets of Hong Kong during fighting scenes. Character designs are pretty good as well, suiting their personalities. For example, Maria is drawn as an energetic character. It distinguishes the characters that are affected with the Ua virus with detailed marks on their bodies, contributing to the plot in general.
I recommend watching it in English sub, because Canaan’s Japanese voice actor has a more serious voice that is fit for an assassin. Her English voice sounds dull. The other characters’ voices fit their personality regardless of the language.
The background music is not that attractive, but the OP and ED make up for it. The OP has a catchy tune to begin each episode, and the ED calms down the mood with a soothing tone. The closing song was my favorite, because it seems to fit your typical assassin anime.
I watched Canaan in hopes of another powerful Noir or Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, but it was not as exciting because of the characters. Also, I was confused with the plot, because most of the important events are only in the game and not emphasized in the anime. I don’t plan to re-watch it in the future, but its ED is one of my favorite songs in anime. The action is pretty good, too.
Canaan has intriguing fighting scenes and detailed settings. It would’ve been a more enjoyable series if the characters were more tolerable and serious for an assassin anime. The minor plot holes and lack of character development are disappointing, unless you’ve played the game. read more
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.
Dark organizations, with people having super human powers.
Both are about mysterious organization and people with inhuman power. They have particular "dark" atmosphere.
Both series deal with conspiracies between world governments & the use of "super-powered" individuals, and contain high-action battles and sequences. Note, however, that Darker Than Black is episodic for the majority of the series, unlike CANAAN.
There both about mysteriouse assignes who lost someone close to them and works for a secret company and at the sametime as there doing that looking for the person or persons who kill there loved one.
Both shows also follow more then one character threw the show.
Both are excellent action shows with similar feels/atmospheres. Shadowy behind the scenes organizations manipulating people.
Dark feel with great characters and action scenes unlike most other shows. Characters dealing with mysterious organizations. Characters also have trouble with their memories.
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.
Violence, women, violent women, need I say more?
Girls with guns, intense action, and people actually dying when shot. Both main female leads are skilled with guns and are very agile.
they both have cool gun fighting
Both are equally good in their fight scenes, and the protagonist of both of these animes both uses guns in a non-human-like manner. Though I'd say that black lagoon is more coarse in it's language but at the same time, funny to a certain extent.
If you enjoyed the action scenes of Black Lagoon, you'll probably enjoy Canaan. Although Black Lagoon deals with different stories every 2-3 episodes, Canaan centers more in its original premise. Both are recent anime with great animation and sound quality, and the opening songs (Red Fraction from BLagoon and Mind as Judgement from Canaan) are awesome. Watch'em both! :D
Both have a girls with guns theme, terrorist subplots, & plenty of action & gun-related violence
Opening Theme"mind as Judgment" by Faylan
Ending Theme#1: "My heaven" by Annabel (eps 1-12)
#2: "mind as Judgment" by Faylan (ep 13)
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