Ranked #1670


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
Premiered: Summer 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.451 (scored by 48,509 users)
Ranked: #16702
Popularity: #363
Members: 103,718
Favorites: 586
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Alshaya, Alphard
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Sakamoto, Maaya
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Sawashiro, Miyuki
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Oosawa, Maria
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Nanjo, Yoshino
Nanjo, Yoshino
Minorikawa, Minoru
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Hamada, Kenji
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Horikawa, Kenji
Horikawa, Kenji
Ando, Masahiro
Ando, Masahiro
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Asai, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director

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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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Aug 10, 2015
Guns? Check. Girls? Check. Girls with guns? Check.

Canaan is a story about a young woman named Canaan, who is alone in the world. Her parents are dead and the man that saved her and took care of her has been killed. Now Canaan must confront the ghosts of her past if she is to prevent a deadly and mysterious virus named the Ua virus from being introduced to the world.

So I have to say that Canaan is up there as the best paced story I've ever seen. With 13 episodes, most anime are always criticized because they've felt rushed or everything that should have been read more
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May 24, 2015
I had not heard of the anime Canaan until i was reading a review on Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood trail and noticed it in the recommended section.

After reading a synopsis of the story and watching a short preview i was baffled to see how this could appeal to anybody who liked the gritty, over the top action fest that is the Black Lagoon series.

Still, needed a series to go to after the amazing Black Lagoon saga so i decided to give Canaan a shot anyway not expecting much. I have to say im glad i did since it is easily one of the best anime read more
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Aug 8, 2015
I remember getting pretty excited over this anime when I first watched it. Maybe it was the well done action sequences, or perhaps it was the interesting narrative structure, or maybe it was just blind appreciation for everything P.A. Works did. Unfortunately this is another one of those shows where my appreciation turned into apathy overtime; a type of apathy that I don’t usually get. Lethargic feelings aside, there’s a lot of stuff in this show to like and a lot to dislike, and reviews don’t write themselves, do they?

Canaan is a story about the titular main heroine who works as an assassin after an read more
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Jun 15, 2014
Canaas is a show with a high overall rating but I disagree.
Plot: the are many ingredients tossed together but unrelated (many characters and elements which you expect to have a role in the story, in the end are nothing more than "empty filling"). If you dont care that much about coherent and complex plots though, then it will still be fine.
As for the characters: in the first episode you will notice that you already know one of the female protagonists from another hundred animés. As for complexity dont expect too much (sort of like Noir). Something I personlly dislike is inconsistency and I found that 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. 
reportRecommended by bettynoire
Anime: Black Lagoon
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. 
reportRecommended by tsunande
Anime: Jormungand
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. 
reportRecommended by JustMyself
Anime: Bakuretsu Tenshi
Girls with guns. Both lead characters look similiar, have special abilities, and protect their not so skilled friend. Both use weapons for their professions. 
reportRecommended by spineslayer
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Both have the hardcore girls with guns aspect as well as a bit of sci-fi or mysticism. 
reportRecommended by H2Crodon
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Both are about women, who are natural born killers.
Both of them despite of their future seek for normality. 
reportRecommended by luki

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