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Canaan
Canaan title.jpg
TV title of the Canaan anime series
カナン
(Kanan)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Superpower
TV anime
Director Masahiro Ando
Writer Mari Okada
Studio P.A. Works
Licensor People's Republic of China Hong Kong Macau Singapore Republic of China Mighty Media[1]
Germany Switzerland[1] Universum Anime
Network Japan AT-X, Chiba TV, Kansai TV, Tokai TV, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa and TV Saitama
Original run July 4, 2009September 26, 2009
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Author Type-Moon
Illustrator Akira Ishida
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comp Ace
Published August 2009
Volumes 1
Light novel
Author Tomonori Sugihara
Illustrator Kanami Sekiguchi
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Male
Imprint Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original run January 1, 2010March 1, 2010
Volumes 2
Anime and Manga Portal

Canaan is a 13-episode anime television series, conceptualized by Type-Moon co-founders Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi, based on the scenario that they created for the Nintendo Wii visual novel 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, which is noted for being one of the few games to be have been awarded a perfect score by games publication Famitsu.[2]

A sequel to the 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de game, it centers on three girls and how they are connected together to an upcoming summit in Shanghai, China. One of them is Canaan, a Middle Eastern assassin and mercenary. Another is Alphard, Canaan's rival and also a skilled assassin and mercenary while heading a terrorist organization called Snakes. The final girl is Maria Ōsawa, a victim of an attempted terrorist attack in the streets of Shinjuku. Their encounters lead to armed interventions between Canaan and Alphard with a deep and tragic history in common.

The Canaan series has spawned a 13-episode anime series with a manga and light novel print series.

Contents

Plot

Two years after the events of 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, Maria Ōsawa and Minoru Minorikawa are dispatched as reporters to Shanghai in order to cover the upcoming Shangai NBCR International Anti-Terrorist Conference. Prior to her current assignment, Maria was a victim of a biological attack by unknown terrorists in Shinjuku which resulted in her father saving her life by using an anti-Ua virus vaccine. Maria was saved by her friend, a Middle Eastern girl named Canaan after being targeted for death by masked assassins on her first day in Shanghai.

Their presence in the city is being overshadowed by a mysterious event being planned by Alphard, Canaan's rival. Unknown to the two, Alphard is preparing a big plot related to the anti-terrorist summit after being rescued by Cummings and Liang Ji, a pair of mercenaries and Alphard's allies. Maria's life was placed in danger once more when Snake assassins were dispatched to harm her, placing Canaan at the forefront of it all in order to protect her friend. Minoru investigates a strange purple mark that he spotted from one of the assassins Canaan had killed recently, tying it back to the events in Shinjuku.

Canaan and Alphard continue to violently confront one another before and after the terrorist attack on the anti-terrorist summit, the latter trying to make Canaan fight her with all of her strength. The reason for their rivalry was Sham, a mercenary and mentor to Canaan, who was gunned down by Alphard during a joint mission together in an attempt to forge her own path without being influenced by Sham as she also was raised by him with the name Canaan once before. Canaan later goes on a journey with Mino, Maria and several others to Western China where the Ua virus was first used to find out about its origin.

Characters

Poster of the show's characters. From left to right: Nene, Santana, Hackō, Yunyun, Cummings, Liang Ji, Alphard, Canaan, Yuri Natsume, Maria Ōsawa and Minoru Minorikawa.

Major characters

Canaan (カナン Kanan?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
Canaan is the main character of the series, a mercenary currently operating in Shanghai. She was the only survivor of a village destroyed by war in the Middle East before being found and trained by Sham, who has her adopting the name Canaan. She developed a mutual respect for her mentor during the course of her training, but after he was killed by Alphard, her mind is consumed by the thought of revenge and often gets serious whenever she sees Alphard. As an elite mercenary, Canaan is also a skilled markswoman and an expert of combat, her weapon of choice most of the time being a Beretta Px4 Type G semi-automatic handgun. She has the ability to use synesthesia to aid her in combat, viewing the world in different colors to tell enemies from civilians.
Alphard Alshua (アルファルド Arufarudo?)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto
The series' most prominent villain, Alphard is an attractive young woman who is both the leader of a terrorist organization called Snake ( Hebi?) and Canaan's arch-enemy. Once Sham's apprentice and known as Canaan, she has since thrown away the identity, adopted her current name, and eventually had Sham killed. She appears easily capable of taking down Canaan even though the latter uses her synesthesia, reasoning that she is no longer manipulated by feelings unlike Canaan. She carries a FN Five-seveN USG as a sidearm.
Maria Ōsawa (大沢 マリア Ōsawa Maria?)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō
Usually seen smiling, Maria is one of the central characters of the series. Two years ago during the events of 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, she was abducted by terrorists and was infected with the Ua virus, surviving the ordeal only thanks to the anti-virus her father developed. She befriended Canaan after being saved from hoodlums during a trip somewhere in the Middle East. As her dream is to become a photographer, she became the partner of Minoru Minorikawa before the pair's assignment in Shanghai and her subsequent reuniting with Canaan.
Many characters have made fun of her ahoge hairstyle and her relatively small bust size.

Secondary characters

Sham (シャム Shamu?)
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka
An ex-mercenary who mentored both Canaan and Alphard. He rescued the young Canaan from the ruins of her home village, took her under his care, and trained her in the art of combat. He was later killed by Alphard before the events of the anime, which is the main reason of contention between Canaan and Alphard.
Minoru Minorikawa (御法川 実 Minorikawa Minoru?)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
One of the main characters in the original 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, Minorikawa is a hot-headed reporter who is assigned to Shanghai along with Maria, who (along with Canaan) nicknames him 'Mino-san'. He acts as both Maria's supervisor and friend.
Liang Ji (リャン・チー Ryan Chī?)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
One of Alphard’s top lieutenants who affectionately refers to Alphard as an elder sister, she was hinted to have been with Alphard ever since Alphard and Sham had gone their separate ways. She appears calm and even-tempered, but is in fact unwavering, merciless, and very much obsessed with admiring and idolizing Alphard to the point of being in love with her. To her frustration, however, Alphard does not reciprocate and instead ignores or even proceeds to ridicule her from time to time.
Yunyun (ユンユン Yunyun?)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
This eccentric and energetic young girl is one of the Borners, surviving test subjects of Snake's Ua virus experiment. The Ua mutation did not appear to have granted her any extraordinary ability save for an additional appendix; however, her dependence on anti-viral medicine provided by Liang Ji allowed her to be treated as a disposable pawn. A comic-relief who was also made fun of for her almost-flat chest.
Cummings (カミングズ Kaminguzu?)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa
Cummings is the public head of private military company Daedala, a front organization of Snake staffed by members of the terrorist organization. Within Snake, however, he serves under Liang Ji as an adviser and is often her primary victim of venting frustrations from being unable to win over Alphard's attention, usually as a BB gun target practice. Publicly, Cummings is accompanied by a Snake member named ソッキンソン (Sokkinson?) as his personal bodyguard.
Santana (サンタナ Santana?)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata
Santana runs a karaoke cosplay bar in the street of Shanghai while working with Hacko to assist other Borners and Unblooms to find refuge from the Snakes. In addition, he is an acquaintance of Natsume and is rather protective of Hacko, willing to enter into a physical altercation with Minoru Minorikawa for asking her too many questions.
Hacko (ハッコー Hakko?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
A Borner with the ability to inflict brain damage with her voice (which can be fatal if wholly unleashed). Usually seen behaving childlike, she works as a cosplay waitress in Santana's bar as well as his assistant, having since developed feelings for him. Unfortunately, since she is unable to speak out without hurting him, he remains under the impression that Hacko has never forgiven him for his role in the destruction of her home village.
Yuri Natsume (夏目 ユリ Natsume Yuri?)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
Natsume is a Japanese woman who acts as both a representative of Canaan's employer and her informant, working under an organization known as the NGO. She is calm and punctual, as attested by the way she interacts with Canaan despite initially being very much annoyed by the latter's single-mindedness for avenging Sham's death. She is an acquaintance of Santana and usually gives him advices to treat Hacko well. It is later revealed that she really works for the Defense Intelligence Headquarters, using the Ua virus incidents and manipulating the US and China in order to get Japan to an advantageous position in the international politics arena.

Supporting characters

Kenji Ōsawa (大沢 賢治 Ōsawa Kenji?)
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
A biological researcher and also one of the protagonists of 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, he is Maria's father and is known for developing a cure for the Ua virus infection. He makes a cameo during the terrorist attack on the Shanghai International Conference Hall, bringing in stockpiles of Ua anti-virus medicine after a staged assassination (it is unknown as to who staged it, however).
Taxi driver
Voiced by: Jōji Nakata
Maria and Minorikawa first encounter him when they are pursued by assassins sent by Snake. Since then, he has met up with them a few more times. He drives like a maniac and idolizes a singer named Nene. He is based on Hachirou Kimizuka, the taxi driver from the original 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de game.

Terminology

  • Ua virus: a biological weapon of mass-destruction that kills its victims within 12 hours, causing parts of their bodies to bleed. The use of the virus in a bio-terrorist attack in Shibuya forms the background of 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de. An anti-virus was developed by Kenji Ōsawa. Ua is a word from the Swahili language that means flower or death. It is later revealed that the virus was a joint venture between the CIA and Snake.
  • Borner: Borners are individuals infected with the Ua virus but managed to survive. As a result, their bodies mutate and possess unusual abilities, with few exceptions (for example, Yunyun, aside from her extra appendix, does not display anything readily noticeable). When someone becomes a Borner, blood vessels from a random part of his/her body would surface to form a mark with the shape of a flower. In order to suppress the virus, Borners require regular intakes of a special medication, or they will still die. Some are under the employ of Snake for this very reason as assassins against opposing factions and Unblooms who attempt to escape from Snake's control.
  • Unbloom: Unblooms are also victims of Ua virus infections who survived before the advent of the anti-virus. They, too, have blood vessels from a random part of their bodies surfacing to form a mark with the shape of a flower. Unlike Borners, however, they did not gain any special ability or otherwise mutate, except that they become deathly vulnerable to UV rays and outside noises. Those individuals who venture outside the Factory must wear masks that look like a mascot head costume (and serve to shield the wearers from the aforementioned hazards), the removal of which invariably ends up killing them.

Development

The series was known in its initial planning stages as 428 the animation when it was first announced in Newtype's October 2008 issue and by Sega at the 2008 Tokyo Games Show, where a trailer for the series was aired and announced as an adaptation of Type-Moon's original scenario for the game.[2][3]

The title was subsequently changed in December of the same year to Canaan, with Sega also announcing that they would host a booth for the series in the 2008 Winter Comiket, where DVDs featuring specials and trailers for the show, packaged with a booklet featuring original character designs by Takashi Takeuchi and completed animation designs by animator Kanami Sekiguchi would be featured, along with CDs of the theme song, "Arousing Soul", performed by Faylan.[4] A seventeen-second promo was subsequently streamed on the series' official website, featuring the dual DVD/CD release at Comiket.[5]

Production

The series was animated by the animation studio P.A. Works, directed by Masahiro Ando, who previously directed the Bones movie Sword of the Stranger, and features series composition by Mari Okada, who previously wrote Vampire Knight and True Tears, and also features animation character designs by Kanami Sekiguchi and original music composed by Hikaru Nanase.[3]

Media

Light Novels

Light novels were released by Kadokawa Shoten. Two volumes were released on January 1, 2010 for 620 Yen[6] and March 1, 2010 for 680 Yen.[7]

Manga

A manga version of CANAAN was released on Kadowaka Shoten's Comp Ace Magazine.[8] It was officially serialized on Comp Ace's August 2009 issue.[9] The first volume was released on January 26, 2010 with a retail price of 609 Yen.[10]

Artbooks

The Canaan Official Fanbook was released by publisher Ichijinsha on February 12, 2010 for 2,415 Yen.[11] It contains character sketches of the various characters in CANAAN with episode commentaries and interviews from the show's cast and crew.

DJ CDs

Two volumes of CANAAN Radio DJ CDs, known officially as CANAAN DJCD 上海飯店で会いましょう (CANAAN DJCD Shanghai Hanten de Aimasho?), were released on December 23, 2009[12] and February 24, 2010[13] for 2,800 Yen each.

Figures

Several CANAAN figures were released, concentrating on Canaan and Alphard. A poseable Figma Canaan figure was made by Miki Asai and released by Max Factory on November 2009 for 2,500 Yen.[14] Three PVC-made figures were released by the Good Smile Company. The first PVC figure was a Nendoroid Canaan, sculpted by Reiichi Ito and released on December 2009 for 3,500 Yen.[15] A regular Canaan figure soon followed, sculpted by Kunihito Iwamoto and released on January 2010 for 8,800 Yen.[16] A regular Alphard figure, also sculpted by Iwamoto, was released on March 2010 for the same price as the Canaan figure.[17] Both of the figures are made on 1/8 scale.

Reception

Canaan's DVD Volume # 1 was on the top 30 Japanese Animation DVD Ranking from October 19-25 of 2009.[18] In the Japan Animation Blu-Ray Disc Ranking, Canaan DVD Volume # 1 Limted Edition was 3rd on the top ten list from October 19-25 of 2009,[19] followed by Canaan DVD Volume # 2 Limited edition on 8th place on the top ten.[20]

At the 4th Annual Seiyū Award Winners, Miyuki Sawashiro was announced to be the Best Leading Actress for her role as Canaan.[21] Canaan was awarded at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards as part of Jury Recommended Works in Long Animation.[22]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "2010 titles licensed on January" (in Mandarin Chinese). http://www.mightymedia.com.tw/comic/comic_lic04.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "【TGS2008】「428 the animation」TYPE-MOON監修シナリオ、TVアニメに" (in Japanese). 2008-10-12. http://www.gpara.com/article/cms_show.php?c_id=9929&c_num=56. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  3. ^ a b "428 Wii Visual Novel to Get New Anime Project". Anime News Network. 2008-10-07. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-10-07/428-wii-visual-novel-to-get-new-anime-project. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  4. ^ "428 Visual Novel's Anime to Be Titled Canaan". Anime News Network. 2008-12-20. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-20/428-visual-novel-anime-to-be-titled-canaan. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  5. ^ "428 Visual Novel's Canaan Anime Commercial Streamed". Anime News Network. 2008-12-22. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-22/428-visual-novel-canaan-anime-commercial-streamed. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  6. ^ "CANAAN (上)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/lnovel/bk_detail.php?pcd=200907000501. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  7. ^ "CANAAN (下)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/lnovel/bk_detail.php?pcd=200907000502. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  8. ^ "New Strike Witches, Canaan, Koihime Musō Manga to Launch". Anime News Network. 2009-03-25. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-03-25/new-strike-witches-cannan-koihime-muso-manga-to-launch. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  9. ^ "月刊 コンプエース8月号" (in Japanese). Comp Ace. http://www.comptiq.com/ace/index.php?%CB%DC%BB%EF%2F2009%C7%AF%2FVOL.40. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  10. ^ "CANAAN (1)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200910000499. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  11. ^ "CANAAN OFFICIAL FANBOOK" (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. http://www.shop.ichijinsha.co.jp/book/booksearch/booksearch_detail.php?i=75801156&TITLE=&WRITER=&ISBN=&CATEGORY=&SALEY=2010&SALEM=02&WORD=&TYPE=&SALED=12&SEASON=0. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  12. ^ "TV Animation "CANAAN" DJCD "Shanghai Hanten de Aimasho" Vol.1". CD Japan. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FCCM-298. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  13. ^ "TV Animation "CANAAN" DJCD "Shanghai Hanten de Aimasho" Vol.2". CD Japan. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FCCM-299. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Canaan Figure Details". Figure Database. http://www.figure-database.com/figure/canaan-canaan-max-factory-10246.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  15. ^ "Nendoroid Canaan Figure Details". Figure Database. http://www.figure-database.com/figure/canaan-canaan-good-smile-company-10197.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  16. ^ "Canaan Figure Details". Figure Database. http://www.figure-database.com/figure/canaan-canaan-good-smile-company-10196.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  17. ^ "Alphard Figure Details". Figure Database. http://www.figure-database.com/figure/alphard-canaan-good-smile-company-10289.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  18. ^ "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, October 19-25". Anime News Network. 2009-10-27. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-10-27/japanese-animation-dvd-ranking-october-19-25. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  19. ^ "Japanese Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, October 19-25 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-10-29. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-10-29/japanese-animation-blu-ray-disc-ranking-october-19-25. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  20. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, November 23-29". Anime News Network. 2009-12-03. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-03/japan-animation-blu-ray-disc-ranking-november-23-29. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  21. ^ "4th Annual Seiyū Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 2010-03-06. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-06/4th-annual-seiyu-award-winners-announced. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  22. ^ "Summer Wars, Vinland Saga Win Media Arts Awards (Update 3)". Anime News Network. 2009-12-03. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-03/summer-wars-vinland-saga-win-media-arts-awards. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
Miscallaneous notes
  1. ^  Only for German-speaking region of Switzerland

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