Anime Discovery V2 Finale (The One Blood Saga), Part 1: CANAAN – #49

It has been some time since the death of Tron and after the group had him cremated and spread his ashes across the ocean, the group really have to stick together now since all of them are being hunted by One Blood, the tough-gong assassins responsible for his death. But the group is thinking of splitting up for good, covering their traces, changing their names and moving on with their lives, but Hybrid wasn’t going to just give up just like that. He had to rally them to not give up…..without being too cliché and after-school special-ish but Don had to slap some sense into him (literally Don had to slap the shit out of Hybrid) and had to yell at his face that he is basically killing us slowly by making us stay here. Hybrid had the look of disappointment and disarray, saying that if they want to leave, and so they left but said nothing to him…..and after that Hybrid went to a bar and start to drink his sorrows away, raising his glass to the Tron’s short-lived legacy and uncontrollably bellows his voice all around the bar and soon after he left, someone started to follow him on the way back to his place although he was too pissy-drunk to notice. As somebody with a switchblade is about to charge at him when suddenly Angel sneaked around the guys, subdued them by pistol and grabbed Hybrid before One Blood got their chance and Hybrid was really surprised when she arrived even he reeks of booze and cigar smoke (Hybrid doesn’t smoke cigars BTW.) Then she notices more gun shots coming from One Blood and decides to fly her way out of there and meet back to Hybrid’s place but unfortunately for her, more One Blood assassins came over there just as she got there but thought of a quick plan. She quickly ran into the building, having them chasing her and Hybrid to one specific spot when as soon as she got there, she threw me in the attic when Jon, Jumper and Paradox grabbed me and Neon was waiting his cue with the katana sword and Angel finally gave him the word and he sliced the assassin……in half. Top and bottom and there was blood spewing over everywhere and wait, there’s more but for now……..the review of CANAAN comes to mind.

The girls-with-guns movement is spotlighted again during my time and this show has come to mind to have some elements of shows like that in the past and wondering that will this be a déjà vu comparison to those other shows? Well, first, the name “CANAAN” is a reference to the Old Testament, describing a land with milk and honey. Also, the anime is based on the scenario of a visual novel game 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de made for the Nintendo Wii and onto a sequel to the game, it centers around three women and their connection to an anti-terrorism summit 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. She works as a cameraman when she reunites with a girl named Canaan in Shanghai, China. A gifted assassin with synesthesia, she is under orders from an unknown organization for a yet unspecified mission.

You know what? I already sensed the déjà vu situation describing the plot details of this anime…….mainly because it all reminds of the Bee Train trilogy of Noir, Madlax, & El Cazador de la Bruja, three shows whose plots are not really that different from each other and the fact the latter two are spiritual successors to the original. Personally, I do like the Bee Train trilogy more or less (Madlax being the less, El Cazador being the more) but I have developed a sense of what to come across to these types of show, for example:

  1. The show is set in an exotic place other than Japan.
  2. Sometimes the theme is war (either inner or outer) and an organization unknown to the world is somehow involved.
  3. Main female character is an assassin or bounty hunter; the other one has amnesia and can’t remember shit.
  4. Sometimes one is stoic (or both in Noir’s case); the other can be the picture of innocence and naiveté.
  5. The tone of the relationship between the two female characters has more or an equal amount of Yuri tones. (i.e., I sense a lot of fan fiction about these girls wink wink).

 

So that’s basically what I sense when I watch these types of anime………

Now as for characters, Canaan herself is the basically stoic female assassin we seen and she can get pretty dull to know about (she became an assassin due to death of her parents and her mentor Siam and wants revenge against the person that offed him) but she was interesting for a while.  Maria Osawa is the archetype character of being the eyes of an innocent naiveté young woman and she was a likable character from start to finish (and cute, too. I’m just saying).  There is also her boss Minorikawa or Mino-san, who feels more like he’s just in for the ride, like a role reversal considering Maria would fit into that role. Then there’s Yun Yun, the eccentric and energetic young girl and the comic relief (which is kind of new in my book of these types of shows) and one of the surviving test subjects of the Ua virus experiment. The prominent antagonist of the show is Alphard Al Sheya, the leader of the terrorist organization Snake and Canaan’s archrival and there is Alphard’s top lieutenant Liang Qi and I got to say that she has got to be one of the craziest, obsessed, and deranged secondary characters I’ve seen……..it scares me a bit but, hell, I love that about her. Her almost OTT appearance makes it seem believable that she is that fucking insane about what she does. I actually cared more about her than the main villain or the main character.

I would say that Bee Train is somehow involved in the production and they are, but they don’t do the main animation, it’s the work of P.A. Works, the same animation team behind Angel Beats and Another and it looks absolutely beautiful. There was no noticeable mistake and hiccup in any of the fight scenes and I applaud them for that. The character designs were a bit basic for anime design of character although I keep thinking of Yun Yun as a little girl rather than an older female. The opening song of the show comes out a bit obnoxious especially with the electric keyboard in the beginning. The rest of the BGM and ending song were quiet, melodic, and sometimes stealth for a while.

The dub by Sentai Filmworks was alright, however I should have talked about this guy already the last time I reviewed something from Sentai (that wasn’t a re-release from Geneon) and yes, for those who know what I’m about to say is about the ADR director/writer Steven Foster, who is responsible for the dubs of High School of the Dead, Ghost Stories, and the majority of most Sentai Filmworks dubs today and he can be either decent or awful and fortunately for him, it’s on the line of listenable for me. I will give praise to the voice actors/actresses including Shirley Calene-Black, Hilary Haag, Andrew Love, Serena Varghese and especially Jessica Boone for her role as Liang Qi. Yeah, you can tell I really loved that performance.

FINAL VERDICT: I can easily say that I really did enjoy the series all throughout the run, even if most of the plot either seems already done in an anime but some of the time the dialogue is a bit awkward and jarring to hear because of the adapted writing, but I’ll say that if you like any of the girls-with-guns anime trilogy, you’ll like this. If you don’t (and I know some who don’t), then you might want to skip this.

 

So for me, Canaan gets the well-deserved rating of:

7.5/10

PLANET TYRO RATING: Low SOLID B.

Suddenly, Nu came out with a fucking sledgehammer and easily smashed the guy’s ribcage into pieces and Ani cut one of them in the Achilles’ tendon, easily disarming them. Then Angel went to the one that hasn’t been injured or died yet and tells him you better surrender quickly or things are not going to end well for them. He called her bluff and said that who’s going to be after us and then Don, Kris, GSXR & Lucky were all pointing guns at him and as for Hybrid, Paradox had to give him the Blue Leaf to reduce his alcohol content in his system and he’s back to his normal state. It was time to interrogation and Hybrid came in with a hammer, but he was sure to not kill the guy or torture him too much so that we get the info we need. But as expected, he won’t answer a question and swears that One Blood will destroy me and as another threat, he say that he might kill me last just so he’ll watch my friends die. That comment did anger me a bit and those words gave me more reasons to just kill him……but Hybrid had to control myself and that Angel and Ani came in to interrogate him. Then the guy started to act like a sexist pig and was staring at them like the typical pervert, even trying to put a hand of them. Angel then started to punch him like in the eye and stomp him in his junk, telling him to quit with the bullshit and tell us everything about One Blood. He wouldn’t budge and whisper something else in Angel’s ear. I’m not going to say what but it’s very unpleasant. Soon, Ani decides to step in and she has something hidden on her person and what it is……it’s a power drill and from that sinister smirk on her face, Ani tells Angel to leave the room and tell the others to not enter for 5 minutes and for that next 5 minutes, all we heard was a lot of screaming and hollering; Ani telling him to answer the question and after more minutes of pain, he finally confessed to everything about them, including that they have not only contracts out on Hybrid but Angel is definitely a top target as well. Why were they going after her? He said that sooner or later, they were going to get rid of her and they might as well stick her with the rest of us.

Angel feeling more than betrayed by her bosses and Hybrid more angry than usual , asking that do he have more than enough info on One Blood. Ani said yes and she wonders why about that and has a dark thought in her head as she rushed into the room as Hybrid calmly walks into the room and executes the guy by shooting him in the torso twice and in the head point blank. Everybody walked into the room to stop him but it was too late. A dark cloud was hanging unto Hybrid’s mind as he said that we need to disappear…..fast but he needed to call someone for assistance.

“Hello. Listen, I know right now you’re just coming back from Japan and seeing the sights, buying some stuff, checking out the girls but how fast can you get here?………Because right now it’s on.”

Also, the next review will be the 50th review here on Anime Discovery and on that review; we’ll be covering a show that applies to most NEETs and hikikomori…….

 

 

 

And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.

 

 

CANAAN – animated by P.A. WORKS / distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS

 

 

THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr site.

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