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The main character is Canaan a mercenary currently operating in Shanghai who has a strong relationship with Maria Osawa a survivor of the new virus circulating the black market. The characters are superbly well written, even the villains have a special charm that makes them likable, the anime has a little for everyone, from mobsters to sexy hitwomen along with fan service, black humor and very clever innuendo scenes.
Overall is really hard to see a good anime now these days, because now everything seems to be MOE-MOE, I'm not saying that MOE is bad BUT WE need a break from it and CANAAN is a perfect option, also is great to hear Hilary Haag, Andy McAvin, Jessica Boone, Shelley Calene-Black and Rob Mungle are back in the industry and hope to hear more from them.
1- Plot holes.
1- Fast paced action/adventure thriller.
2- Well written characters.
3- Character design.
4- Vivid colors with fluent animation and movie type quality.
5- English and Japanese versions are topnotch.
6- Fan service.
7- A bittersweet ending to all the characters ( my personal favorite was Cummings )
Sentai Filmworks acquired a perfect action anime gem that if you like Gungrave, Ergo Proxy or Gunslinger Girl then by all means buy it.
Unlike what is printed on the back of the case it is not 1080P, it is 1080i. Even so the visuals are excellent if not really sharp. Vibrant colors with no color banding I could detect. Nice fluid motion as well with lines well defined. The DTS-HD Master Audio track is Excellent as well (I watched in Japanese w/ English subtitles). Tried the English track and it's an excellent track as well, just couldn't take Yun Yun's dub voice. Either one has great use of surround sound and the audio is clear enough to hear the "t"s stressed in the opening.
There are 4 extras on disc 2: Minorikawa's Report, Clean Opening, Clean Closing, and Credits. Minorikawa's Report basicially just uses video clips from the show to explain what you already know if you have seen the show...AMV's on YouTube are better done than this. The Clean Opening and Closing are nice visually, but the audio is not in HD and has over a 10dB level drop over the DTS-HD Master Audio track along with less definition. The credited episode DTS-HD Master Audio opening is MUCH better in the audio department.
So to sum it up - the visuals and audio is excellent in the Episodes. The Extras are good visually, but not so good on the audio end. Definitely would recommend getting the Blu-Ray over the DVD, not only because of the quality, but the Blu-Ray version costs less as well. The price I see now is a little high compared to my pre-ordered price though...$10 higher to be exact.
If you are a fan of this type of anime (action/drama/suspension) and don't mind that it's really a Mature title ( I don't see how Canaan retains a TV14 rating...), Canaan is an excellent Blu-Ray release to get.
The series is short, only 13 episodes, but most of the episodes have a lot going on. The animation is very high quality and the backgrounds are lusciously beautiful. The Japanese voice acting is stellar. I watched both versions, and I have to say that Yum Yum and Maria in particular are nearly perfectly matched with their Japanese voice actors.
My negative points are few, but they are important. First, due to the short length of the series, there are quite a few plot holes and plot threads left unfinished. But probably the most annoying is a little 'glitch' in episode 8. The subtitles actually hit one off. Basically when someone is speaking, the subtitle for the next persons' audio is shown. So you see Canaan ask one of the girls if she is okay "Daijoubu ka?" but the subtitle says "Honored Alphard". Then we see the next scene Cumming's says "Alphard sama" with the subtitle for the next dialogue... awkward! But this is only in episode 8.Read more ›
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Easily the best anime I've seen, barring maybe Cowboy Bebop. The characterization is rich, the plot gripping, and it avoids the pitfalls of melodrama and 'random' humor that some... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Vincent Gambino
When this anime first appeared I just assumed it would be yet another "girls with guns" anime like Noir or Madlax, where the two main characters are allies and fight against... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Kris
All other episodes have subtitles. I tried multiple copies and the subtitle problem persists. Rather disappointing given the otherwise excellent anime.Published on February 13, 2013 by Okami Pikachu
Maria was infected by the UA virus. Her father was able to create a vaccine and save her. Most are not so lucky. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by KevinB
For fans of femme fatales series like Noir or Madlax and the like here's another good choice to add to your anime collection, while I truly wish I could have gotten it here but... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
I'm sure you'll say " this show isn't about Yuri" and, hey, you know what, you might be right. Problem is the way the two lead characters interact leads one to think otherwise. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Kylerkeskitalo
Everyone has different tast. I like action and a good story to back it up. And this has both. However before you buy this. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by coolwhip
described in description perfectly and is how it is when arrived.
but if you choose standard shipping, it well take absoultey forever to arrive to you. Read more