CANAAN review

The anime opens at a festival in Shanghai. A photographer named Maria is in awe as she takes numerous pictures and joins in the festivities. Soon after mysterious deaths occur and Maria bumps into her long lost friend Canaan. Canaan was a very authentic anime in many different ways. Even though it had the ‘girls with guns’ element like Gunslinger Girl and many other animes, I found originality in many other elements. One of these were the  Synesthesia abilities Canaan possessed. Before this anime I had never heard of ‘hearing with colour’. Now I think it’s absolutely facisnating. Those with Synesthesia have a completely different perception of the world. Anyways, back to the anime. The plot was always full of action. It seemed like everytime i thought they were safe, someone ended up dying within the next 30 seconds. Was this a bad thing? A good thing? uhh.. I don’t really know. At the end of the anime there was major losses in important characters, and some characters remained alive even though i believed they were dead. Sometimes it was easy to predict what would happen but I could only guess 5 minutes ahead of the storyline. The backstory for some characters were hard to figure out (i.e. Maria’s relationship with her father). This was probably because those details were covered in the game and left vague in the anime. But after reading up on it I understood the chacaters more. Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a change of pace. It’s only 13 episodes and it might even cause you to research synesthesia, like me!

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~ by fae on 08/11/2009.

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