CANAAN Series

Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Review Date: May 20th, 2012
Last Updated: Dec 10th, 2016

Animation Studio: P.A. Works
Director: Masahiro Ando
Japanese Release: 2009
Length: 13 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Official Web site: Sentai Filmworks
Version Reviewed: Sentai Filmworks (Blu-Ray)
Language Reviewed: Japanese w/ English Subtitle

Discovery of Canaan: This was an impulse purchase during Right Stuff International’s 2011 Christmas sale.

Plot: The series mostly centers on Maria Osawa and Canaan but does have a cast of other characters. Maria dreams of being a photographer and has been assigned to Minoru Minorikawa (a reporter) on assignment in Singapore. Maria, while in Singapore, hopes to reunite with her friend, Canaan. Canaan, on the other hand, is a very unusual mercenary that’s has synesthesia (where her senses map differently in her brain) giving her advanced combat ability. The character’s all have direct and indirect ties to each other from a past event.

Review: I was impressed by the amount of things this series pulled off in only 13 episodes. It has a great mix of combat action and non-combat character development. The story is told through multiple characters perspectives. The characters are not static and are changed and effected by the events that unfold. The story seemed to pace well, not being too fast or two slow. Canaan also makes great use of vivid color.

2D -> 3D Conversion: While I had my computer hooked up to my TV, I remembered my dvd software (Cyberlink PowerDvd version 12) had a 2D to 3D converter. For fun, and not expecting it to work, I decided to test it. I watched the first few minutes and was amazed how well this (blu-ray version of Canaan) converted to 3d. The beginning scene where Canaan was using her sniper rifle on the balloon’s floating up around the skyscrapper’s was amazing.

My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Loved it”

Watch online @

Anime Network – Japanese w/ English Subtitles

Can be purchased @

Blu-Ray – Amazon – Half.com – Sentai FilmworksRight Stuf International
DVD – Half.com – Right Stuf International

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