This page is about the series. For the character, see Canaan (Character).
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Canaan (カナン, Kanan?) (stylized as CANAAN) is a 13-episode anime television series, conceptualized by Type-Moon co-founders Nasu Kinoko and Takeuchi Takashi.



Based on a bonus scenario created by Type-Moon for the game 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya deWP, Canaan's story is based on its eponymous protagonist. A Middle Eastern teenaged girl and a mercenary, Canaan is dispatched by her unknown superiors to the city of ShanghaiWP in the People's Republic of ChinaWP where she meets up with Maria Ōsawa. Now a photographer, Maria reunites with her friend Canaan after being saved from harassment during a trip to the Middle East years ago. Unknown to her, Maria suffers from partial amnesia since she had been the target of an attack by mysterious terrorists in Shibuya, TokyoWP who planted with the Ua virus in her before her father Kenji was able to save her life by using an anti-Ua virus vaccine created by the Okoshi Pharmaceutical company. Their presence in Shanghai, however, has been greatly overshadowed by the upcoming NBCR International Anti-Terrorist Conference in the same city where Alphard, Canaan's hated rival, plans to stage a terrorist attack with her subordinates known as "Snakes".

  • Hebi (蛇?, Snake) is a terrorist organization that Alphard leads. Hebi, in a joint venture with the CIA, created the Ua virus, which means flower of death in Swahili. It is a biological weapon of mass-destruction that kills its victims within twelve 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. Oosawa Kenji develops an anti-virus.
  • 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 (Yunyun, who gained an extra appendix due to the infection, does not have any special ability, for example). 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.
  • Unblooms are also victims of the 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.


Main Characters[]

Minor Characters[]


The episodes of Canaan are directed by Masahiro Ando[1][2][3] and created under the direction of the Project CANAAN group[3] with Kinoko Nasu being the scenario director[2][3][4] P.A. WorksWP did the animation for Canaan.[5]

It was 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.

The creation of Canaan was first announced in the November issue of Newtype magazine that 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de would have an anime adaptation.[6] The show's title was later officially announced on 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de's official website with P.A. WorksWP doing the animation.[5][7] A 17-second commercial was later aired on the show's official website.[8] Comp AceWP magazine had announced on a flyer that its July issue will serialize Canaan's manga adaptation.[9]

Canaan was also scheduled to have a theatrical release of three movies compiling all of its 13 episodes starting in October, 2009.[10] However, said screenings never happened.


Release History[]

The show officially broadcast its first episode on July 4, 2009[2] to September 26, 2009[11] on the AT-X, Chiba TV, Kansai TV, Tokai TV, Tokyo MX TV, TV Kanagawa and TV Saitama television stations.[12]

Canaan was released on Region 2 DVDs and in Blu-Rays on October 21, 2009, with the DVD being sold for ¥6,090 and the Blu-Ray for ¥7,140.[13]

The first two volumes of Canaan was released in the DVD and Blu-ray formats simultaneously on October 21 and on November 27, 2009.[14] There were subsequent releases of Canaan on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 29 and December 25 of 2009, followed by January 29, February 26 and March 17 of 2010.[14] Canaan was released in a DVD/Blu-Ray Collection for North America by Sentai Filmworks on October 26, 2010.[15]


  1. Sword of the Stranger's Masahiro Ando Interviewed. Anime News NetworkWP (2009-07-10). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CANAAN (2009) (Japanese). All Cinema. Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official Staff/Cast Page (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  4. 【TGS2008】「428 the animation」TYPE-MOON監修シナリオ、TVアニメに (Japanese) (2008-10-12). Retrieved on 2008-09-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Official Works Index (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  6. 428 Wii Visual Novel to Get New Anime Project. Anime News NetworkWP (2008-10-07). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  7. 428 Visual Novel's Anime to Be Titled Canaan. Anime News NetworkWP (2008-12-20). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  8. 428 Visual Novel's Canaan Anime Commercial Streamed. Anime News NetworkWP (2008-12-22). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  9. New Strike Witches, Canaan, Koihime Musō Manga to Launch. Anime News NetworkWP (2008-03-25). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  10. CANAAN Gets 3 Movies Starting this October. Anime News NetworkWP (2009-07-26). Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  11. Tokyo MXTV's Canaan Story Page (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-12-04.
  12. AT-X『CANAAN(カナン)』7月22日より放送開始。 (Japanese). Archived from the original on 2008-06-28. Retrieved on 2009-06-23.
  13. Official CANAAN Blu-Ray/DVD Index (Japanese). Retrieved on 2009-10-12.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Canaan DVD/Blu-Ray section (Japanese). all Cinema. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  15. Ian Lueck. Section23 Films/Sentai Announce New October Titles Including "Canaan". Toon Zone. Retrieved on 2011-06-19.