Posted by: Dante Sangria | July 21, 2009

CANAAN Episode 2 Review!

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SUMMARY:

After the humvee exploded in their path, the truck swerves to a stop and miraculously doesn’t topple over.

Suddenly a helicopter rushes in with Liang Qi on board, opening fire on the kidnappers of the girl in the truck who at this point is decidedly <i>not</i> Liang Qi. Apparently, as it confused me before, it is her sister in the truck. She escapes though, from the truck she is inside. Tied up, she manages to beat the crap out of three armed men. Who are extremely stupid and didn’t get rid of her sidearm beforehand.

Suddenly Liang Qi throws a rope ladder out of the helicopter to her "sister" – aha! Just as we expected (or not), my dear Watson. Her sister catches on and the helicopter escapes the burning scene. There is one survivor, however, who manages to climb out.

We see the man in the pink shirt from the last episode on the phone in a stairway in a shop. He is discussing turning something down, because his senses aren’t what they used to be, and that he has something to protect now. His (presumably) girlfriend sits next to him and rests her head on his shoulder. Presumably, he is an ex-agent of sorts.

Pictures of Canaan in negative (film) flash across the screen as we see Mino (Minoru Minorikawa, as his full name is apparently) viewing them. He comes across the photo of the guy that died on the bridge after being vomited on by the dragon float, and wonders if the blotch on his neck is a birthmark. Just then, Oosawa bursts in, with more pictures. She shows him the photos, some containing CANAAN and her, posing… Greatly surprised, here Mino learns that the two are friends.

Mino wants to get this story, which may be bigger than the summit – potentially. The only thing is, he has to depend on Oosawa Maria…. She was a victim in the bioterrorism attack in Shibuya two years prior. The weapon used in the attack was the "Ua Virus," where 12 hours after infection your body bleeds from everywhere. "Ua" meaning "flower" and "death" in Swahii. The attack was carried out by a

group from the middle east. As it turns out, Oosawa’s relationship to this situation is that she was abducted and forcefully infected with Ua Virus.

Her father, Oosawa Kenji, was the chairman of the Ookoshi Pharmaceutical Research Lab. He saved her life with an anti-virus he developed. Also, Oosawa has no memory of the incident – she has minor amnesia. All this is related to Mino by his boss (Touyama, of Heaven’s Publishing).

Back at the room, Oosawa is telling Mino all kinds of useless facts about Canaan, which frustrates him.

The scene changes to Canaan, who’s disassembling her pistol. Her boss tells her that the bodies from a few days before were from "Unblooms" who were under protection, and "Alphard" (the girl that was kidnapped and rescued by Liang Qi) escaped the CIA escort vehicle by associates. Also, Canaan learns that she is being targeted by the Snakes.

Her boss then gets into a vehicle and is asked by the driver how Canaan is doing. Her boss then says that all is well – Canaan will not betray them, she’s not smart enough to use her brain…. Apparently, the boss-type woman (her organization, rather) is manipulating Canaan somehow. The boss then wonders if they could get Canaan to kill herself along with Alphard – reason being, she hates Canaan.

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Liang Qi, with her boss, talks to her sister (Alphard) after getting off of the helicopter – the topic: Canaan’s death. Instead of responding to Liang Qi, Alphard repeatedly brushes off her sister.

In the office/skyscraper penthouse of Cummings, Liang Qi target-practices on him with pellets of some sort while he’s on the phone. Getting a phone call, she confirms the assassination of someone. We see Alphard, just out of the shower, looking at a tattered letter addressed to her by someone whose name appears to be ”Siam.”

At a restaurant in Shanghai, Mino is asking Oosawa about Canaan and recording her response. Her bribe is food. Outside in a blue car, a boy and an old man are talking about their apparently advantageous situation.

Suddenly, there is a screech, a crash and the whole screen goes blank. A van just ran into the restaurant as the old man jumped out and opened fire on the restaurant, after Oosawa and Mino. They escape down an alley so they don’t have to be confronted by the vehicle. They arrive at a road and grab a taxi. Understanding the situation, the taxi driver drives away in insane maneuvers, pursued by the blue car as the old man fires upon them. Suddenly we see a close-up of the old man’s forehead, with a purple stain on his forehead. The taxi driver breaks out into song as he turns on into the radio, and Oosawa follows suit. Still in pursuit, the bridge out, the insane taxi driver (for the sake of "Nene") drives on and off of the bridge, landing on an apartment building.

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The old man finds them and opens fire, but Canaan appears to return fire on the Snakes, who thereby escape. However, they are pursued by Canaan who lures the old man from the car. They land on top of a bus and fight. However, the old man runs into the power lines and is electrocuted in front of a crowd. The boy that drove the blue car is greatly perturbed by this scene and is angry at the loss of his "brother."

Returning to Oosawa’s hotel room, it’s covered in blood and trashed. Needless to say, they got kicked out of the hotel. And now that they are being targeted, Mino wonders why – is it about the film?

What is that mark? Suddenly, Oosawa runs off to play with cats. Mino goes after her, blinded by a bright light. Looking at it, Oosawa returns to his side as they stare at a… Fortune Cat?! Which, from the looks of it, is a girl dressed in a slinky black cat suit….

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FEEDBACK:

This episode is the usual revealing-of-the-backstory episode. "Slow and steady" plot progression, with humor and awesome action as per usual for this anime. Okay, perhaps plot progression was not so slow. This episode wasn’t as intense as the first, nor as mysterious. And didn’t leave as much philosophical content to provoke discussion fodder. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like it as much – but then again, it’s only episode 2, and frankly it definitely wasn’t lacking in content or "meat." We still have to learn about the Snakes, why they’re after Oosawa (and trashing/searching her apartment), Canaan, and alot more.

…And what’s with the fortune cat?! Looks like she’s an employee of Angel Mort – haha.

However we do learn some interesting situations regarding the characters, which was appreciated. I didn’t think the whole "Ua Virus" thing went along with the character of Oosawa, but then again she’s not supposed to remember it anyway.

As for Canaan’s "boss"-type figure and her group… one wonders what it is they’re planning, and why Canaan is a necessary part of the plot though they apparently despise her. Should be an interesting unfold, but maybe not unlike many spy and espionage movies we’ve seen. Who knows?

NOTE: Sorry for the delay. I actually had this review done days ago, but frankly, I just haven’t had the time to take the screenshots…. >_< Been really busy getting ready for school next year and with life in general. Bakemonogatari 3 will be reviewed and blogged ASAP.

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  1. excellent blog


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