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In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Canaan 2009 TBD
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Kanami SEKIGUCHI Character Design
Masahiro ANDO Director
Hikaru NANASE Music
Jin KAWAMURA Producer

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Canaan ThePatches 7/10 Oct 7, 2009

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Canaan GodzillaGus 8/10 Dec 22, 2013
Canaan MAK2Hybrid 7.5/10 Aug 12, 2013
Canaan PhdInCartoons 7.6/10 Mar 5, 2013
dbzzBloodBend stalled Canaan anime at 5 of 13 episodes
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Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei
  • Movie (1 ep x 50 min)
  • 2007

When an odd string of suicides begins to occur at a local high rise building, most of the townsfolk treat it as an unfortunate series of events. One girl, however, senses something more sinister at work - especially when a close friend of hers falls mysteriously ill. After witnessing one of the deaths for herself, Shiki begins to realize that a strange connection exists between each of the girls, and predicts a total of eight will die. With seven dead and the accuracy of her prediction unclear, she sets out to put an end to the killings. Yet, as she nears the truth, she finds herself closer and closer to the brink of death; will Shiki become the town's savior, or the next victim?

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ThePatches

If you liked the visual feast in Canaan, you're gonna find the KnK movies quite a treat. Both works feature strong, isolated female leads, more at home inflicting violence than having a normal conversation with a friend.

Lastly, both anime possess an engaging and memorable ensamble cast who bring a human element to the unbelievable events of the story.

Wanginator

Ryougi Shiki and Canaan are almost exactly the same, except one uses a gun and the other uses a knife. Because of this, both series feature a sort of "search for oneself" conflict that the lead characters have with themselves.

chii

Both anime have main female leads who posses interesting killing techniques, are totally badass, and aren't afraid to shead some blood. Cold and blunt these women seem like they are ice queens but come to care for those who are closest to them eventually. Both anime are action packed with an amazing story to go along with it. Check out one if you liked the other.

Omurqi

Kara no Kyoukai is something I'd recommend to anyone who loved CANAAN. It lacks the excessive amount of comic relief, but outdoes CANAAN in almost every other aspect. It has truely thrilling action, intriguing mystery, the most awesome characters and even is the better one in the animation department (yes, the animation is THAT good). If you loved CANAAN, I see no reason why you should skip on this series of movies, watch it, now!

Galadriel

both Canaan and Kara no Kyoukai are very much alike in many aspects.In both animes we see cold, violent, mysterious female characters with killing skills and arent afraid to kill whenever it is needed, also both animes have a very interesting and captivating story.If you like one of this two then for sure you will like the other one as well.

eaper

With each of these shows coming from Type-Moon, there is little surprise that a person would enjoy the other if they liked one. The art work is the same, several of the story elements and character are very similar, and they are both fairly violent.

jahler

Both animes have a strong female lead and they both posseses various killing techniques. Both are cold hearted to start with but will start to care about the one's close to them. The character development in Canaan and Kara no kyoukai is very good and so is the artwork. I strongly advice you to watch the other if u liked one.

Madlax

Madlax

The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...

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loonyotaku

If you like your anime full of action and mystery Madlax is the way to go. Both Madlax and Canaan have a lot of similarities. Both have intriguing female main characters and are from the action genre. I recommend this anime to every fan.

Koveras

Canaan is probably the most similar anime to Madlax in five years. Both series are about extraordinarily empowered gunslinging action girls (and both are titled after them) who go against global conspiracies and must deal with traumatic and mysterious past. Both feature dynamic shoot-outs and dramatic character development. Finally, both are equally filled with shoujo-ai subtext. If you like those things, be sure to check both series out.

chii

Both anime have main female leads who posses interesting killing techniques and are totally badass. Both have a difficult time interacting with other characters but deep down they care a great deal for those that they hold close. Both have very interesting mysteries that will make you want to watch episode after episode to see what happens next. Check one out if you liked the other.

Galadriel

both Canaan and Madlax feature female protagonists trained as proffesional assassins who receives different tasks from different clients/organizations. Both protagonists go against global conspiracies and both of them deal with unpleasant past memories. If you're into action genre then you will enjoy the stunning acrobatic movements and amazing action sequences from both shows. If you liked one make sure you check the other one as well.

Fireaxe

Both series feature a strong female lead with a mysterious past. Canaan and Madlax are two of the best series the "Girls-with-Guns" sub-genre has to offer. In both series you'll also find a mysteriously complex story, a ton of action, just the right amount of character development, and a good dose of yuri subtext for the fans of the genre.

LordIndy

Both are of similar genre and material, dealing with concepts of friendship, humanizing assassins, and an array of other psychological tensions all tied together with an ambience of mystery and gun fights. What really makes these two series similar is the fact that both have a pair of female lead characters that share a special bond, and this bond becomes the most important aspect of both series.

stingreis

Both had Female lead and they were both based on a grander story with deep and strong character development using flashback sequences and memories. If you liked one you would like the other

Noir

Noir

Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.

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MusicLv3r

If you like girls with guns and alot of mystery then these are the anime for you! With lots of action sceenes these anime will keep you hooked.

kissmetgen

Both series are about groups of women who have dangerous day jobs which involve escaping with their lives and toting big guns. No matter what the job these women complete it. If you liked one then you will surely like the other.

Galadriel

You like girls with guns, assassins, mercenaries and an anime with an astonishing mystery aspect? Then Canaan and Noir are the animes that will keep you captivated, always filled with action and interesting scenes.If you happen to like one of this two then for sure you will like the other one as well.

eaper

Each of these series focuses on a gunslinger girl trying to figure out a very large mystery. The leads in each series are orphaned at a young age and trained to kill. They both have a lot of action scenes to go along with the mystery, making them a good fit.

Fireaxe

Both series feature a kickass female duo. Canaan and Noir are two of the very best series the "Girls-with-Guns" trope has to offer. In both series you'll also find an intriguing story about a girl in search of her own identity, a ton of action, a fair share of character development, and just a tiny dose of yuri subtext for the fans of the genre (though you'll find way more of this in Canaan than Noir).

darczon69

Both have gunslinger girls and beautiful animation. Fight scenes are common and extremely artistic. The storyline is kinda similar. If you enjoyed one you will surely enjoy the other.

LordIndy

Both are of similar genre and material, dealing with concepts of friendship, humanizing assassins, and an array of other psychological tensions all tied together with an ambience of mystery. Noir is slower, more mysterious, and executed better; while Canaan is more action-packed, sexually suggestive, and doesn't feel as "deep".

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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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Nocturnalgloria

 Black Lagoon and Canaan follow the same recipe: fast paced action, guns and bullets galore, car chases, killers on the rampage, female characters with extraordinary abilities, all brought together with fluid animation and an addictive soundtrack. These anime explore a underworld of crime and even go as far as taking China as their central stage. Violence done with style, good production values and a solid plot are the driving forces behind both Black Lagoon and Canaan. Aimed at a somewhat more mature demographic these shows will probably appeal to the same viewers.

Goshin

If you Enjoy chicks kicking ass with guns and martial arts. or just anime with gunfights if sure you will enjoy black lagoon and Canaan. I've only seen the first four eps but i can tell they are very similar. especially in how some random guys gets thrown into conflict he had no intention of joining.

Omurqi

Both Canaan and Black Lagoon are good action-flicks above all. If you enjoyed one of these for the whole girls-with-guns gimmick, you won't be disappointed to see the exact same in the other. More things these shows share: Completely badass characters, completely batshit insane characters (how I love your mental stability, Liang Qi, Revy) and on top of the action, more action.

eaper

Each of these series are centered around strong females and action, yet manage to have interesting plots that aren't completely over shadowed by the action. If you enjoyed one of these series, you will surely enjoy the other.

darczon69

These two are like sisters: bad-ass main characters, wimpy side characters, guns, fast-paced action, bullet dodging and some morality issues.

LordIndy

While Canaan has a greater depth to its back-story, both are action-oriented  shoot-em-ups with female lead characters.

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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KuraiHikari

I don't know why, but at the very first scene of Canaan, i felt a very strong resemblance to Darker than Black. Maybe it was because of the shoot-outs all over the city, or something else, i don't know, but it is very much alike with all there is in Darker than Black. The anime is very fast going, and the main character is a gifted person wich can deal with almost any situation.

Funkgun

Super powered action stars abound in these two titles.

Canaan takes the more storyline approach while Darker than Black uses an episodic storyline.

But both are pretty much a blast of adrenaline, whenever the story starts to wane. 

eaper

Each series has an air of mystery, while managing to mix in a lot of action with some humor and interesting plot lines while mainly following a super-powered lead character.

AirCommodore

Fans of action series are sure to enjoy Canaan and Darker than Black. They feature über-skilled protagonists with super-powers as they outwit their antagonists with expertly-choreographed action scenes. Additionally, both series have an air of conspiracy.

darczon69

It seems like a strange thing, to say that Darker than Black and Canaan are alike, but stay with me. Fast-paced action, good storyline, superhuman main characters, fantastic fight scenes. If you enjoyed any of the above in one of the anime, you will surely enjoy the other.

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