CANAAN – 03
The girl in the cat costume leads Minoru and Maria to a cosplay karaoke bar, but when Minoru tries to question her, she misunderstands and takes off her top instead. Though surprised, Minoru notices a special mark on her side that’s the same as the one he saw on the old man’s forehead, however he isn’t able to question the girl about it because the bar’s owner throws him out. The two of them are fortunately able to find refuge from the rain in another hotel, and although they’re forced to share a room, Maria is depressed because Canaan won’t know where they are. Canaan, however, shows up outside their window the next morning to take Maria up on her offer to play. Minoru tries to question her about herself, but she just wants to go play, and so he has no choice but to let the two girls go.
Canaan and Maria spend the first part of their day shopping and sightseeing, and while they’re taking a break, Canaan comments on how this is her first time playing with a friend like this. This reminds Maria of their past together when she had taught Canaan cat’s cradle, and Canaan had revealed that she used to have a sister. Canaan had lost her family in a conflict, and Maria remembers seeing all the weapons in Canaan’s room. Canaan had also shown Maria the snake tattoo on her arm, and she had told Maria that it matched one on someone she likes. Back in the present, Canaan observes that Maria uses the word sugoi (lit. great, wonderful) a lot, and she uses it to describe Maria herself. Minoru meanwhile runs into the cat costume girl again, realizes that she’s a mute, and feeds her a bun.
Canaan and Maria’s next stop is on the Shanghai Bund sightseeing tunnel ride, but halfway through, the ride shuts down, and Canaan senses something and goes to investigate. This leaves Maria alone with the other passenger on the ride, the younger brother of the old man that Canaan killed. By the time Canaan returns, Maria is gone, so Canaan uses her synesthesia ability to track her down. She eventually finds Maria in a sewer area with a time bomb strapped to her head, and the kidnapper is somewhere in the room, but Canaan can’t see or sense where. The kidnapper claims that it’s because they are broken, and he explains that the village where he was born and raised was made the subject of an UA Virus experiment. He and his brother went through a sort of mutation where they were able to regenerate internal organs, and the brother that Canaan killed had two hearts but suffered from advanced aging.
The kidnapper describes himself and his brother as creatures created by the UA Virus, just like Canaan. She responds to all of this by charging towards a narrow pipe shaft on the other side of the room, and a bullet comes out of it, wounding her in the arm. The kidnapper, who is able to contort his body in every direction, then emerges from the pipe shaft and approaches Maria. Since time is running out on the bomb, Canaan pulls out her gun and tries to get him to hand over the release switch, but it turns out that he’s swallowed it. Remembering how the kidnapper had told her earlier that he had no intention of killing her but that he expected Canaan to dispose of him if he put her in danger, Maria now tries to stop Canaan, but she shoots the guy in the stomach. When this doesn’t stop the timer on the bomb, Canaan rushes towards Maria, but she’s too late, and the timer goes off. The bomb, however, turns out to be just a toy. Canaan then unties Maria, who is still in shock, and after she realizes the color of rejection in Maria, she walks away.
Episode three served up more humor and action, plus some Hakko fanservice (she’s more likable every appearance she makes), and they seem to have struck a really nice balance. I feel like I’m repeating myself, but in this case, that’s a good thing. Minoru’s a much less serious character than I originally thought he’d be, and I really laughed when the water fountains went off during his second encounter with Hakko – it was very good comedic timing. Maria and Canaan’s relationship, on the other hand, is taking a more serious turn, and it looks like Canaan killing that younger brother/kidnapper guy estranged Maria.
That’s partially thanks to how the younger of the two brothers (who’s incidentally listed in the credits without a name) came off as a surprisingly sympathetic character, and I wonder if the series will be divided into mini-arcs with more characters like him who were affected by the UA Virus. That’s a long way of saying that I’m hoping that Alphard instead makes a bigger splash in the story soon, though I’d also like to see more with Yunyun since it appears now that she’s not just comedic relief. In any case, the next episode looks to examine more of the past, which might be enlightening for me who hasn’t played the original game.
I should also mention that visually, the series still hasn’t let me down, and this episode even had a nice CG segment when Canaan was using her powers on the computer system (it’s interesting that she’s even able to do that). I was amused too to see them show actual tourist attractions in Shanghai like the sightseeing tunnel since I’ve ridden on it before.