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Canaan has arrived at the conference hall and makes her way past the guards, dodging and running with such speed that they end up shooting each other. Liang Qi wants to do something about it, and much to her shock, Alphard no longer cares what she does. Meanwhile, the White House has learned of the Ua Virus being released, and the U.S. vice-president’s first option is to get the anti-virus developed by Maria’s father in Japan. However, his car appears to get hit with a bomb soon after he departs, and his apparent death leaves the vice-president no choice but to take the drastic measure of bombing the conference hall. Back in the control room, Maria questions why Alphard is using the Ua Virus, and this gets Alphard angry. After telling the world leaders that they’re going to die, she explains to Maria that there used to be a mercenary who trained young girls, and they were all called Canaan. Alphard, however, has abandoned that name.

Alphard then leaves the facility with Cummings, and shortly thereafter, Canaan arrives to save Maria. Unfortunately, the bomber is now closing in on the facility, and Canaan gets a call from Natsume who is using some of Santana’s old equipment. The plan is to change the bomb’s target, and Natsume needs Canaan’s help. Meanwhile, Maria’s father arrives safely outside the conference hall after everyone had thought that he had died. The bomb has already been dropped though, and no one can call it back, so Canaan is forced to use the full extent of her powers on the GPS guidance system. The bomb impacts moments later, and fortunately, Canaan was able to get it to miss. Both she and Maria are okay, and Maria is ecstatic. When the two of them go out onto the roof afterward though, Canaan suddenly starts feeling dizzy, and she realizes that she can no longer see the colors that she usually can.


Now that was an intense episode. Coming into this, I thought that it would be more focused on Canaan fighting her way through the building to save Maria, perhaps even going up against Liang Qi at some point, but that was a surprisingly small part of the episode. Instead, there was a lot more movie-esque action-thriller-type material with a race against the clock and some White House politics and stealth bombers thrown in. There was never any doubt that Canaan and Maria would survive, but the episode still kept me on the edge of my seat, and I loved every minute of it. In fact, I didn’t even miss the fact that Canaan didn’t get to fight Liang Qi or Alphard again, though now that she appears to have lost her powers, I’m not sure I’d want to see those fights anymore because I imagine she would lose horribly. Canaan might be able to find a way to beat Liang Qi (who I bet is going to come after her pretty soon), but she’ll likely need her powers back before trying to take on Alphard again. Regardless, I’m very curious to see how things play out from here, and I’d love it if they can keep the intensity level this high.

August 16, 2009 at 4:50 am
  • August 16, 2009 at 5:03 amAvenger

    A superb episode as always. Can’t wait till next weeks release.

  • August 16, 2009 at 5:03 amDo

  • August 16, 2009 at 5:05 amConfusedGirl29

    WHAT?! Seriously she lost her powers, please just say it’s temporary *cries*

  • August 16, 2009 at 5:17 amfullmoon


    This reminds me of Higurashi XD

    The episode sounds great! I can’t wait to watch it ^___^

    Also…I can’t believe she lost her ability =(

  • August 16, 2009 at 5:17 amAC89

    The fight between Liang and Canaan may happen next episode… Is’nt Liang Qi outside with Maria and Canaan at the end?

  • August 16, 2009 at 5:19 amDo

    Ima predict Canaan and Liang will fight it out either episode 09 or 10. Right now, I think episode 08 will allow Canaan and Maria to rest and the rest will be focus on Santana and Hakko.

  • August 16, 2009 at 7:01 amMegas

    A B2 in broad daylight is nothing but a giant target. Oh well, atleast it can fly out of the range of most RPGs. They definitely did a great job with this episode & I loved the twist at the end…loosing her powers when she needs them the most, cliché but still very entertaining. Go figure :P

  • August 16, 2009 at 7:06 ambaka~

    i wondered if canaan lost synesthesia temporarily. likewise, did real life individuals which allegedly had the talent lost it too at some point of their lives?

    i just wished they get to cover up the events from the visual novel since i doubt majority of the viewers were able to watch it, giving them more background on the story

  • August 16, 2009 at 7:06 amto

    gave me lesson not to play too much computer

  • August 16, 2009 at 7:32 amkokweng

    Wow , this epi was epic ! i like it so much :)
    Looking forward for more epi.

  • August 16, 2009 at 8:23 amewok

    @ megas: thats why they red-phoned Chinese DoD, to put aside any interceptors.
    otherwise it woul dbe escorted by swarm of F-22s from Kadena AFB.
    end of military otaku rant
    fine episode plot-wise bordering on good hollywood action movies, I am even more curious on the past of the Alphard, Canaan, their dead mentor and Japaneses spy woman, mysterious bar owner, hell, even Maria seems to have lost some important memory due to virus.

  • August 16, 2009 at 9:59 amStefan

  • August 16, 2009 at 10:15 ammahaha

  • August 16, 2009 at 10:49 amasdfghg

    This episode was so SUGOI!

  • August 16, 2009 at 10:49 amBlack_Otaku

    I thought the level of intensity in this episode was on the same level as 24. Either way, great suspense filled episode. Can’t wait for next week episode!

  • August 16, 2009 at 11:15 ammagnumslinger

    Question: is there any romance in this series?

  • August 16, 2009 at 11:56 amMegas

    @ magnumslinger: If if was, I certainly wouldn’t watch it. There’s way too many anime out there that focus on that crap while shitting on their plots of fighting, military battles, & general good v. evil shit. Its about time that an anime can actually develop a damn good story with a boring ass plot w/o romance.

  • August 16, 2009 at 12:48 pmdamian

    The scene with the edited video made me lol. “HOLY SHIT!” hahahaha

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:06 pmMaipeisu

    HORII SHIT that episode was crazy. Also, Alphard showed her cruel side again (beneath the placid/cordial exterior) this time, which was creepy as usual. She’s easily one of the most interesting antagonists I’ve ever seen.

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:10 pmマイペイス

    I wonder if the studio shot the cash wad and we’re in for a filler soon. Wouldn’t mind if it kept this pace through to the end. ^^

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:40 pmMetalsnakezero

    Ok, how crazy can Liang Qi get?
    Taxi driver = Awesome
    Engrish lol
    OMG, Canaan has the power of the matrix XD

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:44 pmKere


    Yes, there is romance and possible romance in the series, though concurrently it’s only part of the subplot.

    Romance 1 – Hyakko/Santana, you can see them kissing in the preview for the next episode. I do like that couple.

    Yuri (my favorite) – Maria x Canaan, Liang qi being all hot for Alphard and Alphard’s love/hate thing for one of the former (at this point, her intentions aren’t clear, so it’s pretty much guesswork)

    My poor Maria! What ever did she do to deserve this? Yet so brave, taking in punishment without complaining. Amidst the crash-pounding action, things are progressing very nicely. Can’t wait for the next episode.

  • August 16, 2009 at 1:49 pmTJ

    Another episode of haXX0r eyes pwn everything. It’s impressive how this episode partially solves the crisis without giving any real answers as to what anyone is after.

  • August 16, 2009 at 4:02 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    and the award for best facial expressions in an anime goes to::::::: the killer imotou from Cannan!!!! runners up were that girl from Valkyria Chronicles.

  • August 16, 2009 at 7:35 pmZenzen

    @BROOKLYN otaku: sorry, but Liang Qi has nothing on Alicia if we’re talking bout facial expressions.

  • August 16, 2009 at 8:37 pmNo_Seas_Ridiculo

    arf arf nice cap

  • August 16, 2009 at 10:10 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    …..yeah, you’re right.

  • August 16, 2009 at 11:48 pmDunk Mask

    Amazing episode. High Tension!
    Canaan is so bad-ass yet with such a gentle, noble heart.
    Alphard is so evil!

    I hope Canaan’s ok. Looks like she lost her powers using so much Synthesia.
    How will Maria cope with it?
    How will Canaan cope with it if the moment comes when she has to face Alphard and that crazy Liang Xi.

  • August 17, 2009 at 8:21 amApple

    I love the cab driver HIGH TENSION!

  • August 17, 2009 at 9:15 amMin

    Omg that was so evil with the edited video o.O And I think that Alphard planned the whole thing to see if she could temper with Canaan’s ability :3

  • August 17, 2009 at 11:32 amHoreee Shit

    Horeeeee Shit!!!!!!1111one

  • August 17, 2009 at 1:18 pmevil girlz

    Hooory shit!, Alphard is so awesome, no wonder Liang is so GAR for her

    I feel bad for Liang tho =(

  • August 17, 2009 at 1:40 pmAster

    i don’t think canaan lost her power, she said about a “true color” in the last sentence to correct herself right before fainting. I think she gain new power instead of losing

  • August 17, 2009 at 5:41 pmSpirit 03

    The pigeon disappeared….Holy SHIT! LOL awesome episode especially with more intense-mode taxi.

    Question though…do pilots for stealth bombers always nod at each other before fulfilling their duties? Also, does the NSA use Windows XP o_O?

  • August 17, 2009 at 7:49 pmAnonymoose

  • August 17, 2009 at 10:18 pmdaedalus

    I must admit this was a very good episode. The ‘holy shit’ cracked me up really good :)

  • August 20, 2009 at 11:01 pmCanaan rocks

    I’m loving Maaya Sakamoto as Alphard! She is such a multi-faceted character. She can be a totally charming, seductive woman one moment, and then totally kick ass and cruel in the next (the scene where she kicked Maria was brutal and made we wince).
    Like some of the other posters, this did remind me of 24. What tension. It was a pity that the episode was only 20 minutes or so. I am so hoping for a 2nd series, cuz there is so much more that they can do.

  • August 20, 2009 at 11:13 pmShinmaru

    needs moar taxi driver imo

  • August 22, 2009 at 7:47 pmColin

    The true emo facial distortion champion of the season.

  • October 6, 2009 at 5:16 amEnglish Dubbed Anime

    Hey, I’m about to watch this, but I gotta ask: what’s the deal with the red eyes?