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Maria and Yunyun are saved from Natsume by Alphard, and Alphard lets them go. Alphard knows everything about Natsume, including the fact that she’s after the Borner research data, and Alphard decides to hand it over. Even though Alphard herself has no interest in continuing the research, she doesn’t mind if someone else does because the only group who would be able to stop those weapons would be her own. Natsume then leaves, and Alphard does too after setting the place on fire. Minoru meanwhile wakes back up outside with Canaan, and although Hakko has disappeared again, they’re soon reunited with Maria and Yunyun. Canaan senses however that there are Black Hawk helicopters coming, which are the special forces that Natsume called, so she sends everyone back to the car while she alone goes to look for Hakko and for the medicine for Yunyun. Since Maria isn’t content with just waiting, Minoru suggests that her goal should be to take Canaan’s picture when she returns.

Inside the facility, Liang Qi has been arming herself to defend against the assault, but she’s paid a visit first by Alphard and Cummings. Alphard wants to see Cummings’ love, so Cummings tries to appeal to Liang Qi to go back together with them, but Liang Qi doesn’t want to hear it and smacks him around instead. After Cummings gets knocked down, Alphard decides to attack Liang Qi with a knife, and this time it’s Liang Qi who gets beat up. She enjoys it and wants more, however Alphard doesn’t finish her off and leaves it to Cummings. It drives Liang Qi nuts that Alphard is still more concerned about Canaan – who is at the moment running through the place fighting the special forces troops – and that prompts Liang Qi to run to a back room to do something desperate. Alphard and Cummings follow her there and realize that Liang Qi has actually consumed some of the experimental medicine that would make her similar to Canaan.

The transformation bleaches Liang Qi’s hair and turns her eyes bloodshot while causing her much pain. Alphard takes this opportunity to bring out the letter from Siam that she got, which she knows is actually from Liang Qi. Liang Qi’s plan had been to let Alphard get captured by the CIA by using Siam’s name so that she could then go save Alphard. What really drives Liang Qi crazy now is Alphard revealing that Siam didn’t call her Alphard, he called her Canaan. Liang Qi then looks into the mirror and sees Canaan, and she tries to get Cummings to kill this Canaan. He agrees only on the condition that she loves him, and after she agrees, he shoots her in the chest. She dies in his arms, and Alphard leaves Cummings to cry by himself, feeling that love is troublesome. Alphard does acknowledge though that she’s caught up in the ghosts of her own past, which is not her true self. Elsewhere in the facility, Canaan finds Hakko naked with Santana’s corpse, telling him that she loves him. Hakko gives Canaan the medicine that she’s looking for, but she wants to stay there with Santana’s corpse, and Canaan has no choice but to leave her since the building has started to collapse.

When Canaan returns to the car, she gives Yunyun the medicine, and Maria takes her picture. Maria then hugs Canaan and welcomes her back.


Well I think it’s pretty safe to say that Liang Qi was the star of this episode. The crazy, batshit insane star, but the star nonetheless. It was fun watching her masochistic attitude, and I was almost sad to see her go like that…almost. It was a fitting end regardless for someone who hated Canaan so much, and that entire scene was pretty intense. Maybe not the same kind of intensity as episode seven, but it was like watching a Liang Qi trainwreck that you just can’t turn away from. I do wonder now though if Cummings survived (since obviously Alphard got away) or if he died there with her after the building collapsed.

I’m also appreciating Alphard more as the story goes on because there’s a lot of complexity to her character, and she’s not the typical villain. Maria, on the other hand, is getting more and more annoying. As the plot has progressed, her role in it has dwindled, and her character is pretty useless at this point. I mean, I can see that they’re heavily focusing on the themes of love and friendship and that Maria is essentially Canaan’s love, but that’s not where most of the recent plot development has been. I can only hope and assume that they’re going to work her in more in the final two episodes.

September 13, 2009 at 3:59 am
  • September 13, 2009 at 4:08 amMeery

    Aw, Liang Qi. The moment I saw the bloody mouth pic on the front page I knew I must see. Poor Cummings as well; they’re little love thing was a nice little sub-plot.

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:11 amkokweng

    CANAAN 13epi only?
    : ( ,

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:12 ambeeboobeeboo

    with hakko and liang qi dead, i don’t really have a point in watching this anymore…
    i agree that all the canaanxmaria crap is really annoying, and frankly, i’m sure nobody cares about them.

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:30 amJubserz

    well i guess i can be the first one to bring it up in a comment
    can you say “necrophilia”… good

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:44 amBurnt Toast

    lol, Jubserz. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this pic:
    I have not seen the episode yet, but wtf? really?

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:55 ambeeboobeeboo

    The necrophilia wasn’t that bad… at least we didn’t see anything >_>
    …kind of.

  • September 13, 2009 at 5:13 am2DT

    Based on the opening, I was really looking forward to seeing Liang Qi fight at her best, with qipao and everything. Instead I got the pathetic death throes of a pervert, abandoned and shot like a rabid dog.

    It was appropriate, I guess. But I’m still kind of sad about it.

  • September 13, 2009 at 5:24 amto

    best of this season, i would say

    I will miss hakko :(

  • September 13, 2009 at 6:35 amOmni

    kokweng: Yes, 13 episodes total.

  • September 13, 2009 at 7:22 amNyx

    Er, 2DT, she was up against -Alphard-. What else did you expect, a grand battle royale?

  • September 13, 2009 at 10:53 amSplash

    Hakko was my favorite character in this series. I’m sad to see her end up like that (crazy and boning a dead guy). Then the roof falls on her and ….

  • September 13, 2009 at 11:06 amssj4jw

    Funny how the comic relief Yunyun and the goofy photographer Minoru came out more useful than Maria. Hopfully Cummings died too. He was just as useless as Hakko. Maria can’t die because of plot protection otherwise she be dead too.

  • September 13, 2009 at 12:33 pmNyx

    Not really, SSJ- Cummings fulfilled his and her subplot by killing Liang, and provided decent comic relief, not to mention his brief yet notable chats with Alphard.

  • September 13, 2009 at 12:56 pmTJ

    Liang was definitely the star of this episode. It was an appropriately insane ending for her character.

    As for Hakkoo, I was hoping she could be redeemed, but she decided to pick a dead body over Minoru…

  • September 13, 2009 at 2:08 pmPutang

    hmm… I can’t wait to marathon this :3…

    if only it was a 26 epper or 24… or even the weird 15

  • September 13, 2009 at 2:08 pmAnonymous

    Liang Qi was indeed the star this episode but a lot of interesting people died and that is something I don’t find amuzing. Hakko,cummings and Liang Qi, who’s left? the canaans,Maria,YunYun and Minoru. I wonder what importans Minoru and yunyun have now that hakko died and yunyun having her medicine. that leaves canaan and canaan. I guess that can fill 2 episodes.

  • September 13, 2009 at 2:14 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    @splash hehe i doubt actual “boning” was taking place, unless they was some serious rigor mortis going on. but yeah that was yucko! i mean “to lay on a COLD corpse naked” EEEEEEWWWWWWW ,gives me the shivers. and lets be real, how long is one bottle of meds gonna last yun-yun?

  • September 13, 2009 at 2:45 pmsean

    im pretty sure maria is going to play a very important role later on, because alphard asked her in one of the last few episodes if she truly forgot everything which to me seems like a hint towards her true role and also her father is the inventor of the cure to the ua virus so it could have something to do with that

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:45 pmCharlo

    To Maria’s credit, at least she didn’t go back (even if it needed some persuasion from Mino). You can’t really expect much from a photographer without any combat experience/training.

    Liang Qi was crazy. Fun crazy. I hoped for more craziness, but her last moments were gold. Major props to the voice actress. No one will probably ever look at that woman the same ever again.

    Definitely an episode for the side characters. Now to see what’ll be done with the main cast.

  • September 13, 2009 at 5:09 pmRaiju

    Poor Liang Qi, turning herself into some weird albino freak. All she wanted was some rabu! DX Hakko choosing to stay with Santana’s body in the end was very sad and bittersweet (necrophilia notwithstanding). I always figured she’d end up with the reporter guy, though, so I guess she forgave Santana for his role in what happened to her family and village.

  • September 13, 2009 at 5:22 pmlvlln

    @Nyx Sure, she was up against Alphard, but the story can always be made to fit a cool fight scene. Rather that than omitting a potentially fun scene just for the sake of story consistency.

  • September 13, 2009 at 7:11 pmRex

    This episode made me depressed :(

  • September 13, 2009 at 7:38 pmAmeretat

    I thought it was a great episode.

    I love how there are so many people who hate the Maria x Canaan essence, when it’ a great part of the overall series because it gives the anime a little bit more than ACTION ACTION ACTION BLOOD BLOOD ACTION GUNS! ACTION BLOOD! NECROPHILIA!

    Just sayin’ that I think it’s sweet.

  • September 13, 2009 at 8:32 pmRednights

    RIP Hakko … =( =( =(

  • September 13, 2009 at 8:35 pmcurious one

    @brooklyn otaku
    considering yun yun knows the girl who’s father created the cure to the virus, i’m pretty sure he can analyze the pills and duplicate them. it’ll be interesting to see how the final canaan/aplhard battle turns out and what role maria plays in it.

  • September 13, 2009 at 9:34 pmNyx

    Well, perhaps consistency triumphs.

    Besides, Liang never had a chance in hell against her, especially if she went all-out.

  • September 14, 2009 at 12:43 amrandom

    Now if only Alphard was actually secretly the main character of this series… her name is Canaan afterall… and she’s the most interesting…

  • September 14, 2009 at 4:25 amJazz

    I like CanaanXMaria myself. Sucks about some good cast members dying, hopefully the series will spare our two main heroines(alphard is probably going to die, villain redemption seems to always equal death in anime)

  • September 14, 2009 at 4:26 amKamion

    I don’t think the last battle is going to be Canaan vs Alphard but rather Canaan vs Clone!Canaan ;) I bet she survived.

    Oh well.

  • September 14, 2009 at 6:52 amewok

    Inquisition Stormtroopers here to cleanse site…
    ugh feels like Half-life “rescue” force

  • September 14, 2009 at 3:23 pmlol

    amazing episode! Liang Qi!! insane like always, I liked that XD poor Cummings :S
    Hakko…poor girl..

    so people alive: Canaan, Alphard, Maria, Yun-Yun, Natsume ummm nice, I believe the end is gonna be awesome, just 2 eps more!
    What’s wrong with CanaanxMaria? I like it xd and Im sure that a lot of people like it too xd

  • September 14, 2009 at 3:24 pmlol

    shet i forgot Minori, he is alive too XDD lol

  • September 14, 2009 at 4:12 pminfernus

    Liang Qi == Saitou Hajime?!

  • September 15, 2009 at 5:11 amAnti-Charger

    Holy moly. That Picture up the top, Liang showing the pills in her mouth, IT SCARES ME TO DEATH. Her insane-love is insane.
    Hell, I can only imagine when this series plops into English knowledge. The DUBS will be the worst.

  • September 15, 2009 at 5:30 amphnx

    Cream! BBQ! Dreams! Waffles!

    Oh Liang Qi, you were an awesome character. Albeit an insane nut case, but awesome nonetheless.

  • September 15, 2009 at 12:14 pmMushishi

    Love all the people crying about yuri in their series ^_^ So adorable

  • September 16, 2009 at 10:52 amfoamer

    this episode was disturbing yet entertaining at the same time lol

  • September 17, 2009 at 2:37 pmtenkaichi

    Yeah, I’m also pretty disappointed that Maria’s role dwindled down. It looked like they were on the verge of something, but then they went heavily into the UA virus hellhole and Maria’s been left to wait. I guess they couldn’t hostage her again since it already happened once? Haha… But even though I’ve already been spoiled by other material (concerning her), I figure there aren’t enough episodes to get everything across – and Alphard already implied *something* while Maria was under their capture, “You really don’t remember anything?” so I want to know what she knows!!

    Hopefully it’s executed well.

  • September 18, 2009 at 9:23 amAnnoyed

    Damn, i love canaan… im sad its only 13 episodes. Good story and loved this episode. Quality series.

  • September 22, 2009 at 6:29 amRii

    What can I say, I truely love this anime. It has big potential of becoming my favourite actually. There is only one problem I have with this anime that is maybe not even a problem but a factor that makes it all the more fun. I was watching up to episode 11 and 12, and only then I actually was finally getting a trail of what the story is about. Was I alone in this or do more people have that with Canaan? Anyways, since Canaan is going to be 13 episodes long, I think and hope for more, it felt so weird only getting to know the story at the end.

    Also, I can see a lot of character hate here. xD Well, I personally think all the characters are cool. Alphard keeps interesting me more and more and Maria does get more annoying but I think that annoyance is from a humans emotion point of view just what it needs to be.

  • September 27, 2009 at 3:39 amBlaque

    So a tad late commenting, but just saw the episode tonight. I have to agree with the post that Alphard is really interesing in herself. I like ehr. She seems to take Siam’s training and view of her a lot differently then Canaan does and she sort of has this detached interest in people that I just find kind of neat. Ruthless, but she just doesn’t seem to get people and likes to see how they sort of squirm.

    Also good fights and such things didn’t hurt. I think if anything in the end I wish Liang Qi could of gotten a bit more to play with that sword. She some cool fight here, but it is sad we had to wait until her death to get her going all-out with it.

    And stuff.