When group arrives at the place know as Factory, Maria and Yunyun stay with the car while everyone else goes inside. Canaan’s synesthesia abilities have returned, and using them, she’s able to find a room full of zombie-like Unblooms. Hakko gets so mortified at the sight of them that she runs recklessly off on her own, and Santana attempts to chase after her. Santana still remembers how Alphard had let him have Hakko some time ago, but back then, Liang Qi had made it clear that because of Hakko’s voice, he’d never be able to hear her words of love. Hakko meanwhile runs into a room with a monitor, and Liang Qi uses it to communicate with her. Liang Qi tries to turn her against Canaan by claiming that this place was created in order to make another Canaan since it was the Ua Virus that had made her synesthesia more powerful. Hakko refuses to fall for this though and tries to use her voice against Liang Qi, but Liang Qi knows that Hakko’s voice effects people’s brains and has had her on mute through the monitor.
In response, Liang Qi shows Hakko live video of Santana in danger, so Hakko decides to physically go to the chapel room where Liang Qi is. She’s determined to protect Santana, and when she arrives, she immediately starts using her voice against the person she thinks is Liang Qi. She doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Liang Qi is long gone and that the person in the chair is actually a bound and gagged Santana. From the nearby monitor, Liang Qi taunts Hakko about being responsible for Santana’s death, and after destroying the monitor, Hakko cries until Santana weakly calls out to her. He knows that he’s dying, and what he really wants to hear Hakko say to him is that she loves him. At his request, she says it until he dies, and afterward, Hakko cries so loud that the entire facility is affected. What she doesn’t realize is that Liang Qi has been using her as a tool to get at Canaan. Liang Qi’s plan involves starting an active noise control machine that cancels out all sound. With this, the only person affected by Hakko’s voice will be Canaan because of her ability to convert certain sense into other senses.
By this point, Canaan and Minoru have been saved by the sudden arrival of Natsume who blew a hole through the wall, letting in sunlight to stop the Unblooms and allowing Canaan and Minoru to escape. Once the active noise control machine is started, Canaan is unable to do anything but clutch her head in pain as Hakko comes towards her, repeating her words of love and dragging Santana’s body. Luckily, Canaan has Minoru with her, and Minoru remembers how Santana had wanted him to wake Hakko from what he called the dream. Minoru thus walks towards Hakko, even after she shoots him in the arm, and he hugs her. Meanwhile, Maria and Yunyun have decided to come into the facility to look for Canaan, and they wander into an ice-covered underground area where flowers are growing. While picking a flower, Maria realizes that there’s a person with red eyes frozen under the ice, but before the two can do anything about it, Natsume shows up and points her gun at them.
Wow, I was very impressed by this episode of CANAAN. It goes without saying that the animation quality was top-notch, but they also did a great job building a creepy mood in a Resident Evil sort of way, and it made it so that you weren’t quite sure what was going to pop out or what to expect. I liked as well how they set up Santana’s apparent death around the idea that he always wanted to hear Hakko say that she loved him, and this of course goes back to the theme of love that they’ve been building up (albeit mainly on the bad guy’s side so far). It was a touching scene regardless, though it did make the idea of Minoru being with Hakko afterward seem a little weird, making me question in turn if Hakko is going to die too before this is all over.
The big revelation this episode, however, was that they were trying to create another Canaan, and I assume that’s the frozen body that Maria and Yunyun found. That also might be what Alphard is here to destroy, but her role in this episode was rather small, and it’s unclear what she was up to. It appears though that Natsume is going to be the one taking control of that body for the time being. Her pointing a gun at Maria and Yunyun at the end as part of the cliffhanger doesn’t have me concerned, but I do wonder about what she intends to do and where her true allegiances lie. Speaking of which, I do have to note that Liang Qi was quite amusing this week in her craziness (leading up to her being in this outfit), and I wonder how much longer she’s going to be kept alive the show. There’s only three episodes left, and she’s looking pretty pissed off in the preview…