Most of this review will be behind a cut- I want to (finally!! > <) dissect the ending, but I don't want to spoil it for anybody who hasn't seen it. The shorter review for people who haven't seen the ending of CANAAN (or *gasp* any of CANAAN) is: Watch it. You might not get as much mileage as I did if you don't care for action, but it is a very good series. (And if you do like action- especially the girls with guns subgenre-, this show will be like manna from heaven.)
And without further ado...
"It is the East and CANAAN is the sun.
Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon."
Can't tell that I loved the ending yet? :P
I watched the finale with some trepidation since a fair number of yuri fans who watched it before I did seemed to consider it a disappointment. But, quite honestly, it seems to me like anything less than Canaan and Maria french kissing while riding off into the sunset in Taxi Guy's car with everybody giving their blessings would have disappointed much of the Canaria fandom. But I loved it, and dearly hope that Type Moon and P.A. Works will grant us a second season. ^___^
Like so many other scenes in CANAAN, the finale opens with Maria in a classic damsel-in-distress situation. But who's her knight-in-shining armor this time?
Best. Rescue. Ever. ^^ Yunyun gets her shining moment of badassery, and Canaan goes into maximum-power mode against Alphard as a result of her beloved Maria being placed in mortal danger. We get more yummy Canaan x Alphard
*munches popcorn* I love this series. ^^
Then comes the moment that made me snarl expletives at my computer screen the first time I watched it.
Then, another Canaan x Maria moment... ^^
but alas, it was only a dream.
We learn how Mino found Yunyun and Maria, and Yunyun shows why she's a great character once again. :)
After Maria realizes that Canaan is cutting off contact with her to protect her from any future danger because their worlds are too different (awwww...), Maria and Mino take one last ride with Badass Taxi Guy to the airport to return to Japan.
lol at Yunyun
This scene convinced me that Maria will meet Canaan (and Yunyun) again- especially given how Nene's lyrics correspond to the dialogue.
Hopefully in a second season?
lol Better than a push-up! (^_^)b
Could it be...
Cummings' final scene is amusing, surprising, and even a little "awwww"-inducing all at once. ^^
If this scene doesn't convince people who watch it that Canaan and Maria will meet again, then...
(Remember folks, Maria had no idea where Canaan was or how to contact her at the beginning of the series, either.)
I love Maria's final scene. ^^ It's great to see Maria holding her own photo exhibit (with Canaan in nearly all of her photos *ahem*), and striving to become sugoi also. Meanwhile...
Thank you, Natsume, for making this the Best. Epilogue. Ever. The fish are swimming, the birds are flying, and Canaan and Alphard are still facing off~ ♪
Story: Looking at it more objectively (is that even possible? lol), given that there were still some unanswered questions and areas that could have been expanded upon by the end (*cough*SECONDSEASON!!!!*cough*), B+. Subjectively, I loved watching this series to bits.
Art: Oh Takeuchi Takashi and Sekiguchi Kanami (and everybody else involved in the visuals), you know exactly what I want. My only real nitpicks are that the characters don't have enough wardrobe variety (I could just imagine Canaan's closet- one top row of sleeveless red turtlenecks and a bottom row of boot-cut khakis. But her new look at the end- complete with a new jacket and Alphard-style ponytail now that Alphard's keeping her own hair down- looks really nice. :) ) and Natsume's forehead looks a little out of proportion in a few moments. Otherwise, I was mighty pleased. A-
Overall: See Story.
And for the heck of it, a spiffy little piece of fan art (found here) depicting Canaan and Alphard's new life together. Hehe. ^^ *easily pleased* (And yes, I've pre-ordered the Alphard Nendo now also. XD)