* AdaptationDisplacement: The fact ''Canaan'' isn't an anime original is pretty much unknown to most. This is because the original game is an obscure Japanese only title.
* CrazyAwesome: Jin the Taxi Driver.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: This may be the only show where a suicide assassination attempt is played for laughs--at first.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJsIBJhPIvI badass taxi driver]] who wasn't even named in-story!
* EvilIsSexy: Alphard and Liang Qi.
* FoeYay: Alphard does like pinning Canaan down a lot, and isn't particularly in a hurry to kill her, which makes Liang Qi [[MurderTheHypotenuse quite jealous]].
* GeniusBonus:
** Alphard is the name of a star in the middle of the Hydra constellation. It is also known as the "Heart of the Snake" because of that (thus, no wonder Alphard commands the "Snakes"). "Al-Phard" also means "the lonely one" in Arabic because it's the brightest star in the whole sky sector.
** Canaan is the name of the land that eventually became Israel in [[Literature/TheBible the Old Testament.]]
** Before even that, "Canaan" referred to Phoenicians (you can even hear the phonetic similarity) in their own language. Phoenicians were the supreme mariners and traders of their time and founded Carthage, TheRival and WorthyOpponent to AncientRome. They also invented the alphabet.
* HilariousInHindsight: In first episode, on a tv screen the TVB Jade watermark is displayed on the further top-right. In spring 2013, the watermark was moved there in RealLife as part of the switch away from standard definition.
* LesYayShipping: There are quite a few fans of Alphard/Canaan, not to mention Maria/Canaan.
* MagnificentBitch: You might see Alphard as this.
* MemeticMutation:
** HIGH TENSION!!
** GET SOME GET SOME, GET SOME GET SOME
** Sugoi!
* MoralEventHorizon: Liang Qi does not seem to be able to live through one day without doing this once.
* MorePopularSpinOff: In North America, due to [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Type Moon]] involvement.
* OneSceneWonder: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJsIBJhPIvI CHINESE STYLE. '''HIGH TENSION!''']]
* ShipToShipCombat: Between [[FoeYay Alphard/Canaan]] and [[StarcrossedLovers Maria/Canaan]].
* SignatureScene:
** [[spoiler: Liang Qi's]] death scene. Not only the musical backdrop add the tension of the scene, but the overall circumstance of the scene makes this feel like scene with a Shakespearean villain. Dying from an ironic, but in character means and a tragic story behind it all.
** The most well-known fight scene is the one where Alphard and Canaan fight while Alphard is all dressed up.
* {{Squick}}: [[spoiler: Hakko becomes ''very'' intimate with Santana's dead body]]. Not just squick, but due to the circumstances, a brutal TearJerker since it shows you [[spoiler: how far past the DespairEventHorizon the poor girl is.]]
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Hakko and Santana's deaths]]. There's also [[spoiler:Liang Qi's death]], as horrifiying as it is saddening.
* TheWoobie:
** Hakko. ''Oh, Hakko''.
** Cummings, too.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The dub adds more swearing.