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The characters from the anime series Canaan.

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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN)

A mercenary and assassin who has quite the connections with Maria Oosawa, having saved her life in the past. She's known both for her skills and her beautiful white hair.

  • Bifauxnen: She could easily pass for an attractive male due to her rather boyish appearance.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She keeps her hair short to show her status as a tomboyish Action Girl.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Canaan loses her ability to "see colors" at the end of episode 7. She gets it back later, but only after getting hit indirectly by a missile, and confronting Alphard.
  • Child Soldier: She has been trained to kill from a young age.
  • Cute Bruiser: Plays cat's cradle with copper wire.

    Maria Oosawa 

Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

A Japanese photographer who holds quite the fascination with the girl who saved her in the past, and longs to meet her again. Her work in Shanghai might give her the chance.

    Minoru Minorikawa 

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), David Matranga (EN)

Maria's partner and friend, and another character coming from the Shibuya game.

    Alphard Al Sheya 

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Lesley Pedersen (EN)

The main villain of the series and titular character's nemesis. This woman, who is equal parts beautiful and deadly, is the leader of terrorist organization Snake. She had seen some action in the past as a mercenary alongside Canaan and Siam.




Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

Canaan's mentor and adoptive father.

  • Made of Iron: He can tank gunshots thanks to his bulletproof vest and powering through the pain. Alphard opted to fatally stab him instead of shooting him in the head because she grew up believing bullets would never hit Siam somewhere it mattered.
  • The Mentor: To Canaan and Alphard, they wear a snake tattoos as symbol of their bond.
  • Parental Substitute: For Canaan, having taken her in after her entire hometown — except for her — fell victim to the UA virus.
  • Spirit Advisor


    Liang Qi 

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)

Alphard's Number Two, a merciless and cruel Chinese hitwoman who idolizes her.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: She's a psychotic bitch, but it's still hard not to feel sorry for her during her heartbreaking Villainous Breakdown.
  • Angrish: When ranting about how she'll destroy anything that gets between her and Alphard during her Villainous Breakdown, the things she lists includes mundane, completely unrelated things like "cream, barbecue, and waffles."
  • Attention Whore: Just about everything that Liang does that isn't following Alphard's orders is to gain and keep the attention of Alphard, her beloved nee-sama. She hates anyone, especially Canaan, who takes Alphard's attention away from her.
  • Ax-Crazy: Holy shit. "Ax Crazy" does not begin to describe just how unstable this chick is.
  • Body Horror: When Liang consumes the Ua virus, she suffers horribly as the effects of the virus on someone who does not have the genes for synaesthesia take their toll on her.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Liang becomes this as she spirals further into madness, and is so desperate for any attention from Alphard at all that she derives pleasure from getting slashed in the leg by Alphard during their duel.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • Cute and Psycho: Sometimes, especially with her chibi avatar. Liang is every type of crazy, actually.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is not afraid to get her own hands dirty, nor is she at all nice.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When Cummings patiently asks her to come back with him after she brutally pummels him during her Villainous Breakdown, Liang Qi looks rather shocked for a moment - as if surprised that this didn't turn him off.
  • Disease Bleach: Her hair turns white when she consumes the Ua virus.
  • Dragon Lady: Sort-of.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: She tried to give herself synaesthesia by swallowing Ua virus capsules... and it backfires HORRIBLY.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: To Alphard. She wants her superior's attention at all times, while Aphard's either indifferent or dismissive depending on the situation.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Again, to Alphard.
  • Jerkass: And how.
  • Kick the Dog: All the time, with the worst being tricking Hakko into killing Santana with her voice.
  • Laughing Mad: She's not shy about showing how amused she is by violence and cruelty.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her devotion to Alphard makes her completely unhinged.
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: She poses as Cumming's Sexy Secretary, but that's just a cover. Cumming is her subordinate, in reality, and she mistreats him a LOT. Not that he minds, being the masochist he is.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Big-time. Special mention to her finale, where she goes around wearing lingerie. Then again, given how off her rocker she is by that point, it might veer into Fan Disservice.
  • Naked on Arrival
  • Pet the Dog: A twisted example, at the very end - she praises Cummings for shooting her (though she might have seen herown bleeding, pale-haired reflection and thought he shot Canaan), telling him that she'll love him from now on. Whether she meant it or not, we'll never know - she died shortly afterwards.
  • Psycho for Hire: Big-time.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Is. She. Ever.
  • Qipao
  • Sexy Secretary: Her cover.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Especially during her final scene.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Suffers a horrific and heartbreaking one of these in Episode 11.
  • Yandere: Man, oh man, oh man, is Liang ever one of these for Alphard. Her reason for murderously despising Canaan is because she can't stand Alphard paying attention to anyone other than her.


Voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP), Andy McAvin (EN)

The lead of a company named Daedala, which is a cover for Alphard's group. In reality he's little more than a puppet as well as Liang Qi's subordinate and punching bag.

  • Anti-Villain: The most "moral" of the trio he forms with Liang Qi and Alphard. Hell, the main reason he's involved in all this is probably due to his feelings for Liang Qi.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Liang Qi, who's quite frankly insane, and takes the brunt of most of her abuse, too.
  • The Chew Toy: His abuse at the hands of Liang Qi is mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Love Martyr: He's very in love with Liang Qi, but she mocks and beats him. Her final words are to praise him for shooting (she thinks) Canaan, and agreeing to love him...right before she dies from her bullet wound. Ouch.
  • Megane: His glasses are a key part of his appearance.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: His relationship with Liang Qi. She poses as his secretary, but he's actually her subordinate.
  • The Mourning After: Becomes a monk after Liang Qi's death and Alphard's disappearance.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: He ends up enjoying Liang Qi's beatdowns.




Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

A girl from the slums who follows Maria around.


Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

The waitress of Santana's karaoke bar, she seems to be mute. She's kind and sweet and a little childlike, and Minoru seems to have a crush on her.



Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)

The owner of a karaoke bar in Shanghai, who offers solace and protection to Borners and others with the help of the waitress Hakko.

  • The Atoner: As a CIA agent, he was one of the main actors behind the UA virus test that wiped out Hakko's village. Hence why he took her in. Tried to retire to a peaceful life running a karaoke bar, but his conscience gets the better of him and he ends up pursuing proper atonment, to his death.
  • Last Request: As he lays dying he not only assures Hakko that it's not her fault, but asks her to tell him that she loves him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Literally, he is most commonly seen in a pink shirt.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Damn it, Liang Qi. And poor Hakko.
  • Team Dad

    Jin the Taxi Driver 

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)

A certain taxi driver who bumps into Maria and Minoru sometimes.

    Kenji Oosawa 

Voiced by: Atsushi Ono

Maria's father, and a well-known scientist.


    Yuri Natsume 

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Kaytha Coker (EN)

Canaan's boss and informant, as well as an acquaintance of Santana.


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