Based on the trailers, advertisement posters and later on, the Opening Theme, the initial impression is that Canaan felt somewhat unlike a TYPE-Moon production. Perhaps it’s the setting of guerrilla war. Perhaps it’s the plot being leaning more towards military and thriller rather than fantasy based. Or maybe the seeming lack of Magic and the supernatural elements plays a part as well. In any case, my initial take on Canaan is that, excluding the art style, it remotely resembles the so-called TYPE-Moon sort of works. Indeed, it was only in the later part of the show when they talked about the bizarre and gruesome deaths and showing the titular Canaan herself as having some sort of special eye that I thought to myself “now this feels slightly more like TYPE-Moon”. Nevertheless, I daresay that this is without a doubt the most different work. Even the song chosen for the OP is too explosive to be a TYPE-Moon song (great OP btw).
It will certainly be interesting to see how the characters of Canaan will fit in the Nasu-verse. If anything, Canaan comes across as this is probably what it would be like if Nasu wrote Black Lagoon. On the overall, I’m impressed with the show so far. The art is obviously its striking feature, coming close to Kara No Kyoukai, which is saying a lot since KnK is a movie and Canaan isn’t (and obviously, KnK’s quality is still much more superior).
“The girls in Nasu’s works seems to get flatter.”
“Guess he likes DFCs.”
And cats. Don’t forget cats (even the manga for Kara no Kyoukai has the short story of Shiki taking care of a cat).