Canaan is a sensory feast, which I hope excuses me from posting too many images in this essay of first impressions. At the end of the first episode I know very few things about the titular lead character, but I think I know something important: she makes me want to watch more of this show. She makes me want to revise my recently published waifu post; but maybe not yet, since it’s only the first date.
The standout aspect of this show is the superlative production values. I see movie-quality sequences all over the place: from crowd scenes, festival celebrations, people just walking around, and the fast paced action moments. It’s quality stuff all over the place. It looks good, it sounds good. Then it gave me something very interesting:
Corporate Glasses Director Dude: “Do you know about synesthesia?
…Vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell.
…A person who can use these independent five senses at the same time is called a Synesthesist.
For examples, they can see colors from letters, and sound takes a definite shape to them.
Well, it differs from person to person.
I was wondering if I could take this further and use it on IFF technology.
Use the other senses to distinguish the information gathered by vision.
That’s an undiscovered field in science…
[fanservice shot of a bare leg in a bath]
“I must purify my body before I welcome my sister.
…Even though I don’t have synesthesia, I can feel my sisters’ pulsation through my purified skin.
A low pulsation makes my abdomens undulate.
And a strong pulsation…
…makes the red inside me flare up.
[orgasm/sexual arousal reference… the woman comes out of the bath, dripping wet and naked… and fulfills her function as the secretary of the Corporate Glasses Director Dude; eyecatch]
This ‘synesthesis’ concept is further explored in the subsequent scenes, only taking a sinister turn in that the narrative strongly suggests that it is a fatal experience for those who do not have the power to take advantage of it:
Death throes even the (naive) photographer Oosawa doesn’t immediately pick up on. The above scene is rather powerful, if you take note of the innocence represented by the revelry of the kids (kitsune mask!) and the naive documentation of the would-be journalist. The composition of the image is superb I think. Now note the purple splotch on the victim after time of death has passed.
This time, Oosawa notices something important — though she won’t be able to make something of it yet. ‘Snakes,’ ‘Cat’s Cradle,’ the narrative introduces a number of words that will have meaning later on. I do hope that the exposition is better handled here compared to Higurashi no Eden, whose narrative I had difficulty following. The well-coordinated action scenes combined with superb animation will make it very easy to forgive or overlook should it falter in that area though.
Throughout the set-piece action scenes, I thought I’d at least capture Canaan in motion. Here she is dancing (through gunfire) with a pole:
Even if I weren’t a synesthesist, I think I had fireworks ‘flare up inside me.’
Episode 01: Crimson Shanghai ends with a bang. I think I can handle a syesthetic experience of this show.
Synesthesia is a real phenomenon yo! (Wikipedia) [->]
Guess who turned out to be a synesthete. I lol’d (animekritik 2009/07/07)
The waifu list I was yammering about at the top of the post (Do you think Canaan herself would end up in yours?) [->]
I like this show so far, but I’m still butthurt about the lack of robot shows this summer [->]