Ranked #1725


Alternative Titles

Japanese: ノワール


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2001
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #17252
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Mireille Bouquet is a professional assassin, and a very good one at that. But when she follows up an e-mail from a young Japanese girl named Yumura Kirika, inviting her to take "a pilgrimage to the past", her life becomes even more dangerous than it already is. Now, with a haunting melody invoking the memory of an event long past, Mireille and Kirika decide to work together to find the truth about a thousand year old organization that has controlled both of their lives since before they were born. And the only clue in their search, the only thing Kirika remembers about herself, becomes their working codename: a name designating an ancient fate, of two maidens who reign over death--Noir.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Yuumura, Kirika
Yuumura, Kirika
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko
Bouquet, Mireille
Bouquet, Mireille
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Hisakawa, Aya
Hisakawa, Aya
Tarako, Isono
Tarako, Isono


Arie, Yuuki
Arie, Yuuki
Co-Director, Episode Director
Kitayama, Shigeru
Kitayama, Shigeru
Mashimo, Koichi
Mashimo, Koichi
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tachibana, Masaki
Tachibana, Masaki
Episode Director, Storyboard, 2nd Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(4/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Maidens with Black Hands
Kuroki Te no Shojo-tachi (黒き手の処女たち)
Apr 6, 2001
2 Daily Bread
Hibi no Kate (日々の糧)
Apr 13, 2001
3 The Assassination Play
Ansatsu Yuugi (暗殺遊戯)
Apr 20, 2001
4 The Sound of Waves
Nami no Oto (波の音)
Apr 27, 2001

Opening Theme

"Coppelia no Hitsugi (「コッペリアの柩」 Coppelia's Casket)" by ALI Project

Ending Theme

"Kirei na Kanjo (「きれいな感情」 Beautiful Emotions)" by Akino Arai

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Sep 20, 2015
Noir for those that don't know is an anime that conforms a trilogy but are not canon, dubbed ''Girls with Guns'' the other two are Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja, like i stated they are not canon but for what i'm seeing their story and characters have similarities and are made by the same producers Bee Train, well lets see what Noir has to offer.

Noir starts like a mistery anime, with a confusing plot and never gives story because it has around 14 eps. that are episodic, in which the protagonists Mireille and Kirika work together as professional killers and take jobs and read more
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Aug 16, 2007
There are a handful of things that truly stand out from their peers. Sometimes, just occasionally, a series manages to do everything perfectly, pull together all the strands that things before and since have tried and failed to do. Fullmetal Alchemist is one example from the fantasy field; Ghost in the Shell another among postcyberpunk sci-fi; Azumanga Daioh an example from slice-of-life comedy. And, among the fairly niche girls-with-guns proto-genre, Noir is another.

Noir isn't remarkable in its premise, in fact it's quite a patchwork of worn ideas; an amnesiac who is unsure whether her amazing combat abilities or complete lack of remorse read more
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Apr 15, 2015
When I was in 8th grade, my mom graced me with a year's subscription to an anime magazine. This was circa 2003 before anime was readily available through on-line subscriptions or DVDs (also called by some of us the Dark Ages). In fact most of the anime I watched on Adult Swim was recorded on a VCR with the timer function.

One issue of the magazine was advertising Noir along with its English dub, which was released in the US via ADV films circa 2003 after some retraction and confusion. In my rural town in CT, I could not get my hands on it, but a read more
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Sep 10, 2015
One of the first anime I have ever seen and one I remember most fondly. Why? Read on and find out.

The story starts off with Kirika who wakes up one morning somewhere in Japan without any memories, she can only remember the name Noir and has with her, a pocket watch that plays a melody when opened. She gets into contact with Mireille who operates as an assassin under the name Noir. They arrange a meeting where they are attacked by an unknown organisation but manage to escape because Kirika discovers that she is also a skilled assassin. Kirika explains her situation to Mireille who read more
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Anime: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
similar girls with guns, hitman and secret association story 
reportRecommended by ZazzerREBIRTH
Anime: Madlax
These series are extremely similar, sharing the same formula of girls, guns and mystery, as well as a large portion of the crew involved. Madlax is the better of the two in my opinion - they're both slow to start, but Noir is a bit shorter on action and excitement until late in the show. 
reportRecommended by Krelian
Anime: El Cazador de la Bruja
Girls with guns theme - One of the trilogy by Bee Train's Moshimo Koichi. 
reportRecommended by seif
Anime: Canaan
Both are about women, who are natural born killers.
Both of them despite of their future seek for normality. 
reportRecommended by luki
Anime: Gunslinger Girl
Both are stories about Top assasins. 
reportRecommended by Talon
Anime: Phantom The Animation
similar style animation and action. identical assassins story and main characters. 
reportRecommended by ashura

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