Ranked #1790


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)
Studios: Bee Train
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.431 (scored by 23,891 users)
Ranked: #17902
Popularity: #780
Members: 58,857
Favorites: 631
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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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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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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 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 they named read more
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Jan 3, 2008
Noir is another girls-with-guns anime with somewhat of an interesting plot about an ancient fate, however this is overshadowed by the slow development of the show and also the dull and lifeless action sequences.

Mireille Bouquet is a top class assassin and Kirika Yumura is a mysterious Japanese schoolgirl who woke up with no memory at all. This is an action anime about two female assassins, who happened to encounter each other by fate.

After the exciting action packed first episode, not much is explained about this show. Throughout the first half, all there is to go by are the subtle hints and surreal intro read more
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Apr 19, 2013
An excellent, stylish anime but strangley lacking in blood considering the subject matter.

PLOT: Noir has a very well worked out plotline. The 1st half of the series is quite slow, episodic and ‘assassination of the week’ orientated, but this is necessary in order to properly flesh out the personalities of Mireille & Kirika and develop their relationship to a point were the viewer actually cares about these two assassins. The second half of the series is much quicker paced as Mireille & Kirika delve further into their connected pasts and become entangled with the shadowy organisation Les Soldats. Light viewing Noir is not, as the read more
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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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