Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.461 (scored by 21613 users)
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action adventure drama mystery
SynopsisMireille 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.
Characters & Voice Actors
"Noir" That is the name of the anime that you are reading the review of right now and you likely never seen this anime before and are looking up what other people thought of it in order to make a decision on whether or not this is the anime for you and to you I advise that I am only one person and this review is of my opinion that may be contrary to your own so keep that in mind and as for the people who have already seen this anime and are reading this, well you guys are just along for the ride.
The story is something that I can only describe as a masterpiece, though there is no doubt there are better stories out there but I have to put this down as one of the greatest stories I have seen in anime as there is an almost perfect balance of story telling and action. However at first I had a little trouble really getting into the show with just the first episode but after that it was all good. One thing that I especially liked was the pacing as at first most of the episodes seemed rather self contained but everything seemed to build up until the very end leaving me rather satisfied.
All in all I really don't have anything bad to say about the story.
The characters on the other hand were a little bit weaker as I found myself liking some more than others for instance Kirika and Mireille, Kirika was this awesome character who on missions seemed to pull most of the weight while Mireille kind of sits back and maybe shoots a couple of guys; kind of like The Green Hornet and Kato (Kirika being Kato).
However despite that there is a lot of character development as these two characters develop a very strong bond. This anime does a good job a fleshing out most of it's characters though I do feel that they missed one or two.
Noir is one of the last anime series to be hand drawn through CEL and after over 10 year I think the animation has aged rather well though at times I feel it slips up a little like when people in this show are shot and killed there is hardly any blood nor indication that they have been shot other than a mello dramatic fall to the ground which at times seems kind of cheesy and almost looks like censorship, keep in mind that this is true for both subbed and dubbed versions of the show.
The soundtrack was decent and kept pace with the show; really adding to it but there were times that it felt kind of cheesy like from the 90's or something.
Most of the time when being critical about this topic I usually believe that a large portion of anime are about 50/50 in terms of subbed and dubbed versions and I could really care less which version you watch and there is only a small portion where one is better than the other and for this anime I think that is the case.
The Japanese VA for this anime was just weak, there are many there are many anime's that it think sound bland and think they all sound alike in japanese but not weak. I watched the first episode subbed and pretty much had no interest in watching the rest. As for the dub, it is not the greatest dub ever, they even reuse a couple of VA's for side characters, but the dub wasn't weak and the characters actually sounded right, not to mention the vast majority of this show doesn't even take place in japan.
I normally don't like Monical Rial, mainly because I feel like she's a really over used VA and the voice she normally uses is annoying but Kirika is probably one of my favorite performances by her and goes to show that the one type of character that she is best at playing is the quiet mysterious type.
I'm giving this a 9/10 considering that to me this anime was almost perfect and despite some of it's drawbacks it's definitely worth watching. read more
How often do we see an action anime that showcases the usage of literature in the plot, and where plot progression inherently relies on the literature used? And how often do we see an anime that has bloodless gunfights? Lost for words? Noir is one such anime.
The story starts with Mireille Bouquet; a renowned freelance assassin, coming into contact with Kirika Yumura, who knows nothing of her past due to amnesia. Except that she possesses the skills of an assassin and the word ‘Noir,’ which becomes their leading clue in the future. The reason for their encounter lies in the things they hold in common – a chime played from a pocket watch and an inscrutable monolith that has some connection with their past. Thus, they embark on a journey to track down this organization and uncover the truth behind their existence.
The premise, kept simple despite the many underlying mysteries and twists, starts off at a slow pace. Mireille and Kirika take on many assassination jobs with their new codename, Noir, hoping that The Organization may react to their name. The first half focuses on episodic missions, their growth as a team and skeptical leads about the organization, that sometimes turns out to be a wild goose chase, and most of the episodes end with realistic but bloodless gun-battles. It isn’t until the second half that some new characters, Chloe and Altena, are introduced and the story starts to flow in a deliberate direction. Now, the highlights of the show are the clues inspired by literature. Generally, clues used in many anime are names, places, dates, times, or encrypted codes. However in Noir, literature is used to convey the meaning behind the existence of Noir and The Organization, which, in a way, has its own appeal. The series manages to do a fine job in answering most of the questions that popped up in the beginning.
Noir is definitely a story-driven anime and offers very little room for character interactions and development. Both Kirika and Mireille are left one dimensional; just like puppets acting according to where the story goes, at least in the first half. Some life is given to them in the second half, making them question their feelings, their motives, judge their situations, and act accordingly. Kirika, after losing all her memories is like a lost child; overflowing with innocence, yet oftentimes emotionless which makes her a formidable assassin. On the other hand, Mireille, who was brought up by her uncle, is more rational and can easily blend in with a group. While the production house tried to develop the characters, they do not leave a lasting impression on the viewers.
At first glance Noir’s animation is just plain, nothing that catches the eye. Due to the anime’s realistic approach, the reach of the action scenes are confined by the somewhat lackluster laws of physics. There are no flashy moves or unbelievably fast close combat fights. Every fight is limited to what is necessary. Due to which they are sometimes unappealing to the viewers. Even after restricting themselves to real life action sequels, I found one dubious element in them; whenever there is a gunfight, all the agents do is shoot, run around, and get shot down themselves by the end of it. They never manage to get a singlehit on either Kirika or Mireille. That aside, none of these unfortunately doomed agents even get close to hitting either of them; instead they act as practice targets for Kirika and Mireille to improve their own skills. This is usually how the gunfights ended up, but luckily the case is different when they are facing an expert assassin. And lastly, where was the blood? A lot of agents from The Organization are shot dead and there is not a single drop of blood. Yeah, the production house tried to stick to the nature of the show and avoided heavy bloodsheds, gore and violence. But, at least a small amount of blood wouldn't be bad.
Back to animation, since the setting is based in Europe, the background animation is unexpectedly good, close to how a European society looks and neat for the most part. Character designs are simple and are relatable to their backgrounds. At least they can be easily distinguished, unlike many anime nowadays where all the characters look the same with different hair styles and color. Mireille is designed to look more attractive than Kirika. Kirika’s looks are akin to an Asian high school girl. Mireille is given a matured figure and looks older than Kirika and Chloe, despite the fact that they should be around the same age.
Sound was also kept realistic and at many times minimal. Action sequences were played along with a couple of sound tracks. They didn’t have much appeal in the beginning, but as the series progresses and is given a historical touch, the soundtracks befit the nature of the show.
Noir is one of the few anime where the OSTs contribute higher than animation in building the tension needed during action scenes. The OP is a J-pop song which is somewhat influenced by western pop, and comparatively, the ED is an authentic J-pop song both in lyrics and the style. The ending was especially more enjoyable since it somehow relays Kirika’s feelings of uncertainty. I admire the seiyuus' spirited approach to these characters since there was very little to adapt from the script. Despite having repetitive lines and a script that often sounded monotonous, they did a good job from what little they had.
One of the main reasons why Noir will fail to entertain the viewers is due to the lack of tension in the series. There are hardly any attempts made to intensify the gravity of a particular situation. In one of the episodes where Mireille is to face-off with an old acquaintance, Intoccabile-who supposedly is one of the most ferocious assassins, there is a lack of viciousness in her presence, which brings down the tension and enjoyment in the situation. And this is not evident in only one case; the viewer experiences this troubling trend throughout the series. Noir would be more enjoyable if the viewer is watching it with some intervals. If watched in continuity, completing the series in one go becomes an arduous task rather than a feast to relish.
Noir is an anime that tries to present a realistic approach to the life of an assassin on a journey to find her origins and, for the most part, it succeeds in doing so with the help of commendable animation and sound. And it does manage to explain some of its plot holes.
Like NGE, Monster, Cowboy Bebop and many other anime, Noir is more rewarding after every re-watch. Noir is just one step away from being a remarkable anime, but that elusive one step is the one many action anime fail to overcome.
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.
Girls and guns, Yuki Kajiura, same studio, similar plot line, same slow pacing.
Bee Train studio has a serie named "Girls with Guns", consisting of three animes - "Noir", "Madlax" and "El Cazador de la Bruja".
No common characters or plot, yet they are similar in fact that all they have girls with guns. :)
a very good anime, the story line is somehow the identical to Noir, the Sound Track is great too !
Both animes are produced by Bee Train and both are part of Bee train's Dramatic "Girls with Guns" Trilogy series,both deal with two completly unrealated girls who are both assasins but somehow are connected to each other when they search for the mysteriouse"Truth" when they're passes are revealed and eventually becomes an epic battle for "Truth',Trust",Betrayle,Friends against friends"and Foes and foes.
It's from the same anime studio, and the two anime shares many similaritys, like the story, the characters, the themes, but both of them are indeed very different though.
yuki kajiura during the action scenes, need i say more?...okay
both have the same emphasis on two women on some type of adventure, both have some secret organization that is causing all the trouble for these women, and both have the main storyline where two people are the chosen ones...but they forget that there is also one more
noir is more realistic , madlax has more action, but in my (professional) opinion noir is the more entertaining show
Similiar personalities from both protagonists. Both females with guns. Both composed music by Yuki Kajiura.
both of these anime's where done by the same people. but they are two different story types. also the are a darker type of anime. they are not a happy go lucky, but much more of a serious anime. they also a "girl with guns" type. always a good thing^^
Given that in the trilogy "girl with guns" includes three anime: Noir, Madlax & El Cazador de la Bruja, but I still want to compare it Noir with Madlax, because they are more similar to each other in terms of art / music / characters than
El Cazador de la Bruja.
In terms of plot, they are similar in that the girls - main characters are trying to measure his adventures to collect pieces of his memory, but their path is not simple because mysterious organization trying every way to prevent them from doing so.
For the rest, both of these anime have their inexpressible atmosphere of charm a "girl with a gun in his hand, instead of a handbag" (moreover, the girls in the movie might have been some maniacs-terrorists, and very feminine (^__^), what adds even more pleasure from viewing), that propels superb OSTs, and style / staging animation from BeeTrain.
First of all, both series are produced by the animation studio, Bee Train. Additionally, the music soundtrack in both series are composed by the talented Yuki Kajiura.
Both series features strong and independent women who has a dark past but also skilled in the handling as well as the usage of guns.
Both series has a complicated plot that has twists with the main characters behind a dark past.
Both series contain mature themes such as assassinations, patricide, and among others that sets a general darker mood for the audience.
similar girls with guns, hitman and secret association story
Even if the storyline isn't the same, they have a lot in common, they both deal with Mafia, Secret Organizations and assassins. They are both set in our era, they are not medieval or futuristic.
both have 2 people who are assasins. They are the best of the best no matter what happens they will finish their mission.
If you liked Phantom, you will like Noir, hands down. Both deal with the aspect of a character forgetting their memory and becoming assassins. They both deal with secret organizations that control these assassins. Similar art style, and similar music. And hey, aren't they both by the production company Bee Train? Well that would explain everything!
Life of assassins. Trust and betrayal. Both are great series, highly recommended.
Produced by the same studio, they both feature assassins and contain a high level of action and a good soundtrack.
The characters and the violence are very similar.Like the two characters are the same compared to phantom of a requiem with lost pasts and have to deal with a lot of emotional pain when killing people they don't want to kill.
Both series features powerful and independent female protagonist who has the skills to handle a gun.
Both series thus, have plenty of action and drama with thriller like sequences in a few episodes.
Both series has a mystery like aura as the episode progresses that depicts some of the action and violence beyond just physical.
Both shows are about two assassins working together and discovering their hidden pasts. They also have strong and beautiful OSTs
It follows the trend with girls with guns. In addition it holds the theme of two unlikely people holding a strong yet confusing bond while both protagonists hold a secretive past.
Both shows focus on a duo of assassins, secret societies and organized crime syndicates. Both were produced by Bee Train and feature musical scores by Yuki Kajiura. It's almost as if Noir was the first draft for Phantom in that there are several similarities between the two (Ein and Kirika are pretty much the same character). If you enjoy conspiracies and mystery thrillers, you will likely enjoy both of these titles. Noir is the more tame title of the two. Phantom has a darker, grittier feel to it and presents itself as fare for a more mature audience.
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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