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Japanese: ノワール
English: Noir
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2001 to Sep 28, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2001
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Bee Train
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.291 (scored by 3724537,245 users)
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Ranked: #25452
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1699
Members: 103,147
Favorites: 801

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On a sunny afternoon in her Paris apartment, assassin-for-hire Mireille Bouquet receives a strange email from Kirika Yuumura, a young student from Japan, inviting her to "make a pilgrimage to the past" together. Initially thinking the email is nonsense, she changes her mind when it begins playing a song that she recognizes from her youth.

Upon first meeting each other in person, the two are suddenly ambushed by gun-wielding men. While Mireille is capable of fending off the assault, she discovers that Kirika is quite adept in combat situations after she takes out several gunmen on her own. Despite her proficiency at killing, Kirika laments her inability to feel remorse for her victims. In addition, Kirika apparently has no memory of how she came to acquire the skills she possesses or even of her real identity.

Sensing shared history between them, Mireille agrees to team up with Kirika, and together, they embark on a journey to uncover the mysteries of their pasts. Operating under the codename "Noir," the duo's fragile alliance is tested as they begin accepting jobs, each one bringing them closer to the truth of who they really are.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Noir is the first original anime by director Kouichi Mashimo and studio Bee Train, which focused on the "Girls with Guns" sub-genre. It was later followed by two spiritual successors: Madlax in 2004 and El Cazador de la Bruja in 2007. Together, they are considered to be a Girls with Guns trilogy, even though the three TV series are unrelated story-wise.

A live-action adaptation of the anime series produced by TV network Starz was planned to release in the summer of 2012. But following a two-year hiatus starting in March 2012, the project was canceled in January 2014.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yuumura, Kirika

Kuwashima, Houko

Bouquet, Mireille

Mitsuishi, Kotono


Hisakawa, Aya



Gleone, Silvana

Touma, Yumi


Oosaka, Fumiko


Seki, Toshihiko

Feyder, Claude

Ootsuka, Houchuu


Kamiya, Hiroshi


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


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"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

Aug 16, 2007
YourMessageHere (All reviews)
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
Apr 29, 2009
TarnishedDream (All reviews)
I initially approached this anime tentatively, having heard mixed opinions on it. Well, I'm glad I gave it a chance.

Noir starts out pretty slowly, but episode by episode the plot picks up pace. The story revolves around two young women assassins, one with amnesia and the other with a troubled past, who together are journeying to find out more about their childhoods. Though I feel like it's a mixture of many plots I have seen before, somehow Noir seems to roll them all up and make it interesting all over again. Once the plot picked up pace it kept me engrossed, and I was on read more
Jan 3, 2008
Master10K (All reviews)
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
Apr 19, 2013
Caraniel (All reviews)
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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