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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
Theme: Organized CrimeOrganized Crime
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.281 (scored by 4015940,159 users)
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Ranked: #28052
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1916
Members: 115,128
Favorites: 872

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Yuumura, Kirika

Kuwashima, Houko

Bouquet, Mireille

Mitsuishi, Kotono


Hisakawa, Aya



Gleone, Silvana

Touma, Yumi

Havul, Milosh

Seki, Toshihiko


Oosaka, Fumiko

Minister Song

Tanaka, Kan

Galle, Christian

Arakawa, Tarou

Shutong, Yun

Ikeda, Masaru


Arie, Yuuki
Co-Director, Episode Director
Kitayama, Shigeru
Mashimo, Kouichi
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawatsura, Shinya
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"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 12, 2023
Note: I am writing this review several months after completing the show.

[i]Noir[/i] is a difficult anime to review, much less discuss. It appears to have had a small budget, been released into obscurity, and hardly remembered in the 22 years since it started airing. The title makes it somewhat difficult to research as well, since searches tend to return results related to Chat Noir for some reason. In fact, I consider myself rather blessed that I happened onto the show at all.

To cut to the chase, yes, I recommend this show. It's fun, intelligent, and soulful. It has a number of flaws that I'll get ...
Jan 3, 2024
Mixed Feelings
"Noir" is the first of a trio of action anime created by studio Bee Train. Known together as the "Girls with Guns" trilogy, these well-liked but obscure anime series helped to popularize the genre of the same name. Out of the three, "Noir" has aged considerably poorly in comparison to its younger sisters, with most of the things that set it apart being either superficial or just plain outdated. The good news is, however, is that "Noir" does succeed in more traditional ways, with a complex, if confusing story, good action scenes and great music, all of which combine to make an entertaining, if ...
Aug 18, 2021
It's been too long since i last saw Noir and for some reason my taint was itching to have a go at it for a 2nd time after 19 years and if i'm honest i shouldn't have made this fatal mistake cause what i watched with my innocent eyes and rose tinted galsses back then....Let's find out, shall we?

Noir, for starters, is part of a trilogy of animes themed as Girls with Dild.....Oh it's not that kind of deadly device...Girls with frying pans then? No not that either..Oh yes of course, silly me. It's Girls with Guns (and Roses)..And as was the case with band ...

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