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Noir Complete Collection

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A mysterious email; a haunting melody. Professional assassin Mireille Bouquet's world is knocked askew by an unnerving contact from a young amnesiac, Yumura Kirika, whose killing skills are as deadly as Mireille's, and whose missing memory may unlock the

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: AD Vision
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012RD40I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Stone Bryson on June 3, 2005
Format: DVD
'Noir' was my introduction into Anime, and I have been hooked on genre it ever since. The artwork is incredible, the music is mesmerizing, and the voice actors (both the original Japanese AND the English dub) are perfectly suited for the characters. This collection transcends anime - it is a presentation that anyone can enjoy.

Which brings me to the story itself. It is spread out over 26 episodes [each approximately 21-23 minutes long), and it plays like one 11+ hour long movie. With that noted, it can feel 'slow' in some areas (especially early on) - stick with it during those 'slow' areas, because every line, every flashback, adds to the overall building of a story-line that crescendos into a magnificent finale. By the closing episode, you'll not only be satisfied with the conclusion - you'll wish it had never ended.

Be advised, however - if you are one of those who lives only for anime that is chock-full of mecha and fan service, you will be disappointed. You will find no giant robots or random panty-shots in this anime, which is one of the things that I find so appealing about it.

If you are a person like myself, someone who enjoys action-adventure presentations that are mature and character-driven, I highly recommend 'Noir' - whether you are an anime fan or not.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Night owl on June 8, 2007
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Watching Noir is an amazing experience. It's a great mixture of character, mystery, action, music and art direction. The anime has so much going for it:

Great characters:

Kirika--the amnesiac Japanese high school girl who knows nothing about herself except that she's an exceptionally-skilled killer who feels no remorse. She's searching for the answers to who she is and desperately hoping there's more to her than cold killing.

Mireille--a young but accomplished professional assassin living in Paris. She's the hard-edged strategist who prefers to work alone and only begrudgingly accepts Kirika as an assassin partner in hopes that unlocking the keys to Kirika's past will help them find the people who executed Mireille's family when she was a child. Mireille is angry, stubborn and bent on vengeance.

Chloe--A strange third young assassin who shows up half-way through the series claiming to be the "True Noir." She knows more than she's telling, pops up unexpectedly and is happy to drive a wedge between Kirika and Mireille.

Altena--The woman pulling strings behind the scenes. Is she good? Evil?

Like in the film noir genre, which this series obviously draws from, the lines between good and evil are blurry, the connections between people are mysterious and mistrustful, there's much more at work than meets the eye, and our heroes (or heroines, in this case), are trying to make their way through a dangerous underworld with little more than skill, instinct, guts and guns.

Beautiful designs:

Lush, colorful and well-rendered backgrounds. The European and Asian locations are almost impactful enough to be considered another "character.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Mijangos on March 9, 2006
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Noir is truly a great and "out of the ordinary" type of anime worth watching. It is interesting to mention that the story has a sexy touch and at times slight lesbian moments (oh yeah!!).

The story starts with a young beautiful assassin for hire called Mireille Bouquet, who's mysteriously contacted by another beautiful and even younger girl called Kirika Yumura, who's skills as assassin surpasses by far those of Mireille. Kirika needs Mireille's help to uncover her past because she is amnesic, as they try to work together; a mysterious organization is trying to kill them both. Little they both Kirika and Merielle know that their dark past have a lot in common and that the organization trying to kill them (the Soldats) is also part of their past.

As they try to survive and try to uncover the mystery of the Soldats, both girls start to see how entwined their past is and how their survival and future depends on uncovering the truth. Its beauty relies on the fact that at times is rather slow paced (some hard core anime fans can not stand that). Nothing wrong with the slow pace, this adds to the complexity of the 11+ hours, 7-volume story that develops and builds to a great climax and outcome. The slow parts happen when they are off work, sometimes the seem to be contemplating the beautiful views of the French countryside, visiting cafes and fashion shops, or at times they stare at each other in a conspicuous manner for no other reason that to know what are they thinking.

The story also has its fast paced times with lots of action, as the girls do their assassinations in a cold and calculated manner.

The music is superb; it is very rare to see an anime with such good music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Prizer on October 16, 2011
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Perhaps the most succinct way to describe Noir would be as the ultimate buddy picture. Although not readily apparent in the first few episodes, it is first and foremost concerned with the relationship of its two central protagonists, Mireille and Kirika. While there are assassinations aplenty, laced with a Gnostic-like plot to rule the world, Noir simply uses those things as a backdrop to explore fate, forgiveness and, most of all, friendship.

Like any work of art, Noir is not something that will appeal to all tastes. Every single frame of its 26 episodes is suffused with an almost majestic mournfulness and melancholy. As a result, it unfolds slowly, emphasizing character development over plot, not really kicking into high gear until it is almost two-thirds over. Although the backgrounds are beautiful, the low frame rate and frequent re-use of earlier scenes through flashbacks - while done cleverly - will drive many to distraction, betraying as it does what must have been a very low budget. There is, as has been pointed out, a flashback towards the end of the first episode to earlier in that same episode.

The music, while thrilling to many, and an organic part of the storytelling, is the kind of Enya-inspired synthesis that will drive some to leave the room.

Noir is a story of assassins where there is much killing but almost no blood. Where we have two central characters who are basic, standard issue film (and anime) clichés: the young (Japanese) high school amnesiac and the also-young (French) girl with dead parents and a chip on her shoulder. Little wonder then, that such a set-up might alienate a fair number of viewers.
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