Noir - Shades of Darkness (Vol. 1)
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But, above all of that stands the most sterling, indepth plot AIC has ever given us. Even the classics like Gall Force, El Hazard, and Bubblegum Crisis have to stand aside. Noir features the story of two assassins, one seeking vengence for her family's murder and the other searching for her lost identity. The pair, Mirelle and Kirika (respectively) team up to form a team called 'Noir'. However, by doing so they attract the attention of a powerful, mysterious group. And, as if that wasn't enough, they must also contend with a mysterious woman who claims to be the 'True Noir'.
Mirelle and Kirika must go on a 'pilgrimage to the past', each coming to terms with the half-forgotten events of ten years previous.
Beyond the mind-bending mystery, the plot also focuses on the relationship between the two women. Though they begin their partnership with some degree of reluctance, the pair soon grow on one another. How their friendship stands the test of time, however...Read more ›
I loved Noir long before I bought this first DVD; I'd seen the fansub. The DVD has all those nice little extra features you'd expect, with character sketches, original Japanese promo trailers, clean opening and closing sequences and a selection of other ADV previews, and outside of the disc content, a beautiful set of liner notes illustrating may of the production team's thoughts on the series.Read more ›
In my opinion, the editorial review dishonors Tsukimura Ryoue's rather remarkable script, because it stands on incorrect premises concerning the two main heroines of the story, Yuumura Kirika and Mireille Bouquet. Let me make the following two points.
1. The implication that Mireille met Kirika in Paris, is an oversimplification, if not a downright misunderstanding. The implication is particularly inappropriate if it refers specifically to their first meeting told in the first episode. In the first episode, Mireille in Paris receives an email from one Yuumura Kirika and travels to Japan to find out what this girl was. Mireille was attracted to go there because the piece of tune attached to the email could be associated with the painful memory of her childhood. The location of their first meeting, where the first battle sequence also takes place, is in Kanagawa Prefecture, in the southwest vicinity of Tokyo. This information is presented to the audience by means of Kirika's school ID card. Only in the later part of the first episode, Mireille returns to Paris with Kirika, to start their half bitter honeymoon as the team Noir.
2. The statements, "neither woman can remember her past" and "the only recurring characters in Noir are amnesiacs" are not correct. Of all the dramatis personae, only Kirika could be quite said to be an amnesiac. Other main characters, Mireille, Chloe and Altena seem to remember their pasts quite clearly. Even for Kirika, a "blank slate" would be imprecise words to describe her personality and abilities. A part of her memory had been concealed from herself. This was done hypnotically by an unknown party to suit their design, as will be revealed in the episodes 20 and 21.Read more ›
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This is without a doubt my favorite anime. Beautiful, involved, and backed with great music. Both the lead characters are excellent; but I especially found myself drawn to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ernest Ebell
Kirika and Mirielle are assassins for hire. They'll rub out anyone for enough money. Kirika has anmesia. All she recalls is the skills she has as an assassin. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by KevinB
This is more a review of multiple reviews I've read for all the different DVD versions available than it is for the series itself. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by BobW
Noir is an adventure series based around a French hit woman named Mireille and a Japanese school girl named Kirika. Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by Graves
Iv'e been watching anime for a while now, and I have to say after viewing many amazing series(Examples: Gankutsuou, Kino's Journey, paranoia agent, cowboy bebop, Elfen Lied etc,... Read morePublished on June 21, 2006
I must say I was quite impressed with this anime. Everything from music to story to characters, this is a definite masterpiece series. Read morePublished on August 11, 2005 by Bokan
From the descriptions I read of "Noir," and the sleekly designed black DVD, I expected something cutting-edge and urban. Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by L. Mintah
I'm really confused why so many people give this such a high ranking. I have never reviewed anything or any anime in particular but this anime is asking for a bad review. Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by M. Anderson
No Story Line Reveled.
I have watched the entire series and like most TV series some episodes are better then others. Read more