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Noir: The Complete Series (Classic) (2011)

Shelley Calene-Black , Monica Rial , Matt Greenfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shelley Calene-Black, Monica Rial, Hilary Haag, Tiffany Grant
  • Directors: Matt Greenfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Original Japanese Promos

Interview with Houko Kuwashima

Interview with Kotono Mitsuishi

Interview with Tarako

Interview with Aya Hisakawa

Kirika Music Video

Episode 15 Commentary

Episode 16 Commentary

Interview #1 with Shelley Calene-Black (Mirelle) and Monica Rial (Kirika)

Interview #2 with Shelley Calene-Black (Mirelle) and Monica Rial (Kirika)

Interview #3 with Hilary Haag (Chloe) and Tiffany Grant (Altena)

Interview with English Cast

Noir - The Unsoled Story

Textless Opening Song

Textless Closing Song


Editorial Reviews

From the director of Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja comes the first series in his trilogy of sharp-shooting vixens.

Mireille makes a living out of killing as an international assassin. Kirika is an amnesiac with uncanny speed and stealth. Under the codename Noir, these two young mistresses of semi-automatics and improvised weapons track and execute criminal syndicates across the globe as they hunt for clues to their connected pasts—but it is they who are actually being hunted. Caught in the crosshairs of a centuries-old conspiracy, the deadly beauties of Noir aim to expose the secrets of the ancient society orchestrating their lives. Will Mireille and Kirika have a future after they learn the truth about their pasts?

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best - Period June 3, 2005
'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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great anime...Every moment counts June 8, 2007
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, great anime. A true keeper!!! March 9, 2006
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Even in a crowd, I was always alone." 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicks with guns who are actually all business.
Mireille Bouquet runs a private business as an assassin for hire. She receives a message to meet up with a girl who appears to be suffering from amnesia named Kirika Yuumara. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Borinquen_Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars The boxset and dvds are in good shape, almost new
Was expecting a four dvd boxset, not 8 dvd boxset. It all worked out in the end. The boxset and dvds are in good shape, almost new.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick J. Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked this series despite the art work wasn't as nice.
Published 3 months ago by combat addict
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good series and I'm glad to have it added to ...
This is a good series and I'm glad to have it added to my collection but, not on the top ten list though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C.Pappas
5.0 out of 5 stars slow to start but fun to watch
and the music aint so bad either, story of two lesbians, who fight men, and meet another lesbian, and they're fighting the man mafia, but they also have lesbians, and then lots of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by the matador
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Anime
Two lethal women, under the codename Noir, team up and track down and kill criminals worldwide. The women find out that their pasts are connected and search for clues while on... Read more
Published 10 months ago by LoveBug
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Not as good as everyone says. Pretty slow paced, and the individual storylines are uninteresting, with bland characters. Still good though.
Published 11 months ago by Mauro Hamz
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir it is the name
This anime is very quiet must put the volume up to 25 at most. But it's a good anime, recommended. I like this one better than El Cazador de la Bruja, But that one is good too.
Published 12 months ago by Randy V. "Last King"
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it's good to go back to classic
This Anime has already become a history! I wonder these kind of works had eventurly been developped into the Gunslinger Girl or pehaps....... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Takehito Higashizawa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this because I saw it a while back, it was one of the first Anime I ever saw that I really liked.
Published 20 months ago by davep1553
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