Noir: The Complete Series (Classic)
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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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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.
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.
Lush, colorful and well-rendered backgrounds. The European and Asian locations are almost impactful enough to be considered another "character.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Best mystery action anime for a classic that I have seen in a long while.Published 2 months ago by Pete
Story wasn't bad at all and kept enough twists and turns in the plot to hold your interest. Dragged in the middle a little, but the ending was happily satisfactory. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Barry Biklen
This show is pretty awesome. I came across it on Funimation.com a little while ago and ever since I was addicted enough to want to buy it.Published 17 months ago by joe
The religious music and the assassinations are sort of at odds with one another. It's a pretty good show. The gunfights are kind of Hollywood. They do reload occasionally. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bruce C.
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 24 months ago by Patrick J. Ashley