Two beautiful female assassins travel the world accepting assignments to kill various culprits, and at the same time, having deadly traps set against them by their own employer.
Reviews

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2001  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gunslinger Girl (2003–2004)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Social Welfare agency, a government sponsored corporation is in the business for saving orphaned or abandoned children who are terminally ill or injured beyond the point of saving. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yuka Nanri, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Laura Bailey
X (2001–2002)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou have been best friends ever since they were kids. Fate, however, separates them when Fuuma's mother died under a mysterious circumstances. Fast forward, 6 years... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Ryôka Yuzuki
Witch Hunter Robin (2002–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Witches exist, and it is the mysterious organization STNJ's job to hunt them down. Robin is a recent trainee who joins up, and begins unravelling the secrets of both the witches and STNJ...

Stars: Akeno Watanabe, Steve Blum, Paul St. Peter
Speed Grapher (TV Series 2005)
Animation | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

One man will capture the heart of a woman, and destroy the foundations of society.

Stars: Christopher Sabat, Monica Rial, Chris Ayres
Michiko to Hatchin (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michiko is a free-willed "sexy diva" who escaped from prison, while Hatchin is a run away girl fleeing from her strict catholic foster family. The two join forces and set off on an unpredictable road trip seeking their own freedom.

Stars: Terri Doty, Toru Kusano, Yôko Maki
RahXephon (TV Series 2002)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Kamina Ayato lives an ordinary life. He goes to school. He lives with his mother. He has schoolmates. But all of that changes one day when massive machines, known as the Dolem, attack the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Douglas, Hiro Shimono, Aya Hisakawa
Gungrave (2003–2004)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Gungrave follows the story of best friends Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell as they join and rise in the ranks of Big Daddy's Millenion crime syndicate. The story begins in the future ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirk Thornton, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum
Escaflowne (TV Series 1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Hitomi is a girl with psychic abilities who gets transported to the magical world of Gaea. She and her friends find themselves under attack from the evil Zaibach empire, and the Guymelf ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirby Morrow, Kelly Sheridan, Brian Drummond
Jormungand (TV Series 2012)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation that secretly deals in the arms trade. As one of the company's ... See full summary »

Stars: Shizuka Itô, Mutsumi Tamura, Wataru Hatano
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of two brainwashed assassins, Ein and Zwei, who struggle to regain their memories as they work for the Inferno crime syndicate.

Stars: Miyu Irino, Newton Pittman, Ayahi Takagaki
Casshern Sins (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The world is falling apart and Casshern is to blame. He is said to have killed a robot named "Luna" and by doing so unleashed a plague referred to as "ruin". But Casshern has no ... See full summary »

Stars: Tôru Furuya, Eric Vale, Yûko Minaguchi
Noir (TV Series 2018)
Action | Drama

Two beautiful female assassins travel the world accepting assignments to kill various culprits, and at the same time, having deadly traps set against them by their own employer.

Stars: Rebecca Breeds
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Mireille Bouquet 26 episodes, 2001
...
 Mireille Bouquet 26 episodes, 2001
...
 Kirika Yumura 26 episodes, 2001
...
 Additional Voices / ... 26 episodes, 2001
...
...
Tarako ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Noir is a tale of assassins, in particular one named Mireille Bouquet, a contract killer who receives a message from a young girl with no memory about herself, but is an incredibly efficient killing machine. The story takes us on a pilgrimage to the pasts of both girls, which leads them to Paris, France, and someone is trying to stop them... Written by <vainandidlesongs@yahoo.fr>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 April 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Нуар  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

ADR Director for the English version Matt Greenfield casted his wife Tiffany Grant for the role of Altena after hearing her talking in her sleep about "putting a body on the table." See more »

Goofs

On a few occasions, when Mireille reads something, she reads from left to right. But when Kirika reads the same thing, she reads from right to left - even when it is shown that the text she's reading is in western writing. See more »

Quotes

Altena: If love can kill a person, surely hatred can save them.
See more »

Connections

Version of Noir (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very good, the biggest flaw is its length
24 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although the artwork in Noir is not a style I prefer with its triangle chin and noses, and over-sized eyes, the strengths of this anime are its story and its ability to leverage emotional impact. Without difficulty this could have been fit into less than half the number of episodes that are on the seven DVD volume set since each episode reveals only a small part of the mystery, with frequent near-term and long-term flashbacks.

Mireille Bouquet is an assassin for hire that works alone, at least until a mysterious Japanese girl who has lost her memory shows up. She knows herself only as Kirika Yuumura, which she assumes to be a fake name. However it is obvious from the start that she is even more lethal than Mireille, who reluctantly takes her as a roommate because an artifact that Kirika possesses, a music-box watch with an iconic emblem on its cover that looks like a state seal more than anything else. The watch once belonged to Mirelle's father, who was killed with the rest of Mireille's family for reasons she has never learned.

To make her position clear, Mireille promises Kirika, "when all of this is made clear, I will kill you." Kirika accepts this without protest and even something akin to what appears to be relief. "I'll be ready," she says.

So the girls are in the business together, with the leggy, blonde Mireille in the lead and Kirika doing most of what she is told. Although I am no expert, but it would seem to me that if you are an assassin and you continually get into pitched gun battles with dozens of better-armed foes it might be a sign to question whether you are doing it right. Even if you always win. Mireille's favorite working outfit is a scarlet blouse and black miniskirt with a slit up to the waist, which looks good but is hardly practical. Kirika dresses less flamboyantly but you have to wonder just where do those girls carry all those extra ammo clips? Further, if your life depends on your anonymity why would you go about your work dressed so conspicuously? The music track is slick and sophisticated, but it gets ruined by repetition. The first few times you see action scenes with the themed aria, a Latin verse or two that feels like it has religious overtones to it, it works. After the 20th action scene with the same track playing you want to shut it off. The bad guys are almost always virtually lining up to get shot, being such bad shots themselves I suppose they want to get it over with. For all of that the fight choreography well done and fun to watch.

None of this ruins what is the real point of Noir, and that is the relationship between Mireille and Kirika and their mystery, with the introduction of several other strong women characters along the way. There is no sex or even simple nudity anywhere in the plot, which is a shame because although the writers obviously thought it would either cheapen the production or perhaps distract the story, it would have given more opportunities to break up the repetition that drags on too long.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page