(ended 2001)



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"Make a pilgrimage for the past with me." It is these words, together with a haunting melody from her past, that draw professional assassin Mireille Bouquet into a partnership with Japanese schoolgirl Kirika Yumura, an amnesiac whose instinctive killing skills match Mireille's own abilities. Pursued by relentless and vigilant foes, Kirika and Mireille form a partnership code-named Noir, and begin a quest to discover the truths of their pasts, truths that could lead to their deaths…


Mireille Bouquet: a top-class assassin living in Paris, Mireille usually prefers to work alone, but joins up with Kirika to form Noir in the hopes of discovering the truths that she has long wondered about. Always the picture of elegance and grace, Mireille well knows the importance of professional detachment. Despite her attempts to keep a distant and objective view on her work, however, she cannot always hide her deeper emotions.

Kirika Yumura: a teenage amnesiac, Kirika's soft words and youthful appearance belie her instinctive and almost brutal killing skills. Able to turn almost anything into a weapon, Kirika's ability easily rivals Mireille's, even if her work is ‘garish' by the other woman's standards. Kirika forms Noir with Mireille in the hopes of unlocking the mysteries of her own past, but rather than seeming fazed by Mireille's pledge to kill her once they discover the truth, she seems to almost welcome the promised release.

Chloe: claiming to be the true Noir, Chloe's skill with a knife seems to easily put her in a league of her own. Despite her professional and sometimes cold-blooded killing abilities, Chloe's persona is closer to that of an innocent child taking in the world for the first time. Chloe's motivations and her interest in Mireille and Kirika remain unknown.

Altena: Altena may be far from the action, but there seems little doubt that she knows exactly what is going on, and may even be involved behind the scenes somehow. Her aims and goals remain a closely guarded mystery.moreless
Kotono Mitsuishi

Kotono Mitsuishi

Mireille Bouquet (Japanese version)

Hilary Haag

Hilary Haag


Houko Kuwashima

Houko Kuwashima

Kirika Yumura (Japanese version)

Aya Hisakawa

Aya Hisakawa

Chloe (Japanese version)

Tiffany Grant

Tiffany Grant


Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Kirika Yumura

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  • Noir- it's no longer a style of old detective films.

    I stumbled upon this anime show while online and I got hooked on it the moment I saw something that would change everything. The scene I witnessed involved a girl taking a man by his necktie and hanging him from it. Noir is a terrific show with many of these scenes involving stylized killing. Noir hardly showed gratuitous amounts of blood even though it involves killing. The story throughout Noir is terrific, suspensful, and mysterious. It will keep you guessing to the very end. With a main cast made up of highly skilled women assassins it is truly great to see each character be developed and you feel for all of them. The direction is great, the acting is good, and the music is some of the best I've ever heard and fits perfectly. If you are a fan of anime and you haven't seen Noir then you should for it is great and it's only 26 episodes which is a shame but it is just right because it gives you everything you want.moreless
  • Secret society smorgasbord with shrapnel.

    Noir has its moments. The slow development of characters reminds me of Death Note. The underlying mystery keeps one interested, and ultimately results in a positive resolution. The characters are engaging and anime pretty; Chloie is my favorite of the three, likely because I like her violet hair. The animation itself could be a touch more dynamic...too many still shots with only moving mouths; overall interesting backdrops, especially Paris. The storyline wants to be deeper than it is...accentuated by the overkill factor in many of the episodes. Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell series are more worthy of checking out first.moreless
  • one of the best shows i ever seen in my whole life.

    This show is awesome.I like the music and everything about it.I would choose this show over gunslinger girls. This series follows the story of two young female assassins name Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yumura who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries from their past. While at first they seem to be only vaguely related to each other, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there are more than meets their eyes. During the course of the series, they are lured into more and more traps by a secret organization named Les Soldats ("The Soldiers" in French).moreless
  • Two young women, Mirielle and Kirika, are linked by unknown, unseen forces. Each, a killer in her own right, now combines their deadly abilities to form the hit team Noir. Each assassination brings them closer to the truth of what Noir actually means.moreless

    I grade this show out at a B. I don't particularly mind the cliché of the assassin, even the double cliché of the amnesic assassin. While the core premise of the show isn't particularly imaginative, I did think that most of the show, particularly the dialogue, was both entertaining and engaging. The two main characters Mirielle and Kirika have an interesting dynamic; both characters develop in reference to the not only does the story line develop linearly as the plot unfolds, but the story line itself seems to change as the relationship between Mirielle and Kirika deepens. What starts as a relationship of convenience evolves into a friendship and the friendship revolves into what can only be called a kinship. At the point in which the nature of their relationship changes, a plot-twist adjusts the story line. There are enough literary devices to keep plot flowing through 26 episodes: Ancient secret societies, revenge, an amnesic struggle to recover memories, betrayal, counter-betrayal, perhaps even a touch of a love name it, if it is a cliché, it is in there (the only thing missing was a vampire). But despite the predictability of the plot, the dialogue is fantastic. The animation is above average. I found the imagery of Kirika as a methodic killer, even a graceful killer, rather disturbing. I found myself with conflicting feelings as I related to the characters; was I supposed to be 'cheering' for these killers? They are the bad-guys, right? If I have a major critique, I mean other than the overstated clichés, it is that imagry and choriography of the combat sequences were just a little unbelievable. Some where great, don't get me wrong, but the ones that were over the top were way over the top. If you like hot girls gunning down everything in sight, great dialogue, or anime outside the usual fantasy genre, you may very well like this one too.moreless
  • Yeah this show rocks!!

    This show rocks for it on personal reason! The reason is you dont have many animes that shows girls that kicks a$$ besides guns slingers girls but that is very new!. But this only had two girls that are on a mission of revenge and information on they pass. They wont let and anyone stand in they way, they dont care who you is they will kill you in a min. There are not too many girls show that fight like that i was so excited when I watched it and it wasnt what I excepted it to be it was even better and I wished that they would make more.moreless

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