Noir

Season 1 Episode 26

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Aired Friday 1:20 AM Sep 28, 2001 on
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Mireille and Kirika have overcome everything that the Soldats have thrown at them, and proven themselves truly worthy of the name Noir. But there is one last piece of business they must take care of at the manor- a final face off with Altena, the woman who has been manipulating their lives from the very beginning. But will this showdown set them free, or is it just the last move in Altena's game?moreless

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    Tiffany Grant

    Tiffany Grant

    Altena

    Aya Hisakawa

    Aya Hisakawa

    Chloe (Japanese version)

    Hilary Haag

    Hilary Haag

    Chloe

    Kotono Mitsuishi

    Kotono Mitsuishi

    Mireille Bouquet (Japanese version)

    Monica Rial

    Monica Rial

    Kirika Yumura

    Houko Kuwashima

    Houko Kuwashima

    Kirika Yumura (Japanese version)

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    • QUOTES (14)

      • Breffort: In the end, all the world lies in darkness.
        Mireille: Which is why we continue to seek the light.

      • Breffort: You must know that this is by no means the end.
        Mireille: Who can predict the future? We'll live as we see fit. That's all that matters.

      • Kirika: Our hands may indeed be black, and perhaps those sins will never vanish, but my sins are Yumura Kirika's, and not Noir's! We are not who you think we are.

      • Altena: You have committed sin upon sin as Noir, and those sins will exist for all eternity.

      • Altena: Yes, so many lives have already been taken - so many by your hands. Are you really going to let all those lives go to waste now? Surely you ought to know it as well as I. You are Noir, my child, born under the mark of Cain, raised in a cradle of sin, a supreme presence that governs death. It is the purpose for which you exist - your sole reason for being.

      • Mireille: You're not worth it. It's not worth soiling a bullet to kill you.

      • Kirika: So many people have died. Innocents and Soldats, Mireille's family, and now Chloe too. What purpose did it serves?
        Altena: Foolish child. So foolish, both of you. Your mother was a fool like that as well. Your parents were both fools, who let affection for their progeny blind them to the sight of the truth.

      • Altena: The surface world is full of suffering, but Noir is always there in the dark, fighting to protect the grieving children.

      • Altena: In truth, I have long watched over all of you from the shadows. Even you, my daughter of Corsica.
        Mireille: Don't you dare call me that.

      • Altena: In the long years since, the Soldats lost their way. Now, ravaged by the very disease they sought to contain, they writhe like maggots in society's flesh.
        Borne: You can't mean…
        Altena: To remove that flesh, we need a pure, untainted blade, a blade devoid of bindings, free to cut with the will of God.

      • Altena: All that matters is that the blades of old shall be brought back into this world.

      • Kirika: Noir is at your door, and if you fear the heart of darkness, stand aside or die!

      • Mireille: Once we go down there, there'll be no going back.
        Kirika: I've run in the past, but not anymore.

      • Mireille: Noir. A name born at the conception of the Soldats. A name that, over the years, became a legend in the underworld. Who knows how many pairs of true Noirs were actually fielded by the Soldats?

    • NOTES (3)

      • DVD Bonus: Video Interview
        Matt Greenfield (off-camera) interviews the four main voice actors: Monica Rial, Hilary Haag, Shelley Calene-Black, and Tiffany Grant. They talk about the show and their roles.

        The interview does contain spoilers so be sure to watch it after the series concludes.

      • English Additional Voices:
        Mandy Clark, Lauren Goodnight

      • Kirika and Mireille recite the opening speech (Kirika version) together in this episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Altena: Born under the mark of Cain.
        Altena's preoccupation with sin and religion is evident by her reference to the biblical incident in which Cain murdered his brother Abel. Perhaps she is only remarking on the recurring human capacity for murder, or maybe she also wants to allude to Kirika's murder of Chloe as well.