Season 1 Episode 6

Lost Kitten

Aired Friday 1:20 AM May 11, 2001 on
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During the Cold War, a KGB agent named Yuri Nazarov ordered the slaughter of members of an ethnic minority known as the Tashkil. Now the few surviving Tashkil have commissioned Noir to avenge those deaths by killing Nazarov. Yet these days Nazarov is a benevolent old man who has dedicated himself to helping the destitute. Can Noir bring themselves kill Nazarov given his apparent change for the better?moreless

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  • A slower paced episode than normal, but one with some extraordinary insights into Kirika's character. Warning: Review contains spoilers!

    In this rather slow-paced episode of Noir, we see a side of Kirika that's been slowly developing. In "The Sound of Waves," she hesitated briefly before killing her target, possibly because she connected to him through images of his daughter. Here, she again finds herself connecting with a target, and even feeling sympathetic toward him. The old man has been targets by an ethnic group called the Taskil that wants him punished for his war crimes against them, an act of near-genocide that he has since been trying to atone for. Since no amount of caregiving or generosity will bring back the dead, Noir's been hired to put an end to him.

    It seems like an easy job, but it becomes emotionally complicated when Kirika returns the man's lost kitten to him, and then inadvertantly saves his life when he collapses to a heart attack. While caring for him, she discovers that his family had been wiped out by the Tashkil, simply because they were Norgas, a group the Tashkil had been at war with. The work at the Russian death camps were simply another grisly move in a cycle of death that had gone on for longer than either group can remember, and his assassination will simply be another link in that cycle. It's not Noir's business to question their jobs, however, and so Kirika must put aside her personal feelings and end his life.

Kotono Mitsuishi

Kotono Mitsuishi

Mireille Bouquet (Japanese version)

Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Kirika Yumura

Houko Kuwashima

Houko Kuwashima

Kirika Yumura (Japanese version)

Shelley Calene-Black

Shelley Calene-Black

Mireille Bouquet

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mireille: The years continue to pass and the blood continues to flow. It's gone on for so long now that there's no way left to tell how it all began.

    • Mireille: Nazarov is a fool. No matter how kind he's been to the poor, it doesn't change things. It may help his own conscience, but even the one's he's helped, he can't -
      Kirika: I know that. And I think Nazarov knows that as well. But there's nothing he can do. I think that he's just waiting for the snow to fall.
      Mireille: Snow?
      Kirika: Until enough has accumulated.

    • Mireille: We're both floating adrift in the dark at the mercy of the currents.

    • Kirika: Does this cat have a name?
      Mireille: Huh?
      Kirika: If he has name then he's not like me. If this cat has name, then he's only physically lost. But I don't even have a name. All I have is a lie called Yumura Kirika.
      Mireille: It's all the same to me. It doesn't change the fact that you're part of a much bigger lie.

    • Mireille: Although it seems that Nazarov is trying to atone, the hatred of the few who survived can't be erased so easily.

    • Mireille: There's no one here who even knows his name. And for all his work, he seeks no compensation. He's devoted all his time to helping the people here- for years, for decades. The people here idolize him, some even call him a saint. But who he really is is Yuri Nazarov, a butcher for the KGB. During the purges in the old USSR, there was an ethnic minority called the Tashkil. They were slaughtered, almost to the man, in a Soviet Death Camp. Deaths ordered by Yuri Nazarov.

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    • English Additional Voices:
      Robert Anderson, Tiffany Grant, John Gremillion, Jay Hickman, Charles Kennedy, David LeMaster, Andy McAvin, John Swasey, Victor Carsrud, Brian Granveldt, Illich Guardiola, John Kaiser, Mark Laskowski, George Manley, Marcy Rae


    • Mireille: Prince Myshkin happens to be the protagonist of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot". He's the embodiment of a pure and innocent soul.
      Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian writer who lived near the end of the 19th century. His works (which include "The Idiot") are famous for their penetrating observations into the human psyche.