Season 1 Episode 1

The Maidens With Black Hands

Aired Friday 1:20 AM Apr 06, 2001 on
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An e-mail containing the words "Make a pilgrimage for the past with me", accompanied by a strangely familiar tune, lure professional hitwoman Mireille Bouquet into meeting with Kirika Yumura, a Japanese amnesiac with amazing killing skills. Could the mysteries of Kirika's lost memories shed some light on Mireille's own past?moreless

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  • An excellent beginning to an anime that is dark in theme, spectral in tone, and filled with action!

    Noir begins like most anime, with a lot of action, a rapid introduction of main characters with their own backgrounds of turmoil, and a basket full of questions that will take the entire series to answer. If this first episode can be boiled down to simplistic roots, it could be said that it's about an assassin-for-hire who is contacted by a Japanese amnesiac with an uncanny talent for killing people who wants to discover the truth of her past.

    That alone would be a worthy plot, but ADV throws in a twist: this Japanese girl's past is somehow linked to the assassin's! It's a true mystery, and already the girl is being hunted. The girls enter an uneasy alliance to discover the truth. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out!

    The animation in this episode is of excellent quality! Since it premired on TV Tokyo, it wasn't allowed to have any gore or blood in it, so there aren't any over-the-top ridiculous scenes of violence here. That's not to say the series is short on action; Noir features a number of stylized gun fights. I've only seen the English version of this, but I have to say the dubbing quality is very good!moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mireille: You know what it is that I do for a living. And you know that means I can't let you live.
      Kirika: Yes.
      Mireille: All right, I'll team up with you. They're sure to come after us again, and when they do, there's something I want to ask them. Once that's over, I will kill you.
      Kirika: I'll be waiting for that moment.

    • Mireille: "Even when I was in a crowd, I was always alone" I'm afraid that's not mine. It's Ernest Hemingway, I believe.

    • Mireille: Let's start with the simple fact that I kill people for a living. I'm not here to help you.

    • Kirika: I don't know why I know how to do things like this. How can I know this, how can can I know when I know nothing else?

    • Kirika: It would seem that killing is something that I can do so easily. But why can't I feel sorrow for what I've done?

    • Kirika: Noir, it is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. The peace of the newly born, their black hands protect.

  • NOTES (5)

    • English Additional Voices:
      Robert Anderson, Christine Auten, Victor Carsrud, Mandy Clark, Jason Douglas, Tiffany Grant, Brian Granveldt, Illich Guardiola, Jack Hickman, Charles Kennedy, Mark Laskowski, Kelly Manison, James Marshall, Andy McAvin, Rob Mungle, Ted Pfister, Randy Sparks, John Swasey, Mike Vance

    • Matt Greenfield (Additional Voices) is credited under his alias, Brian Granveldt.

    • Kirika's opening speech, "Noir, it is the name of an ancient fate..." is used at the beginning of each episode unless otherwise stated.

    • Altena, the brown-haired woman who lives at the manor/vineyard, makes an appearance, however, she is not listed in the closing credits.

    • First appearance of Kirika Yumura and Mireille Bouquet.


    • Mireille: "Even when I was in a crowd, I was always alone" I'm afraid that's not mine. It's Ernest Hemingway, I believe.
      Ernest Hemingway was an American writer from the early 20th century.

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