- The coexistence within an individual of positive and negative
feelings toward the same person, object, or action.
enjoyed the entire series of Noir so much I bought the DVD box
set, yet it's terrible. I love-hate this anime with all my heart!
||Why I love Noir
in France two female assassins, Mireille Bouquet and
Kirika Yuumura, don the guise of the
legendary Noir, a mercenary for hire, who takes
down the rivals of the underworld. These women
are highly trained and will kill without mercy.
While the morality of their actions may seem at
odds with their otherwise civilised nature
Mireille explains that it's simply bad guys
killing other bad guys. Society as a whole still
benefits from their actions.
a rival assassin, has a crush on Kirika, whether
this is romantic or simply friendship isn't clear
but it taints her otherwise emotionless
personality. Both Mireille and Kirika don't trust
Chloe yet Kirika gives her the benefit of the
doubt whilst still remaining cautious. The
characters in this anime are realistic and multi-levelled,
making some of the awkward scenes between the
three characters a joy to watch.
music is amazing especially how it flows
seamlessly from one variation to another of the
same theme. It's as though the music changes mood
with the characters. You'll have that tune in
your head for days afterwards.
watch and re-watch many of my favourite episodes
over and over again.
are 26 half hour episodes in all available in
separate volumes or as a DVD box set. The
separate volumes also contain booklets with
director's notes and some contain a pair of red
tinted glasses to read secret codes written on
the back of the booklets.
DVD extras contain interviews with both the
Japanese and English voice cast. Some memorable
highlights include the voice actress Hoko
Kuwashima, voice of Kirika, describing how she
voiced a cat meow, also a group interview with
the English voice cast in which they practically
giggle all the way through.
is no fan-service. No matter how often the
characters kick and jump within their skimpy
skirts there's not a single upskirt scene. Even
Mireille in the shower revealed no nudity. I'm
aware this could be seen as a bad thing but often
fan-service detracts attention from the main plot.
||Why I hate Noir
old is Kirika?
No matter how often I watch it the age difference
between her and Mireille makes no sense. In the
opening scene Kirika is seen at school in her
school uniform. In a later episode she has crush
on a man who may become a potential boyfriend yet
he's a full grown adult man in his 40s at least.
In a later episode still we see a flashback scene
with Mireille and Kirika as children yet they
appeared the same age. Kirika wouldn't have been
born when that event took place. Maybe Kirika is
older and pretending to be a schoolgirl as part
of her disguise, but it's not clear if that's the
- With this anime
being Japanese and the story set in France there
are a few oddities that don't quite make sense.
These aren't that important but I thought I'd
mention them anyway. Mireille and Kirika will
often bow their heads when greeting Chloe which
certainly isn't a French custom. Also Kirika and
her fellow classmates wear Japanese school
- As I already
mentioned there are some amazing episodes but the
more the story progresses the more the plot
itself wanes. The character Altena explains that
Noir can only consist of two maidens but Kirika
wishes to team up with new friend Chloe so
intends to kill Mireille. After an exhausting and
pointless scene she snaps out of it so intends to
murder Chloe instead. The only reason all three
of them can't team up is because Altena said so.
- The story ends with
meaningless killing for gibberish reasons.
Noir" website by Raymond Johnson. www.raysnet.com.
"Noir" anime by ADV Films.