Noir (anime)

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Noir is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee Train animation studio.wikipedia
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Noir is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee Train animation studio.
Since their involvement with Noir, .hack//Sign, and Madlax (among other series) they have a strong following in the yuri fandom for being involved in series portraying strong female leads with speculatively ambiguous relationships.

Yuki Kajiura

Kōichi Mashimo directed Noir; it was written by Ryoe Tsukimura, and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura. Chloe is a skilled assassin who uses throwing and handheld knives instead of guns. Like Kirika and Mireille, Chloe is a candidate to become Noir. Chloe idolizes Kirika for her exceptional killing skills, and she believes that she and Kirika are destined to become Noir together. She is the personal favorite character of Noir's composer Yuki Kajiura. She is voiced by Aya Hisakawa in the Japanese version, and Hilary Haag in the English dub. Like many of studio Bee Train's other works, the Noir soundtrack was composed by the acclaimed Yuki Kajiura, accompanied by primary vocalist Yuriko Kaida, secondary vocalist Yuri Kasahara, and Kajiura's band See-Saw.
She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as the final Kimagure Orange Road movie, Noir, .hack//Sign, Aquarian Age, Madlax, My-HiME, My-Otome, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and the Kara no Kyoukai movies (amongst others).

Kōichi Mashimo

Kōichi Mashimo directed Noir; it was written by Ryoe Tsukimura, and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura.
Their first project being Eat-Man, then going onto Noir, as well as .hack//Sign, Liminality, and Tsubasa Chronicle.

Madlax

Noir was followed by two spiritual successors, Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja.
Madlax was produced as a spiritual successor to the studio's earlier project, Noir, and together with El Cazador de la Bruja, these series constitute a trilogy exploring the "girls-with-guns" genre.

El Cazador de la Bruja

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Noir was followed by two spiritual successors, Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja.
It is a spiritual successor of Noir and Madlax and the final installment of Bee Train's "girls-with-guns" trilogy.

Monica Rial

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Kirika is a teenage high school girl with amnesia who lives in Japan, however during her journey she goes to stay with Mireille in her apartment which resides in Paris; the only things she remembers are the word Noir and her instinctual killing abilities. When creating the characters for Noir, producer Shigeru Kitayama wanted the image of Kirika to be "sweet and fragile". She is voiced by Hōko Kuwashima in the Japanese version, and by Monica Rial in the English dub.
She voiced Kirika Yuumura, the quiet assassin partner in Noir.

Shelley Calene-Black

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Mireille is a Corsican woman born into a powerful crime family. Mireille and her uncle are the sole survivors of a brutal attack on her family, whereafter he trained her to become an assassin. When creating the character for Noir, Shigeru Kitayama imagined Mireille as "a lithe female panther". The voice actor for Mireille is Kotono Mitsuishi, who had previously worked with Kitayama on Excel Saga, where Mitsuishi voiced the protagonist Excel; the first thing she was told was that Excel and Mireille are completely opposite characters. In the English dub, Mireille is voiced by Shelley Calene-Black; ADV Films decided against giving Mireille a Corsican accent so as to avoid confusion among viewers unfamiliar with the language.
Some of Calene-Black's leading voice roles include Mireille in Noir, Kyou Fujibayashi in Clannad, Medaka Kurokami in Medaka Box, Hamyuts Meseta in The Book of Bantorra and Hime in Princess Resurrection.

Houko Kuwashima

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Kirika is a teenage high school girl with amnesia who lives in Japan, however during her journey she goes to stay with Mireille in her apartment which resides in Paris; the only things she remembers are the word Noir and her instinctual killing abilities. When creating the characters for Noir, producer Shigeru Kitayama wanted the image of Kirika to be "sweet and fragile". She is voiced by Hōko Kuwashima in the Japanese version, and by Monica Rial in the English dub.

Tiffany Grant

Altena is the high priestess of the Soldats. She believes that the Soldats have been corrupted by power and greed, and she attempts to return the Soldats to its "original state" by reviving Noir. She lives a medieval lifestyle in a place the Soldats consider as their holy site called "The Manor", located somewhere on the border between France and Spain, where she raised and trained Chloe. She is voiced by Tarako in the Japanese version, and Tiffany Grant in the English dub.
Grant is also known for portraying Nojiko in One Piece, Altena in Noir, and Ryoko Subaru in Martian Successor Nadesico.

Kotono Mitsuishi

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Mireille is a Corsican woman born into a powerful crime family. Mireille and her uncle are the sole survivors of a brutal attack on her family, whereafter he trained her to become an assassin. When creating the character for Noir, Shigeru Kitayama imagined Mireille as "a lithe female panther". The voice actor for Mireille is Kotono Mitsuishi, who had previously worked with Kitayama on Excel Saga, where Mitsuishi voiced the protagonist Excel; the first thing she was told was that Excel and Mireille are completely opposite characters. In the English dub, Mireille is voiced by Shelley Calene-Black; ADV Films decided against giving Mireille a Corsican accent so as to avoid confusion among viewers unfamiliar with the language.
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Hilary Haag

Chloe is a skilled assassin who uses throwing and handheld knives instead of guns. Like Kirika and Mireille, Chloe is a candidate to become Noir. Chloe idolizes Kirika for her exceptional killing skills, and she believes that she and Kirika are destined to become Noir together. She is the personal favorite character of Noir's composer Yuki Kajiura. She is voiced by Aya Hisakawa in the Japanese version, and Hilary Haag in the English dub.
Haag has been involved in a number of lead roles in anime series from ADV films, including ten-year-old teacher Rebecca Miyamoto in Pani Poni Dash, Nene Romanova in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Teletha Testarossa in the Full Metal Panic series, and Chloe in Noir.

Aya Hisakawa

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Chloe is a skilled assassin who uses throwing and handheld knives instead of guns. Like Kirika and Mireille, Chloe is a candidate to become Noir. Chloe idolizes Kirika for her exceptional killing skills, and she believes that she and Kirika are destined to become Noir together. She is the personal favorite character of Noir's composer Yuki Kajiura. She is voiced by Aya Hisakawa in the Japanese version, and Hilary Haag in the English dub.

Girls with guns

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Together, these series constitute a trilogy exploring the "girls-with-guns" genre.
Some examples include Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force, Dirty Pair, Gunsmith Cats, Angel Heart, Gunslinger Girl, Noir, Madlax, and El Cazador.

Shigeru Kitayama

Kirika is a teenage high school girl with amnesia who lives in Japan, however during her journey she goes to stay with Mireille in her apartment which resides in Paris; the only things she remembers are the word Noir and her instinctual killing abilities. When creating the characters for Noir, producer Shigeru Kitayama wanted the image of Kirika to be "sweet and fragile". She is voiced by Hōko Kuwashima in the Japanese version, and by Monica Rial in the English dub. Mireille is a Corsican woman born into a powerful crime family. Mireille and her uncle are the sole survivors of a brutal attack on her family, whereafter he trained her to become an assassin. When creating the character for Noir, Shigeru Kitayama imagined Mireille as "a lithe female panther". The voice actor for Mireille is Kotono Mitsuishi, who had previously worked with Kitayama on Excel Saga, where Mitsuishi voiced the protagonist Excel; the first thing she was told was that Excel and Mireille are completely opposite characters. In the English dub, Mireille is voiced by Shelley Calene-Black; ADV Films decided against giving Mireille a Corsican accent so as to avoid confusion among viewers unfamiliar with the language.
He worked with Koichi Mashimo of Bee Train on producing what would later be known as the "girls with guns" series starting with Noir in 2001, then Madlax in 2004, and finally El Cazador de la Bruja in 2007.

Tarako

Tarako Isono
Altena is the high priestess of the Soldats. She believes that the Soldats have been corrupted by power and greed, and she attempts to return the Soldats to its "original state" by reviving Noir. She lives a medieval lifestyle in a place the Soldats consider as their holy site called "The Manor", located somewhere on the border between France and Spain, where she raised and trained Chloe. She is voiced by Tarako in the Japanese version, and Tiffany Grant in the English dub.
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Ali Project

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"Coppelia no Hitsugi" by Ali Project is used as opening theme, while "Kirei na Kanjo" by Akino Arai serves as ending theme.
The band is notable in the anime community for having their songs featured in several anime sequences, most notably in the series Noir, Rozen Maiden, Kamichama Karin, .hack//Roots, Linebarrels of Iron, Code Geass, Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom-, Fate/Extra, Shigofumi, and most recently Another along with Katanagatari and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry.

TV Tokyo

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The 26 episodes of the Noir anime series initially ran from April 6 through September 28, 2001 on TV Tokyo in Japan and was released on DVD and VHS in 13 compilations, each containing two episodes, by Victor Entertainment between July 25, 2001 and March 21, 2002.
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See-Saw

Like many of studio Bee Train's other works, the Noir soundtrack was composed by the acclaimed Yuki Kajiura, accompanied by primary vocalist Yuriko Kaida, secondary vocalist Yuri Kasahara, and Kajiura's band See-Saw.
The duo of Ishikawa and Kajiura performed opening and ending themes in several anime series, including .hack//SIGN and .hack//Liminality, two insert songs for Noir, the first ending theme to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, and the final ending theme to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

Yuri Kasahara

Like many of studio Bee Train's other works, the Noir soundtrack was composed by the acclaimed Yuki Kajiura, accompanied by primary vocalist Yuriko Kaida, secondary vocalist Yuri Kasahara, and Kajiura's band See-Saw.
Also, she has been noted for working with Yuki Kajiura on the anime series Noir, Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution, and the OVA .hack//Liminality, in which she sang four versions of the song "liminality".

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Noir is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee Train animation studio.

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Noir is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee Train animation studio.

DVD

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The DVD version was released by ADV Films in North America and the United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

A.D. Vision

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Mireille is a Corsican woman born into a powerful crime family. Mireille and her uncle are the sole survivors of a brutal attack on her family, whereafter he trained her to become an assassin. When creating the character for Noir, Shigeru Kitayama imagined Mireille as "a lithe female panther". The voice actor for Mireille is Kotono Mitsuishi, who had previously worked with Kitayama on Excel Saga, where Mitsuishi voiced the protagonist Excel; the first thing she was told was that Excel and Mireille are completely opposite characters. In the English dub, Mireille is voiced by Shelley Calene-Black; ADV Films decided against giving Mireille a Corsican accent so as to avoid confusion among viewers unfamiliar with the language. The DVD version was released by ADV Films in North America and the United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

Madman Entertainment

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The DVD version was released by ADV Films in North America and the United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

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The series follows the story of two young female assassins who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries from their past.