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Noir: Sades of Darkness
Noir -
Shades of Darkness (Vol. 1)

Anime DVD Review

Girls with guns and a respectable plot! It takes a few episodes to really get started, but don't let Noir pass you by — it's much better than you'll expect! True to it's name, the series is dark, and we don't mean it's just shot dimly - there's none of the usual comedy relief, gratuitous panty shots, or overdoses of blood. Instead, it's played very much like the enigmatic and gripping storyline itself, with well developed characters and a soundtrack that will haunt you.
Girls with Guns, and a Plot!
As the bodies start piling up, the mystery deepens. Powerful forces are at work to keep the twin maidens of death from learning the secret of their past. The pocket watch is their only clue. Noir will surprise you on every level — not just for how the story develops, but how the atmosphere of each scene is planned to create the most impact, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, March 2003

Noir Original Soundtrack
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Noir Original Soundtrack
Anime Soundtrack Review

Yuki Kajiura's unique mix of percussion and violin brings considerable melancholy soul of this wonderful soundtrack to the stylish anime series of the same name. We call this good "rainy day music" as you stare out the window at people carrying umbrellas.

Like a good meal, the music leaves you satisfied, fulfilled, and yet, wanting just a bit more. Fortunately, all 18 tracks do not disappoint, there's always a new twist around each corner. Infused with chants and vocals, some dark and somber notes, Noir holds true to its name, and this inspired soundtrack is rife with the influence.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, July 2005


Noir Website Links:

ADV's Official Noir Website

Bandai Channel's Noir Homepage (Japanese)

JVC Music's Noir Homepage (Japanese)

EA: Noir (fan website)

Anime Secrets: Noir (fan website)

Noir entry at AnimeDB

Noir (TV) entry at Anime News Network

Noir entry at Wikipedia

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