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The producers did a great job in making the animation as close as possible to real-life. From weapons, the landscape of Paris, the style of background music, you can feel there is a strong effort on the part of production studio to make it as realistic as possible. Similar to Nikita and Leon, Noir tells the story of the human side of assassins. Mireille, despite her seemingly cold, tough, and no-nonsense attitude, actually has a softer and human side, a side which she shows only to a handful of person. Kirika is the parallel of Jason Bourne, she awoke one day remember nothing about her selves, and discovered all mysterious things and incidents around her which confused her even more.

The only two things she remembered are: the word Noir and the feeling that she has to contact someone named Mireille Bouquet.

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Their encounter revealed that there is more than meets the eye between them, and the gear is set in motion and the story begins to roll. The two protagonists then decided to partner as an assassination team for hire, codenamed Noir. Slowly we see that Kirika, despite her seemingly fragile, shy, and innocent appearance, actually possesses far greater skills as an assassin than Mireille.

Mireille however, shows her excellent skill as organizer and tactician. The two ladies complement each other in the team. While the story start off with the 'assassination of the week' style show, as early as episode three there is already a hint that there is something darker behind which our two heroines aware of, but know nothing about. More and more clues about this dark background is revealed throughout the story, culminating in an ending which surpass viewers' expectation. Noir's explorations on the human sides of the protagonists are well depicted and told in the story.

Since the anime enjoys more screen time about 8 hours in total, compare to 2 hour for Nikita and Leon , it spends a significant fraction of the screen time to stray off the main plot to explore the characters in depth but without abandoning the main plot. The last two DVD volumes the last 7 episodes are particularly tense and jaw-dropping. You may be tempted to finish all the last 7 in a marathon, but I found out that I re-watch those last 7 like five times simply because they are so great. Music is also a great part of Noir. The music director of Noir, Kajiura Yuki, certainly know how to create music with strong Europen flavor and which can convey the dark situation of Noir.

Canta Per Me and Salva Nos are particularly prominent, as they are the fight theme in Noir, and are played in almost every episode during tense or gunfight scenes. If there is a negative part of Noir, it is the amount of flashback in the episodes. It is a kind of annoying, so please bear with it, since as the series progresses, you will see less and less of them, and become more and more captivated by the plot. Many people refuse to watch animation, based on the prejudice that animation is intended only for children. Noir is definitely NOT for children, it is dark, serious, and extremely violent.

Noir certainly deserve a chance to be remade into live-action series not movies, well, maybe two movies like Kill Bill. And perhaps Luc Besson should be asked to direct the live-action version? Noir is one of the finest animes there is. The animation is great, the plot is difficult, but good and it has lotsa, and i mean a lot of shooting. The character's are somewhat hollow at beginning, but just watch.

Intresting plot i must say. Music plays the biggest part. It is beautiful.

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Classic music. And thats funny cos i hate classic music, but it fits in Noir just perfectly. The shootings are not violent, altough there is much of it. It's very moderate, but still intense. And one thing to say, Noir is a bit feministic, nearly every man is evil and women are heroes. And something about the plot, Noir is about two female assasins. Yeah thats what im saying about the plot, cos its rather difficult to explain. But its a action-drama about these two assasins. Dont expect this to be pure action, even if i said it has lotsa shootings. Its not. Its rather slow, but still great.

Its not an ordinary anime, its like a beautiful masterpiece. If I must discribe Noir with one word, it would be beautiful. Check it out. I wasn't a big fan of anime before this, but having recently watched Noir in its entirety, consider me a convert. The story of Mireille and Kirika is nothing we haven't seen before: girls with guns, amnesia, dark pasts etc. This isn't new territory, but the magic is in the execution.

Noir is one of those rare TV shows that tell their story without hurry and without stumbling over themselves to provide empty thrills. The plot, while complicated, never overextends itself and always keeps its eye on the prize. Behind the ponderous pace lies deliberate focus, and by the show's closing scene, no loose ends are left untied. There is plenty of violence on show, but the vast majority of it manages to be brutal without being gratuitous. Blood is a very rare sight, and although I was confused by this at first, I came to appreciate it as an effective device that serves to heighten the impact of the very well-choreographed action.

If the show had been more explicit, not only would that take away from its style, but the viewers would become completely desensitized by the third episode as you would expect, people die a lot. The relationship between the two protagonists is fascinating, evolving from a partnership to something that teeters between friendship and animosity. Danger and tragedy lurk around every corner and imbue Noir with palpable tension and pervasive sadness.

The soundtrack is one of the best aspects of this show. It doesn't just support the action, it lifts it to new heights, and does it so well that the music becomes an integral part of the plot. That said, Noir has many flaws. Overuse of the same flashback scenes over and over, the camera's penchant for extreme closeups since these are anime characters it just looks weird , etc. In my case however they didn't detract from the experience one bit.

In conclusion: kickass action, awesome music, interesting characters and a multitude of other things make Noir a riveting and surprisingly poignant gem. I hope you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was. Highly recommended. A great anime, great story Noir is truly a great and "out of the ordinary" type of anime worth watching. It is interesting to mention that the story has a sexy touch and at times slight lesbian moments oh yeah!! The story starts with a young beautiful assassin for hire called Mireille Bouquet, who's mysteriously contacted by another beautiful and even younger girl called Kirika Yumura, who's skills as assassin surpasses by far those of Mireille.

Kirika needs Mireille's help to uncover her past because she is amnesic, as they try to work together; a mysterious organization is trying to kill them both. Little they both Kirika and Merielle know that their dark past have a lot in common and that the organization trying to kill them the Soldats is also part of their past. As they try to survive and try to uncover the mystery of the Soldats, both girls start to see how entwined their past is and how their survival and future depends on uncovering the truth.

Its beauty relies on the fact that at times is rather slow paced some hard core anime fans can not stand that. The slow parts happen when they are off work, sometimes the seem to be contemplating the beautiful views of the French countryside, visiting cafes and fashion shops, or at times they stare at each other in a conspicuous manner for no other reason that to know what are they thinking.

The story also has its fast paced times with lots of action, as the girls do their assassinations in a cold and calculated manner. The music is superb; it is very rare to see an anime with such good music. Not only the music is great, but it also fits the slow and the fast story parts to such extent that it brings the overall anime experience to unexpected heights. After sitting down to watch this after hearing relatively positive, I was quickly disillusioned with a friends advice. It begins in a trite amnesia plot, and while this can be used to kick start a mystery, it instead uses it as an excuse to re-use the same 'remember this one memory' footage an average of 1.

It relies heavily on tropes in order to force the plot forward, paring the killer with no memory of herself Kirika , who for little reason, is a 15 year old, with an older french woman Mireille who has motive to kill her but instead randomly decides that partnering as an assassin when she already is a well employed killer on her own who she knows nothing about and suspects was involved in killing her family, is the better idea. Character choices devolve as the french assassin demonstrates her utter in ability to be an assassin, compensated only that the guards of her targets are some how even worse by standing in the line of fire and being all around terrible shots in the first episode alone, two ambushed her, firing four rounds each from a distance of under 50 Feet when she was stationary and distracted, and miss, and remain unmoving while she turns and returns fire.

The first six episodes are almost all about random hits and fail to advance the central plot, and also mange to avoid developing either character or talking about them at all, and instead spend their almost entire run time on a fight which has no value to the plot and no stakes beyond the characters Lives which is a false stake, because of course they don't kill a hero in the first 5 episodes , and develop bad guys who die at that episode, including one it seems to try and make you feel bad for, even after hitting his 15 year old daughter, reprimanding her for coming to visit him during a business trip AND forgetting it's her birthday.

It starts to move around episode 7 with a dumb plot about a group which trains new assassins for reasons. The dialog is poor, the action ranges from actively dull, with a few occasional cool bits, undercut by dumb moments Kirika's combat is very often dynamic, interesting and cleaver, while her 'mentor' Mireille is so awful at her job, and wonders why these people keep trying to kill the assassin known as Noir i. That's about when I jumped ship and abandoned the anime forever. It's a show I'd feel is only valid for insomnia watching or background noise, perhaps it if was on TV and nothing else, it might be worth sitting through.

I'd never recommend a buy, and wouldn't bill it over most shows for the plot, the characters, nor the action. Clear a space on the shelf for the entire collection. MillionMileDesert 4 May On first appearance, Mireille Bouquet would strike the most vigilant eye as nothing more harmful than a beautiful young woman who spends her afternoons in the markets of Paris; shopping for groceries and riding to and from her loft apartment on a moped through the cobbled streets of charmingly rustic neighborhoods; a perfect disguise for one of the most deadliest assassins in the world.

On first appearance, Kirika Yumura would strike the most vigilant eye as nothing more harmful than an innocent young girl, living a school girl's life in Tokyo, Japan; another perfect disguise for another one of the world's most deadliest assassins.

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The only real difference that sets these two apart is that Mireille stands out as a woman who's never had the obsessed questions of her past answered, while Kirika is literally unable to remember her past. The only clues that Kirika has ever had to her missing memory are the ones that have now forced her to seek out Mireille's help. Resigning herself to the fact that their lives are inextricably linked, Mireille is forced to team up with this mysterious and dangerous stranger in the hopes of finding the answers she's always sought, while at the same time helping to recover Kirika's lost memory.

From this point on it becomes only a matter of time before their quest takes them deeper into a world of dark conspiring forces, savagely intent on bending these femme fatales to their own will and at any cost. As the first installment of a seven disc collection, Noir: Shades of Darkness is an impressive debut that succeeds through a combination of consummate storytelling, beautiful art and a praiseworthy soundtrack. Audiences will walk away feeling compelled to make space in their DVD library for the entire series.

The few excellent episodes are the only thing knocking this score up to a 6. Without them, it would probably be a 4. I don't care about the central story line. The side story episodes are consistently superior. But the real pitfall here is the repetition and the flashbacks over and over again and at a paaaainfully slow pace. Pass on seeing this. There's too much good anime out there to waste your time here. Irishchatter 8 April I was really disappointed with this anime because I really like action stuff and of course when there's assassins involved, it pretty is badass but unfortunately this wasn't one of them.

He said he walked to a hospital for help. Houston police say they've uncovered a litany of evidence contradicting Vence's story. Surveillance footage at Vence's apartment complex showed him leaving the afternoon of May 3 carrying something heavy in a large black trash bag, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Vence later comes back to the apartment and leaves "with cleaning supplies including bleach," the affidavit states. Maleah Davis was hospitalized multiple times and was once removed from her home. Police also found blood in the hallway and bathroom of Vence's apartment. And surveillance footage at the hospital that Vence said he walked to showed he was actually dropped off in a silver Nissan Altima.

It was the same car Vence was driving to the airport -- and that Vence said he hadn't seen since the night before.

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When canine officers sniffed the car for evidence, they responded to "the scent of decomposition in the vehicle," the affidavit states. Vence was arrested Saturday on suspicion of tampering with evidence -- a human corpse, police said. Tampering with a human corpse is a second-degree felony in Texas.

If convicted, Vence faces between two to 20 years in prison. But authorities have not said whether Maleah is dead or alive, or where she might be. CNN reached out to Vence several times last week but did not hear back. It' not clear if he has an attorney, as his scheduled court appearance Monday was postponed.

A boy's father reported him missing, then showed police his grave. The disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund last month prompted a widespread search across northern Illinois. But he wasn't really missing. His father later confessed that he hid the boy's body in a basement and then buried AJ in an empty lot. It was a stark contrast to the father's original story. Andrew Freund Sr. In reality, police said AJ likely died three days earlier after being punished for soiling his clothes.

Authorities also found a video on the cell phone of the boy's mother, JoAnn Cunningham, showing AJ badly beaten, according to now-sealed court documents obtained by the Northwest Herald. A video on a mother's cell phone led the father to confess. The video marked a turning point in the investigation. When police showed it to Freund on April 24, he told them his wife caused AJ's injuries and described what he said happened the night AJ died. Drew said cold showers was decided as the alternative. After the confession, Freund took police to a shallow grave in Woodstock, where they found AJ's body covered with straw.

An autopsy revealed he died of blunt-force injuries. North Carolina police scrambled to find Krista Madden and her 7-week-old daughter last Thursday after someone called and said the two may have been kidnapped. A man whom neighbors had seen stealing a block and tackle from the property around the time of the fire was identified and arrested. He admitted to the theft, [5] and claimed he had been the one who cut the phone line, thinking it was a power line, but denied having anything to do with the fire. However, no record identifying him exists, and why he would have wanted to cut any utility lines to the Sodder house while stealing the block and tackle has never been explained.

Jennie Sodder also had trouble accepting Morris's belief that all traces of the children's bodies had been burned completely in the fire. Many of the household appliances had been found, still recognizable, in the ash, [1] along with fragments of the tin roof. The Sodders' trucks' failure to start was also considered. George Sodder believed they had been tampered with, perhaps by the same man who stole the block and tackle and cut the phone line.

However, one of his sons-in-law told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in that he had come to believe that Sodder and his sons might have, in their haste to start the trucks, flooded the engines. Some accounts have suggested the wrong-number phone call to the Sodder house might have also somehow been connected to the fire and disappearance of the children.

She confirmed it had been a wrong number on her part. As spring approached, the Sodders, as they had said they would, planted flowers in the soil bulldozed over the house. Jennie Sodder tended it carefully for the rest of her life. There was evidence that supported their belief that the fire had not started in the electrical system and was instead set deliberately.

The driver of a bus that passed through Fayetteville late Christmas Eve said he had seen some people throwing "balls of fire" at the house.

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George, recalling his wife's account of a loud thump on the roof before the fire, said it looked like a "pineapple bomb" hand grenade or some other incendiary device used in combat. The family later claimed that, contrary to the fire marshal's conclusion, the fire had started on the roof, although there was by then no way to prove it. Other witnesses claimed to have seen the children themselves. One woman who had been watching the fire from the road said she had seen some of them peering out of a passing car while the house was burning.

Another woman, at a rest stop between Fayetteville and Charleston , said she had served them breakfast the next morning, and noted the presence of a car with Florida license plates in the rest stop's parking lot as well. The Sodders hired a private investigator named C.

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Tinsley from the nearby town of Gauley Bridge [1] to look into the case. He learned that the insurance salesman who had threatened them with a fire a year before over George's remarks about Mussolini had been on the coroner's jury that ruled the fire an accident, and told this to the Sodders. He also learned of rumors around Fayetteville that despite his report to the Sodders that no remains had been found in the ashes, Morris had found a heart, which he later packed into a metal box and secretly buried it.

Morris had apparently confessed this to a local minister, who confirmed it to George Sodder. Sodder and Tinsley went to Morris and confronted him with this news. He agreed to show the two where he had buried it, and they dug it up.

They took what they found inside the box to a local funeral director , who after examining it told them it was in reality beef liver , very fresh, that had never been exposed to fire. Later, more rumors circulated around Fayetteville—that Morris had afterwards admitted the box with the liver had indeed not come from the fire originally. He had supposedly placed it there in the hope that the Sodders would find it and be satisfied that the missing children had indeed died in the fire.

George Sodder did not wait for reports of sightings to come in. Sometimes he made them himself. After seeing a girl in a magazine picture of young ballet dancers in New York City who looked like one of his missing daughters, Betty, he drove all the way to the girl's school, where his repeated demands to see the girl himself were refused.

He also tried to interest the FBI in investigating what he considered a kidnapping. Director J. Edgar Hoover personally responded to his letters. After a very thorough search, artifacts including a dictionary that had belonged to the children and some coins were found. Several small bone fragments were unearthed, determined to have been human vertebrae. They were sent to Marshall T. Newman, a specialist at the Smithsonian Institution.

Thus, given this age range, it was not very likely that these bones were from any of the five missing children, since the oldest, Maurice, had been 14 at the time although the report allowed that vertebrae of a boy his age sometimes were advanced enough to appear to be at the lower end of the range. Newman added that the bone showed no sign of exposure to flame. Further, he agreed that it was "very strange" that those bones were the only ones found, since a wood fire of such short duration should have left full skeletons of all of the children behind. The report concluded that the vertebrae had, instead, most likely come from the dirt that Sodder had bulldozed over the site.

The investigation and its findings attracted national attention, and the West Virginia Legislature held two hearings on the case in Afterwards, however, Governor Okey L. Patteson and state police superintendent W. Burchett told the Sodders the case was "hopeless" and closed it at the state level. With the end of official efforts to resolve the case, the Sodders did not give up hope. In , they put up a billboard at the site of the house and another along U.

Route 60 near Ansted [4] [6] with the same information. It would in time become a landmark for traffic through Fayetteville on U. Route 19 today State Route Their efforts soon brought another reported sighting of the children after the fire. Ida Crutchfield, [8] a woman who ran a Charleston hotel, claimed to have seen the children approximately a week afterwards.

The children had come in, around midnight, with two men and two women, all of whom appeared to her to be "of Italian extraction". When she attempted to speak with the children, "[o]ne of the men looked at me in a hostile manner; he turned around and began talking rapidly in Italian. Immediately, the whole party stopped talking to me". She recalled that they left the hotel early the next morning.