ノワール/Noir episodes 1–5

[Screenshot]I heard good things about Noir, and in particular heard it compared favorably to Gunslinger Girl. My immediate impression of it was that the visual and incidental musical style reminded me a lot more of Madlax, which isn’t coincidental, since it’s the same production team. The plot isn’t quite up to Madlax’s level, and on plot and characterization considerations this one loses a lot of the good things it has going for it. A brilliant first episode is followed by interminable plot-meandering punctuated with flashbacks. Not that I mind flashbacks—I like background story as much as the next guy—but not having the exact same flashbacks over and over again would be nice. By the end of five episodes, I still have no idea what makes any of these people significant, or what makes them tick, besides that one’s an amnesiac. I don’t know if it gets better from here, but I’m not holding out hope for it.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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