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4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle shades of death, 22 May 2003
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This review is from: Noir - Vol. 1 [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
This is the anime that divides fans, and therefore has the most chance to appeal to new viewers of anime. There are no giant robots, no weird faces pulled, no silly voices (in English OR Japanese), no future versions of Tokyo, no tentacles, nothing that a decade of Manga Entertainment selling anime in Britain has conditioned fans to expect.
Instead, you have 5 episodes (on this introductory disc, 4 on later ones if the region 1s are anything to go by) of state-of-the-art animated spy-fi set in the real world. If you like La Femme Nikita or Alias, then this is the animated tv series for you. The action sequences are fast, cold and brutal, the locations accurately rendered and recognisable if you've ever been there (a quality this has in common with the excellent action-adventure film Spriggan), and the backplot which ties Mireille & Kurika together hints at something out of a Sergio Leone film, linked as they are by the fob watch (famously used in For A Few Dollars More to link the bandit and the shootist). In short, quality entertainment which will either leave you cold or desperately wanting more - the latter, needless to say, being the state I found myself in by the disc's end.
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