The Best Episodes of Noir
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018
"Make a pilgrimage for the past with me." It is these words, together with a haunting melody from her past, that draw professional assassin Mireille Bouquet into a partnership with Japanese schoolgirl Kirika Yumura, an amnesiac whose instinctive killing skills match Mireille's own abilities. Pursued by relentless and vigilant foes, Kirika and Mireille form a partnership code-named Noir, and begin a quest to discover the truths of their pasts, truths that could lead to their deaths.
#1 - Season of Hell
Season 1 - Episode 13
When Kirika begins spending all her time down at the river in the company of a young painter, Mireille warns her not to get too close- after all, relationships aren't something you can pursue easily when you're in their line of work. Mireille has problems of her own, however- an old job comes back to haunt her when one of the survivors decides to put together his own mission of revenge.
#2 - A Bouquet of Flowers for Mireille
Season 1 - Episode 14
Ten years ago, Mireille left Corsica with her uncle Claude, who looked after her and trained her as an assassin. Now, Claude has returned to Paris, but Mireille's delight at seeing her uncle again is tinged with doubt. An assassin of Claude's calibre is bound to have secrets of his own- secrets that could spell trouble for Noirâ€¦
#3 - Dark Return
Season 1 - Episode 24
Drawn by her instincts and buried memories of the past, Kirika finally rejoins Chloe and Altena at the manor. Whilst a delighted Chloe shows Kirika around, and tries to help her recall their shared childhood, Altena begins gathering together everything she needs for the final ritual that will confirm the two women as the next incarnation of Noir.
#4 - Sentiments for the Remaining Flower
Season 1 - Episode 23
Kirika and Chloe are in Altena's hands now, but the Soldats who oppose her have one last card to play- they can try to recruit Mireille. If Mireille accepts, then she will have to infiltrate the manor and take her place as one half of Noir by killing either Chloe or Kirika. And if she refuses, then the Soldats will have no choice but to kill her. Can Mireille find a way out the deal, or is she fated to become the tool of the Soldats?
#5 - Journey's End
Season 1 - Episode 22
Kirika and Mireille's partnership has come to an end, and with no place to return to, Kirika finds herself wandering through the wilderness. Found and rescued, she is taken to what seems like a simple country village. Yet when Kirika realises that all the villagers not only recognise her, but have been expecting her arrival, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.
#6 - Lost Kitten
Season 1 - Episode 6
During the Cold War, a KGB agent named Yuri Nazarov ordered the slaughter of members of an ethnic minority known as the Tashkil. Now the few surviving Tashkil have commissioned Noir to avenge those deaths by killing Nazarov. Yet these days Nazarov is a benevolent old man who has dedicated himself to helping the destitute. Can Noir bring themselves kill Nazarov given his apparent change for the better?
#7 - The Sin Within the Sin
Season 1 - Episode 20
Two maidens loyal to the Soldats, tested through trial, and appointed by ancient ritual- this is the true nature of Noir. As Altena recounts the history of the Soldats, the Council itself plots to move against her, and her idea of recreating Noir. Meanwhile, Chloe eagerly awaits as Kirika faces one last trial, hoping that the two of them will indeed prove worthy to become the next incarnation of the true Noir.
#8 - Intoccabile (Acte I)
Season 1 - Episode 8
In exchange for a document that has a connection with the mysterious Soldats, Mireille and Kirika assassinate a Mafia Don. But the Mafia is well known for its revenge policies, and Noir soon find themselves the target of the ruthless Mafia princess known as the Intoccabile, a woman who Mireille has met long ago, and has cause to fear.
#9 - The Darkness Within Me
Season 1 - Episode 18
Still upset over the truths she learned in Corsica, Mireille wants nothing more than to be alone, and sends Kirika away for a while. Wandering the streets on her own, Kirika is approached by a faction of the Soldats, promising to supply information. But if Kirika follows this lead, she will be leaving Mireille alone- and vulnerableâ€¦
#10 - The True Noir
Season 1 - Episode 10
Kirika and Mireille are in for a surprise when they find that another professional has already taken out their next target. Word on the streets is that Noir was the killer- do the rumours refer Kirika and Mireille, or is someone else using the same code name?
#11 - Return to Corsica
Season 1 - Episode 17
It has been a decade since Mireile was forced to flee from Corsica after the murder of her family, and she has always been too afraid to return- until now. Determined to uncover the truth about her parents' murder and its connection to the Soldats, Mireille returns to her childhood home. But as she tries to stir up information from the past, she attracts the attention of those who would rather it remained buriedâ€¦
#12 - The Cold-Blooded Killer (Acte II)
Season 1 - Episode 16
Kirika and Mireille's mission to destroy the Hang Yiban triad went awry when the Hang Yiban sent their own assassin- the ruthless Shaoli, to destroy Noir. Now, Mireille has been captured by the Hang Yiban, and Kirika must work with the mysterious Chloe to free her. But even if Mireille can be rescued, Noir still has the job of eliminating both the Hang Yiban leaders, and Shaoli herselfâ€¦
#13 - The Maidens With Black Hands
Season 1 - Episode 1
An e-mail containing the words "Make a pilgrimage for the past with me", accompanied by a strangely familiar tune, lure professional hitwoman Mireille Bouquet into meeting with Kirika Yumura, a Japanese amnesiac with amazing killing skills. Could the mysteries of Kirika's lost memories shed some light on Mireille's own past?
#15 - The Cold-Blooded Killer (Acte I)
Season 1 - Episode 15
Mireille and Kirika are offered a job in Taiwan- and their employer is none other than the Soldats. Despite the danger, Noir decide to accept, hoping that working for the Soldats will help them uncover some answers. But the assignment proves to be far from straightforward when they find themselves targeted by the Taiwanese assassin Shaoli, better known as the ""Cold-Blooded Killerâ€¦""