So I’ve been working through Bee Train’s “girls-with-guns” trilogy in reverse order recently, and I apparently have a lot of Mashimo thoughts, so here’s a review of both the trilogy as a whole and each series independently.
For those who are unaware, the “girls-with-guns” trilogy are Noir (2001), Madlax (2004), and El Cazador de la Bruja (2007), all directed by Bee Train’s Mashimo Kouichi and featuring a soundtrack by Kajiura Yuki. None of the series are related to each other, but they all feature two girls as dual protagonists, lots of fancy gun-wielding, and a western setting. Enjoyment of the series varies, mainly due to the infamous “Bee Train pacing”, though Noir is probably the most famous one, being a cult classic that people still remember today.
I, for one, enjoyed them all, though in completely different ways. They all earned a fairly solid 8/10 on my MAL.