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The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...

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Minako SHIBA Character Design
Satoko MIYACHI Character Design
Satoshi OHSAWA Character Design
Koichi MASHIMO Director
Yuki KAJIURA Music
Shigeru KITAYAMA Producer
Tatsuya HAMAMOTO Producer

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Madlax roriconfan 4/10 May 21, 2012
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Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.

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How could the two of these not be recommended for each other? Not only are they both Beetrain series (and seemingly carbon copies, but not once you get into it), but both have the same composer for the music, which gives the same haunting melodies. Not to mention the plots are extremely similar.. mysterious girls with guns, anyone? Granted, the plot of Madlax is remarkably more political in nature , but i still can't see why you'd like one but not the other.
Now this is an easy recommendation to make. I barely know where to start... The similarities between "Madlax" and "Noir" are many and obvious. Both series feature female assassins, a dark complicated plot, a search for the past (or a search for oneself if you like), larger-than-life mystery in which a powerful hidden organisation plays a major role, and these are just the most important similarities. In fact one of these series' weaknesses may be that they're almost TOO MUCH alike, as I at times experienced deja-vu while watching. Even things such as atmosphere and music (which is great) are similar in both. Also animation style, directing and character designs resemble each other. I'm quite confident that if you liked one you'll like the other.
The two shows are obviously very similar. Both center around a search for the past, in the midst of assassinations and other things involved with the criminal "underworld." Noir and Madlax also have top-notch soundtracks and animation, and are overall extremely well-done products. These two shows are some of the most worthwhile watches around.
Besides from beautiful but deadly women with guns, both of these animes have a dark, complicated and a serious plot with surprises and twists involving sinister and clandestine organizations. If you like girls with guns, and if you like dark, serious plots that will have you thinking somewhat.... i would recommend this anime.
Dark and complicated plots would probably be the first similarity between the series. Wonderful soundtrack composed by the same author is another reason to see both series. Same animation studio, action genre and character design are yet another aspects connecting the series together. Last, but not least, bothe series revolve around almost untouchable female leads.

If you liked Madlax, you'd like Noir because, well... it's basically the same anime. Everything, including the music, animation style and the characters are so much alike that you will have a feeling of deja vu throughout the entire series.


Both series are from the same Studio, Bee Train, and have the same exciting story. So if you liked Noir you will love Madlax. ;) And of course if you saw Madlax, you'll love Noir too. ^^


Madlax and Noir are from the same creators and it's hard to let that go unnoticed. The flow of the series, the main character's skill and the wonderful music in one reminds you of the other. Don't worry though, the story itself is different. ;)


Noir and Madlax are the first two series in Bee Train's "girls with guns" trilogy. Unsurprisingly, they have an awful lot in common. Both have plot threads related to amnesia, questions about the deaths of parents, and a conspiracy involving some underground criminal organization. They also both feature music by Yuki Kajiura. However, there are also enough differences so that you won't feel like you're watching a total clone; Noir is very dark and set in Europe, whereas the colorful Madlax takes place largely in a South American jungle-type of setting. Also, Noir's protagonists are together from the start while in Madlax they don't meet until some ways in. There are other differences, but suffice to say if you liked one of these, you should still find the second to be of interest.


Madlax and Noir are similar in style; both have a gripping underlying story. These series require some philosophy to be enjoyed to their fullest but will work for a "no-brainer" anime night.


In all important aspects, Noir and Madlax are essentially the same anime. They have the same themes, the same action, the same everything really. If you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other.


It is the same mysterious feeling, music and a women carrying guns! Like always I guarantee you that you will love it as I did


Apart for Madlax and Noir both being part of what the Bee Train studio calles "Girls tih guns trilogy, these two titles have more similarities than differences. Two young girls with an uncanny bond that links their fates together, a cast of various other female characters some of which or most of which exhibit a strong attraction to one of the two main protagonists, an evil shadowy organization that has a European name, misterious past and amnesia of the lead characters, acrobatic gunfights accompanied by music composed by the same author. SO if you liked Noir but want a more "supernatural" twist, give Madlax a try


Both of these series are very, very similar. It is apparent that they were both created by the same group, BeeTrain. The shows look the same, sound the same, and share the same themes. Both of these feature gun weilding assassin heroines who must discover the truth while fighting against a secret organisation. So, if you enjoyed one, give the other a try.


These two animes have so muchin common it's hard to know where to begin. There were made by the same studi, they both have music from Yuki Kajiura. They are so much alike and give the same feeling while watching and yet it doesn't feel like watching a copy of other. If you liked one, the other won't deceive you.


Both series are made by the same team (Bee Train). They are part of the "girls with guns trilogy" and both have a great soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura.


Madlax and Noir are like siblings, and sisters at that. They both feature female main protagonists, who are incredibly skillful with guns.

Both stories share the same cliches of uncovering the past of main characters, but it is done in a subtle non-obtrusive way and the final product is well worth watching.

Finally, if you are an anime music lover, these shows are boasting amazing soundtracks by Yuki Kajiura.


Girls with guns. Girls who are very proficient with guns. Girls who are excellent assassins. Taking this overdone premise, and setting it in a darker world with a slightly more fantasy twist, these shows have an equal helping of story as well as the inevitable gun-toting action.

Although in both Madlax and Noir the ending isn't as strong as the buildup, I still think fans of one will love the other.


Madlax and Noir are similar in the way that the main characters are gun totting females. The main characters have a mysterious past, unclear to themselves, that explain why they're so crazy good with guns and how they got into the lifestyle. The animes are serious with plenty of action, and take on a bit of military style. Madlax and Noir, the titles of the anime and the main characters, have characters that are following/wondering about them and have a connection to their pasts.


Both of these have parallel stories of two female protagonists that are seeking to find out who they are, and what their pasts were.  One difference that stood out to me was that Noir seemed to be slower paced than Madlax, but that didn't detract from it.  Overall, with the similarities between the drawing style and music - if you enjoyed one you are definitely going to enjoy the other.


Both anime are really similar. Both feature nigh invulnerable female assassins who looks for their past and both have a complicated plot involving undeground organizations. Also both of them were made by the same studio and their soundtrack was made by Yuji Kajiura, so you'll have the same feeling when you're watching them. If you liked one, you'll enjoy the other.


Both series have strong female lead and both series do well in creating an episodic and bad ass feel to them. I am sure you will like both. 

Noir had the same slow pace as Madlax but they were both really deep in storyline where you really wanted to know what happened next

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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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If you liked Madlax you would also like Black Lagoon because both are stories about war-damaged individuals who would think it natural for their day to start out with a gunfight. Both series are set in war-ravaged countries were you could lose your life over a can of soup, and where the strong female leads fight to survive while struggling with their pasts.


If you liked Madlax you should try watching Black Lagoon. Why?

Just imagine the title heroine in Madlax turning bad; that's exactly what you get in Black Lagoon with the character named Revy. Instead of disliking killing, she loves it and still is somehow similar to Madlax.

Also Revy's gun-fighting style is very similar to the one Madlax was using.

If that's not enough to convince you, I can add that while in Madlax there was an analysis of war, there is an analysis of turning to the "dark side" in Black Lagoon.


If you want something easier to view than Madlax, Black Lagoon should interest you. Black Lagoon features more gun action, a bit of a lighter feeling, and is faster-paced.

The guns in Madlax are nicely done, but when they break out the HK G3a3s in Black Lagoon, gun nuts will drool. There's actually a sufficient amount of detail to distinguish between the G3 and, for example, the FN FNC.

Don't tell my fiancée I wrote that last part, she'll hit me over the head with her shinai!


Dealing with the effects of living in a war torn orcriminal packed country is the underlaying theme that links this two titles together. Kill to live is what it's all about. While Madlax tries to give answers as why people enjoy war so much and how to deal with it, Black Lagoon is more lighthearted and action oriented, but both feature strong female leads with similar gun-fu fighting styles and clean execution. Revy is a badass version of Madlax, and Madlax is a colled down, biit phylosophical and smiling executioner. So if you liked Black Lagoon but want a deeper story try Madlax. And if you liked Madlax but want something easier to watch, or didn't like it because of the "human nature" storyline, try Black Lagoon


Looking for another chick that could kick your ass like Madlax, then watch Black Lagoon. Both stories deal with guns for hire throwing you into a world, war torn with syndicates and gun fights. That should be reason enough for you to watch Black Lagoon.


Black Lagoon and Madlax feature strong female leads that are skilled at using all sorts of guns. Both of them are assassins (in Black Lagoon's case Revy is concidered a mercenary) that take jobs from different clients/organizations. While Black Lagoon deals with mafia and its schemes, Madlax deals with secret organizations and military organizations in a war zone. If you liked one, you will enjoy the other one as well.


Well both are down and out badass with awesome female lead that kicks some major ass in battle... the battle sequences in both series are bad ass but the story is just as good with moments that make your skin crawl and move you to your heart... definitley they are both recomendation for each other black lagoon and madlax are peas in a pod

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In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…


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If you like your anime full of action and mystery Madlax is the way to go. Both Madlax and Canaan have a lot of similarities. Both have intriguing female main characters and are from the action genre. I recommend this anime to every fan.


Canaan is probably the most similar anime to Madlax in five years. Both series are about extraordinarily empowered gunslinging action girls (and both are titled after them) who go against global conspiracies and must deal with traumatic and mysterious past. Both feature dynamic shoot-outs and dramatic character development. Finally, both are equally filled with shoujo-ai subtext. If you like those things, be sure to check both series out.


Both anime have main female leads who posses interesting killing techniques and are totally badass. Both have a difficult time interacting with other characters but deep down they care a great deal for those that they hold close. Both have very interesting mysteries that will make you want to watch episode after episode to see what happens next. Check one out if you liked the other.


both Canaan and Madlax feature female protagonists trained as proffesional assassins who receives different tasks from different clients/organizations. Both protagonists go against global conspiracies and both of them deal with unpleasant past memories. If you're into action genre then you will enjoy the stunning acrobatic movements and amazing action sequences from both shows. If you liked one make sure you check the other one as well.


Both series feature a strong female lead with a mysterious past. Canaan and Madlax are two of the best series the "Girls-with-Guns" sub-genre has to offer. In both series you'll also find a mysteriously complex story, a ton of action, just the right amount of character development, and a good dose of yuri subtext for the fans of the genre.


Both are of similar genre and material, dealing with concepts of friendship, humanizing assassins, and an array of other psychological tensions all tied together with an ambience of mystery and gun fights. What really makes these two series similar is the fact that both have a pair of female lead characters that share a special bond, and this bond becomes the most important aspect of both series.


Both had Female lead and they were both based on a grander story with deep and strong character development using flashback sequences and memories. If you liked one you would like the other

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El Cazador de la Bruja

El Cazador de la Bruja

Ellis is a young girl who possesses a strange ability to manipulate particles, and has an unfortunate case of amnesia. After accidentally killing a professor in the middle of an experiment, Ellis fled to Mexico and lived under the care of an old lady for many years, but her past has finally caught up with her; there's a price on her head, and men trying to capture her, dead or alive. She meets the bounty hunter Nadie, who befriends her and helps her escape; and together, they decide to travel south to Winay Marka, “The Land of Eternity”, to find clues about Ellis’ past. What’s the origin of Ellis’ powers, and what does “Project Leviathan” have to do with it?

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Madlax and El Cazador are not a sequel/prequel of each other (although there is a small reference to both Noir and Madlax in one of the first episodes of El Cazador), but they share the same theme of "girls with guns", and are made by the same team of the studio Bee Train. So if you liked the music, animation, and character design of one of these series, you will probably like the other one as well.

I have only seen 8 episodes of El Cazador so far, so I cannot tell about the end (I did not like the last few episodes of Madlax).


El Cazador and Madlax have similar themes: girls with guns. They also both have two female leads. They have the same type of music and a similar setups

In both series, the older girl is a gun-fighter (in Madlax a bodyguard; in El Cazador a bounty hunter) and has to protect the younger one from many enemies. As the story goes on, the bond between the two girls grows stronger. So, if you like one of these anime, I'm sure you will like the other.


These two anime both feature two heroins attempting to understand themselves so as to better understand their futures. Madlax along with Margret must travel through dangerous lands to find the truth. El Cazador also has this with Nadie fighting to protect her only source of stability, Ellis. I also recommend Madlax as it is part of Bee Train's Girls with Guns trilogy.


Both series are made by the same team (Bee Train). They are part of the "girls with guns trilogy" and both have a great soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura.


both being the works of the same studio, Bee Train, Madlax and El Cazador explore the same theme "girls with guns". If you liked the animation, character design, sound and story from one of these 2 works you will enjoy the other one as well since they are quite similar. In both shows the main leads are struggling to retrieve their lost memories, encountering obstacles as they get closer to their goal.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.


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Same productor shoots again. Girls, skilled assassins, guns and rifles, unknown wars. The recipe is famous, and after Noir, it is clearly successful.


Produced by the same studio, Bee Train, both Phantom and Madlax explore the "girls with guns" theme. Both shows feature female leads trained as skilled assassins dealing with war conflicts and global conspirations. In both shows the main leads lost the memories of their past and are willing to do anything to retrieve them back. If you liked one of these shows then i am sure you will enjoy the other too.


Well this is pretty simple.  They are both made by the same company and almost everything is the same.  The music is the same,  right down to the very feel of the anime.  The intermission cut scenes are the same.  The story is almost the same except for some minor details.  These are basiclly the same thing expect that I have more personal feeling towards one then the other.  If you are looking for something similar these are your best bet.

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