Madlax Volume 2: The Red Book
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The Gazth-Sonika Civil War - As the death toll mounts, so do questions about both the conflict’s purpose and its highly secretive facilitators. Even the ruling power’s Army Commander hired mercenary Madlax to carry out his own assassination in the hopes of putting an end to the madness. Meanwhile, the quest for answers continues. Before being murdered by his bizarrely entranced daughter, resistance operative Piederica Morey sent a young boy named Chris deep into Gazth-Sonika in order to find the truth - and turn the tide of the war.
At first glance, “Madlax” looks like a re-make of “Noir”, another TV series from animation house Bee Train. The story takes place in Europe. One of the protagonists is a young, blonde, European, female assassin who likes to wear a red top and black shorts. Another protagonist is a young schoolgirl with big round eyes who is always rather somber in demeanor because her memory isn’t functioning properly. Something mysterious links the blonde woman and the schoolgirl. The ladies have to use texts with weird inscriptions to unravel a secret. There’s an underground organization with a French name that seems to be responsible for much of the unrest happening in the world. The fabulously talented Yuji Kajiura returns for music scoring duties.
Despite their superficial similarities, “Madlax” is not a re-make of “Noir”. Rather, the show’s handlers took some basic components and created something that’s entirely different from “Noir” to be interesting on its own terms. This Image 1 of 10. Click to enlarge
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The most important distinction between “Noir” and “Madlax” is that, in the former series, Mireille (the blonde assassin) and Kirika (the amnesiac schoolgirl) meet and team up right off the bat in order to discover their linked pasts and identities. In “Madlax”, Madlax (the blonde assassin) and Margarent Burton (the amnesiac schoolgirl) do not meet until after a few episodes have passed. They seem to have some kind of psychic link, but their other abilities are dis-similar. For example, in “Noir”, Mireille and Kirika are both highly-skilled killers, but in “Madlax”, only Madlax seems to be a professional assassin. Margaret appears to be no more than a confused and some what dopey schoolgirl.
Those of you familiar with “Noir” will smile in appreciation when Madlax jumps into gunfights accompanied by Yuki Kajiura’s new music. Kajiura’s jagged rhythms recall beautiful and threatening images simultaneously. The Madlax character design, the general animation, and the music are key to this series’s draw--“Madlax”, like “Noir” and the “James Bond 007” franchise, makes assassination glamorous. Sometimes, instead of wearing something sensible, Madlax goes so far as to don a seductive party dress with spaghetti straps before killing her prey.
DVD content (May contain Spoilers)
“Madlax Volume 2” has Episodes 5-8. Earlier, in volume 1, Madlax crossed paths with an elite guard sniper from Gazth-Sonika named Limelda Jorg. In this collection of episodes, Limelda is instructed to hunt down Madlax, but she has personal Image 2 of 10. Click to enlarge
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The story starts in the South-West Asian country of Gazth Sonika, fraught with civil war due to an incident that occurred twelve years ago. We meet Madlax, a young and deadly secret agent for hire. She protects, she retrieves, and will kill without hesitation. Yet this beautiful assassin has a strong sense of compassion and an air of mystery around her. Where did she come from? How did she learn to be able to kill so effortlessly? And why is she here in this war torn country? Far away in the peaceful nation of Nafrece, there is another girl, younger than Madlax, called Margaret Burton. She lost her memory after a horrific incident twelve years ago. Quiet and kind, she is taken care of by a loyal and lethal servant Elenore, as well as the mysterious woman Vanessa. They try to help Margaret as she clings to a blood soaked book, a book left to Image 3 of 10. Click to enlarge
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This is an intricately woven and well-told story. It combines political intrigue with a supernatural atmosphere, a compelling mystery, and a host of riveting characters.
We encounter other links to “Noir”. Lady Quanzitta is an older lady who lives on a beautiful secluded farm like Altena on the Manor in “Noir”. Nakhl, Quanzitta’s assistant, is an odd girl who is deadly with knives, just like Chloe, Altena’s assistant, in “Noir”. The fact that Elies and the sought-after books are historical artefacts parallels the fact that Mireille and Kirika were associated with “an ancient fate”.
This volume appears to be a different beast entirely compared to the first volume. there is so much content of the episodes the story is very complex still and although things have been hinted, we still don’t know what the connection between Madlax and Margaret. This series certainly has more to it than first appeared and I’m beginning to enjoy it thoroughly.
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