They’re the best Anime that 1997 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Onkyo Seimeitai Noiseman, The☆Doraemons: The Mysterious Thief Dorapan The Mysterious Cartel, Tenchi Muyou! Manatsu no Eve, and more!
5: Onkyo Seimeitai Noiseman
English: Noiseman Sound Insect
MAL Score: 6.50
The film is set in the distant future in a city called Cahmpon. A scientist creates a synthetic life-form called Noiseman, which erases music from the airwaves by turning it into crystals. A group of Biker street kids rebels against this tyranny.
I believe a majority of people who watch Noiseman will enjoy it, but I doubt it will make too many avid fans. The plot is a little too complex for the alloted time. It doesn`t flow quite as effortlessly as Comedy. Following the rushed developments of the first third of the movie is a bit of a chore.
Noiseman remains accessible despite the early hiccup because its story is completely unpretentious. It never tries to drill an emotion or a philosophical perspective. It`s just a pure, albeit very strange story. The appeal is the novelty in the premise, audio, and visuals.
The animation in Noiseman is very solid, somewhere between the quality one would expect from a TV series and a feature film. 4C as usual, delivers on the atmospheric and creative aspect of the visuals. The setting is a vibrantly colored slum that looks like a cross between Tekkon Kinkreet and Tweeny Witches. Noiseman’s himself, as well as his gadgets have cute, but out-of-this-world designs and some of the later scenes step into drug-induced delusion territory. Spinning textures and white backgrounds show a whimsy that stretches beyond Willie Wonka, or even other Studio 4C productions.
A name like Noiseman brings up a certain expectation for the sound. This aspect is perhaps the most impressive of the short. Noiseman contains some pieces that are no more than vaguely musical sounding noise, some that resemble tribal beats, and some fast paced techno stuff. What`s amazing is how perfectly the music is timed with this film. There is some sort of music playing for the whole duration, and considering how radically different the musical pieces are from each other, it`s amazing how smooth the transitions are. The quick techno beats always come in just as a scene gets exciting. Musical pauses are used to dramatic effect. The music on a scene to scene basis is perfectly matched with the animation, and as a whole, the general messiness in all of the tracks is a great match for the setting.
There`s usually something wrong when novelty is one of the greatest assets of a film. Because Noiseman is but 15 minutes, its novel charm has no problem lasting the entire duration. Beyond that simple strangeness that is so amusing, Noiseman has a solid story that is elevated by the visual and audio experience it provides.
Oh, but it’s 15 minutes long. Put that much talent in such a restrained space and the result seems almost inevitable. Noiseman is a frantic action piece that literally does not stop for a breath, bursting to the seams with meticulously detailed stills of the tie-dye junk city and Yuasa’s free-flowing animation style that breaks proportions and scale in the name of keeping kinetic energy. It’s a technical marvel and the eye-candy becomes literal candy when paired with the general color scheme of bright reds, blues, and yellows. Oh right, the story or whatever. Some old scientist creates a monster that looks like a 5 year-old’s drawing of Oogie Boogie that separates people into a ghost form and a crystal, and people are brainwashed into rounding up the ghosts for him or something and a few guys break free after eating magical fruit. I don’t know, it’s crazy and is just a nonsense excuse for nonsense visuals. If I had a complaint its that the aesthetic implied above by my description of the poster just isn’t here. Music plays almost no narrative role which is disappointing considering Yoko Kanno’s at the helm (and I’d never guess it was her by virtue of me not remembering any music from this after it finished). The Noiseman is the Oogie Boogie monster and the “music” is peoples’ souls or whatever. The background score is a lot of nondescript fast percussion, drum patterns that are a very basic assault compared to the visuals. I was hoping for a bunch of screeching noise feedback and comparatively abrasive visuals that’d melt my brain like an egg on asphalt, but it’s just a wacky fantasy ride that’s still fairly distinct because it’s Yuasa and how it’s so technically accomplished, but nothing really shocking. Only the very beginning utilizes video static as a visual gimmick, so I don’t know what kind of style it was going for.
For such a short running time its easily worth it to those going in for a visual trip. File under “definitive stoner anime” along with Trava. I’ll probably never think of it again unless I’m asked to recommend anime with cool animation. Even then, it’s been paired with heftier or more cohesive narratives. Fine stuff.
It was produced by Studio 4°C an inventive and creative studio that I must say is composed of a capable and interesting staff.
Plot: In short it is about Noiseman a synthetic life-form that erased music and sounds from the airwaves
I give it a 7..Overall it’s good infact it presents in a span of 15 minutes a really interesting story and setting revolving around the power of society and words,this is how I interpreted it. but in a strange way, the ending song helped me to think in that way , although It’s good it is like a short movie because with a lot of scenes Noisen can change tone and pretty quickly but not giving you a perfect explanation of what it’s doing, you have to interpret it by yourself..although it is not complete at all..in a 15 minute time they did a great job
I call it a movie(short movie) because It is really fast paced infact in 15 minutes it change scenes from beginning to flashback to normal to development to end in a way that gave me some incredible vibes
I give it an 8… It is probably the best part of this short along with the music and effects and it fits the tone and atmosphere of the anime, I love the shots too..how they pass to a scene with a dramatical tone and one with a “pumped up” tone, I just love Masaaki Yuasa direction in art too and it fits perfectly what I was thinking about this short..It certainly add some good vibes to it
The character design is perfect too
The best parts are when the visuals are on drugs..just because Masaaki Yuasa’s ability to deform forms is incredible and so, in situations where there are a lot of strange things going on his works are the best for that parts
Sound and Music:
I give it a 9, why? Because I loved it and because of Yoko Kanno outstanding music in general(So I give it a plus just because of him, listen to Yoko Kanno – The creation to give you an idea of what this man is capable of)..the ending theme made me think about some things that helped me reach a conclusion, the music along with the story change tone every time :D, it even stops out of nowhere to follow what is going on in the different situations(And that is the best thing about this movie along with music of very different genres)
They didn’t explore much the characters but it’s interesing Noiseman and his seach of the crystals, they don’t have the time to shine and because of that I give it a 6(or almost 6)
I give it a 7 because I surely enjoyed a bit..the music, the plot the fast pacing and the art(which I love) are enough to pass a good quarter of hour
Overall: I give Onkyo Seimeitai Noiseman a solid 7/7.5 and I advise you to check out this interesting work..it takes you just 15 minutes and they’re worth for me
4: The☆Doraemons: The Mysterious Thief Dorapan The Mysterious Cartel
Japanese: ザ☆ドラえもんズ 怪盗ドラパン謎の挑戦状！
MAL Score: 6.78
The mysterious thief Dorapin sets up a scheme with the intent of stealing the Friendship Telecards from the Doraemons.
3: Tenchi Muyou! Manatsu no Eve
English: Tenchi the Movie 2: Daughter of Darkness
MAL Score: 7.13
Tenchi Masaki gets the surprise of his life when a teenage girl approaches him and calls him “Daddy.” Believing that the girl is mistaking him for someone else, Tenchi brings her home to figure out what is going on, which turns out to be a big mistake. When the girl introduces herself as Mayuka Masaki, Tenchi’s daughter, the Masaki household is thrown into yet another frenzy.
Thinking that Mayuka is just taking advantage of Tenchi, the girls refuse to believe that she is really his child. However, when DNA testing reveals that Tenchi is indeed her father, Washuu comes to the conclusion that Mayuka is his daughter from the future, the result of a recent time distortion. With this new revelation, everyone tries to welcome Mayuka into their lives with the sole exception being Ryouko Hakubi, who senses something sinister lurking beneath Mayuka’s charm.
This movie has litlle to do with the actual series, unless you count Tenchi Universe then it does. The movie has a somewhat sketchy story but the drama that follows afterwards is funny, but also very serious. The story features a woman that comes along claiming to be Tenchis daugher. When Washu realizes that this is actually true she investigates! Soon what follows are events that put Tenchi, Ryoko and all the other residents friendships at risk, just for the ultimate revenge!!
It has great comedy and a pretty solid story. If youre a Tenchi Muyo fan or youre just bored and have nothing better to do…CHECK IT OUT!!
Also a confused, controlled under-age MINOR sexually solicits her father figure. What the actual ****! I’m sure there were about a million other ways to go about achieving her masters goal than that.
Yeah the Tenchi Muyo series has always been on the sexy side and grouping a bunch of crazy weirdos together….but….
If I could give 0/10 I would. If I could have only unwatched it. I held out hope that it would have some redeeming feature. And maybe it does but watching a brain washed minor conduct incest was pretty unredeeming feature.
2: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 シト新生
MAL Score: 7.45
In the year 2015, more than a decade has passed since the catastrophic event known as Second Impact befell mankind. During this time of recovery, a select few learned of beings known as the Angels—colossal malevolent entities with the intention of triggering the Third Impact and wiping out the rest of humanity.
Called into the city of Tokyo-3 by his father Gendou Ikari, teenager Shinji is thrust headlong into humanity’s struggle. Separated from Gendou since the death of his mother, Shinji presumes that his father wishes to repair their shattered familial bonds; instead, he discovers that he was brought to pilot a giant machine capable of fighting the Angels, Evangelion Unit-01. Forced to battle against wave after wave of mankind’s greatest threat, the young boy finds himself caught in the middle of a plan that could affect the future of humanity forever.
There are two reason people tend to give this movie a low score. The first reason is that this movie is split cleanly into two halves, and the first half, named “Death”, is essentially a recap. I think most people just aren’t as patient as I am and loathe recaps in general. “Death” deserves mention though, because they’re probably the most well done recaps I’ve ever watched. It’s not just scenes from the Evangelion series edited together, there is a considerable amount new footage and narration added in that combine to make the events that happened in the series a lot clearer (though there is still a good deal I didn’t understand by the time I finished it). The edit is done extremely cleverly, retelling the story from several personal perspectives, all revolving around the theme of Shinji, Rei, Asuka and Kaworu turning up to the auditorium for a rehearsal of Pachebel’s “Kanon in D-dur”. I love the rendition that piece along with others such one of Bach’s cello preludes. The classical music is used throughout the “Death” segment to great effect, lending it a certain elegance that the series, often riddled with cliches, sometimes lacked. This isn’t the only improvement either. Since the recaps cherry picked key moments from the series really well, and got rid of most of the less interesting angel-of-the-week padding, it’s not only easier to connect the dots in the story, but also gives “Death” a greater intensity and urgency when compared against the series. It’s through this that I caught a glimpse of the greatness that people often go on about when they talk about Evangelion.
The second reason people hated this is because of the second half, “Rebirth”. And no, it’s not because “Rebirth” itself is crap, not by any stretch of the imagination. The reason people hate it is because “Rebirth” is repeated in its entirety by the follow up movie, “End of Evangelion”, which kind of reduces “Death and Rebirth” to nothing more than a recap movie. But to be fair, since “Death and Rebirth” came before “End of Evangelion”, I think it make sense that the latter should be one that gets the heavier penalisation for repeating what’s already been shown in the former. The segment in question itself is excellent. Though it lasts less than half an hour, it’s a very compelling watch with sky high production values. It really sets up the “End of Evangelion” movie in style, ending on a scene that made me want to continue on to the final movie immediately.
There really isn’t anything majorly wrong with “Death and Rebirth”, the few complaints I have are all rather minor. For one, some of the words that flash up on screen during “Death” disappears far too quickly and I couldn’t read a lot of them – what’s the point of having it at all if they’re so hard to read? For another, at the start of “Rebirth”, Shinji does something pretty f*cked up that I feel isn’t really consistent with his cowardly character, so I chalked that scene down to something that’s there for shock value more than anything else. Finally, there’s the intermission. Yeah, that’s right, this movie even has its own built in intermission. In a way, I didn’t mind the idea itself. But considering the intermission lasts not one but TWO songs, and comes after the 5min+ ending credits of “Death”… that totals up to about ten minutes of doing nothing (although the ending credits of “Death” does have “Kanon D-dur” as backing music, so I didn’t mind it so much”)! It’s all a bit too much really.
If you haven’t seen the series, there is no point at all in watching this. Prior to “End of Evangelion” coming out, watching “Death and Rebirth” after the series made perfect sense – I believe it was released a year or two after the series (though don’t quote me on this), and so the first half served as a nice condensed reminder (with bonus new footage) of what happened in the series while the second half wets the appetite for the finale. “Death and Rebirth” served its purpose as a bridge perfectly back then, but with “End of Evangelion” eliminating the need to watch the second part entirely, is this still worth watching just for the (admittedly beefed up) recaps? Well, it really depends on you. If you’re a hardcore fan of the franchise, or if like me, you want to watch these kind of things for completeness, then yes. If there’s only one recap that you’ll ever watch, then make it this one.
So, what we’re left with is Death — which is more or less the entire series in an hour-long recap with minimal new footage, and lots of flashing text, like we saw more in the second half of Evangelion.
Do I think this was worth it? Having just finished the series and gone onto this, I found that I didn’t really need a complete recap of the series, as Death covered the most important events from the series, most of which were pretty memorable anyways.
There’s not really a lot to say about anything besides that, as you’ve pretty much seen it before this if you’ve watched the series.
All in all, if you don’t have the time to watch the entire series, then yes, this is worth a watch. But if you have seen the series, it’s a waste of your time.
I have seen a lot of shameful “cash ins” in my years as an anime fan, but I have seen very few examples that were quite this blatant in picking the pockets of a loyal fandom. This movie was supposedly made in order to get fans PUMPED UP (read in Hans and Franz voice) for End of Evangelion, which promised to remake the final 2 episodes of the original series that so angered Japanese fans in 1996. However, this was completely unnecessary since the people that were already Eva fans were really excited to see a new ending, and I can assure you this movie didn’t create any new Eva fans. Did Anno owe a large sum of money to the Yakuza!?
This movie is divided into 2 parts with the largest part being an overly crammed re-telling of the first 24 episodes and the smaller part being a glorified teaser of End of Eva. Remember when EA pissed off Mass Effect fans with the shitty original ending of Mass Effect 3? Even fucking EA had the dignity to make a better ending fixing some of the original plot holes and release it for free as a DLC. If Mass Effect were made by Gainax, they would promise fans to make a new game that was just a “fixed” ending for Mass Effect 3, but the new ending would end up being shittier than the original ending. Death and Rebirth is like a 40$ Mass Effect DLC entirely consisting of pasted together cutscenes from the first 3 Mass Effect games in order to make fans excited for a new shitty ending! When EA has THAT much more dignity than you…that ain’t good. To drive home this point, Gainax even got in legal trouble because one of the studio executives tried to evade taxes on the massive profits made by this movie. Those sons of bitches are so greedy that they rob their own devoted fans, then try to avoid paying taxes on the money that they stole!
Why did I rate this a 5 then? The art and animation is actually very well done. In addition, Death and Rebirth has a lovely classical music soundtrack that is both calming and majestic. Also this isn’t technically the the worst Eva cash in ever made. Only the worst directly made by Anno himself. The worst would probably be the innumerable Eva dating sims that seem to sell like hotcakes in Japan. That type of creepy otaku merchandise actually makes enough money that it is the real reason that Eva is still getting reboots and rebuilds. This isn’t something Eva fanboys want to admit, but it is true. Eva isn’t deeper than Serial Experiments Lain or better than Cowboy Bebop, but unlike those it keeps trucking on because creepy guys in their 30s REALLY want to bang a certain blue haired 15 year old. It kind of makes me sad to be an Eva fan.
When it comes to Eva, people are mostly divided into the zealous 2deep4you fanboys and the vitriol spewing Eva bashers. I occupy a middle ground and whereas I recognize the kinks and flaws of the series, I generally appreciate its contribution to anime culture and Anno’s efforts to explore psychoanalysis and heroically battle his own clinical depression through the medium of art. Unfortunately, I just can’t defend Death and Rebirth. Unlike the original series or End of Eva, this movie wasn’t an example of Anno daring to bare his problems, his sorrow, his soul to us and break the conventions of shonen anime storytelling. Death and Rebirth is nothing but a shallow attempt to gouge some cash and betray all those otaku and hikikomori that idolized Anno.
“Your greed sickens me!” – Ayn Rand to Studio Gainax
1: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 THE END OF EVANGELION
MAL Score: 8.54
Shinji Ikari is left emotionally comatose after the death of a dear friend. With his son mentally unable to pilot the humanoid robot Evangelion Unit-01, Gendou Ikari’s NERV races against the shadow organization SEELE to see who can enact their ultimate plan first. SEELE desires to create a godlike being by fusing their own souls into an Evangelion unit, while Gendou wishes to revert all of humanity into one primordial being so that he can be reunited with Yui, his deceased wife.
SEELE unleashes its military forces in a lethal invasion of NERV headquarters. As SEELE’s forces cut down NERV’s scientists and security personnel, Asuka Langley Souryuu pilots Evangelion Unit-02 in a desperate last stand against SEELE’s heaviest weaponry.
The battle rages on, and a depressed Shinji hides deep within NERV’s headquarters. With the fate of the world resting in Shinji’s hands, Captain Misato Katsuragi hunts for the teenage boy as society crumbles around them.
After watching the final episodes of the original Evangelion series, I was really baffled. What happened? I understood that it all took place in Shinji’s mind, but that’s about it. Where was the ending? What really happened?
Those answers are provided by End of Evangelion. We get an alternate retelling of the two last episodes, outside Shinji’s mind. From the awakening of Lilith to the result of the Instrumentality, we get to see it all. Of course, there’s a lot of moments which are confusing (this is Evangelion, after all), but you kinda get a better understanding of everything that happened. Oh, and for the sake of your well-being, remember that the age rating *is* 17+. There are some really gross scenes in this movie (but that’s all I can tell you without spoiling too much).
Also, kudos to the animation in this one. I’ve always enjoyed Evangelion’s animation, everything’s just really neat, and incredibly flawless, and it stands off as good even today. The same goes for End of Evangelion. Nice animation, and I really like the effects appearing when the Eva series are invoking the Third Impact. I was a bit surprised that they suddenly decided put in real-life clips. For what reason they did it, I don’t know, but for me, it certainly had its positive effects.
One thing I’ve also always enjoyed about Evangelion (it’s a lot), is the music. Music often portrays the mood very well, so much that you can often only by listening to the song get a picture of the current mood. However, the music they use in Evangelion often goes the opposite way and make a great contrast to the events unfolding. This, however, only strengthens the mood more than any song portraying the mood in a normal way would do. Not to mention that the songs they used in End of Evangelion are great as stand-alone music as well.
Evangelion is a psychological anime, and the characters are and behave thusly. They’re all traumatized, or have some kind of emotional problems going on. The original series portrayed the characters and their problems very well, and the movie did that as well. I feel that they are real human beings, and I end up sympathizing with them. They have deep emotional struggles, and you’re nearly dragged into them.
Shortly summarized, the movie was very much like the original series, at the same time also explaining many things the original series didn’t. If you’ve watched the original series, you should definitely watch this, because it’s *at least* equally good.
It’s going to be very hard to review this movie because its basically a work of art. The first half of the movie provides all the action and big events that Eva fans would want in the movie, but its really the second act that is the most important part. The second half is an astonishing piece of filmmaking that essentially challenges common filmmaking and boldly dares to ask questions most filmakers wouldn’t dare going to.
Most of the following won’t make sense if you have no knowledge of Eva. The entire second half of the movie takes place within Shinji’s mind as the third impact is happening. As he is in a state of introspect, reminesing about the wrongs people have done to him and the loneliness and isolation he has in life, it develops not only his character, but the characters of everybody in his mind. Misato, Asuka, Rei, and Kaoru all gain great depth as they converse with Shinji in his mind and at least in the beginning, fail to convince him to stop the third impact.
It is after the third impact has happened however, that this masterpiece really stays with you. Shinji realizes what he has done and comes to realize truths within himself he couldnt understand with others around him. It is finally Rei/Yui that makes him come to terms with his existance and the value he gives to everybody around him. The film for the most part ends with Shinji undoing the third impact, after realizing he wants to see everybody again because the happy memories he has, no matter how few, are real.
It is in this chaos and often confusion of Shinji’s and everybody’s minds that director Hideaki Anno raises questions about the nature of humanity’s existance and whether life is worth living, even in all the pain everyone and everything around us brings us. The answer is ultimately yes, but it is the process to getting to that answer that makes this film a masterpiece.
I’m not going to try to convince anybody who already isn’t an Eva fan that this film will change your mind about the series, because it won’t. But the truth of the matter is that this film is a masterpiece in not only anime, but in animation and filmmaking in general. It is not afraid to ask some of the most philisophical questions we can ask ourselves as people and is not afraid to have us, the viewer, realize the answers even as the characters on screen attempt to do the same. If you are going to see this movie, watch the 26 episode show first, or you’ll have no idea what is going on. End of Evangelion is one of the most artistic and beautiful movies I have ever seen, animated or not, and is a mandatory movie to watch I believe for anybody who considers themselves a fan of anime or film in general.
The story starts in a fairly disorienting manner and then moves quickly from there. After about 20 minutes of confusion, however, the anime soon finds its feet and I began to be able to follow what was going on. At around 40 minutes in I was actually somewhat interested… and then, the anime falls apart under its own philosophical weight. Apparently, the creators of this anime thought that they could substitute all semblences of plot with random scenes that supposedly have symbolic meaning. A quote from Roger Ebert’s movie glossary comes to mind: “If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didnt.”
I have seen this movie several times, and still cannot enjoy the film one iota. I do not believe that it is because I didn’t “get” the film; I believe that there is quite simply nothing to get. Certain Neon Genesis Evangelion fanboys have gotten a huge kick out of analyzing the show and attempting to fabricate some sort of interpretation of the events that transpire, but in my opinion this is a futile endeavor. The shows plot was deliberately made incomprehensible for incomprehensibilitys sake; there is no meaning to the show other than to have no meaning whatsoever.
The difference between this film and other virtually indecipherable anime (see: Cat Soup, Paprika) is that End of Evangelion pretentiously demands interpretation.There is nothing to entertain the viewer beyond the movie’s pompous symbolism, and this is the film’s downfall.
Generally, the animation is pretty damn good. Because of the film’s obviously larger budget, End of Evangelion improves on the excellent original character designs with greatly improved fluidity and backgrounds. A sequence near the end, where iridescent crosses spring from Earth, is one of the nicer pieces of eye candy that I have seen. Another highlight is Asuka’s central fight midway through the show, which oozes with perfectly stylized violence.
The awesome animation is marred, however, by two dreadfully awful sequences. In one scene, the “anime” is not animated at all. Instead, a person with a low budget camcorder randomly wanders around town, filming things like empty movie theatres. This comes as quite a shock midway through and manages to come across as exceedingly ugly. Many people I have spoke with have tried to defend the scene by citing its symbolic meaning, but all of them have given me different answers. Ultimately, the sequence is a jarring break from the continuity of the animation, and definitely hurts both the show’s pacing and overall video quality.
In another scene, there is a horrendously long sequence in which thousands of still frames are flashed across the screen at a mind-numbing rate. Never before have I had to sit through such an obviously expensive, thoroughly pointless, and horrifically painful section in anime.
In general, I found the sound to be pretty much flawless. The music does a pretty good job of setting the mood even as the story is falling apart, and voice acting is still excellent. Sound effects, particularly in Asukas battle, are nicely done.
Some may disagree, but I thought the original characters of Evangelion were excellent. All of them were almost perfectly imperfect, and as a result managed to capture some of the darkest parts of the human soul. While none of the characters were particularly likeable, every single one was captivating in their infinite flaws.These promising characters, however, are pretty much destroyed in the treadmill of an awful story. By the end of the show, just about every single individual has lost his or her humanity; their actions no longer reflect any semblence of logic or compassion. Forget character development – this is an anime about action figures.Because of this, what was arguably Neon Genesis Evangelions greatest strength becomes End of Evangelions biggest fault.
I went into this anime genuinely hoping that at last I would find a little closure to Evangelion. Instead, I got this. Deliberately plotless, the creators apparantly assumed that they could pass off mindless and pointless scenes under the pretense of “art.” A huge budget is wasted, a good storyline is desecrated, and one of the most promising animes of 1997 is put to shame. Pretentious and disappointing, End of Evangelion is certainly down there among some of the worst anime that I have seen.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
3. Tenchi Muyou! Manatsu no Eve
4. The☆Doraemons: The Mysterious Thief Dorapan The Mysterious Cartel
5. Onkyo Seimeitai Noiseman