Kino's Journey / Kino no Tabi


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Kino’s Journey / Kino no Tabi

Genres: adventure, psychological, slice of life
Themes: parables, tragedy, traveling
Objectionable content: Significant
Number of episodes 13
Vintage: 2003-04-08 to 2003-07-08
Plot Summary: The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.

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Kino’s Journey - the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

Genres: adventure, psychological, slice of life
Themes: parables, tragedy, traveling
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: “The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but her guns for protection and talking motorcycle Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people, and learns about the world through their stories, at times conjuring humor and inspiration or other times piercing cynicism. However, Kino has her own custom, to stay no longer than three days in every town without exception, as it is enough time to learn almost everything important about the place while still leaving time to explore new lands.
Vintage: 2017-10-06

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Kino’s Travels: Life Goes On (movie) Vintage: 2005-02-19
Kino’s Travels: the Beautiful World Vintage: 2007-04-21

It is such an excellent series.
This is one of those series that makes you think and focuses more on the sociological aspects of life.
From the differences in societal standards to the thought provoking philosophies involving and viewing others actions.
Definitely worth seeing at least once, if not many more times.
The more I watch this series, the more I love it!
It’s currently on SVOD and I’m re-watching it for the 3rd time, and loving every second of it.


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#2

It’s really a series that gets better overtime. Excellent in every way from story to production, and I recommend it to all, especially those who think Anime is for kids.


#3

What’s the movie like?

I enjoyed the series, it takes it’s time.


#4

Ah this is one of my favorite series. I love the dub on it too! Episode 2 is my favorite episode, it’s a little disturbing but it’s amazing.

I labled this anime as “simple, but not simplistic. Deep, but not confusing. Layered, but easy to follow. Nothing is hard to grasp at all. Slow, but addictive.” It’s very philosphical which I just love! It’s This anime uses an amazing storytelling technique IMO . It has a lot of quiet and calm moments, but it can get dark and suspensful once in awhile too as this is so sureal, you never know what will happen next.

Some would call the artwork in this cheap, but I would say it’s simple, but beatuful. I really enjoyed the background and very nice (although simple) character designs. It does the same thing Now and Then, Here and There does in regards to the artwork and animation. Simple character desgins, but amazing backgrounds.

I first saw this on the video player here, and instantly was mesmorized by it. It reminded me a lot of the movie I keep talking about " A Wind Named AMnesia", which does the same sort of thing. Of course this being 13 episodes long, I enjoyed it a lot more. “Amnesia” is a favorite movie of mine though. I had to run out and buy the DVD’s! I found the 2005 boxset collecting dust at the Coconuts near me so I picked that up a few moths ago. This is a series that gets better and better with each re-watch. I think i watched it 4 times already lol (2 on the player, 2 on my DVD’s).

Kino’s Journey is very philosophical, physiological, deep, and simple to understand, without being stupid (in fact being brilliant!). Well worth a watch, although it may not be for everyone. More anime needs to be like this.


#5

This show has awesome re-play value. Nuff said.


#6

First show I ever bought thanks to the Online Player(although it was used and very cheap(11 dollars)).

The show is great, I suggest it to anyone, hell I hate to admit it but I liked it enough to download the three movies and check them out, they are just as good(hint hint ADV)


#7

This was one of the first shows I watched when i started working here, an instant classic, and so far my favorite show to watch when there’s nothing to do. Dont know what it is about it, but every time i watch it just makes me feel better haha.


#8

Me and a bunch of my friends recently watched this series (it’s gata be like my 5th or 6th re-watch by now) and they all really liked it. Surprising since it’s so slow and surreal. They tend to like faster paced stories then this one. One of them even said it makes his “top 5 anime list” or something like that. Mine too! So now that this has past my “friends test”, I think more people just need to watch it. Apparently it’s not as hard to get people into as I thought. They didn’t reall;y like the first episode though, but after episode 2 they were hooked. I don’t think they liked the episode in the “land of books” (with the flying tank) either. But I never liked those episodes as well.


#9

This was definitely a great show. I normally don’t like episodic series, but this one was an exception. The atmosphere was great, and I really enjoyed everything about it. The only complaint I ever had about it, was the grainy look of it.


#10

By grainy look do you mean the bunch of lines that are across the screen? The ones that make it look like it’s a VHS? Or do you mean how it’s kinda oddly pixelated, like there’s little dotts and it;'s fuzzy and stuff? Either way, both were an odd choice for the presentation, athough they were intentional.

Anyway I’m very open to episodic series, as long as they are done right. And this is easily the strongest of them, because each and every episode is so very different and they are all very powerful short stories.


#11

Yeah, I know they were intentional. It was just an interesting choice. There have been other shows that have done a similar grainy look, like Red Garden, and I can see how the creators though it fit this one well.

This show definitely had some very powerful stories. The final one was exceptionally good. It was the perfect way to end the show.


#12

You have not answered my question :frowning: . And yes it is quite an interesting choice.

The final episode is perhaps my second favorite episode. It’s such a moving emotional story they tell there.

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And when you see flashbacks of the other episodes, and Kino on her journey some more it really makes me quite sad. I always look back and go “wow we’ve come a long way haven’t we?” Makes you feel like you were on the journey as well.

I agree that was a perfect way to end the series. It’s a very smart episode too, and kinda disturbing.


#13

Back on the old TAN boards I saw the first 5 episodes. It could be a cool series but it’s definitely one I’m going to need to see more of for a better judgement. Some of the episodes aren’t driving it home just yet.


#14

Another one I watched on VOD and really enjoyed. Just placed an order with RightStuf to buy it for my brother for Christmas. :slight_smile:


#15

Ah one you should own too. It’s such a powerful, intellgent, and well directed series. Something more people should see. I too found out about this by watching it here on TAN.


#16

This is a series that keeps getting better and better for me over time and the more I watch it - like fine wine. I think I said these exact words in our old version of the thread of this in the previous forum, before we had to do a restart earlier this year. Truly a series with a level of depth that’s so rare - with stellar production values and music.

I just love the dub in this one too. Kelli Cousins and Cynthia Martinez are awesome!

It’s one of the reasons I bought Colorful since Kelli, Rob Mungle, Steven Foster and Shelley Calene-Black are in it joking around… that is one of the very rare ADV Studio “fun” extras that has ADV VAs (like Super Milk Chan). Can’t wait to finally watch Colorful soon, to finally see all the buzz about it.


#17

Oh yes I LOVED Kelli Cousins in this and Chance Pop Session. And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I wish she stared in more roles. She just has something about her, that just works. Not sure what, but she’s very genuine . And the fact that she got such a complex character as Kino down pat, without making her sound cold, mean, or too emotional is really something else.

As for Cynthia Martinez, well there’s no other person who can play a philosphical motorcycle quite like her. She does an amazing job as Hermes.

Luci Christian as Nimya, the lady who is an inventor (a “wizard” as the show calls her) was really was good casting. I know Luci is always good, but I loved her in this role. Hilary Haag as Lily Sakura, the little girl whos parents own an inn in the last epsiode was also very good. She made the character sound very cute. Gata love Hilary…


#18

Yeah it’s a shame Kelli had to move out of town. :frowning: ADV thought highly enough of her to bring her in from out of town for her last major leading role. This, her Steel Angel Kurumi, and like you, Chance Pop Session roles are my favorites. :slight_smile: I also really like her role in Princess Nine. I’ve heard good things about her role in Neo Ranga, but haven’t seen that one yet!


#19

This was definitely a high quality dub. I usually have some qualm about every dub I hear, whether it be a certain casting, or a performance, but I had no problems with this one what-so-ever. Every person was expertly cast and gave in an awesome performance.


#20

Now all Sentai has to do is get the two ova’s and I’d be a happy camper. That and the new Mahoromatic 2 ep. special.