Based on a hit light novel series by Keiichi Sigsawa, the philosophical Kino’s Journey employs the time-honored motif of the road trip as a vehicle for self-discovery and universal truth. Deeply meditative and cooler than zero, the series follows the existential adventures of the apt marksman Kino along with talking motorcycle Hermes as they travel the world and learn much about themselves in the process. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and sometimes disturbing, Kino’s journey is documented in an episodic style with an emphasis on atmosphere rather than action or plot, though still prevalent. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. At first, I was skeptical since I usually enjoy a show with more character development, but the stories in Kino’s Journey are extremely rare gems to find. It’s a rather unpredictable journey through countries and after completion of the series I wanted to rent a motorcycle and become a traveler myself. Kino’s Journey had a long lasting effect on me and will most certainly be re-watched in the future.
If there’s a show that I simply have to re-watch every time a new release comes out, it’s this one. There are few shows that I could watch once a year, painfully few, but this is one that would be at the top of the list. Kino’s Journey was a series that had left almost no impact on me from the first trailers I had seen of it. With little hype about it before its release and not many people talking about it, the series was like a thief in the night that captured my attention and held on tightly. With its deliberate pacing and ambiguous stories it’s something that won’t appeal to a lot of people. But for those looking for those rare shows that sits on the fringe and gets critical praise but doesn’t make the move to everyone getting into it. That’s unfortunate because I think this is one of those series that will appeal beyond the anime hard core crowd and into the casual market if pushed just right. For those that do get it, I hope they enjoy it as much as I did as this is a series that’s left a mark on me.
Kino’s Journey will make you take a good look at humanity and think about the way you live your life. The world is not beautiful (and yet it is), but Kino’s Journey itself is an elegant masterpiece. Do not let the character designs or the lack of a strong plot cause you to miss this unique and intelligent work of art.
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While this is a great series to watch, the fact does remain that Kino no Tabi could have been better. Similar shows like Mushishi and Hi no Tori had a much greater impact on me. While Kino no Tabi was an interesting watch, half of its episodes seemed to somehow lack an atmosphere, dragged on a bit, or weren’t as interesting as the others. It’s also a bit of a shame to see that this anime doesn’t really have that great of an ending. It’s just the thing you’d expect from a series like this.
While Kino no Tabi is certainly not a series for everyone given its lack of a well-defined plot, limited character development, stagnant pacing, and questionable topics and scenes, it is a worthwhile watch for anyone who is looking for more than just pure enjoyment in the anime medium
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Overall Kino no Tabi is very artistic, intelligent, surprising, and approaches a variety of themes, that always create discussion withing societies in a cold and sometimes brutal way, that leaves you glued to the chair with eyes fixed on the screen, and perhaps like me smiling unconsciously as I joined each plot line realizing how intelligent they where. Do not wait long to watch this. The only people to which I wouldn’t recommend this, are perhaps to a younger audience or people who don’t enjoy to think much during an anime.
All I can say, “Kino No Tabi” will not be like any other animé you’ve seen. It’s a brilliant series that uniquely unveils various human philosophies. It’s one of those shows you’d be glad you took the time to watch.
An unusual show that may not be for everyone, I found Kino’s Journey presented a number of interesting philosophical explorations of the many aspects of the human condition without seeming too pretentious.
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Kino’s Journey is a story about exactly that, Kino’s Journey. The main character, Kino, travels from country to country, taking in the sights, sounds and customs and staying for no longer than three days in each. Each episode presents a new culture for Kino to explore, each with it’s own logic and reasoning and both positive and negative results. This series can really make you question some aspects of life so I recommend it to anyone who likes to read into and think the themes an anime presents. The action in this series is more psychological than actual fights (though there are a few throughout the series) and gives you more of a mental ride than an adrenaline rush but is in my opinion just as captivating all the same.
This is one interesting anime, I kept seeing that people like it and it had a motorcycle. But it turned out to be deeper then that. Kino is traveling with her Motorad, which seems to be concious. Kino doesnt spend more then 3 days in any one place, its just something that she seemed to have developed. And no specific reason for traveling, but Kino is a pretty experienced traveller. This anime explores the different type of human nature and human society. At first it starts off a bit and slow and you dont trully understand everything, but towards the end you appreciate all the travel done and you get a perspective of different societies that could arise and how people could develop. Its pretty freaky at some points how people are. Overall I thought it was cool anime. But it isnt for everyone, its anime that gets you thinking and requires you to get into it to really enjoy it.
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-A great production, an interesting premise and a wonderfully odd world, the big drawbacks for me with Kino’s Journey was the apparent lack of any emotional response from Kino or Hermes, the disjointed feel of the various sections and the lack of an overal arc, or even point to the series. Taken as a series of observations on morality and how it can be very subjective, it performs that role well, but without a well defined begining or end its very hard to get in to the series, and as it ends after only 13 episodes it really does leave you hanging, wondering why Kino was travelling, what the point of it all actually was and with so many other questions. The story does have the light novels i’ve mentioned before, a couple of OVA’s and two movies that answer some of those, and allow you to explore the world more.