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Kino's Journey

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Kino's Journey is an anime based on the light novel series by Keiichi Sigsawa.

Kino, the main character of the series, travels with a talking motorcycle, Hermes. At the beginning of the anime series, Kino's gender is ambiguous. However, in the fourth episode, it is confirmed that Kino is actually female. While on their travels, Kino and Hermes visit different countries and forests. As she goes on her journey, Kino will only stay in a spot for three days; she refuses to make any exceptions to this rule. In Kino's mind, three days is a long enough time to learn most of the important things about a place, but not so long that she'll become attached and want to settle down.

During her journeys, Kino meets both evil and good people. Since Kino has the potential to run into trouble on her journey, she carries a couple of weapons for her protection. The first is a .44 single action revolver that uses liquid explosives instead of gunpowder. The other weapon is a .22 automatic pistol. Before heading out on her journey, Kino learned about marksmanship from a woman calling herself "Shishou" (which is Japanese for "mentor" or "master").

Hermes is a talking Brough Superior motorcycle. Even though the cycle can be reluctant at times, it is still very faithful to Kino. The relationship between the bike and its owner is symbiotic; Hermes provides speed, and Kino provides balance.

During her travels, Kino visits many places where the people are oppressed in some way, a tragedy of some kind has occurred, or the culture became strange due to actions made by people living there. A recurring theme in Kino's Journey is whether or not the use of violence is justified. Another theme is communication and the inherent problems associated with it.

In Kino's Journey, there is no real violence, blood, or gore depicted in the visuals. However, with the pacing and storytelling utilized in the series, it probably wouldn't go over well with younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend Kino's Journey to anime fans who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Kino’s Journey13+12003Ryutaro NakamuraA.C.G.TADV Films
Kino’s Journey: Life Goes OnN/A2005Takashi WatanabeA.C.G.TN/A
Kino’s Journey: Country of Illness –For You-N/A2007Ryutaro NakamuraShaftN/A
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