Ranked #111

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

Alternative Titles

English: Kino's Journey
Synonyms: Kino's Travels: The Beautiful World
Japanese: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2003 to Jul 8, 2003
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.481 (scored by 32,447 users)
Ranked: #1112
Popularity: #488
Members: 81,781
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Maeda, Ai
Maeda, Ai
Aigase, Ryuji
Aigase, Ryuji
Kino (original)
Kino (original)
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Yuuki, Aoi
Yuuki, Aoi


Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Endou, Tetsuya
Endou, Tetsuya
Episode Director
Murai, Sadayuki
Murai, Sadayuki

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Land of Visible Pain
Hito no Itami ga Wakaru Kuni (人の痛みがわかる国)
Apr 8, 2003
2 A Tale of Feeding Off Others
Hito wo Kutta Hanashi (人を喰った話)
Apr 15, 2003
3 Land of Prophecies
Yogen no Kuni (予言の国)
Apr 22, 2003
4 Land of Adults
Otona no Kuni (大人の国)
May 6, 2003
5 Three Men Along the Rails
Rail no Ue no Sannin no Otoko (レールの上の三人の男)
May 13, 2003

Opening Theme

"All the Way" by Mikuni Shimokawa

Ending Theme

"The Beautiful World" by Ai Maeda

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Jul 6, 2015
This anime has to be one of the toughest to review. It impassively defies any common description and categorization.

Journey with Kino, a girl who travels and observes the imperfect, beautiful world, not without opinion or even judgment, but with the wisdom to wait and listen, and to refuse to play the role of a god in other peoples’ lives. However, I did not find her to be an aggravatingly impartial or impassive character; she is willing to fight in order to survive, and is surprised more than once by her own humanity and by what she has in common with those she encounters. Her only read more
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Mar 19, 2007
Ok, so this will be my first review for MAL. I've written for other resources but haven't done so for a while, so bear with me.

I've recently finished this anime, and I can say I am still surprised. Although I heard rumors that this was something really good, I tend to be skeptic and so I was caught of guard. Why?

Let's start with the story, which tells of the journey of a traveler and his motorcycle, while they visit a long range of countries or just meet someone on the way. The actual fact is: there isn't one sole story but 12 short stories that read more
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Aug 2, 2015
It's honestly hard to pick a place to start with Kino's Journey. There's so much to talk about and so little to complain about.

So what is Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World about?
The story focuses on Kino, a young dark haired girl and her talking motorrad named Hermes, as they travel from country to country, experiencing the abstract and hyberbolic customs and traditions of each land, staying only three days in each country before moving on to a different one and repeating the process.

So lets start with the setting. Kino's Journey has arguably the most impressive world building that I have ever seen in read more
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Feb 6, 2015
It's difficult to sum up Kino's Journey in words. The only words that come close are unique and stunning. The premise is simple. It follows the journey of a traveler and her talking motorcycle as they travel from place to place and encounter many unusual cultures and customs in the process. However, this simple summary falls short of giving a potential viewer any deep sense of what they're about to see. Each episode explores elements of society and human nature with a rare sense of beauty, touching upon the addressed themes with a sense of pathos that entire series dedicated to them may fail read more
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Anime: Mushishi
These are both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through a difficult situation at each stop. While Kino's purpose is only to travel and to see different countries, Ginko's is to find and research "Mushi." Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons." Although these lessons may be a little easier to see in Kino's Journey, they're there in Mushishi, as well. Enjoy ^_^ 
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Both of these shows leave things open-ended, even after the end. If you're interested in thinking about the world that the characters live in when you watch anime, what important concepts are expressed in anime, or want to still think about a show long after it's over, these two shows work well. While they cover different ideas among those concepts, I feel they both cause similar responses.  
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Anime: Kaiba
A protagonist and a comrade, traveling through planets/countries. On their journey, they meet people who live in these places, and learn the different customs, cultures or tragedies they experience, trivializing the world we live in.  
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Anime: Shigofumi
Similar protagonist with a talking object as their companion, although Shigofumi isn't all about exploring different people and so on like Kino's Journey is, as Shigofumi actually contains a major story. Also, the character designer of the original Kino no tabi did the first draft character design for Shigofumi, just thought that was worth mentioning out of interest. 
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Both are science fiction series about a journey... Kino no Tabi is about a journey through human nature and society. Casshern Sins is a journey to the end of the world, through isolation, death, despair and hope. Both are great introspective series that will challenge your view on the world. 
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they both similar animes , both have adventures each episode in another town they checking each episode have mysteris about the town ^_^ ,two great animes
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