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Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Popularity: #462
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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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Adaptation: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
Prequel: Kino no Tabi: Nanika wo Suru Tame ni - Life Goes On.
Sequel: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - Byouki no Kuni: For You
Side story: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - Tou no Kuni
Character: Dengeki Bunko 2007 Movie Festival Special

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

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Episodes  13 / 13
Aired  Apr 8, 2003 to Jul 8, 2003
Status  Finished Airing

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Oct 25, 2010 2:17 AM
Kino's Journey:

I enjoyed the series. Since each individual episode was self-contained, it was easy to slowly work my way through it. And even though each episode was self-contained, I found myself invested in Kino and Hermes (Hermes is Kino's talking motorcycle). As a traveler, Kino visited several countries that represented different facets of society and human psychology (sometimes exaggerated to a ridiculous extent). Regardless of a country's strange or even deplorable customs, Kino would oftentimes take a stance of non-interference. And even though Kino took the role of an onlooker many times, she showed that she was a strong character that is easy to like.

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Feb 6, 1:37 PM
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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Jan 17, 10:47 PM
"Warning: Kino's Journey has been known to induce a strong feeling of wanderlust in its viewers. It has also been proven to boost levels of empathy. Watch at your own risk."

But in all seriousness, like most anthology styled shows, "Kino's Journey" is somewhat difficult to review in its entirety. Instead of presenting one narrative with a beginning, middle, and end, it presents several self-contained stories, each with their own conflict and resolution. The only thing that stays the same is that each episode is seen through the eyes of series protagonist and professional traveler Kino, and her talking bike, Hermes.

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Nov 26, 2014 7:28 PM
I stumbled onto this anime without knowing what to expect. Once I started watching it, I became very moved by it.

One of the best aspects of this anime is the story. Each episode is a parable about the darker side of human nature, especially when it comes to being heartless and ignorant. These parables are based on scenarios that could actually exist in the real world and make the viewer think about their personal ethics as well as the ethics of others. Yet, despite the hard truths, there is an element of hope that comes from the anime's main character, Kino.

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Opening Theme

"All the Way" by Mikuni Shimokawa

Ending Theme

"The Beautiful World" by Ai Maeda

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