Ranked #109

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
Producers: WOWOW, Genco, Studio Wombat
Studios: A.C.G.T.
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.481 (scored by 33,680 users)
Ranked: #1092
Popularity: #500
Members: 85,756
Favorites: 3,031
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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
Yuuki, Aoi
Yuuki, Aoi
Kino (original)
Kino (original)
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Inoue, Kazuhiko


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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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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Jul 20, 2008
Kino's Journey is a collection of societal parables, told through the eyes of a wanderer who visits countries and observes them. Kino, the main character, takes a somewhat prime directive stance toward the civilizations, although she is sometimes coaxed to interfere out of compassion.

The show is a collection of parables, and as such, the societies it portrays are exaggerated portraits of a certain societal trait. It's possible that some viewers will feel as if they're being beaten over the head with the moral on some of the episodes. As for me, I thought that it was refreshingly straightforward, and had no problem read more
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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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Nov 26, 2014
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.

Kino has become my number 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 ^_^ 
reportRecommended by Chelle
Anime: Haibane Renmei
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.  
reportRecommended by TheBigN
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.  
reportRecommended by Siing
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. 
reportRecommended by Siing
Anime: Ookami to Koushinryou
Slow-paced anime about travelling and encountering different cultures.  
reportRecommended by Teddy
Anime: Casshern Sins
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. 
reportRecommended by wakka9ca

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