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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-

Information

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)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.491 (scored by 31331 users)
Ranked: #1052
Popularity: #475
Members: 78,160
Favorites: 2,622
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Synopsis

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

Kino
Kino
Main
Maeda, Ai
Japanese
Maeda, Ai
Hermes
Hermes
Main
Aigase, Ryuji
Japanese
Aigase, Ryuji
Kino (original)
Kino (original)
Supporting
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Japanese
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Sakura
Sakura
Supporting
Yuuki, Aoi
Japanese
Yuuki, Aoi

Staff

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

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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Kayrhandros
Mar 19, 2007 2:55 PM
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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kumarei
Jul 20, 2008 12:38 PM
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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Chelle
Nov 10, 2006 6:43 AM
What do you say about an anime that is just about a traveler, journeying to different countries on the back of her talking motorcycle. Sounds boring, right? WRONG!!! This episodic anime, through odd little stories and dialogue, actually explores different aspects of human nature, in one of the most unique ways I have ever seen.
There is little to no character development, but in this kind of story, there is no need. There is one episode that gives the back story to Kino, and that was enough.
The different countries Kino visits, and the people Kino encounters will make you cry, will enrage read more
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Redward
Nov 20, 2009 12:03 AM
This is Kinos Journey? I'd rather stay at home.

What many people believe to be a great series, Kino's Journey is a collection of short stories revolving around different countries, customs, traditions and beliefs. The main character Kino travels to these countries with her talking motorcycle pal Hermes, and together they observe the world through outside perspectives.

In fact, its almost as if Kino is nothing more than a representation of the viewer. Kino does nothing but observe....ever. She never interferes or judges or saves, when she so easily could. She does nothing but watch the people of these countries act like morons, much like the viewer read more
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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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