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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
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Studios: A.C.G.T.
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.451 (scored by 43,465 users)
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Ranked: #1312
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Popularity: #576
Members: 121,106
Favorites: 4,158
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Episodes: /13
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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 markswoman 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
Main
Maeda, Ai
Japanese
Hermes
Main
Aigase, Ryuji
Japanese
Kino (original)
Supporting
Inoue, Kazuhiko
Japanese
Sakura
Supporting
Yuuki, Aoi
Japanese
Shishou
Supporting
Midori, Junko
Japanese
Riku
Supporting
Ootsuka, Houchuu
Japanese
Tchuhachkova, Nimya
Supporting
Kobayashi, Ai
Japanese
Shizu
Supporting
Irie, Takashi
Japanese
Inspector
Supporting
Poet's Daughter
Supporting
Saito, Chiwa
Japanese

Staff

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


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"All the Way" by Mikuni Shimokawa

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"The Beautiful World" by Ai Maeda




More reviewsReviews

Mar 19, 2007
Kayrhandros (All reviews)
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
Jul 20, 2008
kumarei (All reviews)
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
Nov 10, 2006
Chelle (All reviews)
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
Nov 20, 2009
Redward (All reviews)
*This Review may contain spoilers*

This is Kino's 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, read more

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