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 ^_^
Both of these shows focus on a traveler and the people they meet along the way. In Kino's case, she's simply a traveler with no set destination. For Ginko in Mushishi, he goes around to many different places and helps those who have been effected by 'mushi', which is also his job.
They also both share the same thinking-based mature atmosphere as well, sometimes even delving deep into the way the mind works and peoples own effects on the things around them.
These two rather slow, yet extremely interesting, shows are very alike and if you liked one of them you should definitely check out the other. read more
Both tell the life of a traveller who don't stay for very long on the same place.
Mushishi tends to the supernatural genre while Kino no tabi is just a fantasy genre. The main thing they have in common is that both have really deep stories and don't tend to the comedic spot.
I see so many similarities, I don't know where to begin. Both Ginko and Kino are force to give up there past lives due to something happening in their early childhood, and thus travel around the world. While Kino learns about the cultures of different places in her travels, Ginko's journey is more of one to help others affected by the mushi. Either way, both have episodal storylines. Though frankly I found myself enjoying Kino's journey more, there's no way one wouldn't enjoy both in the same way.
Story per episode, not much action, both about forced journey which was started because of some accident, similar beautiful animations, both almost bloodless. If you love one of them you'll love another one for sure.
Both series are episodic, and tied together by the travels of their protagonists. Still, they both hold together very well and have solid pacing. The two anime also frequently have a mythological or philosophical vibe to their stories. The main difference is that Kino has a more surreal kind of setting, while Mushishi's is more traditionally Japanese.
Episodic series about a perpetually travelling protagonist who moves from one locale to another and becomes involved with its denizens on a regular basis. They both have a fairly laidback pace, and the rather stoic yet softhearted nature of both protagonists begs further comparison. Although Kino focuses more on the travelling and Kino herself while Mushishi brings more attention to the mushi and patients being treated, the similarities are very hard to miss.
Both have a very calming feel to it and short one episode story lines and both involve traveling to different countries, but don't let that deceive you, each episode is filled with an amazing story and is concluded with an unexpected/philosophical twist that is bound to amaze you. Also the main characters are very similar in their passiveness(or sense of indifference) as well as their inability to settle down in one place.
Let me start off by saying that these two are both very excellent series in my opinion. Kino's Journey and Mushi-shi possess a certain quality that draws you into their own world. Kino's Journey gives the feel of being in a slightly dark fairytale, whereas Mushi-shi draws you into what seems like a world of mythology and folklore. I strongly recommend either of these series to anyone who is interested in a story book feel to their anime.
They both have a similar vibe of unsteady peace and they both follow the lives of people who travel far. They both focus on the observation of aspects of life (Kino's journey is more moral and mental while Mushishi is more physical and natural)
They are also both very earie and inspirational. Highly suggested!
The step up of the both animes are similar, each episode (or short arc) is it's own story and one does not need to watch them in any particular order to understand them (though I think that is the better course). The reason this is possible is because both main characters are travelers who do not take on any new companions for the duration of both series. Their histories are a mystery and little bits of both are revealed slowly in certain episodes. In addition I feel both have interesting and unique little stories for each episode that seem to have a deeper meaning and come off quite philosophic, though you don't really need to think this way in order to enjoy them. If you liked the idea, plot, characters, stories, or everything about one of these animes I am fairly sure you will love the other. read more
Both anime's stories are episodic with each story arc usually contained to just one episode. In each anime the main character travels around to various towns and cities to observe what's going on and usually lending a helping hand to the residents.
Both have a stand alone episode plot structure. Both have protagonists who have very good reasons for traveling. And both acquire memorable experiences wherever they go.
Kino is more apethetic and distant. Ginko helps any and every.
Theme of the journey, whereby the MC travels from place to place and helps people along the way; episodic; minimal background music/sounds; monotonous, expressionless MC; beautiful art (more so in Mushishi) and beautiful music (more so in Kino); general quiet, serene, & sleepy atmosphere.
The only difference is Kino is more philosophical, explores the human condition, and is full of life lessons, whereas Mushishi is supernatural, explores the paranormal, and is full of mindfreaks.
They're both episodic anime that center around someone who travels from town to town and they usually wind up helping someone through situations at each stop. Both stories have beautiful animation and offer up "life lessons."
Both animes are slow paced and thought-provoking, episodical in structure and green in look and feel, still, with some drastic shots here and there. Maybe Mushishi is more 'supernatural' whereas Kino no Tabi gets more comical. Both travelling protagonists seem to be fine with solitude, yet accompanied all the time.
Both are about a journey, leading to a path of greater enlightenment. Whether it's understanding the meaning of life or just understanding oneself a little better, both tackle philosophical problems of existence and morality while trying to grasp our own place in the world.
Shows that focus their character development on a solitary wanderer instead of a full cast. The stories the wanderer encounters, however, tell us a great deal about human nature and some very interesting reflections.
Both are beautifully serene and go along at a soft pace. In each, though the episodes may follow an overarching theme and central characters, they are individual stories rather than part of one continuous plot-line.
In Kino no Tabi we have a calm composed protagonist that travels the world seeing many strange and wonderful things. No matter what her feelings on a matter might be Kino never gets more involved than she has to and refuses to settle down, always traveling.
Mushishi has the same sort of formula with the composed traveler protagonist. However, Ginko cannot settle down due to extrenuating circumstances, also Ginko travels as an expert on a subject and therefor keeps a proffesional distance from his subjects.
The real reason someone who enjoyed Kino no Tabi would enjoy Mushishi is that you somehow experience these two shows in the same way, they both have that certain something that keeps you locked in. Also the animation is beautiful and the places interesting. read more
Both series are episodic and are at their core masterful examinations of culture, philosophy & human spirit. Though they have their noticeable and sometimes profound differences, where Mushi-shi has a far more supernatural sentiment that is a reflection of a cultural spiritual identity, and Kino's Journey has a far more down-to-earth approach enlightening an observation of humanities faults and attributing a very real embodiment of human nature.
Both these marvels take the wanderer/adventure/traveler concepts to a new level. Both are modern classics but with an age-old pacing and ambiance. They showcase why this genre is the most expansive and adept at wholly encompassing all aspects of human nature. These gems are the closest I've ever come to a religious experience, they just reek of mysticism and divinity in the best possible way.
Both has the same plot element about the main character travelling to different places and witnessing a problem.
Mushishi deals with spirit-like creatures whereas Kino's journey deals with people.
Both are also episodic (one episode = one story).
Episodic tale of lone (kinda) protagonist seemingly aimlessly travelling through world and interacting with lifes of others. Both works have extremelly well crafted storytelling and even minor characters are well developed, making every story as the protagonist encounters them interesting.
These episodic shows follow travelers and tell the stories of their encounters. Some of the tales told are remarkably similar as well: the origin of a name, the mountain's fire. The characters embody the mindset of a traveler: do not disrupt the flow.
Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are very similar to each other in many ways. The two series protagonists, at the very least, lead similar lives. Both are travelers. Both are detached, unbiased, and unprejudiced. Both also seem content to observe their world rather than preach to it. More broadly, both series use episodic plots to tell fables that are both thought provoking and emotionally resonant.
- rather episodic nature with minimal backround story development
- great sense of adventure and mystery of the world
- rather stoic, capable main character
- In Mushishi the MC is there to help the people while Kino is more of an observer and rarely intervenes
- Mushishi's short stories feature character interaction with great detail while Kino no Tabi is rather minimalistic and puts its focus on showing the system
- Kino no Tabi is arguably darker and mostly shows the ugly sides of humanity while Mushishi has more of a mix
The 3 best words to describe both of these shows? Episodic, dark and calming. Both main characters seem devoid of emotion, have interesting (and dark) backgrounds and travel from town to town learning about their chosen field. Whilst Kino travels to learn about the world ( ignoring the problems she faces) Ginko learns about Mushi, an invisible (to most) lifeform (similar to that of insects) solving the problems they cause people who dont know of their existence. Mushishi is extremely dark and most episodes can leave you feeling bittersweet or on the verge of tears. If you enjoy The Beautiful World, you will no doubt adore Mushishi as well. read more
The main character of both anime is a travelor. In the case of Kino no Tabi, Kino visits different countries and gets to know people's way of living. Mushishi shows how Ginko discovers the life of Mushi. One difference is that Kino doesn't interfere in the people's lives while Ginko always helps those who are affected by a Mushi. In Kino no Tabi you get to see a few short fights which is not the case in Mushishi.
Two lone travelers exploring beautiful fantasy worlds and encountering unique characters along their journey.
Both anime give a calm vibe but at the same time, there's always a dark side or dark theme involved.
Every Mushi-related issue solved by Ginko or city visited by Kino have a fairy tale feel.
The protagonist in each anime also share a mysterious aura, are generally very calm or 'cool', and have a background and motivation to go on a journey.
The supportive characters in both anime are also very likable and charismatic.
These shows see the world through the eyes of the traveler, giving an objective commentary to the worlds they visit. Each episode is a self contained narrative and their respective protagonists have mysterious back stories.
Not a discovery, but it is always good to remind how close Mushishi is to Kino no Tabi. Both series are episodic and have a different story in every chapter. Kino and Ginko are pretty similar: cold-minded, warm-hearted characters that are not good or bad, just "they", and in the end the philosophy is somehow the same: everywhere you go you'll find something new and different.
I recommend that if you liked one, you should watch the other, because for me, being a Kino fan, I am enjoying Mushishi.
Mushishi and Kino no Tabi are episodic and follow one or two charcters respectively for the anime's entirety. The main similiarity is that both shows excel at developing their calm but interesting atmospheres, which improves them both greatly.
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.
Both Animes start quite slow, and carry on calm and relaxing, but have got a very deep meaning about them. As well, both have got a theme you could call "talk about philosophical life and meanings". A bit exaggerated, but they still definitely have got a special meaning. The Ending is quite open too, nothing really ever happens particular, but still both have got that little, special sparkle, that's rare to find in an anime.
Both have a calm and slightly ominous atmosphere, make good use of muted colour palettes, and are chock full of metaphor. Kino no Tabi is episodic and more focused on giving a different message or making a different point each episode while Haibane Renmei is built around character interaction and drama.
I found these two series quite alike with their philosophical themes with an emotional story and an insightful main female protagonist. Although slow paced, both of their stories are intriguing and unique that explores subjects that can be emotional for viewers.
Both series also made me think about life and death occasionally that also deals with themes like redemption and forgiveness.
Both series takes an approach in a dream like environment with an insightful depth exploring questions that we often so much around the world. I also found two female protagonist in both series quite similar in several aspects especially in their independence and personalities.
Both series are quite beautiful as well that takes journey of its own. read more
Both anime have a very similar feel in terms of storytelling and both contain many philosophical and thoughtful undertones, like Kino's Journey Haibane Renmei is very unique and intelligent, and will make you think deeply after every episode. While the plot may be different at the core you will find many similarities, it is safe to say that if you enjoyed Kino's Journey you will definitely enjoy Haibane Renmei.
Kino's Journey feels very similar in tone to Haibane Renmei. They both share a sort of thoughtful, dreamlike melancholy, though Kino's Journey has a little bit more action. They're both slow-paced, mature shows that pose philosophical questions and make you want to think. Kino's Journey is one of the few shows that really captures the same sort of feeling as Haibane Renmei.
These are two quiet, philosophical Slice-of-life anime, which mainly center around humanity and our lifes. They have the same kind of atmossphere and tone and are both open-ended, even when the story is over, with a message that slowly unfolds to the viewer.
The art style is the main reason. It has this old storybook kind of feel that is very relaxing to see.
The stories in both are very similar. While Kino may be more episodic, both cover complicated issues like suicide, death, forgiveness, and despair in simplistic ways.
The writing itself is very similar. The diction of the characters is surprisingly similar.
I don't want to give away anymore, lest I spoil some plot, but both a great!
Both are philosophical episodic shows surrounding events of travel through different areas. Each with their own story, Kino and Girls Last Tour resonate in a way. One is post-apocalyptic and another is through stories of different countries. However, both are able to give off a lesson on life through deep conversations and vivid imagery.
Both are quiet and atmospheric shows which are episodic in nature and feature a young female character (two young female characters in the case of Girls' Last Tour) traveling to different places. They also share a dark and unsettling tone, a slow pace and feature philosophical ruminations.
They air the same season.(the sequel does)
They have similar climat.
They're both about cute girls(and motorrad/kettenkrad) and their banter.
They're both mono aware to some extent.
They're both in an untypical setting. (post apocalyptic one in SSR, and kino one in kino)
They seem cute but are 'dark and deep'(at least to some people).
They have interesting world building (layers/countries).
They both can be very depressing at times.
There are a lot of people comparing "Girls world tour" to "Made in Abyss". Tbh I couldn't disagree more. "Girls world tour" might contain happy, positive characters who are surrounded in a dark, tense world, but thats as far as the comparison goes.
I personally feel it is far more related to a show like Kinos beautiful world. A pretty young girl with a dark past, numbing her to emotion and forcing her to be cold to the people she comes across while she explores her world.
Kino tries to avoid effecting the countries she visits. Prefering to just watch and examine, helping those who directly need her but without going out of her way. The story is about her as she travels the world in a very similar way to "Girls world tour" does.
Both have very dark, atmospheric environments with slow, light ambient music. Most of both shows are fairly episodic, only really being linear in how the characters develop as we learn more about them.  read more
They are similar in a way that it feels like Girls last tour is heavely influenced by Kino no Tabi. Both are great shows about girls with abnormal pasts go on a journey to discover their worlds while seeking answers. Kino no Tabi tends to be more tragic and philosophical than Girls last tour and the latter feels more carefree with some heartwarming moments.
Both are quiet yet unsettling series that take place in alternate worlds that represent both the worst and (occasionally) the better things about humanity. Both shows are about travel through landscapes and situations that are distressing but also fascinating.
Both shows feature two main characters wandering around
-In case of Kino traveling and visiting various cities with distinct cultures.
-In case of GLT surviving in the empty world after most of humanity's vanished.
Both shows have a very dense atmosphere (GLT being more Iyashikei-y)
Both shows have something to say.
-In case of Kino, individual episodes often present what is author's views on human nature
-In case of GLT, the main characters discuss topics ranging from edibility of various things to, fe, what "god" means, but in overall cute manner.
Kino is overall way darker, while GLT mostly just feels good despite the apocalypse thing.
Both animes share many similarities with each other. Both are episodic, thought-provoking, and have dual protagonists who travel. They can also both get very philosophical, which gives the same overall feel.
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.
Both series feature a main character that travels from place to place, learning more about that place and the people in it along the way. Instead of being a main component of the plot, the protagonists instead act as eyes through which the viewer can observe the stories of other characters.
Psychological and sociological journey through distopian worlds/countries. Settings are bit different, we got steampunk in Kino's and surrealistic cyberpunk in Kaiba. Despite childish characters, series are made for adults.
These anime both make you think a lot.
The protagonists come into different strange areas/ planets where they face very human problems. Watching the animes gives you the chance to go on a journey with the protagonists and maybe see new aspects of human nature.
Also (at least for me) both animes are rather hard to get into in the beginning.
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.
1) Fumika and Kino are EXTREMELY similar in personality. When you see Fumika in combat, you think "KINO!" right away.
2) There's a talking staff (Kanaka) in Shigofumi as there is a talking motorcycle (Hermes) in Kino no Tabi.
3) Both are episodic series
Both series are amazing, so if you love one, you'll defiantly love the other.
Both Shigofumi and Kino are a series of short stories about the sometimes gentle, sometimes darker side of human life and nature. While Shigofumi deals with the feels of the living left by the dead and the last words of the departed, Kino is about life, and the many sides of human nature. Both Kino and Fumika are detached observers witnessing the events that unfold, though Kino tends to offer more dry sarcasim and commentary, since Fumika is fairly quiet. Both Hermes and Kanaka give their shares of insights to the events while serving up regular amounts of comic relief to the sometimes dark stories.
Both are episodic, and are more about one-episode stories and characters that only appear once. Both main characters are expert gunslingers and are considered more observers of the world around them than actual characters.
Episodic series that give us lesson to accept the truth no matter how unfair it is. Main characters have a talking-object-partner, Kino with her talking-motorcycle (Hermes) and Fumika with her talking-staff (Kanaka). Fumika and Kino also have same personalities, rather silence and observe the happened event than interfere it.
An emotionless girl living in a cruel world, both with a dark past that gets revealed later as the show progresses. Both shows have a episodic storyline with each episode introducing new characters that have their own story. (though shigofumi develops more of a plot later on, whereas kino no tabi is episodic all the way through).
Both Shigofumi and Kino are episodic series. These two anime give us lesson to accept the truth no matter how unfair it is. they have verry similar atmosphere ( dark, drama, depressing at times) There's a talking staff (Kanaka) in Shigofumi as there is a talking motorcycle (Hermes) in Kino no Tabi. Fumika and Kino are similar in personality.
They both very great anime! :)
Both are very calm, "chill", and enchanting, follow a pair's journey across vast landscapes, and often hold very little in the way of action (though tidbits here and there crop up), aside from dialogue exchange and focus on the scenery/townscapes.
Both are relatively calm shows featuring traveling themes and the dangers of such a life. Kino is more about different cultures and ideas, while Spice deals more with economics and the life of a traveling salesman.
Both series contain quite a lot similarities tbh:
- fantasy/supernatural elements
- traveler style genre
- an independent and self rigthous main heroine
- an adventurous theme
- contains dilemma involving other characters as the journey continues
- deals with human interaction
- similar atmosphere
- similar pace
- adventure takes different customs as episodes progresses
- contains a moral lesson/value for each journey
Duo of protagonists (technically, if we count Hermes) travelling around the world visiting countries with different customs and interacting with others as we learn the life stories of multiple secondary characters.
The biggest similarity is the soundtracks for sure, from the opening of first episode I immediately got reminded of Spice&Wolf. Both are sad in an interesting way.
Also both series' main characters travel through land to land, only in Spice&Wolf they have a final destination and a non-episodic storyline which mainly involves trading plans and such. But still some plot points are mainly aimed at the audience just like in all episodes of Kino no Tabi.
Spice&Wolf has a way more happy atmosphere and is more colourful but the characters have a different kind of dialogue which keeps the interest in them just like in Kino no Tabi.  read more
Ergo Proxy, like Kino's Journey shows human psychology through a series of travels. A major difference is that this study of human nature is embedded within a larger plot in Ergo Proxy, while Kino's Journey's main point seems to be the study of human nature.
Also, both animes involve a bit of philosophical thinking.
A dangerous journey through a weird world, where the characters learn something about themselves everyday. They travel into the unknown, and visit strange places and desolate lands, often with weird people. They get involved into wars or fights, and often risk their own lives. The shows contain many philosophical gems and deep arguments.
- great sense of adventure and discovery, you will often see something you have never seen before
- social criticism through a dystopian system
- main female lead are both bold and capable
- Ergo Proxy has an overarching plot
Although Ergo Proxy tells a single story in a different setting, it contains also significant episodic part about MCs' journey through bizarre encounters at different places, similar to Kino no Tabi. Also - both anime aim to be thoughtful and philosophical.
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.
Both series share some of the same genre's and feelings towards the world and certain characters. But while Kino no Tabi deals with Humans, Nature, Society and different Cultures, Casshern SINS deals with death, eerie atmosferes, despair, isolation and (lost) Hope. Both series deal with a lot of introspectiveness and will change the view to certain things for you. Both also share a great amount of good art/animation, though in completely different style's.
It's very similar in how of the main characters go around on journeys and how they are both very sad since they're both loners. It's short and blunt, but that's what I see in them both, they are very simaliar in many ways.
Both Kino's Journey and Casshern Sins are episodic shows (Kino's Journey more than Casshern Sins) and both main characters travel, meeting new people and discovering more about the world around them. Also the sceneries in both shows are absolutely beautiful.
A journey through the world unknown, where the characters learn something about themselves everyday. Although Kino features significantly less action, both of these have a calming pace and convey certain messages, either in single episodes or as a whole. A couple of allegories can be found in each of them, and while not too forfecul, they do cause an introspection or two. I can't say they have the exact same niche as a target, but I'm positive that having watched and enjoyed one, a couple of open-minded people will surely appreciate the other.
Jing: King of Bandits is a philosophical, episodic anime (like Kino's Journey) that focuses on the main character and his sidekick. They travel the world searching for something--in Kino's Journey, it's knowledge; in Jing, it's treasure. All in all very good anime.
Kino travels from country to country and staying no longer than three days, which is just long enough to gain an understanding of the people living there. Jing travels from land to land in order to seek various treasures, staying only long enough to get what he wants, but not before becoming involved in the affairs of the people there. Both shows feature the titular characters traveling with a sidekick. Both main characters are tough and free spirited, and while they will help others in need, they'll only really do so out of self-interest.
Both shows feature storybook-like settings that are fantastical in nature, but each story has some meaning or theme that they try to explore. Their effectiveness can vary, ranging from remarkably profound to being heavy-handed, but both shows make great attempts to give insight into many philosophical and literary ideas. In both shows, each story presents a scenario to the viewer, where they are invited to find the reason behind the story, the real-world implications they have, questions that arises the implications, and possible answers that could be extracted by both the execution of the story and one's own interpretation. These stories may not all have deeper meaning, but the way they're presented leaves them open for investigation and discussion.
Kino's Journey is slow and passive while Jing: King of Bandits is an action/adventure/comedy that gets serious every now and then. Fine works both of them, but keep in mind that while they attempt to do the same thing, their presentation styles are different. read more
both are episodic fantasy anime about a mysterious person and their talkative partner who travels the world just to do so and finds interesting things along their way
Differences: Jing is more action and comedy while Kino is more philosophy and drama
Both shows are broken into short stories that last a few episodes. They both discuss the themes of otherness quite well while travelling and posing philosophical questions. Jing and Kino are both wonderful characters and I wouldn't mind watching their travels continue forever :D
Both "Kino's Journey" and "Serial Experiments Lain" have a lot of similarities.
For one they are both directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, a master in Japanese animation, who continues to prove his expertize with the recent "Ghost Hound" TV series for Production I.G. . Since both Lain and Kino are directed by Nakamura they focus a lot on "atmposhere" and scenery, and have a lot of (what film critic Roger Ebert would call) "pillow shots" . They never rush to the next scene they always relax, and animate small things, allowing you to think about what just happened. They also use his style of text popping up ever now and then, to blend with the narrative of the story. They both also have many other similiarities due to the way the director handles his anime.
Both anime series are very philosphical and a psychological. They delve deep into these areas, and really become more then just throw away entertainment. They make (sometime blunt) statements about ourselves, this world, humanity different cultures, and many other concepts and ideas (the internet for example appears multiple times in Lain, and War comes up a lot in Kino's Journey).
They both are also partly very focused character studies. Kino's Journey delves a little into Kino as a character, while Serial Experiments Lain focuses on Lain deeply. There are also lots of similurities between both characters.
Both series are 13 episodes long, very artsy and expermental, very sureal, and sometimes mess with your head a little (more in Lain). Both series are also very slow paced shows. They both are dark series, that focus more on the darker side of humanity, although "Kino" does study the lighter side of humanity at times. They both also have great opening themes, good ending themes, and very limited, yet useful use of background music and insert songs. I also find the animation in both of them to be underrated. Kinos goes for the simple yet beautiful look, while Lain goes for a more "dark and edgy" look which work for each show. I find Lain to have really good character designs and artwork, esecially given it's age. This is apprently overlooked by many reviewers which is sad. They notice the outdated CGI, but ignore the other very nice aspects of Lain's animation.
There are some differences however between the two that are important. Since "Kino's Journey" was made 5 years after "Serial Experiments Lain", I find in "Kino" Nakamura to be much more focused and clear to where he is going then in "Lain". "Lain" is rought around the edges a little, but "Kino" is very polished. Also "Kino's Journey" is simple (and easy to follow) and very easy to understand, yet brilliant, while "Serial Experiments Lain" is very difficult to understand, hard to follow, very complex, and hard to digest.
Still I'd suggest "Kino's Journey" to any "Serial Experiments Lain" fan, and vice versa. They both are really good anime series that all anime fans should watch at least once.
Both series have similar slow-paced narration, lot of calm and static scenes. While Lain is more philosophical and focus on individuality, Kino no Tabi has interests in society and how civilization works. What important - same director is responsible for both series and you will clearly notice many similarities.
Young girl travels around the world and interracts with various people, learning their stories and maybe helping them. Both girsl also scarcely shows emotions, have military experience and can defend themselves without a problem, thought their look might suggest otherwise.
Both are episodic shows with leads who don't show much emotion, the draw of both shows is the episodic person/place they go to and the story that results from that, and both are more atmospheric than story driven. Kino's Journey is just more philosophical while Violet Evergarden is more emotions based.
Stories of two young individuals traveling vaguely historical, vaguely fantastical worlds, viewing the best and worst in people, all while showing very little emotion. Both beautiful meditations on how mankind interacts with each other, and how beautiful and terrible that can be.
While each of these two anime have a vastly different tone, they both share similar themes. Both feature stoic female main characters who, after many episodic scenarios, grow as a person and influence the people they meet.
Galaxy Express 999 has been stated as the inspiration for Kino's Journey. Both follow a young observer who travels around. Each place visited seems to hinge on one focal point of society and the viewer is left to draw conclusions and form their own opinions.
Both feature stand-alone episodes that discuss life in a symbolic, metaphorical manner.
They are both legends in anime and are powerfully written.
Galaxy Express is very old, yet it's stories are still quite fresh. Has an overarching story that ends, and it's significantly longer.
Kino dicusses more about humanity and their endeavors than anything else. Most of the episodes' tones are heavy and largely depressing.
A traveler and their companion (in Galaxy Express' case, Maetel and Tetsuro) set out on a long, seemingly endless journey, a journey that has the same destination, adulthood.
Both Tetsuro and Kino are thrust into their journey after a major event in their lives backs them into a corner. Whereas Tetsuro learns about the customs and histories of other planets, Kino learns about the customs and histories of other countries. Both get into bad situations from time to time, but one thing is consistent with all of the planets/countries, they always leave with more knowledge and thoughts about their lives than they had when they first visited them.
Kino's Journey is focused on being philosophical, unlike Galaxy Express, which has its fair share of philosophical moments in its hundred and thirteen episodes but it's far from the focus. A few episodes of Galaxy Express actually get a lot darker than most of what happens during Kino's journey, despite the fact it's a children's show from the late 70s. I would definitely recommend Galaxy Express to anyone who enjoyed Kino's Journey, but found it ultimately unsatisfying due to its short length.  read more
Both series feature lovely scenery and music, the effects of war as seen by a girl who is essentially outside of the conflict, and just generally leave you with a good feeling. Kino's Journey is more laid-back than Sora no Woto's outright upbeatness, but overall I'm definitely reminded of Kino while watching it.
"Someone told me that this world is ending. But I like this world"
Much like Kino no Tabi, Sora no Woto is a series that shares a basic message; "the world is not beautiful, therefore, it is". Despite the terrible vices, tragedies, and misfortunes that plague the world and those who live in it, it is through these adversities that the truly marvelous things in life can really shine. Both series affirm the beauty of life and help instill a desire to enjoy life, despite the darker times.
As strange as it may sound, both series can have a therapeutic effect on a viewer, through their marvelous construction of worlds and gentle affirmation of the beauty in life.  read more
So Ra No Wo To is rather unique in my opinion and not like anything else but I somehow feel that I liked it for the same reasons I liked Kino no Tabi. The atmosphere is really pleasant and the story doesn't really seem to follow any typical pattern. While the inverse may not be true it is my belief that anyone that liked So Ra No Wo To will not be dissapointed by Kino no Tabi.
The two series share several traits to each other, Travelling, action and interesting story plots.
While watching both these series I noticed the traits they have in common. From Travelling to place to place and either gaining something or bad they both have the ability to get out of these scenarios in ways that one wouldn't commonly think of. On top of that the two series both have amazing hidden messages and also provide a different perspective in a different time era. The two series also include very interesting Protagonists on top of that, they also include various of amazing people they meet along the way. There are many differences to both series however when I thought of an anime that was similar to Allison To Lillia my first though was no doubt Kino no Tabi. The animations of the series are stunning. They both hold funny tales and sad ones. I personally loved both series and believe that people would enjoy Allison To Lillia.
If you would like to know more about this series please feel free to watch it. It's a beautiful anime and is surely is worth your time. However this is solely my opinion.
Thank you kindly for taking your time to read this recommendation.  read more
Both series features the adventure theme where the main characters sets off on a journey of discovery and wonders.
Both series generally have a similar feeling as the characters travel across the world. The fact that LN author Keiichi Sigsawa is involved in both series also creates the basic setting.
Both follow an episodic structure with a slower, gentle pacing. The vignettes are often somber in tone, with quite a few sad moments in both series. If you enjoyed the thoughtful nature of one, you'll like the tone of the other.
- In Natsume Yuujinchou there are two main characters, namely Natsume and his bodyguard/companion Nyanko sensei (Madara).
This is similar to Kino no Tabi where Kino is accompanied by his talking motorcycle Hermes.
- Natsume helps/deals with Youkai and Kino visits countries, each one unique and a world on its own. Both have beautifully crafted episodes that present slice of life things. In general an experience is shown rather than it being judgemental.
-Both series are relaxing (although some might cry) and episodic.
-Last but not least, both are master pieces.
Both series are about an MC who travels to very different cities and gives insight to how these cities are unique. Kino no Tabi's story focuses more on the cities while Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi focuses more on the MC.
Both series are episodic in nature- thought Sunday Without God's arcs are three episodes apiece, both very much utilize this formula.
Both involve traveling to other cities and countries in order to learn about another's way of life.
Neither tell you necessarily how to feel about what you are seeing. It leaves those feelings up to you.
Both have very philosophical and moral themed arcs.
In ACCA Jean travels to vastly different regions as an inspector for his country. Kino visits different city-state like countries as traveler with her motorad Hermes. Both Of these shows are episodic focusing as much on how people live in these fictional regions as on their main characters
"Kino's Journey" and "Now and Then, Here and There" are similar in a lot of ways. While at first they seem to be very different, they are alike. For one thing both series are very "simple" but not overly simple. Hard to understand eh? Like for example both series have simple, un-complicated plots, that will just stun and amaze you. Both series also have modest, and simple artwork and animation, yet still look very nice and not cheap at all.
Some other things that are similar are they are both very dark, in tone and atmosphere (Now and Then is much darker though) and very sad (Now and Then is much sadder). Both series are short anime series that you will wish lasted a lot longer. Both series use their opening and closing themes to their advantage (and it helps that they are all great songs). Both Kino's Journey and Now and Then, Here and There prove that gimmicks are not needed to create great anime series. Both series are "different" then the norms of anime, but very amazing, perhaps because of it. If anything else connects the two series, is that they are both anime masterpieces not to be missed by anyone who even remotely likes anime. If you have not seen one of these series, you owe it to yourself and humanity to watch it. Both series put the medium of anime to great use, perhaps better then anything else I've seen. Live action, or novels would not do these series justice (although they would still probably be great,, it’s important to note Kino’s Journey is actually based off a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa).
There are a lot of differences however. For instance "Now and Then, Here and There" is one story throughout, while "Kino's Journey" is episodic in nature, only Kino and Hermes (the motorcycle) are in all the episodes. Kino's Journey is very philosophical, psychological, , deep, and simple to understand, without being stupid (in fact being brilliant!). Now and Then, Here and There is just a very powerful story, that's simple to understand, but does not delve much into Psychology or philosophy, yet still is very good. It has a message though, and does make you think. And Kino's Journey make syou think as well. Still Kino's Journey has some powerful stories to tell too, and never fails to amaze. Kino's Journey is very slow (yet never boring or bad, just takes it's time with the paceing, which works well for the series), while Now and Then, Here and There is a little faster paced, yet not action packed or anything. Now and Then may be a little too dark to watch for some people, but most mature viewers could watch Kino's Journey, while it is dark, it's not as bad as Now and Then is, nor is it as disturbing, or twisted. But don't expect flowers, sunshine and rainbows either...some messed up stuff does happen.
I think both series seem to be liked by the same type of people. Anyone who likes Now and Then, Here and There, would like Kino's Journey and vice versa. Both are top-level anime, for more mature audiences, that will amaze you, and make you wish they went on a little longer.
• They both deal with mature and dark themes.
• They both have simple artwork, which deliver the story in an optimal and enjoyable way.
• They both have children as protagonists.
• Both are short series.
• They both deal with war and tirany as a theme, although Kino doesn't have it as a constant theme, while Now and Then, Here and There does.
• Kino no Tabi's episodes are conclusive within of themselves, while Now and Then, Here and There episodes don't reach selfconclusive.
• While both series use characters to develop their themes, Kino no Tabi uses the change of setting as a tool of presenting new themes, while Now and Then, Here and There does it through its characters only.
• Most of the characters in Kino no Tabi are episodic. Most characters in Now and Then, Here and There are not.
• Kino no Tabi is mostly done with a theme after one episode, while Now and Then, Here and There continues and develops on them further as the series goes.
• Kino no Tabi puts a great deal of focus on its atmosphere, while Now and Then, Here and There puts a great deal of focus on the events happening in the series. read more
Both shows explore the human nature, have a philosophical tone and give you an eerie feeling. The artwork is somewhat similar, both being simplistic with pastel colours.
Princess Tutu has some comedy and more action, though.
Both have similar components - a meaningful and endearing journey coupled with a climactic and philosophically important ending.
Charming art-styles, great VAs, and the whole nine yards of production quality are met as well.
Both main characters are watchers who follow the events in the world as they transpire.
Both have a unique storytelling feel. Flag is found footage, Kino is like a storybook.
Both explore similar themes such as death, war, purpose, and what it means to 'watch.'
Both animes are about girls who were saved from being killed by a man, after that they decide to be stronger and take the man as a role model. They also go on journeys in order to save others the way they were saved. Both main female characters are tomboyish and strong willed. Both animes have their own imaginary world setting. If you enjoyed Seirei no Moribito you will definitely enjoy Kino no Tabi as well.
Though plot structures differ, both present worlds with amazing detail and setting.
Both contain incredibly strong, smart, and neutral protagonists.
Though Seirei no Moribito is more story driven and have more characterization. Both shows present a grey morality very well.
While not entirely similar in their stories, they both consist of an individual who travels by way of bike (bicycle and motorcycle) far and wide to see the beauties that the world holds. They both don't stay too long wherever they go. And they both have the same goal: To explore the world and obtain knowledge about it. Kino's Journey is much more focused on these aspects, while in Golden Boy Kintaro gets sidetracked quite a bit with his lustful actions and gets himself into various ecchi situations of comedy gold.
MC's are nomadic adventurer's who travel to learn about themselves and the world around them. They share the first the first three letters of their names, travel on bikes and are highly practical. Both anime inspire wanderlust
Both have the same atmosphere and mood. There is a whimsical nature to them. Both are fairy tales/children's stories that take place in a somewhat medieval world with bits of sci-fi and fantasy woven in. Where Arete is about a princess who yearns to experience the outside world, Kino is about a traveller who explores the many unique countries in the world. Even the art, character design, and tone of color is similar.
Both are about the adventures of two young girls who ride motorcycles. Kino no tabi is definitely calmer while Michiko to Hatchin has quite a bit more action and drama, but both of them make you feel like you got more out of them than just entertainment.
Another day, another journey! Welcome to the world of freedom where the pleasure of travelling waits at every stopover, searching day after day, their journey will become more valuable than their goal, enjoy !
These series are similar in that they both have a very similar focus. Neither series are really made to just entertain the viewer and to merely tickle us with animation, action, comedy and other forms of vibrato. Instead Gunslinger Girl and Kino's Journey share the same motive of simply making us think.
Both series will continue to provide various situations with each episode, which consist of conflicts of similar themes, but neither really end with any suggestion as to what the resolve should be, thus leaving it up to the viewer.
If you appreciate the challenge of watching Kino's Journey, Gunslinger girl will surely give you the same appreciation, and vice versa. read more
Both shows bring up questions regarding society and humanity, allowing the viewer to come up with their own interpretation and opinion. They also have enough action dispersed throughout to keep the atmosphere tense and the audience engaged.
...plus, you know, girls with guns are awesome. ^^
Both are very surreal in their setting and presentation. They feel much the same in terms of mood and atmosphere, although Jinrui is primarily a satirical comedy while Kino's Journey is more about the slice of life aspect. If you like witty humor and want to become lost in a strange world, both of these are a great pick.
So the premise of each story is pretty different. Kino no Tabi is about an adventurer traveling the world, while Popotan is about 3 girls and their android maid traveling through time and space. However, both share a common goal: finding answers. Kino is on a quest for self-discovery; Ai, Mai, and Mii travel to find the answers to their most personal questions. Each episode, with a few exceptions, is a standalone story about the daily lives of the main characters, and while the two shows have fairly different genres, both do a really good job at creating a similar atmosphere.
Both series have the different story per episode going on, with an overall poetic and dark tale, similar pacing & length too. Although Boogiepop is more sci-fi/horror, where as Kino is more of a classic morbid fairytale type.
Both centered around a child/children with a talking object (Gargoyle/Hermes motorbike) in a fantasy-like setting with underlying dark themes i.e. drugs, cults, and natural disasters. Though Yoshinaga-san is a bit more light-hearted while Kino leans toward adventure; both obscure the line between right and wrong.
Both shows are about a traveling youngster, who learn's more about the world around them as their journey develops. Both have different reasons for traveling, though there's a few similarities with the mini stories that you'll encounter as you watch the two.
While the art styles could not be less similar, and Kino no Tabi has very little linear plot to speak of while Madoka is just overflowing with it, they both have a lot of philosophical ideas and points. Both of these anime make you think, question yourself just a little bit, see the beauty of the world as well as all its flaws. It's also very east to form an extreme emotional connection to both these anime, as I have done.
After watching Heatguy J for a while, the anime is made up of standalone episodes but each episode has a basic theme people care learn from watching every episode. I think HeatGuy J is more related to Kino's Journey then Ghost in the shell is...
Both anime travel to different places and meet different people. Tsubasa Chronicles has more of a focus on the storyline and Kino's does not have a objective. The adventure of these animes are both very similar as they go on there journey...
Both have the same relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Both can also be rather philosophical at times and have slight sci-fi/fantasy elements which fit the world naturally. Kino no Tabi is way better though, just saying.
Both just give me that similar feeling, and i love them both. However, Shinigami no Ballad could have been much better unfortunatly, not living up to the novels. While Kino's Travels does, a masterpiece in everyway.
- Both are episodic in nature
- Both involve traveling to various places, often in "Europe-ish" style
- Both involve solving problems of different kinds
- Both use quite varied backgrounds from episode to episode
- The protagonist of both series is quite versatile regarding physical and intellectual skills
Kino no Tabi as a TV show and Kara no Kyoukai as a movie series both share atmosphere, different kinds of atmosphere mind you, but certainly they are similar in feeling (for me at least). Both tend to be violent and unnerving as well as "dense" and "thought provoking". However, one is meant to be calm and intriguing, while the other, convoluted and tense. Which one is which? If you don't know already, then you better find out.
• Both anime are stories that mainly focus on the characters and events surrounding their main characters, rather than the main characters themselves.
• Both shows put great emphasis on atmosphere.
• Both are short series with stories of varying lengths.
• Both anime explore a range of different themes through the characters encountered in them.
• Both have self conclusive stories that won't majorly (or at all) overlap with the other stories.
• The art style of Kino no Tabi is simplistic while Mononoke's art style is quite experimental and out of the general norm.
• The main character of Kino no Tabi's reason for travelling is explored while the main character's reason for hunting mononoke in Mononoke isn't detailed.
• While they both put great focus on the world of the series, Kino no Tabi puts more focus into the events and the setting in which they come to unravel than Mononoke, while Mononoke deals with exploring the characters in that setting rather than the place itself.
• Kino no Tabi has some more lighthearted stories in its midst, while most of the stories in Mononoke are quite tragic. read more
Kino's Journey and Yuru Camp definitely are two very different shows, don't get me wrong. But they've got a similar quality to them, this nebulous feeling of calmness. One is a post-apocalyptic(ish) fairy tale about an androgynous traveller and their talking bike, and the other is some teenage girls camping around middle Japan, but I can say that you have a good chance of liking one if you like the other. Both shows find beauty in the world in understated, small moments, a kind of tranquility that Japanese animation excels at.
A girl on a journey, accompanied by (a) loyal friend(s), meeting different people and having different adventures/tasks to complete in each episode.
The beginning starts off in the middle of the adventure and you learn more about what's going on as the series progresses.
Sometimes weird, sometimes disturbing...
Strong female leads.
Both focus on a female traveler who is skilled with a gun but would rather not use it. Kino no Tabi is more philosophical and episodic, while Grenadier is ecchi action/adventure with an overarching plotline. Both have some comedic moments.
-Similar style of storytelling using elements of sci-fi to create allegories
-Stories usually last only an episode and can seem slow or simplistic at times but generally do a good job exploring the idea presented. RD develops a more continuous storyline later though.
-Both have young female protagonists
Both anime focus more on the atmosphere than the story. They're the kind of anime that make you think about things. Ojii-san no Lamp is a short movie/single episode about dealing with the change that comes with time. A recurring theme in Kino no Tabi is how the world is always changing.
A story about a boy who travels with his Bike companion ( Elan Vital, a high tech bike *fighting Machine*), though it has a plot that follows through all the episodes. It is far from close but they do feel related.
Both of these are fantasy animes about young adults going on a journey and learning more about the world beyond their hometown. Princess Mononoke is more violent and contains a more solid storyline, where Kino's Journey is more philosophical and abstract.
Both "Kino's Journey" and "A Wind Named Amnesia" have traditional sci-fi elements in them, that one would expect to find in western movies and TV series. However neither would ever be done in the west, but their backdrops have been used multiple times. Both series are about 2 people (well one person and a motorcycle that speaks in "Kino's Journey", and trust me it's not as silly as it sounds), who are on a journey, and travel to many different places that are in contrast with each other, and our world. Both series are journeys in the literal sense, and journeys into the human mind. They examine ways of thought, what it means to be human, the darker and lighter sides of humanty, and even get very psychological at times. In essence they are incredbly philosphical journeys, and very well thought out. The examine schools of thought, religion, morality, and other concepts incredbly well. They are both two very deep and just brilliant animes. Both series are not boring, but slow paced. They do feature action, and use it quite well, but neither are exiting, riveting, non-stop fighting kind of series. If you want non-stop robot fighting, look elsewhere. If you want intellegent thought provoking anime, these two meet that critera better then most anime I've seen. Also the english dubs on both are great, well worth a listen to even sub-only fans.
There are some slight differences. "Kino's Journey" has some fantasy elements, while those are lacking in "A Wind Named Amnesia". "Kino's Journy" being a 13 episode TV series is longer, and overall the stronger of the two. But to "Amnesia's" defense, it was first, and beat out "Kino" by 13 years. "Amnesia" should have been/could have been a very interesting 13-26 episode TV series, sadly it isn't it's just a movie. "Kino's Journey" has a more "simplistic" yet beautiful type of artwork, while "A Wind Named Amnesia" has a more standard high quality Madhouse look to it (which still looks great almost 20 years later), both which work well. Both also feature different styles of music. Also "Kino" is a little more preachy about what it's dealing with, while "Amnesia" leave the answers wide open. Kino in "Kino's Journey" is more of an observer, while Wataru in "A Wind Named Amnesia" interacts with, and attempts to change things at times.  read more
amazing female lead that kicks everything but that she fights. they both also have a talking electronic friend. they both also have an episodic playing style. if you like the third you will love kino's journey.
Both of these anime have a theme of travel and discovery. Whereas Kino is more of a passive, objective protagonist passing through lands personifying aspects of the human condition, Juuni Kokuki, or "Chronicle of Twelve Kingdoms" is seen from the eyes of a much more relatable character, where through her human condition we see the fantastical world she comes to live in. The different worlds in both of the anime are distinctive and compelling, but I would have to say Juuni Kokuki is the more amazing of the two overall. It is condensed epic-ness and ends painfully soon, I felt.  read more
For those who loved the storytelling style of Kino no Tabi, ef - a tale of memories does it quite similarly, but instead of reflecting on the inperfection of humans, ef is catered more to the audience who wants a plot, yet at the same time keep the same style. ef focuses more on the visuals than ideals or the script, so be prepared to think harder if you are not so artistically-inclined.
Both are of the slice of life genre, but both share a dark feeling that other slice of life do not have. The anime focuses on the story of how each main character views their world, both the good and no-so good sides of it.
Aside from being short, episodic series, both stories feature a strong, interesting lead woman who, along with a fellow companion, whimsically travel to different places. While Kino is more philosophically based, Ran is more action-adventure.
Within both we have two individuals - one apparently innofensive and one know-it-all, traveling the vast lands together - meeting interesting people and facing challenges along the way.
Both have unconventional artwork, feature heavily on scenery and detiled dialogue.
On the surface, xxxHOLiC and Kino's Journey don't look like they would have a lot in common. The characters and circumstances are a bit different, and most of the stories that happen through out each series don't relate to each other at all, but there are some similarities between the two that can be shown through, mainly, the story.
First off, both series are very episodic, meaning that each episode could, potentially, stand alone by itself and still make sense to someone that hasn't really seen earlier episodes. Another thing is that Kino, from Kino's Journey, and Watanuki, from xxxHOLiC, develop their characters through the trials that they're put through and grow stronger as they go on through their travels.
For characters, I can see Doumeki, from xxxHOLiC, being very similar to Kino, from Kino's Journey, in the sense that they both don't have a very wide range of emotions. Doumeki doesn't show as much emotion as Kino does, however, and Kino does have her moments of caring deeply for people she doesn't know, like Watanuki does, but for the most part, Kino and Doumeki are similar.
Really, the thing that made me realize they were similar was their feel. Sure, xxxHOLiC is surrounded by more supernatural things than Kino's Journey, but for the most part, Kino's Journey and xxxHOLiC have similar emotional ties to the audience that make the audience watch more and care for the characters, even some of the minor ones. read more
In both anime, we get glimpses of many different places and cultures, all very different from each other. Kino's Journey focuses more on the characters involved in these scenarios, while Phantasmagoria sticks to general overviews of each setting. Also, in Kino's Journey there is conflict, but Phantasmagoria is more like a peaceful slice of life.