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Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

Alternative Titles

English: Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
Synonyms: Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World
Japanese: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-


Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Mar 10, 2000 to ?
Authors: Sigsawa, Keiichi (Story), Kuroboshi, Kohaku (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.681 (scored by 874 users)
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Ranked: #532
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Destination is a state of mind. A tale of one girl and her bike and the road ahead. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual, anthropomorphic motorcycle, only staying in each country for three days. During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. But through it all, they never lose their sense of freedom. They discover that because of the world's imperfections, it is actually a thing of beauty. "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."

(Source: Tokyopop)


Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World appeared on the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! rankings under the Best Light Novel category three times: 2nd place in 2006, 5th place in 2007, and 6th place in 2008. As of October 2014, the series has sold more than 8 million novels.

Tokoyopop published the first novel of the series in English on October 3, 2006; however, due to issues with the licensors, they were unable to release further volumes. The series has also been published in German, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.

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Dec 21, 2007
This book is a lot like the anime. It follows it extremely closely. I did not give it an art rating because it is a novel...

It follows the storys in a different order then the anime. But if you've seen the anime you will notice immediately that you've seen these stories.

It might be better to read this first that way later you can see it come to life on the screen.

Reccomend for older teens due to violence(cannibalism)
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Aug 24, 2010
This was a great read from start to finish. The story of Kino and her Journey with Hermes through the odd, dangerous, frightening, yet beautiful world. Every place she goes is another view through diversity. Some chapters were simple and made you smile, other chapters make you jump into the action.

Its unfortunate that only the first volume is released in English. The chapters have been rearranged compared to the Japanese original in an attempt to make the story more fluid. Unfortunately this might have been the reason TP was only able to release 1 volume in English.

The anime definitely is similar to the read more
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Aug 28, 2015
"The world is not beautiful. Therefore it is."

From the start this story is bring us to many perspective of world , where there is many type of of people with a lot of different reason surrounding it, while our MC, Kino traveling between it.

The world that Kino traveling is usually vastly different than what it should be, with lot of twist and unexpected solution for it, and to find it cruel to, is sometimes just the prejudice of the reader, because the reason that surround it.

this novel bring out the characters and arts very carefully, so the meaning of the story could be conveyed to read more
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Mar 1, 2013
This is the strongest point and the foundation of its successes. The novel is relatively simple and straightforward. It basically chronicles the journey of Kino who travels around the country on a motorrad (AKA: motorcycle). They visit many towns and cities, each with its own personality.
It is written in a poetic way, while explore interesting issues like democracy, cannibalism, purpose in life, ect in a fairy-tale atmosphere with a mix of action too. The brutality, loneliness, nonsense, oppression and tragedy are what bring beauty to this story. I can guaranty, you will not find a book like this anywhere else.
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