Kinos Journey

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  • 2003
  • 1 Season

Kino's Journey is a Japanese anime series based on a light novel of the same name by Keiichi Sigsawa. The series consists of 13 episodes and aired from April to July in 2017 on WOWOW. Kino's Journey follows the journey of Kino, a young traveler, and her sentient talking motorcycle named Hermes. Together, they roam the world visiting different countries and cities, observing their unique cultures and customs.

Kino is a solitary figure who is driven by the desire to learn and explore the world. She has extraordinary skills and abilities with weapons and the motorcycle, Hermes, which travels at a high speed of about 70 kilometers per hour. Kino's Journey contains several layers of stories that encompass the concepts of humanity, travel, and philosophy. The show is basically a collection of short stories, with each episode exploring the society, culture, politics, and ethics of a particular country.

The show's premise revolves around Kino's Journey as she explores different countries and cultures in the show's world. She enters into different countries and cities, observing the society's characteristics and overall culture. However, Kino's Journey isn't an action-packed show. Instead, it focuses more on the philosophy of humanity and how each culture views it. Each episode confronts a philosophical issue in the society of each respective country. The series' themes range from survival and self-preservation to the relationship between societies and their members.

The animation for the show is beautiful, especially the background art. The series has a unique style, with vivid colors and contrast that helps bring the world and its inhabitants to life. The character design is simple but effective, with distinguished features for each character. The sound department is equally impressive, with great voice acting that brings the characters to life. The show's opening theme is catchy and fits the show's theme, and the closing theme is a beautiful and soothing instrumental piece.

Overall, Kino's Journey is an exceptional show that will appeal to anyone who enjoys traveling, philosophy, or fine animation. Its central character, Kino, is an intriguing and complex figure that the audience will find themselves fascinated by, and the stories she encounters on her journey are engaging and thought-provoking. The relationship between Kino and Hermes is charming, and the show seamlessly blends humor, drama, and philosophy to create a unique and captivating viewing experience.

In conclusion, Kino's Journey is a must-watch for anyone looking for an intelligent and thought-provoking anime series. It provides an insight into various cultures while exploring different philosophical concepts. The animation is impressive, and the sound is excellent, making the show an excellent example of art and sound coming together. The characters are well-designed, and each episode provides a distinct story that will keep viewers engaged throughout the series.

Kinos Journey is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on April 8, 2003.

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A Kind Land
13. A Kind Land
July 8, 2003
When Kino hears of a land where travelers are shunned, she decides to visit anyway and experience the people's attitude for herself. To her surprise, however, the inhabitants are extremely friendly and welcoming, and Kino is soon made to feel at home among them. And when she makes friends with Lily, a girl who reminds Kino of her younger self, Kino begins to wonder if, for once, she shouldn't stay longer than her customary three days.
A Peaceful Land
12. A Peaceful Land
July 1, 2003
Kino and Hermes visit a land that prides itself on a being a peaceful nation, but on entering the country, they soon realize that all is not as simple as it seems. Curious as to these contradictions, Kino visits the local museum to find out more about the history of this land, only to discover firsthand that this nation's definition of 'peace' is far more disturbing than she could have envisioned.
Her Journey
11. Her Journey
June 24, 2003
As Kino takes a boat downriver and enjoys a lazy fishing trip, she finds herself recalling the people she has met on her travels- people who were undertaking journeys of their own. As Kino recalls her past, she cannot help remembering an encounter with a dying wise man that ultimately proved that even observers can have an effect.
A Tale of Mechanical Dolls
10. A Tale of Mechanical Dolls
June 17, 2003
While searching for a technologically advanced country, Kino and Hermes find an old woman who claims to be a maid. The lifelike android is more than happy to assist them, as are her creators and family, but the lines what is truth and what is fiction have been blurred, at least one the side of one party.
Land of Books
9. Land of Books
June 10, 2003
Kino and Hermes make their way to the Land of Books, a country whose library gathers together all the books in the world, but locks away those considered "harmful', leaving only the most wholesome and inoffensive out on display. As the plot thickens, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, until it becomes almost impossible to distinguish what is really happening, and what only exists on the pages of a book, or in the depths of an author's mind.
Land of Wizards
8. Land of Wizards
June 3, 2003
Kino and Hermes stop in a country where flying is all that is on one young lady's mind. Although many of the residents think that she's a bit strange and some have complained about her antics. Yet she's got the will to take to the skies, and a little helpful advice from Kino may be just the thing to get her airborne.
Coliseum (Part 2)
7. Coliseum (Part 2)
May 27, 2003
Kino has made it to the finals, but the combat becomes more fierce, and the bloodshed more commonplace. Kino has it in mind to win, however there is that nagging in the back of her mind. She thinks about the king's son who wants revenge on his father, but it may be Kino that strikes the killing blow.
Coliseum (Part 1)
6. Coliseum (Part 1)
May 20, 2003
Kino has found her way into a city where a modernized form of gladiator combat is the norm and the citizens' cheer with glee for the combatants. The winner becomes a citizen of the kingdom and gets the chance to make a new rule for the realm, and while Kino plans to surrender and be exiled, she changes her mind.
Three Men Along the Rails
5. Three Men Along the Rails
May 13, 2003
Kino and Hermes find themselves in the company of a man who has worked for the railroad most of his life, shinning the tracks without fail, as he had never been asked to stop. They then meet another who is tearing apart the same track, for the same reasons, and then another who is building the tracks, again for the same reason.
Land of Adults
4. Land of Adults
May 6, 2003
The tale of how Kino and Hermes first met each other, back when Kino lived in a city where children where forced to become adults far too early. While Kino would have been a part of this ritual, a traveler risks his life and sets Kino and Hermes on their way.
Land of Prophecies
3. Land of Prophecies
April 22, 2003
The end is coming, or so claim the inhabitants of the next town that Kino and Hermes visit. The good news for Kino though, is that with the end coming by the next morning, everything is free. But when the world doesn`t end, the local priests claim there was an error in the translation of the prophecy.
A Tale of Feeding Off Others
2. A Tale of Feeding Off Others
April 15, 2003
Kino runs across a group of men that have been stranded and snow in for days in the mountains. Kino decides to help the men get back on their feet and finds them food.
Land of Visible Pain
1. Land of Visible Pain
April 8, 2003
When Kino and Hermes stop in a town they discover that there are people that live in this seemingly abandoned hamlet that are afraid of any human contact.
Where to Watch Kinos Journey
Kinos Journey is available for streaming on the WOWOW website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kinos Journey on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 8, 2003