Kino's Journey - The Idle Adventurer (Vol. 1)
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Kino's Journey is not like any other anime I've seen, which is quite refreshing. Each episode tells the story of a different fictional country, many of which deal with very deep subjects. It's a thinking man's anime, with twists and turns that'll make your brain commit suicide. Often times you'll find yourself screaming "What the Hell!?!" at your t.v. screen when the catch (and every country, has one) is revealed. This is especially true in the latter episodes.
If you're tired of all the generic anime cliches, then this series is for you.
I did not know what to expect when I first sat down to watch Kino's Journey, but I was quickly captivated by this series.
Kino is an impartial witness, traveling from one land to the next. Her constant companion is Hermes, a talking motorbike with a sarcastic bent.
Together, they explore various social situations, and their potential consequences. Is knowing the thoughts of those around you a blessing or a curse? Is it right to live at the expense of another? What are the consequences of prophecy? Can a society truly divest itself of all its traditions? What does it mean to be a reasonable adult?
We aren't always given answers to our questions, either. Kino is not a judge. She neither condones nor condemns those around her.
In the second episode, we do see Kino fight against a group of slave traders, but this is only after they threaten Kino's own life.
Despite some moments of graphic violence, this is a series that I would seriously consider sharing with children about ten or older.
Oft times thoughtful, it is the quiet moments when we see that which is truly beautiful in the world.
My sole complaint is that Kino's identity as a girl was supposed to be a surprise in the fourth episode, but the ADV english translation reveals it a bit early.
The art style is intruigingly complex and simplistic at the same time, with vivid detail for the backgrounds and mechanical devices, but with remarkably plain character designs. The colors use a great deal of earth tones, and it is nowhere as brightly colored as some anime. The musical score is both vivid and haunting. The voice cast for both Japanese and English dialogue are superb.
Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a few more like this one.
Limiting each leg of the journey to three days, Kino and Hermes seek to find a momentary vision that reveals the heart of each country, often in uncomfortable terms. The first episode, for instance turns into a reflection on the tragedy of a world where telepathy works, i.e., where nothing is secret. Where the very thing that should bring people together makes any closeness impossible.
From a technical standpoint, the artwork is graceful and understated. It acts as a setting for the frequent interplays of thought that Hermes and Kino share. This is the most onusual of conversations, moving from Kino's desire for food and Hermes' frequent worrying to sudden remarkable turns of phrase. Director Ryutaro Nakamura (best known for his work on Serial Experiments Lain) strives for a impact and affect as he works toward a different form of aesthetic experience. "The world is not beautiful, and therefore it is."
Like Lain, Kino's Journey is a thinking person's type of anime. The action often turns around intellectual reflections rather than external crises. Objects frequently have unexpected symbolic contexts. As such it will have a smaller but more dedicated audience than it's more active cousins. If you like to be intrigued rather than blown away, you will find Kino's Journey most rewarding.
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The show has a very interesting style of narrative. It is very impressionistic and minimal; it's stories (that I've seen thus far) are much like a vignette. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ajay
One of my all-time favorite animes. The writing is interesting and thought provoking.Published 22 days ago by Nancy SimPanda
Extremely...fascinating I think is the word I'd choose. Each episode is a sort of study-in-humanity. My only complaint is the total length and lack of real closure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason L Ponder
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