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Kino's Journey - The Idle Adventurer (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D4XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kino is a hoydenish adolescent, traveling through a strange world on Hermes, her Motorrad (a talking motorbike), like an animated Peter Fonda. In an extended flashback in episode 4, the viewer learns she's escaped from a eerie country where children are surgically transformed into conformist adults on their 12th birthdays. Kino wanders from country to country, encountering individuals who range from slave trader-cannibals to millennial religious fanatics, but she remains a detached outsider. She expresses no more interest in the lives of the slavers she kills than in the people of a city that has made sorrow into a ritual. As Kino, voice actor Kelli Cousins sounds considerably older than an adolescent; Cynthia Martinez (Hermes) speaks in gravelly tones that suggest Marge Simpson with a head cold. The subdued palette, fragments of poetry, and alienated heroine will appeal to fans of Serial Experiments Lain. (Rated 15 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's my favorite. December 5, 2004
A friend of mine and myself used to go to Hastings every monday, and pick out one anime and one obscure movie based soley on cover art and the screen shots on back. A strange ritual, I know. Anyways, after picking up Kino's Journey once a while back, this tradition changed into franticly searching for more Kino dvds.

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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kino is... June 3, 2004
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There's something to be said for the use of quiet as a story-telling device.
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver Redux February 17, 2004
Originating as a series of novels, Kino's Journey is the story of Kino, a young wanderer and Hermes, the intelligent, somewhat sarcastic motorrad (motorcycle) that serves as vehicle and companion. Kino travels are less adventures than they are philosophical moments that dig away as the thin veneer of the superficial that is the casual traveler's fare.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Quiet Anime July 16, 2004
"Kino's Journey" is a fascinating, introspective show with a quality all its own. The show as a whole spans four DVDs and has no plot; Kino just travels around, visiting one country or another and interacting with whoever lives there. Sometimes Kino gets into trouble, and sometimes just watches. The various lands have nothing in common except a vaguely fairytale European quality, and like the best fairy tales, these stories don't shy away from grim brutality -- as well as an 'existential' quality which some may find amoral or unsettling. But through it all, Kino survives and heads on for the next land, the next adventure. For those who like their anime thoughtful, I don't see how this could be better. I didn't notice the "lines" that some found distracting. The backgrounds, skies and details are rendered in a watercolor style well suited to the stories' general mood. A fine show, well worth watching more than once.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a must watch for people looking for adventure.
Published 19 days ago by Jason Merrill
4.0 out of 5 stars great
don't let the animation style turn you off.
great story
Published 26 days ago by Sean Ormond
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was good
Published 1 month ago by a.dssss
4.0 out of 5 stars more like a sci-fi Anime where each country has a moral ...
Very different Anime. Each episode (other than the 2 Coliseum ones) are each a mini journey into a new and different 'country' (town or city, actually) where each shows its own... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul D Farber
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!!
I loved this show. There was just the right amount of action and everything else. The way that each town is different from the last reminds me of Mushi Shi.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
A calmer anime that is simuler to Mushishi. It's worth the time and garentees a good laugh.
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie M. Quick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a seasoned anime watcher.
This is or was a great show if you are already a seasoned anime watcher. It's only one season. It seems to have the character development and back ground story for more episodes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JLH4
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was not a very exciting show, but it had some interesting themes overall and each episode had its own interesting theme.
Published 4 months ago by Tom Sobyra
4.0 out of 5 stars Persistance
It is a Little confusing at first but pretty good if you stick it through for the first 5 episodes.
Published 4 months ago by One of the jeeple
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Deep for Anime
I found that the character of Kino was very interesting, the journeys were never boring and the story lines entertwined. Very thoughtful and entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Charles E. Sellers
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