Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection
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"Sitting astride the back
Of an internal combustion companion-
Drifting through the beautiful world.
The ground rolling beneath, before and beyond:
Their journey meanders"
For me this sums up the atmosphere of "Kino's journey" - this is a poetic, but unpretenious series. The viewer follows Kino, a young girl, and her motoraide as they drift from country to country, staying three days in each to soak up the culture and understand the ways of the people that live within them. Each country is vastly different with extremely different political, technological, and moral standards.
The series manages something rarely attainable in anime - interesting, mysterious, and intelligent storylines that make the viewer really think about the world around them, but without being overly complex and confusing. The makers of ther series also do not force their viewpoints on the viewer; instead the makers present the information and leave the viewer to judge the standards of each country themselves. The series also benefits from having a truly likeable heroine, who is not girly but worldly and capable.
This may sound boring, but believe me it is not. After the second episode, I was as eager as Kino to visit the next country and uncover their culture. The stories are genuinely moving, unpredictable, and sometimes heartbreaking. There is action as Kino sometimes finds herself in danger and some unexpected brutal images. The graphics are beautiful and modern. The soundtrack and dubbing are excellent.
This is not a funny or romantic series and there are no mecha battles.Read more ›
Be warned, KJ is cerebral stuff for people who enjoy new ideas. It will not be square and constant reaffirmation of concepts people are already familiar with, the kind of watered-down, generic pseudophilosophy that prompts people to pat themselves on the back because they can understand. Do not rent Kino's Journey if you want to be reminded of what you already know.
This series has the capacity to touch you, to change you, to draw you in more deeply than anything you've seen yet. Think Spirited Away times three. The two are on par as far as emotional involvement, but Kino's Journey goes well beyond, and is an extraordinarily relevant piece of literate filmmaking. It's helpful to know that the talking motorcycle is not some kind of fairy tale motorcycle from children's anime or other cartoons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is very good. The artwork was fair. It's about a girl travel around with a talking bike. I went and watch it and fast forward it. Because was little slow for me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by 8888
I picked up the first book at the library in the anime section..... Once I started eating it I couldn't put it down.... I've since ordered Kinos journey and it's super...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by khara
Great DVD! The case came in slightly damaged in the inside though, thankfully the DVDs survived!Published 1 month ago by Ashby
I buy these back then in 2007 by someone who have amazon account my first thing to buy from amazon ever and love it.
Now these anime is my all time favorite anime.
kind of a strange journey, a little slow on the story, but interesting enough. The artwork was just okay.Published 3 months ago by combat addict
It was very interesting to watch, would have liked better ending though.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Daniel
Fantastic series. One of the few anime series with a strong female lead that isn't sexualized. Many timeless topics covered, bring your brain with you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by _this_guy_
After watching this series, it was quick to make it to the top of my list! Simply put: I love this anime! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Snyder
This anime has to be one of the toughest to review. It impassively defies any common description and categorization. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Lee
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|anime recommendation pls: something as good as Kino's journey||
The closest show I can think of is unfortunately not available on DVD in the US, though it can be acquired through, um, other means- Kaiba, directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the director of the superlative (and also sadly unavailable) Mind Game and Kemonozume. You may have seen some of his work as... Read More
Feb 9, 2011 by Ryan S. Hupp | See all 3 posts
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