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Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection (2003)

Kelli Cousins , Cynthia Martinez , Ryûtarô Nakamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelli Cousins, Cynthia Martinez, Ai Maeda, Ryuji Aigase, Kyle Jones
  • Directors: Ryûtarô Nakamura
  • Writers: Sadayuki Murai
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP31I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Destination is a state of mind. Travelers not only find themselves in a variety of locations and geographic phenomena, but they also bare witness to the whims of culture and the skewed effects of subtle circumstance. Kino is such a traveler. Sitting astride Hermes, the ultimate internal combustion companion, Kino searches for life’s answers, life’s questions, and the myriad of interpretations connected to them. A wielder of cutlery, firepower and a piercing tongue, Kino is ready to embark on a journey unlike any other!

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling & beautiful series February 26, 2006
The back-cover of volume 1 of this fantastic series has the following words:

"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.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kino's Journey October 17, 2005
What intrigued me most about Kino's Journey was the fact that the leading character was an androgynous looking female on a journey with her talking motorcycle. Just reading about it, the story sounds strange but once you start watching it, it makes sense in the world it takes place in. The world Kino lives in is almost like our own, except that each country Kino visits seems to be at a different stage of civilization. You could say Kino's world was tailor made just for us to learn the moral lessons it's trying to teach. Through Kino's journey we come face to face with human desires that can either lead a country into destruction or into a new age of change. Our main character is Kino who is unflinching in her resolve to continue her journey and tries to keep herself uninvolved from the fate of those people she meets. It is refreshing to finally see a character that isn't so self-righteous to think she has the answers for everybody's problems. Kino's motorcycle Hermes is a good vehicle for seeing the puzzling world from a non-human perspective. None of the character designs are particularly attractive nor does the animation impress any veteran anime viewer. But the unique approach of looking at human nature without the preachiness of other shows makes Kino worth a look.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unique and gripping February 26, 2006
Kino's Journey is unlike any other anime series I've ever seen (and I have seen many). It is beautiful in its artwork and music. It is intense and deep in its writing and story telling. And fundamentally, it is melancholy and introspective, while retaining a feeling of hope. It's pace is for the most part slow, but there is certainly action at points. This series will make you think, and, if it has done its job, laugh and cry as well at points. For $35 bucks, you absolutely can't say no to owning this brilliant series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This anime series will meld with your being December 6, 2005
By L.G.
Yes, that's right. It really doesn't get much better, or more original, than this. I have been adoring anime selectively for years now, and I know what I'm talking about. If you like anime because you love complex, strange characters traversing exotic and inventive settings rendered into living beauty, you will not be disappointed with Kino's Journey. If you like jarring, explosive violence that positively glows with style, the kind that only seems to make its way out of Japan, you will not be disappointed with this series! This is not exactly a violent series, but in no way does it shy away from it, either. It strikes when you do not expect it and out of an emotional and mysterious backdrop, and, in this way, is similar to the The Dancer Upstairs (not anime). If you've seen both, you will know what I mean.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Was very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Kino's Journey is a journey which is too good to be true, much like...
Kino's Journey is far more philosophical than any show about a gun-toting lone wanderer has any right to be, not that it's a bad thing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by iLag
5.0 out of 5 stars The box slip is very sturdy and it seems harder than cardboard
The box slip is very sturdy and it seems harder than cardboard. The anime is amazing and I highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Areli
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect "Short" Anime
Kino's Journey manages to do the almost impossible by asking interesting philosophical questions without sounding preachy or boring. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trav&Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully thought provoking
This anime boasts a charmingly enigmatic protagonist. The show both beautiful and contemplative, with moments of breathtaking actions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Devin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Journey
Kino no Tabi is an oft-overlooked gem of an anime. The storyline is episodic and follows a traveler, the titular Kino, and a "motorrad" -- a talking motorcycle -- named... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roxyana W,
5.0 out of 5 stars The Animated Twilight Zone
Firstly, Kino is an immensely enjoyable character. Her voice isn't the annoying shrillness so common for young girls and what she says is always interesting or amusing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Quiet anime
Maybe I was expecting more for a one season series that only had 13 episodes.

Decent quiet anime, I guess. But not really worth it.
Published 9 months ago by Digital4Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful anime for kids and adults.
Otaku grow up; our anime should also. Kino is something like the Twilight Zone and something like Star Trek. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lawrence J. Keel
3.0 out of 5 stars relaxed watching
Kino's Journey Complete Collection is ok to watch, has interesting Twist, recommending it for the Collectors, and watchers of interesting Anime.
Published 10 months ago by Voss Thomas
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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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