Kino's Journey - Warning Curves Ahead (Vol. 3)
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The first episode veers from the usual perspective by giving the first-person narrative to a guest character-- but for this story, it's a plus. The plot resembles Bradbury's "The Flying Machine", in places, but ends somewhat differently. I've got to say, though, that the character of the town's Chief is a bit too stereotypical and hard-nosed to be realistic.
The second story recalls pieces of Fahrenheit 451, but with the expected twists that are typical of this series. Incidentally, a piece of Kino's personal history is (possibly) revealed here.
Finally, the last story examines humanity from a nonhuman perspective, in the vein of Bradbury's "I Sing the Body Electric" or "Marionettes Inc.". I feel that this is probably the weakest of the three on this disc, but we're still talking about Kino's Journey, so the disappointment is minimal.
The second episode is about a country where censorship is law. Books are limited to children's stories and technical manuals. Stories with "Dangerous ideas" are forbidden. And stories with interesting characters aren't allowed either, for fear that people will waste their lives pining for fictional characters. Or is it that the critics are locked away to protect the public from their self-important need to rend asunder that which others poured their hearts into? Or is it really that life is a blank book, and we're free to write what we want?
The final episode is somewhat reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's "I Sing the Body Electric." Kino and Hermes encounter a woman who claims to be a mechanical doll (robot), and she takes them to her home to meet her "masters". It becomes clear quickly to Kino that the masters are the dolls, and the woman is a human. What unfolds is a sad, somber story of love, loss, and a life of service in the name of fullfilment.
Land of the Wizards is an unusually upbeat tale (for this series) about a young woman who is determined to create a flying machine, Kino lends a hand with the results. The real lesson, though, is embedded in the attitudes of the townsfolk toward the inventor. She goes from 'crackpot' to 'wizard' in their minds, but it never occurs to them that she and they are the same, but that they have accepted limitations she has not.
Continuing this emphasis on imagination, and a corollary concern with judgment, Kino's next trip is to The Land of Books, where you can find all the books that the critics think are 'safe' to read. The culture is oppressive, but even the revolutionaries that Kino joins in with are flawed. The story is haunting, and uncomfortably inconclusive.
The final story "Tale of the Mechanical Dolls" is the most piquant. The story uses layers of fantasy to blend a story about robots with a study of the importance of human relationships and the desire to feel needed. The interesting parallels between a partially automated family and Kino's own relationship with Hermes have to make the viewer wonder about the significance of the young girl's journey.
As usual, the episodes are think pieces rather than action adventures.Read more ›
There are three episodes on this disc, none of them much better than mediocre for the series. In the first episode, the entire story is related from someone else's POV, which is a little unusual, but it fits with the story that's being told. There's also the unusual twist of a truly happy ending... not something that happens too often in this show.
The second episode easily had the best concept, dealing with ideas that made novels like Farenheit 451 and 1984 famous -- the idea of censorship for one's own good. However, at the end, the story loses any form of coherence. In it's defence, there a few really deep segments in this episode, most of them coming as individual "stories" that somehow connect to the plot. My fave one involved a tank.. but you'll have to watch it!! *wink*
The third episode is the best of the three, regaining some of the promise of the first two Discs of the series. An interesting story, with a subtle twist and a melancholy sort of ending, the formula we've come to know and love!
If you're a fan of Kino's journey, than you'll want to buy this disc, for it's only a slight low point in an otherwise excellent series. If you happened to HATE the first two discs, well you suck. Kidding... but don't try and continue with this one. Looking forward to the next disc now......... and some plot resolution!
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Good Animation, love it bunches. Purchased it for a gift. Arrived quicker than expected and was well packaged for protection.Published on November 25, 2012 by Casteela
The problem with Kino's Journey is that you get one great episode and 2 fair ones on each volume. The quality of writing varies too much. Read morePublished on July 23, 2004 by Sesho