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Kino's Journey: V.1 Idle Adventurer (ep.1-4)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars TRAVELLING BLUES & HAPPINESS July 6 2004
By Sesho
Kino is a young girl who travels through different countries, never staying for longer than 3 days, because she is afraid that if she stays longer, she might settle down. Her only companion is her motorcycle, Hermes. Hermes has sentience and can speak to Kino and other people. Each episode is a different adventure as she encounters people of all types and countries, each with their own customs and problems.
This dvd has the first four episodes of Kino's Journey.
In "Land of Visible Pain", Kino and Hermes come upon a city that has no visible human inhabitants, only robots who wait on their every need. Where did all the people go? They will find out soon enough. The second episode is about Kino helping out 3 truckdrivers whose vehicle has become trapped in a blizzard and are starving to death. "Land of Prophecies", the 3rd episode concerns a country where the people believe that the next morning after Kino arrives will be the last day before the earth ends. In the last episode, we learn a little more about Kino in a flashback to her childhood in which we learn the origins of her wanderings and how she came to meet up with Hermes.
This was a great dvd and should appeal to those anime watchers who like a lot of story instead of giant robots fighting each other. It almost seems like a book, and actually, this anime is based on a series of books published in Japan. It is pretty hardhitting and philisophical and should appeal more to adults than to kids. There are scenes of some graphic violence, such as a man getting shot in the head and a stabbing. Great dvd.
No real extras except clean closings/openings, production sketches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kino is... June 3 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Traveller March 15 2004
By Kalika
KIno's Journey is subtle and thought provoking, and it grows on you slowly. In my mind, it was somewhat reminiscent of earlier Miyazaki films, a la Totoro, for instance. The same dreamy, idle pace is the mood for these first four episodes, but each one has a slight twist to it, and a darker insight into the aspects of human nature.
Both the Japanese and the English language tracks have something to offer. Kino sounds more feminine in Japanese, but Hermes, the motorcycle, has a more "machine-esque" voice in English.
The graphics are well done and soothing, with intricate backgrounds to make up for the somewhat basic characters. Each country has it's own individual look, which is an asset in this easy-paced anime.
Kino's Journey is the anime zen. I love it, and I think that most people will too, unless you only crave action packed shoot em up, blood and gore flicks. (which have their own assests..) This is much more psychological. Highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i thought i would like this anime, but i ended up loving it
i have to admit i had my doubts when i read the description and saw "talking motor-bike". that sounded so cheesy. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by hkh-m
5.0 out of 5 stars Kino is a traveler...
I thought that anime was cool when I first saw it back in the mid-80's. It had anything a twentyish guy likes: pretty girls, monsters, spaceships, giant robots... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel Your Soul
Kino's Journey starts off with a simple premise - a young traveler visiting the countries of the world, staying no more than three days. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by rjzii
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the journey with Kino
I have a slight warning to be prepared before you start watching Kino's journey. In doing some checking to make sure it wasn't just my DVD, I found that the lines that are found... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Mark E. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver Redux
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Marc Ruby™
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking Anime
Kino (whose sex in ambiguous, for a reason) is off on a journey...you will find out why soon enough, so don't ask until you get to that episode or it will ruin a lot for you. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Carrie Bonfante
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty neat concept
I got the first episode as a preview from the feb04 volume of Newtype magazine. And when I got home to watch the DVD I thought that this was a pretty cool anime. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by NightStar
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