Kino's Journey: V.1 Idle Adventurer (ep.1-4)
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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.
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.
As for the series itself, I have to say it's something of a marvel. Kino and Hermes, Kino's motorrad (a talking motorcycle) travel the world, visiting no country for more than three days. As Kino observes, it's enough time to get a feel for the region and then it's time to go because staying for more than three days means less time that he can stay in another country. Kino is also truthful enough to also admit that this reasoning may be a lie and that he's just afraid of liking a region too much and setting down roots, which would mean he would no longer be a traveller.
Kino and Hermes spend a lot of time talking to one another, having philosophical discussions as they travel, about the places they're going to and what meets them when they get there. Each country they travel through has their own set of laws and government and those who travel through them are not supposed to do anything to disturb their customs. This manages to give us an interesting look at the world and see how things work and don't work.
The first country Kino visits seems devoid of humanity, with machines performing all the roles that humans usually fulfill. Kino is greeted by a machine as he enters the town, is served food by machines and is even given a room by one.Read more ›
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"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... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Hiyo_2366
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. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Claire
i have to admit i had my doubts when i read the description and saw "talking motor-bike". that sounded so cheesy. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by hkh-m
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 morePublished on March 9 2004 by Henrik Harbin
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 morePublished on March 6 2004 by rjzii
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Marc Ruby™
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Carrie Bonfante