Run: 12 Episodes
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Kino’s Journey depicts the traveler Kino and her partner Hermes as they travel the world. They have one rule: they only stay in each country for 3 days.
For someone who has never read or watched its previous incarnations and had no idea who Kino is (and whether he is a girl or a boy), the first episode of Kino’s Journey felt eerily refreshing. It must be my love for episodic series that feature explorers, and even though this one is not a trek through the stars, the format seems familiar. Of course, the protagonists are far from any science fiction series I know, but the gun-wielding Kino and the talking motorcycle Hermes are the adventurous and curious explorers I imagined them to be.
I can’t say I was impressed by the art and music, but the episodic format of the series caters to my personal storytelling preferences. In a world where countries are closer to city states than vast landscapes, Kino and Hermes (whose sentience seems normal to everyone he encounters) travel the world to see how people live. There is a certain beauty in that sentiment as is in my favorite Kino quote from this episode: ‘I can stop anytime I want, so I want to keep going.’
This series was one of my random watches and I was so surprised at how much I loved it! I have it in my mind as ‘Knight Rider 2.0’ but to be honest, this is so much cooler. First of all, it’s a talking bike that can’t move on its own. Then there is Kino, a really cool character who just seems to have no problem talking to anybody. There is a random person on the street? Hey, Hermes, let’s stop here and talk to them. No matter if it’s a crazy murderer or a nice guy, she will talk to them. The anime managed to even deliver the feelings of all the side-characters in this episode very well, even though we didn’t know them too much. I still could see how much they want to have peace. Since this episode talked about ‘a country’, I guess the world this is set in has many more countries to offer and I am really looking forward to what other countries there are and if their meaning and messages are as deep as the one this time, where ‘killing someone isn’t prosecuted by law’.
Watch this if you like slice of life, something without too much troubles and intrigues and enjoy a sane main character. Kino is really calm and mature, so it’s a good change to some of the other girls that appear in anime.