Hello everybody and welcome to our final leg of Kino’s Journey. In a very ‘wtf’ change of pace from last week’s episode, Kino and Hermes are attacked by sheep. Yes, you read that correctly. Will Kino be feasting on lamb tonight?
Japanese Title: 羊たちの草原
When Kino and Hermes are peacefully making their way to their next destination, they pass a large number of sheep. Not wanting to disturb them, they just carry on past. However, the sheep start to follow them and eventually find themselves surrounded. Kino learns the only way she can escape is by abandoning Hermes…
Sheep in Japanese go ‘mee’ rather than ‘baa’. Of course, getting a herd of sheep in a recording studio would be a lot of trouble, so each of the sheep are voiced by a human. I loved all the bleeting and I wonder which voice actor was voicing each sheep!
Just doing to humans what they were taught to do to each other
As it turns out, the murderous sheep from the episode were bred by the nearby town to fight for sport. After animal activists brought up the cruelty of doing this, the town released then all into the wild. Somewhere along the way, the sheep learned to stop fighting each other and to fight humans instead. That at least explains why the sheep are so strong. I guess you could say the humans brought this on themselves yadder yadder, but I just say we need to make this into a full-fledged horror movie.
Kino the Action Hero
Can I just say that Kino was absolutely AWESOME this episode? Thanks to Master’s training, Kino totally kicks ass. I would’ve been trampled to death within a few seconds for sure.
The Hammock Scene
This scene was one of my favorite scenes in the whole series. Kino is blissfully lying on a hammock with Hermes’ support, and talks to him about how this is the end of her journey, and that she’ll set off on her next one when she wakes up. It’s a great example of the chemistry between Kino and the mottorad, and was a joy to watch. I love how the camera zooms out at a steady pace, and how it was so slow that it took me a while to even realize.
When one Journey Ends, Another One Begins
This episode was insane. From the creepy sheep to Kino’s wall of fire. I also got a craving for shepherd’s pie, by the way. It was an interesting way to end the series, as it made me forget about everything that happened in all the past episodes. I think most people would have expected the series to end with something more like ‘Country of Adults’, but I say- who doesn’t want to end a series with murderous sheep?
I’ll be coming back next week with my series review, so please look forward to it!
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