As a collector of various genres of anime, I was happily surprised to find Kino neatly transcended several of these. The lurid cover would have you think 'girl-with-gun' story, but despite being proficient with her guns, this is a very minor aspect of this fascinating journey. Kino travels through an unknown land, where she encounters a completely different society in every episode. The stories are a way to explore extreme ways of life, where whole societes have gone down a singular philosophical path. Kino is a perpetual traveller, never staying more than a few days in each. With each episode we are treated to a new adventure and learn a little more about her past. The addition of the fantasy character of her friend and companion, a living, talking motorcycle , serves beautifully to remind you that you are watching a true anime. Imagination free of boring formula. A great journey indeed.