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on 12 July 2009
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.
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on 23 March 2014
Kino is a young woman who spends her life travelling from country to county on her sentient talking motorcycle (yes, really!) Following the strict principle of spending no longer than three days in any one place, each episode (more or less) is a self contained story of her observations of various lands ranging from the downright bizarre to the downright disturbing.

A particular interesting episode explains her own back story, how she met Hermes (the aforementioned talking motorbike) and who that man briefly shown in the opening is, a surprising twist here! As with Mushi Shi, a story is simply told, not necessarily resulting in a resolution or if so, a happy one. She is merely there to observe other cultures, not participate or change them though she can't help but do so sometimes. Don't let this put you off, the stories are sublimely told and will make you want to keep watching the next one.

A special mention should go opening theme which I just adore and which you can check out on You Tube (as well as downloading the song from I-Tunes).
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on 29 September 2015
A short but well put together series of stories which are very addictive to watch . The deep and thought provoking story cast a spell which draws the viewer into the world which the characters inhabit.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 February 2010
This is a curious little anime series, a little bit different from the norm, but I'm not entirely sure it works. The complete series is only 13 episodes long, but rather than the usual extended storyline, Kino's Journey is made up of distinct standalone episodes, each of them seeing the traveller Kino with speaking motorrad Hermes arriving in a new country in an alternate world where the laws that govern society are very different from our own and from one another.

One thing that almost all the countries have in common is that they welcome travellers visiting their country - a fairly infrequent occurrence - and are keen to explain how their society works and show them around. Not in every case - occasionally, the country that Kino visits has been subjected to profound changes caused by experiments on consciousness or technology, that leaves them paranoid not just of outsiders, but of each other. These are interesting fables - a world where each person can read the others' minds, a world where mechanical dolls look and act exactly like humans - but, compressed into 20 minutes of fairly static scenes, they don't really explore the issues raised in any great depth and settle for simple moral solutions. It's an approach that resembles the original Star Trek series and their encounters with alien societies, with a similar reset button at the end to start things afresh next episode.

Each of those episodes is fairly flatly delivered in terms of ideas, animation and voice-acting (the English dub even more dry than the Japanese version), but there are one or two episodes that stand out. One more threatening world sees Kino have to face opponents in deadly battle tournaments before she can leave (a fairly conventional device nonetheless that brings to mind Pokemon and Dragonball Z), and surprisingly, an intriguing and violent background episode on Kino's origins. None of this really adds up to anything significant or really pushes the anime into any new areas, but Kino's Journey does have a definite mood and character of its own.

The complete 13 episodes of the series are contained on this 4 disc set. The quality of the widescreen transfer is fine, the image having a soft-feel, with a watercolour page texture. The English dub is Dolby Digital 5.1, the Japanese 2.0. The 2.0 seems curiously mixed, or perhaps it has been downmixed from 5.1, the loudness varying in places. English subs are faint yellow and not a dubtitle transcription of the English dub. Extras are minimal - clean open and closings, production sketches and trailers for other ADV series.
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on 14 June 2015
great set of stories about Kino and her journey, very thought provoking story lines, well worth the purchase
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on 19 November 2009
Its about a traveler that always moving from one country to another, seeing how people live and act.
The story it self its simple but its the world and the interaction with the people that makes this one of the best short series out now.
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