Young world-weary sharpshooter girl Kino and her talking inquisitive motorcycle Hermes travel around her unusual world, visiting various city-states for three days each to learn about their culture, history and ruling philosophy.
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Series cast summary:
Ai Maeda ...
 Kino (14 episodes, 2003)
Ryuji Aigase ...
 Hermes (14 episodes, 2003)
Kelli Cousins ...
 Kino (13 episodes, 2003)
Cynthia Martinez ...
 Hermes / ... (13 episodes, 2003)
Patrick Givens ...
 Additional Voices (11 episodes, 2003)
Stacy Slanina ...
 Additional Voices / ... (11 episodes, 2003)
Jacob A. Gragard ...
 Additional Voices / ... (10 episodes, 2003)
Kyle Jones ...
 Additional Voices / ... (10 episodes, 2003)
Chris Nelson ...
 Additional Voices / ... (10 episodes, 2003)
Jay Hickman ...
 Sixshooter / ... (9 episodes, 2003)
Logan Haire ...
 Additional Voices (8 episodes, 2003)
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 Comrade B / ... (8 episodes, 2003)
Daniel Scruggs ...
 Additional Voices (8 episodes, 2003)
John Swasey ...
 Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 2003)
Rebecca Ayres ...
 Boy B / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
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 Immigration Officer / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
Dan Mackey ...
 Guard Captain / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
Ted Pfister ...
 Additional Voices / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
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 Additional Voices / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
Melissa Cybele Sparks ...
 Miss Rose / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
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 Bartender / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Clint Bickham ...
 Shizu (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Survivor / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Rick Burford ...
 Comrade / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Kid A / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Alyson Irene Edman ...
 Bride / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Tejas Englesmith ...
 Riku (6 episodes, 2003)
Marty Fleck ...
 Colonel / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Andrew Klimko ...
 Assassin / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Porter Bot / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Amanda Nanawa ...
 Woman A / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Eric Opella ...
 Soldier C / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Hal Rawley ...
 Old Man / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Gene Tognacci ...
 Man B / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
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Inspired by the ultimate selfless act of a friendly traveler, calm quiet introspective teenage marksman Kino travels around the world on her talking motorcycle and best friend Hermes, visiting different countries, that are all basically city-states. The duo has no particular goal in mind other than to learn about life, the world in general and themselves. They have only one rule - never stay in one place for more than three days. Some of the places they visit turn out to be beautiful, others disturbing. Many of the places have their own culture, social order and philosophy of living, so during her endless journey, Kino witnesses the darkest sides of humanity, but also occasional triumphs and many peculiar oddities. She sometimes protects, kills, saves, ignores or helps people, but also on occasion thinks about her past, questions her whole reality once and even becomes tempted to stay at one place for longer than three days at one point.

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Kino's Journey
15 January 2015 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Definitely a very slow paced anime, if you are looking for action you are at the wrong place.

However, if you are interested in experiencing the elevating joys, the wide arsenal of emotions and artistic features an anime can offer then you have just found what you are looking for.

This piece of art is coming at you with a mixture of sounds, pictures, and dialog like not much other anime out there. Every single episode is a rather complex assessment of the different systems that have existed and exist throughout human history and of the different element of human personality in general.

Our main hero, Kino is a traveler and as such it is not the end point, not the destiny of the journey that is important for her, but the experience she gather while being on the road. Many of the episodes have not much connections to each other, they could be separated from each other and still be meaningful, in other words there are a lots of episodes (in the literature sense).

It was created by the same crew as Serial Experiments Lain, so if you've seen that you should have a good idea what you are in for, however this one is taking a less theoretic approach to the different problems humanity as a whole and an individual is facing. Most importantly, each episode gives you a comprehensive example, that way getting the problem close to you and is looking for practical solutions. Still in the end the Kino takes no active part in the events and is just a bystander, who forms her opinion but does nothing more (maybe with exemption of 1-2 life-death problems she can't stand by).

Summing up, to truly understand this piece you have to do your own part, this show doesn't serve you answers on a silver plate, but rather questions.


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