Kino's Journey (2003– )
"Kino no tabi" (original title)

TV Series  |  Animation, Adventure, Drama
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Kino and her talking motorcycle Hermes travel around the world, visiting different countries for three days each in order to learn about each one.

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Kelli Cousins ...
 Kino (13 episodes, 2003)
Cynthia Martinez ...
 Hermes / ... (13 episodes, 2003)
Ai Maeda ...
 Kino (13 episodes, 2003)
Ryuji Aigase ...
 Hermes (13 episodes, 2003)
Kyle Jones ...
 Additional Voices / ... (10 episodes, 2003)
Chris Nelson ...
 Additional Voices / ... (8 episodes, 2003)
Patrick Givens ...
 Additional Voices (7 episodes, 2003)
Stacy Slanina ...
 Additional Voices / ... (7 episodes, 2003)
Jacob A. Gragard ...
 Additional Voices / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Jay Hickman ...
 Sixshooter / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Comrade B / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
John Swasey ...
 Additional Voices / ... (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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If you liked "Mushishi", you'll love "Kino's Journey".
19 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those little gems you discover late one night binge- watching anime. No one has ever mentioned it to you, you have nothing else better to do, and the cover art doesn't remind you of another action-packed vampire love story. That being said, I went into Kino's Journey blind and I came out enlightened. It was like I was a child exploring the world for the first time again.

Along with her talking motorcycle companion, "Hermes", Kino is a traveler who has a rule to never stay in one place for more than 3 days. The world is similar to Earth except that what are considered "countries" are really independent, walled cities that are seemingly very spaced apart. Each episode is self contained as Kino visits one or more country, and just as Kino and Hermes, we experience each place for the first time. The countries have their own unique histories, customs, and cultures. All are interesting; some are dangerous.

There is something so powerful in the quiet storytelling of this series. Kino's Journey really explores the very edges of what it means to be human. We are all flawed, yet it is how we deal with our flaws that defines us. Similar to many other series I have watched, I just wish there was more.

There are only two other anime that I have seen that have mastered the art of quiet storytelling: "Mushishi", and "House of Five Leaves".

As of now (Jan 2014), the English Dubbed version is available on Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. NOTE: Amazon Prime doesn't have any commercials.


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