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Kino's Journey: Season 1: Episode 11 -- As Kino recalls her past, she cannot help remembering an encounter with a dying wise man that ultimately proved that even observers can have an effect.


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Sadayuki Murai (writer)
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2003 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 85)
Ai Maeda ... Kino (14 episodes, 2003)
Ryuji Aigase ... Hermes (14 episodes, 2003)
Kelli Cousins ... Kino (13 episodes, 2003)
Cynthia Martinez ... 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)

Vic Mignogna ... Comrade B / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
John Swasey ... Additional Voices / ... (6 episodes, 2003)

Series Directed by
Ryûtarô Nakamura (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Sadayuki Murai (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer / producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Series Sound Department
Jacob A. Gragard .... adr recordist (13 episodes, 2003)

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Also Known As:
"Kino no tabi" - Japan (original title)
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Denmark:7 | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:PG (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
If you liked "Mushishi", you'll love "Kino's Journey"., 19 January 2014
Author: simmsnation from USA

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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