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Kino's Journey 

Kino no tabi (original title)
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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Ai Maeda ...
Ryuji Aigase ...
Kelli Cousins ...
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
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 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
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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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A delightful tale
16 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This series is quite different to other anime series I've seen; it is neither action packed nor full of laughs although that doesn't mean it is totally lacking in these. The animation has a style of its own too; in some ways it has a simple look but it is stunningly beautiful. The series follows the travels of Kino and her talking 'Motorrad' (motorbike) Hermes as they visit various countries, each of the countries are effectively city states that each have their own unique customs, some are friendly, others less so. As a general rule Kino is just an observer of the countries she visits but occasionally gets involved although that is usually because she has no choice. Just because Kino prefers to avoid conflict does not mean the guns we see in the opening credits don't get used, it did come as a surprise the first time though.

As they are constantly travelling the only regular characters are Kino and Hermes; Kino is an interesting character whose gender is open to question for the first few episodes and is sometimes addressed as a boy and sometimes as a girl in the various countries, Hermes might be a talking motorbike but isn't as silly as that sounds, it looks like a real bike and does not have a face like other animated talking vehicles.

While the stories were gently paced I was never bored, I'd certainly recommend this for anybody looking for something a little different. It is suitable for most ages although one or two scenes might disturb young children; some people and a few rabbits do get shot and we aren't spared the sight of spilt blood.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.


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