Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World – Review

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“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but guns for protection and the talking motorcycle Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people, and learns about the world through their stories, at times conjuring humor and inspiration or other times piercing cynicism. However, Kino’s own custom is to stay no longer than three days in every town without exception, as it is enough time to learn almost everything important about the place while still leaving time to explore new lands.

Review

Kino’s Journey is an interesting and often terrifying look at the world from the view point of an outsider. As Kino travels from country to country, Kino spends no more than 3 days in any given country. Through that journey we learn of the memories from each country. Some are nice and genuine, while others are dark and seated in terrifying truths.

Along for the ride with Kino is Hermes, her talking motorcycle. The series is a remake of the 2003 adaption of the light novel. Along for the journey isn’t just learning about each country as Kino does. It also involves learning about Kino and her history. This history is slowly unraveled and its more disturbing than you might have expected. Beyond the interesting stories, the series has stunning visuals. Time was taken to use the visuals to tell the story just as much as the characters themselves. Each playing just as important a part in the story as the other.

The complete series consists of 12 episodes. The blu-ray release includes a digital copy from Funimation. As a special feature, the series includes an interview with Keiichi Sigsawa, the original writer of the light novel. Although it’s not an overly dramatic series it manages to provide a mix of serious and light hearted moments. Both planned just right as to not seem out of place. Despite the sometimes serious nature of some of the stories, the slice of life journey is relaxing and enjoyable all the same.

You can pickup a copy over at the Funimation shop or Amazon.

Robert Prentice