Sporadic Happiness (in Japan!)

(formerly) updated every Wednesday

#11 Anime: Kino’s Journey

on February 16, 2012

Hello everyone.

Sorry this post is happening a day late.  I stayed home from work both yesterday and today because I caught a bad cold.  Yesterday I slept in until 12:30 in the afternoon, and forgot to write this post.  Today I slept in till a whopping 3:30pm.  So now, in my hazy sick state I will write this post.  It’ll be short, and sweet.

One of my favorite anime of all time is Kino’s Journey (or キノの旅 in Japanese)

Anime News Network gives the summary as follows:

“The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.”

There are many things that appeal to me about this anime.

1) It’s about travel.  Kino (the main character) is constantly going new places, seeing new things, meeting new people.  It’s a very interesting life she lives.

2) It’s about society.  Each of the places she visits has some commentary on society – tendencies within us human beings, ways we live or want to live that may be healthy or unhealthy.  It really makes you think and gain a fresh perspective on a lot of things.

3) It has the feel of a dystopia novel, (ie: Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, The Giver, 1984, etc).  In high school I was a huge fan of dystopian novels and this anime is like a novella of them, since she goes to a new society in each episode.

4)  I really admire Kino.  She’s strong and brave and self-sufficient.  She refers to herself with a male pronoun for “I” indicating that she’s tough and independent.  She’s also of the personality type to let water roll off her back; no matter what she sees or is involved in, she’s always able to keep moving on and not worry about what has been.  Each day she makes a fresh start and is always looking forward to new travels.

There are also 2 short 30-minute movies that have been made, in addition to the 13 episode single-season series.  One of the movies explores Kino’s past and how she started her journeys, and the other is sort of a “climax” to the series.

If you get a chance, check it out!

Amazon has the complete collection (all 13 episodes) available for just $25.57!

Kino’s Journey Complete Collection

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