“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but her guns for protection and 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 has her own custom, 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.
– From Crunchyroll
Kino’s Journey wasn’t really on my radar but it came up on Crunchyroll and seemed like it could be a bit interesting, plus I read a couple of other blogger’s first impressions and it seemed like it would be worth trying. This first episode is slow and yet tells a complete story and is oddly compelling.
As a main character, Kino is still something of an enigma and in this episode acts largely as a passive observer. It kind of reminded me a bit of Mushishi in the way that events just kind of happen rather than the MC instigating things. My problem with that is I find these sorts of stories a little dull as a rule.
Still, for a first episode I enjoyed this. The country we visited was interesting and Kino encountered enough colourful characters to draw us into this world. I do want to know why the motorcycle talks and why other characters just respond to it as though that is perfectly normal, but even if that is never explained I somehow doubt that is going to make or break this journey. It seems like it will be pretty episodic given they’ve already established that Kino is only going to stay three days in each place.
All and all, I think this could be good, but we’ll see how the next couple of episodes go.
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