One of the things I love the most about anime is how is it able to focus on small but significant details. At its best, 2D animation allows every look, every gesture, every landscape, every interaction between characters to be full of intentional meaning in a way that is all the more difficult to achieve… Read More Easter: Ten Anime for the Ten Commandments (and IV)
In 2017, Lerche produced a remake of Kino’s Journey, focusing on both some of the stories animated in 2003 version and others from the light novel series that weren’t. Beautifully animated, the series continued to do what the franchise does best: Make viewers consider the value of community and what it is that makes us… Read More TangleCast 69: Relativism and Goodness in Kino’s Journey
Christmas hit me like a winter storm—between family, work, conventions (more on that in a week or two), and sickness, I could barely keep my head above water during the last few weeks. In the midst of all the craziness, I didn’t get a chance to post about the last episode of Kino’s Journey. In… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 12: A New Journey
I had an argument with my wife recently where we really let it loose, where neither of us controlled ourselves. The stress of a tough month got to us, and we said everything on our minds and things that weren’t. Worst of all is that our kids were witness to it. Thankfully, we resolved things… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 11: Saving You
Kino’s Journey is always good for a surprise and episode ten, as Kino once again takes center stage, packed a big one. I remembered the importance of Sakura, the little girl who serves as Kino’s tour guide through her nation, but I’d forgotten how it all would end. The episode begins with Kino telling Hermes… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 10: The Authentic You
Episode nine of Kino’s Journey is a collection of short episodes of her travels, as well as one of Shizu’s. Most are humorous: a bandit’s advice about not attacking Kino’s group or Shizu’s, based on terrifying memories of Kino’s master; an even more terrifying tale of Kino’s cooking; Ti’s thoughts about the validity of making… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 9: Pray or Do?
Episode eight of Kino’s Journey takes us once again away from Kino and Hermes, this time following Shizu and Riku on their travels after they’ve picked up Ti. The trio is looking for a country in which to permanently settle, while simultaneously helping Ti learn how to function in a less volatile, more usual manner.… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 8: More Than Radio Waves
Kino passes down a tale from her master this week (perhaps another tradition in this world), as Kino’s Journey takes us to na historic nation with an historic recount of an historic event. After a meal reminds her of her master (whom she seems to be seeking), Kino tells Hermes about how the old woman—then… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 7: Don’t Look Back
Episode six of Kino’s Journey is a high mark for me—it’s a compelling episode that’s difficult to watch, one that’s full of mystery yet tidied up by the end in all but the question it poses us about luck or fate (or if you have a faith, God). Kino is barely present in the episode,… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 6: Are You in Control?
Episode five of Kino no Tabi concerns itself with how we choose to live our lives. It begins with Kino finishing up a stay in a country where she and Hermes speak to another motorrad, once belonging to that country’s greatest hero, but now standing still and on display as an artifact at a museum.… Read More Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 5: Liars and Lovers