“The world is not beautiful; Therefore, it is.”
“One of the things I have learned through my travels is to retain my thoughts until I have solid facts.”
“Hermes: Don’t you believe that sometimes anxiety creates nations?
Hermes: Yes, anxiety. If people are afraid of the river, they will build a dike. It’s the same thing.”
“”Whenever people see birds flying through the sky, it’s said that they get the urge to go on a journey.”
“Who said that?”
“Kino: It’s pretty interesting, isn’t it?
Hermes: What is?
Kino: The way that when someone expresses something, someone else always shows up to interpret it. Maybe the world is just a series of such events.”
“Though I did not know the place,
I set out for the land of my dreams
Having arrived at the land of my dreams,
I found I did not know the place”
“The world is not beautiful: And that, in a way, lends it a sort of beauty.”
“In the hall, there are the critics. We try to keep them away from everyone else, because all they do is expound their store of knowledge. They excite themselves with their ranting, the disapproval fills them with the feeling of importance and sick victory, they thrive on spoiling the pleasure and thrashing the creativity of others”
“All people exist in the illusion that they are the main character.”
“I don’t think there is anyone who know how or when the world is going to end. It would be too easy.”
Hermes: He [the Author in the Land of Books] seems crazy.
Kino: Normal people don’t become authors to begin with, Hermes.
Kino’s Journey is a philosophical anime and I would say that it has got some political satire in it. Kino and Hermes(a talking motorbike) travel from country to country where they encounter and interact with different characters. Kino stays in each country for only 3 days. Most of the characters are there only for just one episode- Kino and Hermes being the only characters present in the whole series. The irony in it is that some of the side characters get more character development than Kino and Hermes. We do get to know a little bit about Kino’s past but that’s it. The Kino that is there at the beginning is the same Kino that is there at the end of the story.
However do not be put off by what I say about this anime cause you’ll be missing something that by the end of the show could make you a better person as a reviewer on MAL noted. I always tend to find faults in things and that episode about censorship, critiques and authors was extremely funny. Each episode examines a certain aspect of the human condition and what I liked about this show is that it does not always try to shove down your throat an ideology but instead makes you think. Some political problems are also discussed although I would argue that most of the show is concerned with Kino’s existential journey.
If you are wondering what gender Kino is well she is a female. The animation style is what some would call “childish” kind of reminded me of Detective Conan/Case Closed. The show is able to grab the viewers attention without having to frequently introduce some character with large breasts and all of those anime tropes (although to be honest I don’t personally mind those anime tropes once in a while).
I do highly recommend this show but then my tastes and your tastes might not be the same- it certainly is not everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly is worth it to sip a little bit of the tea to taste it- you might even end up liking it.