Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World ! Kino no Tabi is a humble, and beautiful exposition of the human experience, and
more speciﬁcally, human shortcomings. Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Journey) is the story of a young, old-soul named Kino, and her talking “motorrad” Hermes. Kino travel across the world they live in from country to country, only staying in each country for three days and two nights. Her ideology behind the length of her stay is if she stays too long she will become attached to a place, and not want to keep journeying. These characters, while lovable and balanced, are not the important part of the story. Kino and Hermes play the impartial observers that simply watch the craziness they encounter from a distance. If you are a person that needs non-stop action and a linear, constant plot, then this anime is not for you. On the other hand, if you are a person that prefers an anime that makes you think, has a slower pace, and has interesting dialogue, this anime is for you. For those who stick around, you’ll hear about the sound quality of Kino’s Journey, the animation quality, and the story.
While the soundtrack and voice acting of this show suits it well, it isn’t anything
truly memorable. Reminiscent to most other anime, it has an intro and outro song that I will probably never listen to all the way through, because it simply isn’t worth listening to. The soundtrack is often silent, which perfectly ﬁts the story. It changes the feel of the show from that of a huge production, to the feeling of a lesser known book. The voice of Kino is always calm and cautious, even when alone with Hermes. A perfect interpretation of a young, but mature young girl. Hermes is her foil in the story, and has
a bright and (not overly) cheery voice in every situation. If I were asked to rate the sound of Kino no Tabi, I would give it a 6.5 out of 10.
The animation quality of Kino’s Journey does more than just suit the...