Kino no Tabi (Kino’s journey)
Hiya anime-hungry readers,
Today I shall tell you about an anime that too few people know in my opinion : Kino no Tabi (Kino’s journey).
A girl named Kino is travelling through various countries, with her friendly talking motorcycle, Hermes. She has a rule she strictly observes : she never stays in a country for more than 3 days, whatever happens there. This way, she can keep her free life of wanderer without having to cope with local trouble.
Music is good, although there’s nothing extraordinary with it, and the anime’s artwork puts the emphasis on beautiful and miscellaneous landscapes, just as a random traveller would see them. However, this is not the main thing you’ll notice if you watch the anime.
I guess the intro is the best way to see the anime’s feeling.
Soon after the first episode, you’ll quickly figure out that… each country has very strange and unique customs. For instance, you’ll find robot-populated cities, “perfect” places, countries full of mute people… Each of these isn’t very realistic (but that’s not really what you’re expecting from this anime anyhow), but is rather pretty idealized, so that it could correspond to some human ideal. Actually, each country has its own story, and each episode can be seen as a kind of parable about Life. The very goal of the anime is to make you think of various questions you wouldn’t even have thought of otherwise… and I think it’s a good, entertaining and enjoyful introduction to Philosophy as a way to think about stuff…
Kant said : You don’t learn philosophy, you learn how to philosophize. And this anime is a very-well-realized tutorial for it.