As stated a while back, I finished watching Kino’s Journey, so I thought I’d lay down a few thoughts about it.
Kino’s Journey is the story of a girl named Kino, whose occupation is “Traveler.” Being a Traveler entails going from country to country, exploring the world as a whole. Kino is accompanied by her sentient motorcycle, a “Motorrad” named Hermes.
Kino’s Journey is loved by many, and after having watched it, I must agree that it is a wonderful series. Each episode is more or less a self-contained story, one stop on Kino’s never-ending on-the-road life. Each story has some basic metaphors for human thought, behavior, and philosophy, and are meant to show that there are many sides to any one situation. It has a very slice-of-life feel to it, but unlike so many slice-of-life shows Kino’s Journey is not innocent. No one is innocent in this world, and nowhere does this contrast stand out more than in the fact that Kino herself carries multiple firearms with which to defend herself. And she’s a skilled marksman too.
The necessity of her guns alone goes a long way in explaining the central theme of the show: People are not beautiful, therefore they are.