Kino’s Journey

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

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Kino, a 15-year-old traveler, forms a bond with Hermes, a talking motorcycle. Together, they wander the lands and venture through various countries and places, despite having no clear idea of what to expect. After all, life is a journey filled with the unknown. Throughout their journeys, they encounter different kinds of customs, from the morally gray to tragic and fascinating. They also meet many people: some who live to work, some who live to make others happy, and some who live to chase their dreams. Thus, in every country they visit, there is always something to learn from the way people carry out their lives. It is not up to Kino or Hermes to decide whether these asserted values are wrong or right, as they merely assume the roles of observers within this small world. They do not attempt to change or influence the places they visit, despite how absurd these values would appear. That's because in one way or another, they believe things are fine as they are, and that "the world is not beautiful; therefore, it is."

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English: Kino’s Journey
Japanese: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2003 to Jul 8, 2003
Premiered: Spring 2003
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Producers: WOWOW, Genco, Pony Canyon, Studio Wombat,, ASCII Media Works
Licensors: ADV Films, Sentai Filmworks
Studios: A.C.G.T.
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Psychological, Slice of Life
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 480p
Type: Dual Audio


Ryuutarou Nakamura – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Youta Tsuruoka – Sound Director
Tetsuya Endou – Episode Director
Sadayuki Murai – Script
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Theme Songs

OP1: “All the Way” by Mikuni Shimokawa
ED1: “The Beautiful World” by Ai Maeda

Episode List

01: Land of Visible Pain
02: A Tale of Feeding Off Others
03: Land of Prophecies
04: Land of Adults
05: Three Men Along the Rails
06: Coliseum (Part 1)
07: Coliseum (Part 2)
08: Land of Wizards
09: Land of Books
10: A Tale of Mechanical Dolls
11: Her Journey
12: A Peaceful Land
13: A Kind Land


Gazes at humanity and ponders about the way you live your life. The world is not beautiful: And that, in a way, lends it a sort of beauty.


The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.


The stories in Kino are episodic but they’re all fantastic and leave you contemplative. They’re effortlessly simple yet carry deep meaning.


A subdued and melancholy story about travel, and a unique and mellow experiences in anime.


An realistic and thought provoking journey. If you love Anime that requires you to observe and reflect, this is right up your alley.


The show feels like a series of philosophical fairy tales. Some of the stories can be cheesy, but overall they work surprisingly well.


Masterpiece. And yeah I’ll say it, underrated AF. Watch this, you won’t be sorry. Your list isn’t legit unless you have this on it.



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