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Stark700



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:29 am Reply with quote

Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World- the Animated Series (TV)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Slice of Life
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Destination is a state of mind. A tale of one girl and her bike and the road ahead. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual, anthropomorphic motorcycle, only staying in each country for three days. During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. But through it all, they never lose their sense of freedom. They discover that because of the world's imperfections, it is actually a thing of beauty. "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."


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Episode 1:

Oh wow, this episode gave me nostologia. Kino's narration from the beginning, the atmospheric setting, and storytelling brings back a lot of memories from decades ago.

The visuals/animation looked good even after all these years. Even the music works well for the first episode imo so far. (I love the style of the ED theme song so far) Kino's character is exactly how I remember her as well in this anime. She hasn't changed and still rides her iconic bike with her gun.

Good start, can't wait to see more!

This first episode was also more violent than I had expected.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:53 am Reply with quote
I am not really familiar with this franchise, so I am coming in fresh, and I think that I will keep it that way for now, but I am liking what I am seeing. Chances are my wonderings of the series will come off as old cheese to those more familiar. Kino does seem to be an interesting character, one point being I am not sure what to refer to Kino has. Is Kino a boy or girl? Compared to Hermes Kino sounds much more feminine, but the females that appeared in the episode made Kino appear not so such. From the subs Hermes said "he" when referring to Kino just eating a desert, but I know that it would not be part of the Japanese dialogue as the language does not have words like "he" or "she", and Kino's ambiguity has kind of made it a more interesting character, not defined by the expectations.
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Darkmagick



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:35 am Reply with quote
DuskyPredator wrote:
Is Kino a boy or girl? Compared to Hermes Kino sounds much more feminine, but the females that appeared in the episode made Kino appear not so such. From the subs Hermes said "he" when referring to Kino just eating a desert, but I know that it would not be part of the Japanese dialogue as the language does not have words like "he" or "she", and Kino's ambiguity has kind of made it a more interesting character, not defined by the expectations.

So, Japanese actually does have words for he and she ("kare" and "kanojo"), but as you suspected, Hermes did not use any gender-specific terms in that particular line. (Nor does he ever refer to Kino with any gender-specific terminology.)

As to Kino's gender: it's never really specified out loud. Questions regarding it are generally just answered with "I'm Kino." Going by the backstory episode in the original series, Kino is definitely AFAB, but the common fan interpretation I've seen is that Kino is masculine-presenting gender neutral. (Well, I'm not 100% how common it is, in general I see fans referring to Kino with either "they" or "she".)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:53 pm Reply with quote
Episode 3

So what is the point made? Because it seems pretty clear that despite the framing, the moving country was awfully disruptive in a way not excused by their reasoning of traveling, the build up of power sounding like an excuse rather than reasoning. They destroy farmland and other infrastructure that is unreasonable, even to the country that seemed especially aggressive. There was like this sense of dissonance as they called the other country as being unfairly cruel for targeting the mural, as they were instead damaging their countryside. But at the end it was kind of pointed out that the other country was likely being disruptive in charging high taxes for those moving through.

Kind of looked like it was maybe saying that everyone can cause trouble for others, those who win might only be the strongest, that kind intentions might help to lower collateral, it is not always the case where a lack of respect may still be a case. Does Kino's strong abilities with weapons make Kino any more right? Maybe only can give some praise that Kino could do worse.
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Akaname



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:49 pm Reply with quote
Darkmagick wrote:

As to Kino's gender: it's never really specified out loud. Questions regarding it are generally just answered with "I'm Kino." Going by the backstory episode in the original series, Kino is definitely AFAB, but the common fan interpretation I've seen is that Kino is masculine-presenting gender neutral. (Well, I'm not 100% how common it is, in general I see fans referring to Kino with either "they" or "she".)


spoiler[You seriously referred to Kino as "it". "It" is a she, as in...wait for it...female. AFAB? Please provide some facts reinforcing that she is anything other than female. At no point does she claim be be anything else, although she may purposely mislead others.]

spoiler[And if you think an anime character needs gender neutral pronouns, I mourn for the world I have always known, because it's too far removed from reality to ever be saved.]
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:13 pm Reply with quote
Episode 5

Lies, within lies, within lies. And yet, none of them actually seem cruel, especially the larger picture. Although maybe feels a bit unnecessary.
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