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Kino's Journey Light Novels Get New TV Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Aoi Yūki, Sōma Saitō star in new anime based on Keiichi Sigsawa's light novel series

A stage event at the Dengeki Game Festival 2017 event in Tokyo revealed on Sunday that Keiichi Sigsawa's Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World (Kino's Journey) light novel series is getting a new television anime project.

The new anime will star Aoi Yūki as KINO and Sōma Saitō as Hermes. Previous anime adaptations starred Ai Maeda as KINO and Ryuji Aigase as Hermes.

Sigsawa began serializing Kino's Journey in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki HP in 2000, and Kadokawa shipped the 20th volume (pictured at right) in October. The novel was adapted into a 13-episode anime in 2003, and movies premiered in 2005 and 2007. Sigsawa also published a spinoff series of novels titled Gakuen Kino about KINO as a high school girl from 2006 to 2011. A manga adaptation of Gakuen Kino launched in Dengeki G's Festival Comic in 2010.

Iruka Shiomiya is launching the first manga adaptation of the light novel series in Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge on March 17.

The story follows the travels of KINO, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.

Tokyopop published the beginning of the original novel series in North America. ADV Films released the television anime adaptation. Sentai Filmworks will rerelease the anime on DVD on June 6.

Sources: Dengeki Online (Tekeon), Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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