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In Kino's Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle, a Brough Superior motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. Kino only spends three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands. Kino says in The Land of Visible Pain that this principle is probably a lie, specifically noting "if I stay any longer, I'm afraid I will settle down." A phrase repeated in the anime and novels is "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is." Kino's Journey explores what the anime director Ryutaro Nakamura described as "a radical sense of 'beauty," and brutality, loneliness, nonsense, oppression and tragedy are often juxtaposed against compassion and a fairy-tale atmosphere.

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Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Studio:  A.C.G.T.
Original Air Date:  4/8/03 - 7/8/03
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review by . December 22, 2009
The world is not beautiful, therefore it is...
   Pros: Character designs, philosophical themes, musical score, no fan-service, witty dialogue between the two main characters.      Cons: Sub-par background animation, some characters are developed and then abandoned.      Kino (voiced by Kelli Cousins) is a female traveler on a journey across the world, accompanied by her talking motorcycle, Hermes (voiced by Cynthia Martinez). How or why he possesses the power of speech is never revealed, …
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