Kino No Tabi

Kino No Tabi

The Beautiful World

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Kino, a girl with an anthropomorphic motorcycle named Hermes, travels from country to country, staying only three days in each, absorbing the great good and horrible ugliness of each part of the world.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Tokyopop, c2006-
ISBN: 9781598164558
1598164554
Branch Call Number: SHIGUSA
Characteristics: 205 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Beautiful world

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Staff Book Review: Kino No Tabi

Kino No Tabi is the novelized version of the popular anime series Kino’s Journey. Although published by Tokyopop in 2006, it is not a manga. The descriptive style of writing could easily work as a manga and it is a good companion piece with the DVD, Kino’s Journey, which is also available from Surrey Libraries. This young adult novel is set in a post-apocalyptic future Japan although any r (more)


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Kino, a girl with an anthropomorphic motorcycle named Hermes, travels from country to country, staying only three days in each, absorbing the great good and horrible ugliness of each part of the world.

"Kino No Tabi is the novelized version of the popular anime series Kino’s Journey." - Shane

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 28, 2018

Kino No Tabi is the novelized version of the popular anime series Kino’s Journey. Although published by Tokyopop in 2006, it is not a manga. The descriptive style of writing could easily work as a manga and it is a good companion piece with the DVD, Kino’s Journey, which is also available from ... Read More »


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Kino No Tabi is the novelized version of the popular anime series Kino’s Journey. Although published by Tokyopop in 2006, it is not a manga. The descriptive style of writing could easily work as a manga and it is a good companion piece with the DVD, Kino’s Journey, which is also available from Surrey Libraries. This young adult novel is set in a post-apocalyptic future Japan although any reference to time and place is nonexistent. Instead the novel is set more in a fantasy realm and uses elements of the known world as tangible points for the reader. Kino is a young adult, possibly a young teen. The reader is left to guess because her current age is only described by others as younger to them although we find that she started on her journey at the age of twelve. Her companion on her journey is a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Why the motorcycle is able to talk is slightly alluded to when on one of their adventures they meet another traveller with a talking dog. The dog and Hermes find each other’s ability to talk equally ridiculous, but accepted nonetheless. Kino travels with Hermes to different countries as they are described. These countries are more like city states which have their own rules and idiosyncratic beliefs. Kino has a fixed rule of not staying in one place more than three days in order not to become too involved with the people of the city she visits. This rule of course never holds true since she invariably becomes embroiled in some adventure or intrigue within the city. Kino’s travels are an allegory for a teen’s journey into adulthood and their similar contempt and attraction for what that will mean to them. (Submitted by Shane).

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Aug 07, 2018

This is the print version of the anime Kino’s Journey. It puts the episodes in a slightly different order and gives more back story to the anime series. It is a very surrealist novel and it brings the reader into a world that may be post apocalyptic or just a Japan in a different time stream it is hard to tell and not explained and yet unimportant to the premise. The novel is about a young traveler and a talking anthropomorphisized motorcycle. They both stay only three days in each city state and of course something happens that is life altering to both traveler and city state citizens during the visit.

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