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Kinos Reise 01 (Kino's Journey #1)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  722 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Destination is a state of mind. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual motorcycle. During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. But through it all, they never lose their sense of freedom. This work tells the tale of one girl and her bike and the road ahead.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published November 2006 by Tokyopop (first published July 2000)
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When I first watched Tabi no Kino the anime, I was moved to tears more than once. It is a poignant series that while disjointed on some level, still conveys a great depth of feeling and an insatiable need to know on the part of the protagonist. I'm afraid that I dislike the translation of the novel. I'm sure in it's original Japanese the books are as beautiful as the series, unfortunately certain aspects do not translate well.

One thing for example is Kino's androgyny. In Japanese there is a cer
"The World is not beautiful, therefore it is." This is the first line in this book that caught my eyes; that phrase is one of reasons why I read Kino no tabi. I also wanted to thank my younger sister who recommended and nearly forced me to read this book. I am so glad that she did since it is incredibly good book like she said.

I have to say that Kino no tabi is one of those book that worth to read. The story in each chapters is the best social reflection however some part of it is surreal. It s
I didn't know anything about this book before I cracked the cover. I picked it up when I breezed through the YAF section of the library looking for easy books to hit my 2011 reading goal. (i'm a little behind on my goal.) I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this little book. Apparently there is an anime series, and possibly also a movie about Kino. I'll watch them... someday. Anyway, this kind of reminded me of a gender-fucking Little Prince but without the mushy stuff, and a lot more guns.

Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for

"The World is not beautiful, therefore it is."

The first line in this book, and a powerful one. How funny it is that the one thing everyone strives for is perfection, yet we all agree that a perfect world is impossible. Even if it was possible, would we really want it?

Kino doesn't remember what her original name was, only that it was the name of a flower. The first Kino came into the town she lived in when she was eleven, days before she was to ha
Kino's Journey is probably my favorite anime series of all time. It's thirteen episodes long and based off of a series of Japanese light novels. This is the first novel, and the only one that was translated. I was quite eager to get a taste of the source material for the show, and with a few caveats it was just as satisfying.

The main theme of Kino No Tabi is summed up by it's most famous quote: "The world is not beautiful. Therefor it is." Kino is a traveller who explores a vast world with a unu
Kino’s whole life changes when she meets a professional traveler who chooses to visit her town and stay with her family for 3 days. She meets him on the cusp of her operation – the one that will make her into an adult – and his strange ideas about life (do the work you love) appeal to her and cause her to question the validity of her people’s ways. When she voices her concerns aloud and tells her family that she does *not* want to have the operation, they turn on her. The traveler tries to inter ...more
I first heard of Kino's Journey (or Kino no Tabi) in some online discussion on some website. My curiosity aroused, I decided to check it out.

To say I was satisfied with my purchase is an understatement.

The story begins with our mysterious narrator Kino describing her life as a young girl. Originally, she comes from a place known as "The Land of Grown-Ups". An unusual name to be sure, but the scenario quickly gains a sinister tone. The Land of Grown-Ups, of course, revolves around adulthood. Ever
A short story about a girl who lives in a village where all the children when they turn twelve must have a surgery that messes with their brains. One day this girl meets a man named Kino, who came into town on a magical talking motorcycle named Hermes. Kino convinces her that she does not need to have the surgery and that she should not get it. However when her father finds out he tries to kill her; but when he tries to kill her he ends up killing Kino. Because Kino is dead the girl assumes Kino ...more
It's really hard for me to review Kino no Tabi because I'm a huge fan of the anime series--as are a ton of other people who read it, judging by the reviews here--and I have a very hard time taking it on its own merits and not comparing it to my admittedly-years-old memories of the the anime.

As a major example, the anime, and the Japanese edition of this book, has the review of why Kino is traveling come after several of the other countries she visits. One of the features/characteristics/problem
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This was a very entertaining book. It also really makes you think.

The title translates to "Kino's Journey" (why Tokyopop didn't actually translate the title, I don't know; then again, Tokyopop screwed up something else with this, which is why I knocked it down a star). The story follows Kino as she travels the world, only staying in each place three days.

Kino no Tabi is an excellent look into society and human nature. It really shows that the world is imperfect and that's why it's beautiful.

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John Maresco
Before I knew about the book, I had watched the animated show "Kino's Journey". I decided to check out the novel, but wanted to wait some time between seeing the show and reading the book. Each of the book's chapters is a short story about Kino and her talking motorcycle, Hermes, visiting different countries. I was expecting to be a bit bored, since most of the chapters are full episodes. I was surprised to find that the scenes in the book still have the same impact as the show.

While reading I
This book was...quaint. It's good for if you just want to sit down and read a story. The characters are fun and interesting, the places they go are all very different and teach some kind of "moral" about life, and it's entertaining. I do have a problem with the fact that this book is kind of...pointless. Though it's a good, fun little book that tells some good stories, there isn't any overall goal or point to the story that gives it purpose. It's just a record of the places that Kino and Hermes ...more
キノの旅 was recommended on a Japanese reading thread as a not-too-difficult read for those who'd finished Heisig and were starting to read native materials. I read it on the basis of that and because the series ranked a few times in このライトノベルがすごい!.

I did not do Heisig and my "kanji knowledge" is, according to my anki deck, at ~1440 out of 2136 old+new 常用漢字 (less when I started reading キノの旅 but not by much). As such, I certainly didn't always get all the tiny details but understood enough (to a semi-d



After hearing a lot of good things about this series, and recently watching the a
Lacey Louwagie
I really loved Kino's Journey, especially the character of Kino, when I watched it several years ago. Krystl got me this book for my birthday, which is one of the "novels" the anime is based on. I put novel in quotes because it's really a collection of connected short stories about Kino's travels, with each one focusing on a particular "country" (which are really more like cities) that Kino visits.

It had been long enough since I watched the anime that I didn't remember the "twists" in most of th
Jun 27, 2007 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Precocious teens; fans of the anime
Before it was an anime, Kino no Tabi was a series of novels by some Japanese frood writing under the name Keiichi Sigsawa. The anime and book describe the travels of Kino, a detached young girl, through the dysfunctional nations of her not-so-beautiful world. I just finished the first novel, and I'm sorry to say that I think Kino makes a much better anime than a book. Part of what made the anime so intriguing was Kino's own inscrutability. The book describes what Kino feels in enough detail to r ...more
The first line of the book, "The World is not beautiful, therefore it is." drew me in. The travels of Kino and her motorcycle, Hermes, felt like a sort of Gulliver's Travels to me and I liked it a lot. I loved how the author perceived the answers to questions we've all asked ourselves a least once. The messages were easy to understand, but deep and made you stop to think about your own opinion on the situation.

The book sends the theme that perfection is impossible and can lead to disaster in the
Overall: I love the animation and I love this book.

Things I liked:
- The theme of traveling and visiting new places and learning from each town's (im)perfect customs is a simple but complex storytelling
- from prologue to epilogue, the story is CAPTIVATING. The world that Kino travels is magical, eerie, beautiful, uncanny, and wonderful within the imperfection of humanity
- there are subtle differences from the animation (if I remember the animation series correctly) but the book is equally thought
I had watched the anime some years ago, and then saw that the bookstore carried this book in Danish. I knew the anime was based on books, and wanted to see if I would fall in love with the atmosphere, as I had with the show. It's safe to say that I wasn't disappointed; I very much liked this.
Feb 13, 2008 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Handmaid's Tale or The Dark Tower series
Shelves: dystopian-gothic
This books is advertised as a graphic novel without the graphics, which is a pretty good description: the writing is amazingly good at painting a picture in front of you.

The main character rides a talking motorcycle through town after town, exploring the weirdness of life. In one town, everyone is dead but the caretaker who killed them. In another, nobody interacts anymore because they can all read minds. It's the same sort of "world that's passed on" quality you find in Stephen King's Darktower
I read this book after I had my wisdom teeth, so I was still under the effects of Lortab. This book was very fitting for the situation. The premise of the book is that a young girl, who takes the name of Kino, is traveling around on her talking motorcycle. She goes to many different cities, encountering a weird situation or problem each time.

This book is definitely a thinker. I liked it quite a bit. Some of it was a little bit violent, but the it was a fun book to read. You can tell that it is
The author paints a wonderful story about a curious young woman and her motorcycle who travel the beautiful world finding adventure in the most unlikely places. Kino is a great character to read about, the author did a great job with her and Hermes. Their adventures were interesting to read about and each one had a moral behind them. It was really fun to read how Kino managed to change the beautiful world one city at a time.
Wow, I read through this just since this morning and loved every last second of it.
At its core, Kino no Tabi is a story of the follies of mankind. The book is segmented into 6 chapters, each detailing a different city Kino reaches in her travels and in each she discovers how people, when left to their own devices, eventually bring about their own demise. Not once is the book incredibly over-the-top or absurd. You read this and really feel as if you've been thrown into a post-apocalyptic world di
Usually, when you read something after watching its visualization, it could be disappointing because anime makes everything more vibrant than words can. But I was surprised that this light novel is not disappointing at all. It has the same feels with the anime, but offer deeper insight than what anime can convey.

Kino no Tabi is one of the best narrative I have ever read in my entire life. I have read it till its 12th volume, and it always satisfy me so much. It is pleasurable, satire, philosophi
"The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."

This line stuck with me after reading this light novel. I was trying to decide how to summarize this novel, but that one line pretty much summarizes it for me. The book follows the travels of Kino who, after an incident with a traveler in which she rejects the customs of her people, sets off on a talking motorcycle to see the world. She visits a variety of places, spending three days in each no matter how wonderful or horrible the place. Each town ty
Sooo good on so many different levels. A really good friend of mine recommended it to me. He did say that it wasn't for everybody, but thought I would appreciate it.

How right was he! This japanese anime, as we call it "graphic novel" seemed so simple, yet far fetched. But it all boils down to one point: it's a matter of interpreting philosophy. The author and illustrator both collabrated to show their take on what we all discuss, think and feel. When reading it, it seemed so simple yet so profou
I originally came across the television series "Kino's Journey" and watched all thirteen episodes with awe and delight. Then I found out it was based off a book.
I thought it was a graphic novel but as it turns out it is mostly a very poignant young adult novel that can be should be enjoyed by all.

Kino is a young androgynous traveler who rides around on her talking motorcycle Hermes. They go from land to land, discovering each countries unique and often tragic history which leads to its curren
I read it months ago, thanks to one of my kind friends that let me borrowed it. im not gonna lie... it was addicting. I cannot put it down until i finsh! but i realize in the end i got nothing out of it. most of the events in it are surprising and very creative, but i still can't squeeze anything out of it :( most themes are obvious. my mood was saddened greatly at most tragedies. it was the darkness of this book that keptme reading. it wasnt translated greatly either... it was ok i guess.

Gentle, whimsical and sometimes philosophical, with a hint of melancholy
Peeravich Paoprayoon
Read in Thai once, and finished it again in Japanese version.
I felt like reading this when I was a child and now have different feeling....
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