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Kino no Tabi by Keiichi Sigsawa
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Jan 13, 2012

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Read on January 13, 2012

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 plan to reach it. It makes you ask, "What is adulthood?", "What if we could feel other's feelings?", and "How would a country run without a leader?" The way she answers these questions makes you think after every short story.

I have become interested in the anime to see more than what I read, since I quite enjoyed the story and want more.

Violence: Guns and knives. Fight scenes and detailed gore
Language: A few swears, but it's very minor
Sex: None
Drugs and Alcohol: References to alcohol
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