Finished this recently after sitting in my backlog for years
This fucking episode caught me off guard
Thanks, I needed an excuse to rewatch this show again, maybe I'll go through it twice since it isn't as fresh in mind any more.
One of my favorite episodes and it's really early on too, drew me into the series immediately.
Do you have the Japanese LNs? I've wanted to read them for a while now but I don't think they ever came out here.
Too high concept for a general audience.
Also, if you read the source material like on Baka_Tsuki translations, the author is very libertarian. You could easily be mistaken for the author being American. That is not a popular world view in Japan, although it helps maintain its die-hard fanbase.
Studios just don't want to touch the source material.
Sometimes traveling journey shows present each episode like a diary entry or something out of a log. The filter added in this does a similar thing in a slightly different way, since it makes it seem like you're watching some video recording of a traveler's journeys.
And then anon saw the box cover.
She found a village with very similar people to the village she escaped from as a child, people included.
It was going to be crushed by a volcanic eruption, and they were going to send the children out of the village to safety, while the other were going to stay in their home because it was important to them. However, the children felt the same, and they all died in the night after Kino was supposed to have left (as she stayed an extra half day nearby because she cared about the people there). Then, in the middle of the night, she wakes up and has the first expression of true fear and horror she'd shown in the entire show.
It was quite shocking.
Hardly I loved Kino. Still some of her actions kinda seemed odd.
>Oh hey we're gonna genocide that town you just came from killing everyone
I mean I know she wouldn't be able to do anything but a reaction other that 'This is moderatly interesting'
Would you watch a more light-hearted, rebooted Kino with moe and fanservice, /a/?
Yes, I will watch the Gakuen Kino anime when it's released
I'd a watch a show like it, but I don't think it should be Kino. Kino's world isn't light hearted, and neither is she.
But watching something to Kino like Sora no Woto was to Haibane Renmei, sure.
As long as it wasn't "Hazukashii~ I need to pee, Hermes-chan!"
>Spinning off from a joke in the afterword to volume four of Kino's Journey, the story finds Kino attending a high school with her talking cell phone strap, Hermes. When students start turning into monsters, Kino transforms into a gun toting magical girl, but her efforts are thwarted by the incompetent would be rival hero claiming to be her partner, Shizu.
Her body hasn't matured yet.
How old is she anyway?
I always thought she was a tween.
Twelve when she started. 15 when she left her shisho.
After that we don't know because the stories are not in chronological order.
I have this one illustration by the LN illustrator that suggests she gets older.
Note her long hair is back, like in the OVA, but she now has boobs instead of being totally flat.
>They didn't even want to save the children.
If I recall correctly the inhabitants did but ultimately let the children make the final decision of which they wanted to stay too. I can understand that the sentiment didn't seem so exclamatory and forceful but this was from Kino's perspective and the town already knew about the natural disaster in advance and it's consequences. From their perspective they had come to a decision long before Kino had arrived and Kino was simply experiencing the peaceful resignation that town had come to accept. Didn't they after all say that they wanted every traveller who passed through to experience a good time if only to preserve the memory of their town in a positive way after its destruction as they had realised that they had prior gained a bad reputation?
In any case, though it was an episode that sticks with you for a time afterwards being slightly bittersweet it was also quite endearing in a strange way and the love of a people for their home and to pass away with it shouldn't be treated so negatively or melancholic.
I guess it ties in with those that very Eastern sentiments of 'mono no aware' and 'kintsugi' which I would recommend you read up on and at lleast have a basic grounding or familiarity in eastern philosophy to fully appreciate Kino no Tabi and some of the underlying themes.
>I guess it ties in with those that very Eastern sentiments of 'mono no aware' and 'kintsugi'
It's for this reason too why I wouldn't feel at odds to list Kino no Tabi as a recommendation if one enjoyed Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō or ARIA.
Not that anon but only v1 came out in english. Tokyopop got the author angry
over rearranging some stories. V2 had a few prints I think but they are super rare. I have v1 myself.
Déjà vu time.
Feels like I read exactly the same thing you've written once before here on /a/ while listening to Primary - In the Garden.
Might be my imagination though and I can't check since archive is down, sadly.
Sorry for blogging.
Japanese citizens are only allowed to own SxS/OU shotguns and certain bolt actions.
Semiautomatic handguns are a no go, unless they are deactivated.
That is 100% what Aria is about, in fact that's what makes Aria good. Coming to terms with the knowledge that everything passes, both good and bad, and learning to enjoy the present moment despite that fact.
Also, keep in mind that the process for even getting the permission to own firearms is very difficult and costly.
Most japanese gun owners are rich or old.
check again, Olympic small bore pistol competition is shot with .22cal semi auto handguns. Japan competes in it, so they can get .22 cal handguns but not larger calibers.
Colt built Woodsman Target models were used in international competition when the type was new in the 20s.
Current Olympic pistols barely look like firearms.
>Hey, this anime is actually pretty clever and it even doesn't have any violence
Master is trying to get back on the road.
Master was training Kino to replace the young guy that was with her in the flashback episodes when Kino took off.
Kino wanted the skills that Shisho could teach her but did not want to be a hired killer or work for one. Kino only kills when her life or freedom are threatened, not for other people or money. The closest she came to killing for others was the Coliseum arc, but the mad king and his game was a threat to travelers in general so she was not being completely unselfish.
Her singing voice is charming in the ED
I don't think they care about his politics that much, I'd imagine they'd be more disturbed by him being a hardcore gun otaku
No she was being trained to be an assassin. She left Shisho before they ever did any work together.
Original Kino was a peaceful guy who died because he was too much of a pacifist.
Kind of reminds me of the first violent scene in pic related. I didn't even think it was going to be that kind of movie and then it was like OH SHIT