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Kino no Tabi - The Beautiful World (Novel)  
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Destination is a state of mind. A tale of a person and a bike and the road ahead. Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes - an unusual, talking, anthropomorphic motorcycle - only staying in each country for three days.

During their adventures, they find happiness, sadness, pain, decadence, violence, beauty, and wisdom. But through it all, they never lose their sense of freedom. They discover that because of the world's imperfections, it is actually a thing of beauty. "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."


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Associated Names
キノの旅-the Beautiful World-
Kino's Journey (Novel)
Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World (Novel)

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v.15 c.2 by SiberOwl (375d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 7 (Selection of Chapters)

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User Rating
Average: 9.6 / 10.0 (50 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.4 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 8th 2017, 4:32am PST



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Original Publisher
Media Works (Dengeki Bunko)

Serialized In (magazine)
Dengeki Bunko Magazine (Media Works)
Dengeki hp (Media Works)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (1 Volume - Dropped)

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Why didn't I...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
September 30th, 2013, 12:20pm
..start this sooner?!
I watched and rewatched the anime years ago when we still had an anime channel in Israel.
Needless to say, I loved it.
But for some lame reason I looked down on the "light novel" version of it.
What an idiot I sometimes am.

Basically, this is tragic and beautiful and oh so gut-wrenching that I can't stop gawking at my screen while reading this, like so: O___O
The stories are basically hypothetical aspects of life cut down into small pieces and magnified into extremities.
Sure, it has a calm feeling to it that sometimes borderlines on stoic, but there's so much... STUFF going on there. All the places Kino visits are different aspects of humanity... And humanity sucks pretty often, but when you throw some travelling and sci-fi elements to it you get this.

I don't know where I'm going with this comment, but I think anyone and everyone should read this.
Do yourself a favor today.
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The height of the light novel experience.   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
January 15th, 2009, 5:59am
I have to admit coming into this that this is one of the few series that I am heavily biased towards. It's calm- almost meditative- but still complex and strikingly thought-provoking. Kino's unique experiences are all essentially advanced parables- containing a clear lesson about society told through exaggerations and intricate human interaction. The lessons can vary greatly in content, but the essential idea- which the series actually utilizes as its catchphrase- is always ubiquitous. The world's lack of beauty makes it beautiful in and of itself. This concept is played around with in a variety of ways, and I have come to really respect the statement, as it holds a lot of truth to it.

I would recommend this is anyone with a little patience and an interest in human nature.

... Last updated on January 15th, 2009, 6:22am
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