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This is a complete episode listing for the anime series Kino's Journey (キノの旅 Kino no Tabi?), which is based on the first volume of the light novel series written Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kohaku Kuroboshi. Produced by A.C.G.T and Genco, and directed by Ryūtarō Nakamura, the thirteen episode series was aired weekly on the WOWOW satellite television network between April 8, 2003 and July 8, 2003.[1][2][3] It was also broadcast on the anime satellite television network Animax, which also aired the series on its networks in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia. The episodes were released to Region 2 DVD between June 18, 2003 and November 19, 2003.[4] Spanning six volumes, each volume contained two episodes except the first which had three.[4] The series was re-released in two, three volume bundles on January 19, 2005 and February 16, 2005.[5] In addition to the main series, there is also a twelve-minute long prologue entitled "Episode 0: The Tower Country -Freelance-" which was released as an original video animation with the first animated movie's DVD release on October 19, 2005.[4]

The thirteen-episode anime series was licensed for North American distribution by ADV Films.[6] The episodes were initially released on four DVD compilations released between February 24, 2004 and June 29, 2004;[6] the first volume contained four episodes, while each of the subsequent volumes contained three episodes. The first DVD volume was sold in two editions, with the difference between the two being a series box all four DVDs could fit inside.[6] A DVD box set entitled Kino's Journey: The Complete Collection was released on October 25, 2005 containing three discs.[7]

Two pieces of theme music were used for the anime: one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is "All the way" by Mikuni Shimokawa and the ending theme is "the Beautiful World" by Ai Maeda; both singles were released on June 18, 2003.[4]

Episodes

# Title Original air date
00 The Tower Country -Freelance-
"Tō no Kuni" (塔の国)
October 19, 2005 (OVA) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The inhabitants of the country are building a giant tower. A twelve-minute episode of Kino's Journey which was not included in the official TV series.
01 Land of Visible Pain -I See You-
"Hito no Itami ga Wakaru Kuni" (人の痛みがわかる国)
April 8, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Together with her sentient motorcycle Hermes, Kino is a traveller who journeys from country to country, staying in each country for three days to experience what it has to offer. On their latest stop, Kino and Hermes find themselves in a country that seems to be inhabited only by servile machines. Is Kino the only person in the entire country, or will she be able to track down the humans and discover their story?
02 A Tale of Feeding Off Others -I Want to Live-
"Hito o Kutta Hanashi" (人を喰った話)
April 15, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Towards the end of winter, Kino comes across three starving men who are trapped in the snow. Deciding to save them forces Kino to choose their lives over the lives of the three rabbits she must hunt for their food. Will the men prove worthy of the choice and obligation Kino has made -- and will they in turn respect the implicit obligation they have to Kino?
03 Land of Prophecies -We No The Future-
"Yogen no Kuni" (予言の国)
April 22, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
People are always looking for meaning, adding depth to even the most abstract of writings and actions and turning them into rituals and traditions. As Kino travels from country to country, she encounters the traditions of many different lands, starting with a land whose Book of Prophecy claims that the end of the world is only one day away. This episode consists of four different stories.
04 Land of Adults -Natural Right-
"Otona no Kuni" (大人の国)
May 6, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kino was not always a traveler, nor was she always named Kino. As a child, she grew up in the Land of Adults, a place where adulthood and responsibility is attained by the means a single operation carried out on every child's twelfth birthday. As an eleven year old girl, Kino fully expected to undergo the operation and become an adult, until a mysterious traveller visited her country and opened her eyes to other possibilities...
05 Three Men Along the Rails -On the Rails-
"Rēru no Ue no Sannin no Otoko" (レールの上の三人の男)
May 13, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As she makes her way along an old railroad, Kino runs into a man who has been polishing the tracks for some fifty years. Stopping for a break, Kino entertains the man with a story of a land where the people no longer have to work, but choose to subject themselves to meaningless and stressful tasks anyway. It may seem foolish to the old man, but little does he realise that his own work is just as pointless, for, as Kino is about to discover, there are two more men working on the railroad, each undoing the work done by the others.
06 Coliseum (Part 1) -Avengers-
"Koroshiamu (Zenpen)" (コロシアム(前編))
May 20, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
When Kino stops off in a country reputed to be a beautiful and wondrous place, she finds that the reality is far different from her expectations. Thanks to the laws laid down by the land's cruel and hedonistic king, all visitors must participate in battle tournaments or be subjected to lives of slavery as second-class citizens. Forced to abide by this custom, Kino takes gun in hand and enters the coliseum, but how she will fare in the life-or-death battles against a variety of opponents who are each driven to fight by their own, unique motives?.
07 Coliseum (Part 2) -Avengers-
"Koroshiamu (Kōhen)" (コロシアム(後編))
May 27, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kino has made it to the semi-finals of the tournament, but now the real challenge begins, for Kino is determined that she will win without having to kill her opponents. Will Kino be able to fulfill her self-imposed challenge, or will she be unable to prevent further bloodshed as the final four gladiators battle it out to see who gets the ultimate prize?.
08 Land of Wizards -Potentials of Magic-
"Mahōtsukai no Kuni" (魔法使いの国)
June 3, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
In the Land of Wizards, worth and power are measured by a person's ability to increase crop production. In this agriculturally orientated land, however, dwells a girl named Nimya who dares to dream of something completely different. Nimya desperately wants to build a successful flying machine, and despite the lack of support from her peers, she has dedicated her life to fulfilling her dream. It may take the help of a certain traveler and her motorrad to help bring it to fruition.
09 Land of Books -Nothing Is Written!-
"Hon no Kuni" (本の国)
June 10, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kino and Hermes make their way to the Land of Books, a country whose library gathers together all the books in the world, but locks away those considered ‘harmful', leaving only the most wholesome and inoffensive out on display. Almost by chance, however, Kino finds herself thrust into the underground of this world, where a secret resistance publishes its own, darker material. But as the plot thickens, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, until it becomes almost impossible to distinguish what is really happening, and what only exists on the pages of a book, or in the depths of an author's mind...
10 A Tale of Mechanical Dolls -One-way Mission-
"Kikai Ningyō no Hanashi" (機械人形の話)
June 17, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While searching for a village where she can get Hermes' speedometer repaired, Kino stumbles across a family living in the woods, served by an old woman who claims to be a mechanical doll. As she spends time with 'Nanny' and her family, Kino finds herself impressed by the old woman, but begins to wonder about her origins -- for neither Nanny nor the family seem to be exactly what they claim...
11 Her Journey -Love and Bullets-
"Kanojo no Tabi" (彼女の旅)
June 24, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Kino takes a boat downriver and enjoys a lazy fishing trip, she finds herself recalling the people she has met on her travels — people who were undertaking journeys of their own, from a woman seeking revenge for her husband's death to another hoping to spread the word of peace. But as Kino recalls her past — and how she chose not to intervene — she cannot help remembering an encounter with a dying wise man that ultimately proved that even observers can have an effect.
12 A Peaceful Land -Mother's Love-
"Heiwa na Kuni" (平和な国)
July 1, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kino and Hermes visit a land that prides itself on a being a peaceful nation, but on entering the country, they soon realize that all is not as it seems. For, while abandoned military equipment litters the streets, on the outskirts of town, an army is training for a war to be held on the following day. Curious as to these contradictions, Kino visits the local museum to find out more about the history of this land, only to discover firsthand that this nation's definition of 'peace' is far more disturbing than she could have envisioned...
13 A Kind Land -Tomorrow Never Comes-
"Yasashii Kuni" (優しい国)
July 8, 2003 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
When Kino hears of a land where travelers are shunned, she decides to visit anyway and experience the people's attitude for herself. To her surprise, however, the inhabitants are extremely friendly and welcoming, and Kino is soon made to feel at home among them. And when she makes friends with Sakura, a girl who reminds Kino of her younger self, Kino begins to wonder if, for once, she should stay longer than her customary three days.

See also

References

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  2. "Kino's Journey (TV) episode listing". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Kino's Journey (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  7. "Kino's Journey - Thinpak Collection (DVD 1-4 of 4)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 

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