The short 13 episode anime series dubbed and released by ADV Films long ago in 2003 to 2005 was a sleeper hit among anime fans in the West. Kino’s Journey (Kino no Tabi – the Beautiful World) had this pleasant but very engaging way of story telling that separated her tale into unrelated episodes that didn’t have an actual beginning or an end. While it did show an origin of her character, the series had a very open ending that just seemed like a book of never ending stories.
“The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.”
The English dubbing works was especially good as it separated itself from any real world culture and simply went to take you on a journey to exotic lands with every episode. Kino’s Journey was certainly one of those anime series that truly deserved a higher number of episodes or additional seasons.
Well, fans of the original anime series will be delighted to know that there is a new anime series being produced based on Keiichi Sigsawa’s light novels, according to a stage announcement at the Dengeki Game Festival 2017 event in Tokyo.
The ongoing light novel series published in Japan by Kadokawa is now up to its 20th volume. There was also a published a spinoff series of novels about Kino as a high school girl titled Gakuen Kino which launched a manga adaptation in Dengeki G’s Festival Comic in 2010.
Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine Edge also announced Iruka Shiomiya launching the first manga adaptation of the light novel series this coming March 17. The new anime series adaptation has a Japan release date on June 6, 2017.