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Toa Axis

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  1. Hey, nice Kino avatar! You watching the new series, too?

    1. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      That I am! It's not quite as strong as the original so far (though to be fair I didn't really expect it to be), but it's pretty reasonably well executed nonetheless.

    2. Sean


      Yeah I'm in the same boat. The 2003 anime is one of my favorite anime of all time and I've read about five of the light novels, so on one hand I have some grievances with how this anime compares to its predecessor (especially Kino's characterization in Colosseum and the emphasis on violent stories), but on the other, episodes 1 and 3 were pretty good imo (even if I wouldn't have placed them near the beginning of the new series) and I'm extremely happy to have more Kino in general, since I've been silently begging for another season or series for about a decade now.

      Also while I prefer the music of the original, the new opening and ending are really fantastic too. And I still find it crazy that Kino's new VA, Aoi Yuki, voiced Sakura from the original (which was her first anime role).

    3. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      You pretty much described my feelings on everything. The colosseum was certainly lacking compared to the original, but I'm mostly okay with everything else. And I'm very much in agreement with your views on Kino's seiyuu (she's fantastic).

    4. Sean


      The Colosseum episode really annoyed me for how rushed it felt and Kino's apparent motivations at the very end (she seemed very bent on revenge for her situation as well as for the random traveler she met before entering the country), but re-reading the book version (though admittedly this IS the TokyoPop translation, so it could be inaccurate to the original in some ways), the events of 2017 more or less line up with what happens in volume 1, whereas 2003 embellishes and adds a lot of details not found in the original. Still, I think it could have been handled better than it was, and 2003's two-parter is the best of the three versions imo for fleshing out Shizu in such a short time frame and giving Kino's motivations for breaking her "non-interference" clause more weight.

      The other episodes are fine in their own right. I just wish this new series would show a non-violent story already, because the non-violent countries in Kino 2003 were what made those moments all the more shocking and out of the blue.

    5. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      Yup. The colosseum episode didn't really work being as early as it did because, as you alluded, it was in part a moment of dramatic revelation for Kino. Her whole shtick was that she didn't interfere in how countries conducted themselves, so when she finally decided to take action in that manner, it represented the boiling point of a season's worth of dramatic buildup.

      I also am craving for a story with non-violence. While the ones presented have very much been interesting, it feels like they're the way they are for the sake of accessibility.

    6. Sean


      Yeah apparently the stories were chosen based on a popularity poll... which I have mixed feelings about, because although it's good to adapt stories that have considerable impact on the viewer, it means you risk omitting a lot of the smaller, less popular stories that serve to add balance to Kino's experiences and provide a much-needed breather from the bigger, more exciting stuff.

      I think Bothersome Country really needed to be shown later in the series. Kino's declaration of staying more than three days would have very little impact on a new viewer, whereas for someone familiar with her self-imposed traveler's rules, they'd be going "wait WHAT??" Plus, it's the second episode in a row where Kino deliberately interferes with local matters, even though the episode does a good job showing why she does so (it's for her own gain to pass by the extortionist, walled-up country).

    7. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      Ouch. Things being decided via popularity poll is... pretty telling. And worrying.

      And yeah her staying for 10 days in that episode threw me off looool

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