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Posted 10/12/17 , edited 10/12/17
The only complaint I have of the show so far is the stupid talking motorcycle. Really? Could they not have given the guy a companion instead of a talking motorcycle?
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Episode 2

And now it's off to the country with the coliseum, which is the only visit that took two episodes in the original series. Kino is asking the opponent to yield, and then takes out the competition by shooting her gun at a non-vital spot to get them to yield. And after shooting down the competition, her final opponent is Shizu, a guy who is determined to become a citizen and is politely asking Kino to surrender, but Kino lets him know that he had been too focused on winning, and she turns her gun on the king to put an end to his tyranny. And then it becomes a free-for-all brawl to decide the new king. It turns out that Shizu is the prince determined to kill his father, and Kino did that for him. And now, Kino has a new friend in Shizu and his dog Riku. That was nicely done there with Kino taking out only that bastard who deserved it.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Kino just ascended to a new level of badass this week.

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Well, let me say that this series has definitely made an impression with me. Granted, I didn't see the original series but that's fine... this version is in a class all its own. It's not quite in the same class as "The Ancient Magus' Bride", but I wouldn't have expected it to be. But it IS unique to this viewer, unusual and interesting, bringing up multiple questions as we follow along the journey. Now, how it plays out is a question that we'll all be following along, as we ride along with Kino and Hermes.

A definite "in my watch list".
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Wow, was making this arc (episode 2) into one episode really worth cutting all the exposition and character it had in the original anime? Maybe the staff from the 2003 series took more liberty into fleshing the story out, I don't know, but it was almost shocking to see how empty and mediocre this episode was in comparison to episodes 6 and 7 of the first series. I do think the fault is in deciding to make this into one episode rather than the general ability of the staff, so I'll continue watching optimistically.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17

harutoharuta wrote:

Wow, was making this arc (episode 2) into one episode really worth cutting all the exposition and character it had in the original anime? Maybe the staff from the 2003 series took more liberty into fleshing the story out, I don't know, but it was almost shocking to see how empty and mediocre this episode was in comparison to episodes 6 and 7 of the first series. I do think the fault is in deciding to make this into one episode rather than the general ability of the staff, so I'll continue watching optimistically.


Yeah, it was almost painfully lackluster, but I don't mind if it means that we get to see other stories that hadn't yet been adapted. Apparently Riku and Shizu have stories centered on their own journeys, and I'm guessing the studio planned on adapting some of them, but still needed to introduce them before doing so, which explains why they rushed through this episode
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They did this story in the first anime didn't they? Been too long since I've watch the first series. I thought this was a good eps.

Kino you are badass.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Heard this was longer in the original series and think they did that on purpose since the viewer is like going along with Kino adventures we are only staying for three days and not much time to do much.

Seems I’m liking this series a bit.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17

harutoharuta wrote:

Wow, was making this arc (episode 2) into one episode really worth cutting all the exposition and character it had in the original anime? Maybe the staff from the 2003 series took more liberty into fleshing the story out, I don't know, but it was almost shocking to see how empty and mediocre this episode was in comparison to episodes 6 and 7 of the first series. I do think the fault is in deciding to make this into one episode rather than the general ability of the staff, so I'll continue watching optimistically.


I remembered seeing this arc being longer in the original, but honestly, even back then it still felt a bit iffy because we hardly, if not ever, got to see any of the same characters again, so it's not like cutting some stuff matters anyways.

So, if they can cut out some stalling content, that's totally fine by me
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Talking dog was highlight of episode way better than talking motorcycle plus better VA
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Holy shit, its a talking dog

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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/14/17
"No way! The dog talked! How?!" I don't think a talking bike has the right to ask such a question.

As someone who still hasn't seen the original Kino's Journey yet, I liked this episode. Maybe even more than the first episode. I read about some details that were in the original anime that weren't included here but it seems like those details weren't in the LN either and the anime just added them. Looks like this reboot is going for a more faithful adaptation or maybe they just didn't want to spend too much time on the Colosseum (it was 2 episodes long in the original anime).
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/14/17

JuJu26 wrote:

I remembered seeing this arc being longer in the original, but honestly, even back then it still felt a bit iffy because we hardly, if not ever, got to see any of the same characters again, so it's not like cutting some stuff matters anyways.

So, if they can cut out some stalling content, that's totally fine by me


Personally, I don't think having recurring characters has significance in making the anime good or bad, especially in an episodic series where Kino is always in a different country than the last. I pretty much expect to not see the other characters again because it's "Kino's Journey," not "Kino and Side Character's Journey."

I consider a fleshed out story with more characterization in 2 episodes to be a better experience than one episode that can't even be considered an abridged version considering how much exposition was left out. I haven't read the light novels so maybe this episode was actually more faithful to the source, but even then, I care more about the execution and quality of the story than it following the source material.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/14/17

harutoharuta wrote:

I consider a fleshed out story with more characterization in 2 episodes to be a better experience than one episode that can't even be considered an abridged version considering how much exposition was left out. I haven't read the light novels so maybe this episode was actually more faithful to the source, but even then, I care more about the execution and quality of the story than it following the source material.


So, I did a little more research on it and it seems both the 2003 version and the new one tell the same story but in a different way. I think both are equally as good in terms of narrative, but the 2017 one definitely has stronger production for sure.

In the 2003, there's more to the action and exposition is added for side characters, but with this new one, it adds more detail to certain things and tells the story through a more blunt way by using straight dialogue and implicative atmospheric tones via animation and fine focusing.

Basically, I like both. I really can't complain here.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/14/17
I rarely say this but that did not feel like 24 minutes.

I like that Kino's skill comes from her mind.


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