kino's journey encapsulates a feeling thats unable to be reproduced in this era. with muted tones. slow pacing, yet episodic introspective on human behavior, kino's journey fits its 2000s airdate. each episode feels like a fable with its own story to tell.
kino and hermes, our guides and protagonists, have a wonderful dynamic that allows them to explore the world they live in with curiosity, and while having a want to do whats right, dont always intervene in a tradtional hero role. its refreshing to see a protagonist not actively doing what should be considered the moral high ground every time. kino is a simple traveler, and sometimes they have to leave the countries they visit without fixing their problems.
the episodic nature of the show was a double edged sword. all episodes are good at the very least, some of them fantastic and deserving of rewatch, but others simply stay at the 'okay' rating. whats fantastic will keep you on the edge of your seat though. i feel like no story overstayed it's welcome though, with only one taking up more than episode. having kino encounter so many different areas allows for a better understanding of kino in different situations as well.
watched both sub and dub. both excellent quality and equally recommend.