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As young girl, Kino travels around on her talking motorrad named Hermes, she arrives in the Tower country – a large city with a huge citadel at its center climbing high into the sky. For two hundred and thirty years the citizens of the land have been building this tower and when asked why they do so, the workers give no straight answer and merely reply: ‘because it’s our job’. That night as Kino goes to sleep a frightened man approaches her and asks if she will take him travelling with her; but why is he so desperate to leave?
His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.
Both of these anime follow a lone traveller as they explore their world. While Kino deals with more serious concepts, if you enjoyed its quiet nature of one then you may like the Tortov Roddle.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Kino's Journey: Tower Country and Haibane Renmei have the same sort of feeling about them. Both share a similar visual quality and are very slow paced, often causing the viewer to think more about what they're watching. If you liked one, then definitely check out the other.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Mushishi and Kino's Journey: Tower Country share a lot of similarities. Both are quite slow paced anime about lone travellers, with a similar sort of vibe about them. While Ginko is a medecine seller and actively helps the people that he comes into contact with, neither of the two series' protagonists get particularly involved with those they meet. While Kino is a more philosophical and heavy series, if you enjoyed one you may well like the other.