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There are some things that can only be said after death. Aided by a talking staff that thinks it is alive, Fumika delivers Shigofumi, the last words and feelings of the dead in the form of letters, to their addressees. Whether they are letters of apology, revenge, or simply a final farewell, she always brings them to their destination. Delivering Shigofumi is not always an easy job; as some people refuse to believe such things as letters from the dead are possible, while others are afraid of what these letters might contain. But the mail must go through; what the recipients decide to do with it afterwards is up to them.
The relationship and personalities (and choice of weapon) of Kino/Hermes and Fumika/Kanaka are very similar. Also the main character will spend time philosophizing about the situations they encounter.
The main characters are strikingly similar. Each series is about a quiet, unmoving heroine and her talkative (inanimate?) object of a companion. Both heroines are quiet, yet surprisingly carrry a gun. If you liked Kino's Journey, but found it to move a little too slowly for you, give Shigofumi a try! It is less thought-provoking, but its story has more continuity to it than that of Kino's Journey and keeps you coming back for more.
Both of these anime revolve around competent, gun wielding women who act a bit like guys. They have an episodic feel to them, although Shigofumi is less so. Also, neither of the main characters judge what they witness, they simply observe. Overall they both have a similar feel and if you liked one you should like the other.
Both Shigofumi and Kino no Tabi have a similar main character. Fumika and Kino are both silent girls with somewhat similar attitude towards world and the philosophy of not getting involved in events surrounding them. Both are accompanied in they journeys\\work by a talking item (Kino's motor an Fumika's staff). Although Shigofumi takes place in modern japan and Kino no Tabi takes place in a fantasy world, they both contain interesting (but different) drama. If you liked one, you should check the other one as well.
P.S. Did I mentioned that both are quite grim?
Undoubtedly, those who loved Shigofumi will love Kino's Journey as well, and vice versa. First released as light novels of the same names, both Shigofumi and Kino's Journey feature rather similar main characters -- Fumika and Kanaka, Kino and Hermes. The two girls and the two others are each in a relationship of a wanderer and a guide; the girls roam about, from people to people, from place to place, with their purposes. They have their personal history revealed along the way, but for most of the story, they live the life of wise observers: indifferent but thoughtful ones who can reflect upon the very question of human nature.
If there is any "spiritual successor" to Kino's Journey out there, it is Shigofumi. Each follows an observer and her inanimate partner through a variety of individual stories, most involving some sort of social commentary, irony, message, etc. It's worth noting that Shigofumi has more of an overarching plot than Kino, with a few recurring characters and a dedicated development of Fumika's backstory over time. Whether this is ultimately for the better or not is up to the individual, but in the end anyone who enjoyed one of these series should surely find the other to their liking as well.
Shigofumi is like Kino's Journey 2.0, with a similarly-characterized quiet/contemplative girl with a gun and her rather animated inanimate companion. Additionally, each deals with similar themes about humanity in a pseudo-episodic format.
Both shows are heavy on philosophy and themes of morality when humans find themselves in extreme situations. The heaviness of the themes is lightened by the amusing interaction of a chatty non-human object and a stoic girl who prefers observing to participating in events she encounters.
It is the year 3287, and the countries of Roxche and Soux-Beil have been feuding for one hundred and thirty years. In the country of Roxche, the young air force pilot Allison has just reunited with her childhood friend Wil; and together, they are about to embark on a grand adventure. Whether it's ending the war between the countries with the help of a legendary treasure, traveling into hostile territory, or helping restore a princess's right to the throne, Allison and Wil will complete their missions with kindness and honor.
It seems a given to make this recommendation, given that Kino and Allison were made by the same person; it shows, greatly. Both anime are slice-of-life stories with somewhat of a moral twist (more so in Kino). I found Kino to be the far more compelling of the two.
It does seem that stories that are gentle and slow in their telling appear to be a common trait with these two series. As such you are drawn into the stories with relative ease and enjoyment, resulting in you able to sit back and relax. Well worth watching both in their adventures.
Both anime are based on books by Keiichi Sigsawa. Probably because of this they have a similar feel, though adaptation of Allison and Lillia into anime didn't go equally well as adaptation of Kino's Journey. Anyway if you seen one you should definitely check the other.
If you are looking for something slow yet still interesting to watch look no further than these 2 titles. Allison and Lillia has a tiny bit more of a plot than Kino's Journey but both have adventures traveling across a lot of land exploring their vast worlds. check one out if you enjoyed the other
Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...
While both stories do have elements in common (such as a certain seriousness), the only reason I'm making this recommendation is based on the fact that both Kino and Chiko have very similar personalities. They are both young girls who are surprisingly cool and collected for their age. They are bright, sharp and agile children with an amazing ability to learn and adapt. Chiko does have more emotional depth than Kino, but both characters are a joy to follow.
Both stories star sheltered, yet incredibly mature, young female leads on their journeys to discover the world and themselves.
Kino's Journey and Daughter of Twenty Faces may not have similar themes in terms of "plot", they do both have very similar main characters. Strong, quiet, brilliant young females who really stand out as original, and interesting characters.
Both Kino's Journey and The Daughter of Twenty Faces have a similar feel to the story and atmosphere, and it isn't just because the two lead protagonists in each are resourceful young females.
Both girls are coming-of-age while traveling and both like to remain semi-detatched from the world, participating while observing. Kino's goal is to visit and learn about all kinds of new people, customs and places while not involving herself; Chiko's motto in Twenty Faces is "look, listen, and think for yourself" as she studies the people and situations around her.
Both anime share a serious undertone and bigger underlying themes. If you enjoyed one, I think you'd also enjoy checking out the other.
From swordsmen to robots, from ancient tribal cultures to civilizations that reach the stars, there is one force that dominates all others: life. From birth to death, and rebirth again, it is life that permeates the soul and opens up to us the mysteries of the universe. Within this tale of the phoenix and those who would be touched by its beauty, we are shown the joys and tragedies that life sometimes hands us, and what we, as humans, must do to survive...
The one, big label to give both Kino's Journey and Hi no Tori, is "thought provoking". The individual stories have some value of their own, but the only thing that justifies a high score on both is how they present the viewer with ever-difficult questions about mankind and nature. Don't go into either shows expecting smooth, easy entertainment to brush off the day. If you're in the mood for something a little more philosophical however, don't miss out on either of these titles.
Both these episodic series explore various questions about life through their various stories. The varried settings in each series can be seen to represent a different aspect of life or society and is used as a framing device to explore a specific point or question.
Tori is faster paced than Kino but it's also not quite as deep or as detailed. What Tori it lacks in nuance it makes up for in it's more varried settings.
Although I enjoyed Kino's Journey more overall I think if you liked one series then the other is definitely worth checking out.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Kino's Journey and Kaiba have many characteristics in common.
Both are about a traveler exploring many different and strange places. You will see many societies who live a different way that we are.
Both are really intelligent and will make you think! They contain philosophical thoughts about the meaning of life and many other things.
Also, both have a non typical animation and all about these two animes is original!
For conclusion, if you liked one, be sure to check the other!
Unusual characters, unusual locales, unusual worlds. Serious and contemplative but lighthearted and friendly at the same time. Such are Kaiba and Kino's Journey.
Like Kino no Tabi, Kaiba explores the moral dilemmas of life through incredibly poignant and often moving situations via the idea of exploring different worlds. Kaiba has more of a linear story than Kino no Tabi, which is episodic, but it has got a strong episodic phase in the beginning. Kaiba is also far more experimental where animation is concerned and has bizarre characters, but like Kino no Tabi, it will be a very emotional and thought-provoking journey.