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Gun Frontier: a sacred land for true men; a place where the weak aren't allowed to dream! Tochiro the samurai, the former sea pirate Harlock, and the mysterious Shinunora are searching the western front of the USA. They must face bandits, corrupt sheriffs and many other dangers; but even if it means tearing Gun Frontier from end to end, Tochiro will stop at nothing to find a lost clan of Japanese immigrants. It is they who can help him locate and rescue his sister, a master weapon smith who was kidnapped for her abilities.
If you liked Kino's Journey, Gun Frontier might interest you as well. It has travels, towns with unique laws and customs and it's first half is quite episodic. On the other hand the quality of the animation isn't that great and it does contain some nudity and adult themes (due to the animation, its rather annoying then disturbing). If it doesn't discourage you, you should give Gun Frontier a try.
There are a total of 3 Titles for Kino's Journey. But I'd recommend watching them in chronical order.
Everything in the worlds are just the way they are, and all the characters in both animes want to fight fate per say.
Becomming un-normal outcast you could say are in both of the animes, and thats what gives the main characters a good demeaner.
They both deal with trying to fill in this void that doesn't return anything that you put into it, and the characters try to change the way fate works.
Trying your hardest will adventually cause gravity. I'd Recommend these animes all the way, I know that you might notice I might have noted one of these animes as want to watch as I haven't rewatched it yet... I'm just going off what I recall from memory when I was younger....
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
For certain Holic and Kino no Tabi have at least one thing in common. Both of them show the dark side of human nature and trust me in this case its more then enough for a recommendation. So if you liked one for that, you shouldn't be disappointed with the other one.
Kino's Journey and XXXHolic share very similar structures. Each series are an episodic anime, that deals with different depressing elements and storylines. The key difference between the two, is that whereas KJ is a more mature, depressing series - XXXHolic is a supernatural series, and not as mature.
In a post-apocalyptic future, where the world has turned into a desert and the remains of humanity live under the rule of the Third – beings with a third eye on their foreheads. Accompanied only by her tank's AI, Bogie, Honoka tries to make a living as a handyman on the edge of civilization, and she tries to avoid resorting to violence as much as possible; but when situations demand it, she and her sword become a force to be reckoned with. When Honoka is hired by the mysterious young man named Ikus, the Third suddenly take great interest in them; and thus, Honoka’s story truly begins…
These are both about female wandering warriors. They have strong senses of character and tend to ponder things rather than judge them. Kino gets less involved with the people she meets than Balsa does, who has decided to save lives. However, despite their differences both have an overall slow pace, but get action packed occasionally.
In both animes, skilled, warrior-poets with strong characters and a sense of justice (Kino, Honoka) accompanied by talking modes of locomotion (motorcycle, tank) go on journeys through strange worlds, ponder philosophical questions, and fight enemies as needed (Kino mostly with guns, Honoka mostly with a sword).
The year is 2345 Correct Century, and in the aftermath of humanity forgetting about their advanced technology, Earth has regressed to simpler times. The Moonrace, an advanced colony of people on the moon, has sent the three teenagers Loran Cehack, Keith Laijie, and Fran Doll to Earth to see if it is suitable to live on once again. Two years have passed, and the Moonrace has arrived on Earth to settle in the Sunbelt zone with the help of the Dianna Counter forces; however, the people of Earth are angry and respond aggressively to their invaders. With negotiations for peace failing, will the people from Earth and the Moonrace ever learn to coexist? Or is this the dawn of a new war?
It's not an obvious recommendation at first, but the ideas linking these two series are rather similar. Both feature a young protagonist forced into a journey between cultures, and both play with ideas of identity and of war. The confusion between the characters of Diana Soriel and Kihel Heim is similar to the confusion Kino feels as she takes on the name of the man who inspired her. And more importantly, both show death and suffering to be an inevitable part of human life, which should be seen as something beautiful regardless.
Note: Just because it says Gundam does not mean Gundam! TaG is heavily centered around atmosphere to deliver its story with lore of its universe dispaley in a very mysteriouse way. There's not much to the characters like Kinos Journey, as if they were created from the mind of a child. If your looking for a georgeos soundtrack, easygoing pace and a childlike charm then Lookout for Turn A Gundam.
Ever heard of a flying train? Tetsuro, living on a dismal earth, wants to ride it to Andromeda so he can get a mechanical body that will enable him to live forever. With the help of the mysterious woman, Maetel, Tetsuro braves many adventures on his way to Andromeda, heading towards a showdown with Count Mecha, an evil tyrant that brutally murdered his mother for sport. Will Tetsuro have the inner strength to face this monster on his own turf?
Both of these anime utilise the 'town of hats' school of storytelling. Each episode the protagonist visits a new place where the people all share a certain unusual trait. While GE999 did it first, and is well-known for it, 'Kino no Tabi' is also a very well thought-out and engaging anime. GE999 is probably more concerned with action and guns and whatever was thought to be generally awesome at the time of writing than 'Kino no Tabi', which tends to take the ideas at the heart of GE999 and make them more believable and heartfelt. If you liked GE999, 'Kino no Tabi' is a fascinating extension of its key themes. If you liked 'Kino no Tabi', GE999 will be interesting as an expolration of the roots of this storytelling method.
Both are episodic series about travelers. Each episode takes place at a different land/planet, usually with a very unusual culture or side characters. The individual stories generally end in thoughtful musings on the human condition.