with Kino and Hermes. Discs one and two are with me via Netflix and I am watching them while I commute on the bus. I just finished “Land of the Adults.” Some spoilerific thoughts thus far below the fold…
UPDATE: Just finished Coliseum I and II. I really like this series.
I really like this series so far. The world in which Kino travels reminds me of Haibane Renmei in some ways: clearly supernatural in some ways. Examples are the changing landscape (ie, a rock bridge forming over a chasm in moments) or the spirit of the girl victim of the slavers, freed when Kino opened the truck. The villages – called “countries” – are culturally isolated islands.
Thus far it’s clear that Kino is the epitome of self-reliance. Her concerns about obligation to the rabbits for example gave us a deep understanding of her worldview. What strikes me though is the unspoken “prime directive” that she (and the earlier Kino) operated by. Is there some kind of cosmic rule that requires the countries to maintain their traditions? There seems to be a larger power at work in fixing the “rules” that Kino takes for granted and this again reminds me of Haibane. Certainly there is no Wall but then again, the world does seem rather circumscribed anyway.
At any rate, it’s a great series so far. Thanks to all of you guys who recommended it. And you’re right – not even remotely kidsafe 🙂 I’m sure I’ve seen nothing yet. I’ve been partly conditioned to expect nothing more violent than HR or Sugar and so Kino was a jarring contrast (in a good way).
No spoilers for me ahead, please! but feel free to discuss, spoileriffically, everything up to and including Land of the Adults.