Post by Old Man Dream on Dec 22, 2017 19:20:08 GMT
To say this remake of Kino's Journey is a disappointment would be an understatement. The original 2003 series was a hidden gem of the decade that depicted a series of short stories that were parables focused on elements of the human condition observed through the traveler, Kino. The stories tended to vary in their mood and intensity, being either bizarre, insightful, or having a dark and twisted element to them. In spite of the changing moods, the 2003 Kino's Journey adaptation did a great job with balancing them out with exploring both the joys and pains of being human.
This remake sadly lacks the subtlety and nuances that made its 2003 counterpart a pleasure to watch. The stories for this remake are more blatant in exploring the moral they are focused on and many of them seemed to lack the time to allow the viewer to be immersed into exploring the various lands visited by Kino, thus reducing the impact of when the true side of the visited country gets revealed. The story order also felt more disjointed as several episodes of this series shifted over to exploring other characters like the swordsman, Shizu, and the slave girl, Photo. While interesting characters in their own right, there's little further elaborated on with Shizu following his introduction and Photo only has a single episode devoted to her. But perhaps the worst element to this adaptation of Kino's Journey is the series often getting too immersed into showing off action when Kino and Shizu get into any sort of major conflict. Said action scenes mostly have nothing to do with exploring the moral of each of its episodic stories beyond showing off the anime's animation and goes against the whole point of Kino's Journey about the series as a whole being moral-focused parables with an occasional cruel twist. Anyone who has seen the 2003 adaptation of Kino will notice the rather jarring difference in story mood, focus, and presentation choices as some episodes for this remake adapt stories also featured in the 2003 anime like the Coliseum arc and the Land of Adults story.
The only real praise that I can give this remake of Kino's Journey is the improved artwork over the original series. There is greater detail put into character designs and scenic shots are more pleasing on the eyes. Animation is also more fluid for the most part with more natural movement depicted with characters, especially noticeable during the anime's action scenes. In spite of the improved animation though, the use of CG animation still sticks out badly compared to the regular animation and is quite noticeable at points where complicated animated sequences are depicted, particularly whenever Kino is riding on Hermes. Also in terms of a presentation choice for a series like Kino, the more detailed and brightly-colored visuals don't mesh well with a series like Kino that is more focused on exploring the morals each story has to offer up on an element of the human condition.
Overall, I would say Kino's Journey 2017 easily makes for the biggest disappointment I have for an anime series this year. In spite of its improved visuals, it felt like Lerche did not have a clue on what made Kino's Journey an enjoyable series during its 2003 run as there were points where it felt like the series was unsure over what it wanted to focus on and then when making the effort to explore a moral, the focus of it felt forced and lacked the subtlety and impact offered from its original series. If you want a better option at seeing how Kino's Journey could be adapted in animated form, I strongly suggest checking out the 2003 series over this subpar adaptation for it.
Rating: 5.5 of 10
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I haven't seen the original show so I can't really comment on it.
For the 2017 remake, it was so so. There were episodes where it was painfully boring or the messages and outcomes due to moral questions and values of each country was a head scratcher. I'm left to interpret or usually just dumb founded.
My best episodes were pretty much Kino's master and Kino's origin in Ep. 11. I had like the swordsman but his role and episodes were not so good.
Speaking of CG, the last episode - it was pretty noticeable. I don't have a sharp eye for the past episodes.
Reading the immersion and subtlety parts - I never thought about that. Hmm, I feel the new series might have work out if it was a longer series. It will allow more time for viewers to adjust to the different countries and have the impact be more efficient then.
Personally really enjoy it aside for the swordsman episode which were subpar. Kino was really fun and exploring the different country almost always got me interested. While there certainly better shows this season, is at least the best one so far in Crunchyroll aside Blood Blockade which I am watching it in funimation for the dub. Hopefully your disappointment means the original is really great, or most likely scenario I end up enjoying it about the same if past experience taught me anything.
I am finally watching the 2003 series and watched 5 episode so far. I will said this, the episode where it focus on one story I like about the same as the oroginal show, like the adult episode. Actually like the original a bit better because of the superior art style. That being said the episode with multiple story is superior to the new version. I mean it manage to have the multiple story tie together instead of getting an uncomplete package. But that just me 5 episode in.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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