Posted by psgels on 28 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


For my 200th review, I was looking for something special (because yes, this is currently the 200th review I’ve written for my blog!), and lo and behold, the second Kino no Tabi-movie popped up on Tokyo Toshokan at exactly the right moment. With a length of half an hour, it’s again nice and short, and those who have been disappointed by the first movie will probably be delighted by the second one.

While Life goes on too place a few years before the series, Byouki no Kuni takes place a few years after the series. You can see how Kino has grown up a bit. She’s less scared to be emotionally involved with the people she meets, and she has much more trouble to hide her gender when compared to the series. ^^; The graphics also look better than they have ever had, and especially Kino looks beautiful.

Yet again, the movie features another random story that could very well be a glorified episode. Still, unlike the first movie, it feels complete, and it’s an excellent way to spend half an hour. Ryutarou Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost Hound, the director of the original series, but not the first movie) returns to the director’s seat, and the result is some excellent storytelling. I think that it can be best compared to the storytelling of the original series, combined with that of Ghost Hound.

Another great thing about this movie is that it’s completely standalone. You don’t need to have seen anything of Kino no Tabi before if you want to enjoy Byouki no Kuni, and it’s actually a very good introduction to the concept of the rest of this series. Overall, Byouki no Kuni is a relaxing movie that manages to recapture the essence of the series, while being more than just a glorified filler-episode; something that very rarely happens with movies that are based on series. This is also why I believe that a Mushishi-movie would be awesome. If you’ve seen the rest of the series, then I see no reason why not to check out the second movie of this great series.

5 Responses

  1. Skh says:

    Thanks for the heads up, I had totally missed the raw on TT. I’ve been looking forward to this quite a bit, and it looks really great.

  2. roastedpekingduck says:

    thanks a ton!

  3. qwaszx says:

    Thanks for the heads up and congrats on the 200th review.

  4. mampf says:

    Well, I don’t know whether this guy can be trusted… but it seems that a Mushishi-movie is already being produced.

    http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=1182942&postcount=803

  5. Neflyte49 says:

    Te me adelantastes!!!

    I wanted to see this film before you, I look at today.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:59 AM)
    All I ask, all I ask is for a punisher reboot or at least put him in the daredevil show or give him his own show but actually get his character right, show how he was nuts long before his family got killed and his Vietnam war experience.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:56 AM)
    For all of his entertainment factor as a side character, its a shame that a good hulk adaptation hasn’t happened.
    A third avengers film might even be more fun, there seems to be a rule that second part marvel films are the weak ones.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:54 AM)
    I feel that winter soldier was almost made solely for the agent of shield fanbase.
    People complained about Tony not being in winter soldier, people had issue with the Hulk/black widow story in the new avengers movie because they wanted Captain America x Black widow.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:48 AM)
    This continuity is also at odds with the characters as despite having gone though a number of films, they don’t seem to change outside of there core characteristics. In fact any development that happened in there stand alone films seems to be absent completely. Particularly in Tony’s case.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:45 AM)
    @Emma, the real problem is the need for continuity. Instead of tying things up the films leave too many dangling plot threads to be resolved at a later date. Because of that each film fails to feel complete.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:41 AM)
    *Watched
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:40 AM)
    The trouble is that these marvel movies have to keep one-upping themselves =<
    I think I also watch that pretty good daredevil series they did too soon before the film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:12 AM)
    @Emma: Weird how you guys got that a week earlier than us here in America.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:12 AM)
    I thought the second avengers movie did what it promised. The black widow and hulk romance felt shoehorned in and the one line dialogue got tiresome at times. Ultron was a better villain than Loki and overall I say both films are the same quality wise. Good popcorn flicks, nothing more.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Apr 26. 2015 12:09 AM)
    @Bam, it’s on my watch list. Just waiting on a sale.
    Plan on putting all my games on the SSDs and leaving my anime and VNs to the hard drives. This laptop even has a steam button. That opens up steam. Pity it opens it in big picture mood though.

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