Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kino's Journey (on DVD)

Kino’s Journey
by Ryutaro Nakamura [DVD Kino’s]

This collection of episodes follows Kino on her journey to strange and unusual places. It is an animated series, but it’s not for kids due to some violence and adult themes. Each episode features a new place and new people and it’s rather philosophical providing a lot to consider. One episode for example is about a community that invented a way for everyone to communicate thoughts and feelings without speaking, so as to increase compassion for one another. After not too long the society discovered it didn’t work out as they hoped and decided it could not function that way anymore. Because there was no way to reverse the effect, everyone now lives alone, separated by quite a distance in county homes,. I’ll let you watch it and discover the other places Kino visits, but that should give you a feel for the series. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested in philosophy or sociology, I think you’ll enjoy it.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder, a novel that covers the history of philosophy]
[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ Wikipedia page for Kino’s Journey ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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