Kino no Tabi

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Kino no Tabi (キノの旅 -the Beautiful World- Kino's Journey) is a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations by Kōhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in volume five of MediaWorks' now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp on March 17, 2000. The first bound volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by MediaWorks under their Dengeki Bunko publishing label. As of October 2013, seventeen volumes have been published, and over 7.85 million copies of the novels have been sold in Japan. In celebration of Dengeki Bunko's 20th Anniversary, volumes I to XVI were re-released with new cover artwork alongside the seventeenth volume.

Series Information

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Japanese Title: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-
English Title: Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World
Author: 時雨沢恵一 (Keiichi Sigsawa)
Illustrator: 黒星紅白 (Kōhaku Kuroboshi)
Volumes: 17
Status: Ongoing

Story Synopsis

The protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people.


このライトノベルがすごい! 2006 Best Female Character, 1st place (Kino)
このライトノベルがすごい! 2006 Best Novel Series, 2nd place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2007 Best Novel Series, 5th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2008 Best Novel Series, 6th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2009 Best Novel Series, 12th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2010 Best Novel Series, 22nd place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2011 Best Novel Series, 21st place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2012 Best Novel Series, 20th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2013 Best Novel Series, 18th place

More Information

Kino's Journey - Wikipedia
Kino no Tabi - Official Website (Japanese)



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  • May 13, 2013 - Volume 13 Prologue and Chapter 1 completed
  • May 26, 2013 - Volume 13 Epilogue and Chapter 2 completed
  • June 09, 2013 - Volume 13 Special Compilation completed
  • July 07, 2013 - Volume 9 Chapter 4 completed
  • July 14, 2013 - Volume 9 Uragaki, Atogaki, and Chapter 10 completed; Volume 9 completed
  • August 05, 2013 - Volume 13 Chapter 3 completed
  • August 19, 2013 - Volume 13 Chapter 4 completed
  • September 3, 2013 - Volume 10 Chapter 6 completed
  • September 15, 2013 - Volume 10 completed
  • September 22, 2013 - Volume 1 summary added
  • October 15, 2013 - Volume 11 Chapter 7 completed
  • December 9, 2013 - Volume 14 Prologue, Volume 17 Frontispiece 1, Frontispiece 2, and Chapter 1 completed
  • March 16, 2014 - Volume 14 Chapter 2 completed
  • March 23, 2014 - Volume 14 Chapter 3 and Volume 17 Chapter 2 completed
  • March 30, 2014 - Volume 17 Chapter 3 completed
  • April 2, 2014 - Added illustrations for Volumes 13-15
  • April 13, 2014 - Volume 14 Chapter 4 completed
  • April 20, 2014 - Volume 17 Chapter 4 completed

The Kino no Tabi series by Keiichi Sigsawa

Volume 1 Summary

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  • Prologue: In the Forest・b -Lost in the Forest・b-
  • Land of Visible Pain -I See You.-
  • Land of Majority Rule -Ourselfish-
  • Three Men on the Rails -On the Rails-
  • Colosseum -Avengers-
  • Land of Adults -Natural Rights-
  • A Peaceful Land -Mother's Love-
  • Epilogue: In the Forest・a -Lost in the Forest・a-

Volume 2 - PDF

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Volume 3 - PDF

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Volume 4 - PDF

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Volume 5 - PDF

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Volume 6 - PDF

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Volume 7 - PDF

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Volume 8 - PDF

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Prologue and Epilogue translated by Untuned-Strings here

Volume 9 - PDF

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Volume 10 - PDF

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Volume 11

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Volume 12

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[Completely translated by Untuned-Strings here]

Volume 13

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Volume 14

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Volume 15

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Volume 16

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Volume 17

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