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For the Original Kino, please see Kino (Male)

Kino (キノ?) is the main character of Kino's Journey. Kino is a composed, stoic, and precocious teenager who travels with a motorrad, Hermes in search of a country with specific desired characteristics.


Kino is a fifteen or sixteen-year-old traveler. Although Kino appears apathetic at first, they are a caring and understanding person. Kino travels through different countries to experience their customs and understand their histories, but never stays longer than three days. Kino is afraid of settling down because it would cause them to no longer be a traveler.

Kino standing guard over Hermes.

Kino is an excellent marksman with amazing speed, agility, and accuracy. They initially traveled with only a revolver type persuader "Canon" (which ressembles a colt 1851 navy in appearance) that is loaded with liquid gunpowder and six .44 caliber bullets Kino used solely for the execution or maiming of other humans or hunting. They were later gifted with a semi-auto persuader, "Woodsman", a .22 caliber autoloading pistol (directly based on the Colt Woodsman match target series with a compensated barrel) which replaced the revolver's purpose of hunting. Kino uses "Woodsman" if they are hunting down other humans without an intent to harm or kill. Kino is rarely known to use a sniper persuader "Flute" (a portable, take-down model based on an m14 rifle) they normally keep folded and taken appart in a suitcase on top of their luggage, but when Kino does, it is used for hunting, long-distance combat and if they need more firepower. Kino makes use of many knives hidden in various locations in their clothing and pouches for cooking, distraction, and close-combat. Kino also carries a double edged knife with a cylindrical handle that doubles as a triple-barrelled .22 gun complete with a laser sight as an emergency weapon and at one point, a final deception tactic in a situation where they could not use their other guns. Kino uses all their weapons with extreme proficiency if, not flawlessly and their diligently and periodically inspect their equipment and maintain their weapons clean and in perfect working order.

While adept at being a survivalist, Kino has a knack to disappear with impeccable timing to prevent physical and/or emotional harm. They often monologue many times to Hermes that they are no "God" and will only take in their environment and the many countries that they visit as they are. Although Kino is persuaded many times to sway events into the favour of many people during their travels by giving their assistance and lending their skills (often involving their combat skills), Kino is never tempted to follow up proving their unwavering discipline to their own principle; "The world is not beautiful; and that, in a way, lends it a sort of beauty."

Kino's honesty is brutal, and their self-loyalty trumps all of their actions. However, Kino is known to assist others out of their own inconvenience simply because "they want to", giving a glimpse to their kind nature.

Kino has a sweet tooth; it is used as comic relief against a bleak backdrop of survival and hardships of traveling. Another source of comic relief is their preference for tidiness; Kino is vexed whenever they cannot maintain a well maintained physical figure/appearance. Kino is also bad at cooking and it is comically mentioned by a concerned Hermes when someone else is about to try their food. During Kino's years of training, while they demonstrated being outstanding proficiency with firearms, their motorcycle riding could be clumsy at times, dropping Hermes to the ground after forgeting to use the kickstand, falling to the ground in curves and struggling while getting him back up afterwards, much to Hermes' chagrin


  • An inconsistency is revealed in the anime as their percussion revolver, modeled after the 1851 Colt Navy, is a .44 caliber. Although the physical design of the pistol is that of a 1851 Colt Navy, whose features include its flathead lower receiver, an octagonal barrel, and being .36 caliber bore. The .44 caliber, the one their gun is, was utilized for the 1860 Colt army which had a smoother, round barrel finish and an expanded lower receiver design.
  • In Sigsawa's "Gakuen Kino" Kino is a highschool magical girl who defeats the evils which appear in their world, known as Mysterious Bishoujo Gun Fighter Rider Kino.
  • A chibi version of Kino was portrayed in the introductory bonus anime clip of the 15th anniversary of the Dengeki Movie Festival (2007).
  • Kino appears in the DanMachi ~Memoria Freese~ mobile game as part of a collaboration between the two series.
  • Kino likes knives and occassionally they will buy one at a country if they think it is "pretty".
  • Kino's .22 pistol, 'Woodsman' is left handed since it's previous owner was left handed and they use it only with that hand.
  • "Kino" is the german word for "Cinema"


Characters KinoHermesShizuRikuTiShishouAibouPhotoSouAll Characters
Light Novel Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World
Anime Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- (2003 Anime)Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series (2017 Anime)
Visual Novels Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- (Visual Novel)
Manga Iruka ShiomiyaGou
Galleries Kino GalleryHermes GalleryShizu GalleryRiku GalleryTi GalleryShishou GalleryAibou Gallery