Kino no Tabi, aka Kino’s Journey, is definitely one of the better anime I’ve seen, but it’s not one of my favourites. For a while I really did put it on my list of favourite shows, but I took it off when I realised that I didn’t really feel anything for the show. This might change if or when I rewatch it, but for now Kino’s Journey is a really good show that I can’t connect to on an emotional level.
The fact that I feel it’s impersonal has its upsides, though. The philosophical problems, mysteries and riddles may not always be easily comparable to situations in the real world that I live in, but that also means that they don’t feel patronising in the way that “deep” stories sometimes do. There are no “gotcha” or “eureka” moments, or at least not in the usual way. Kino’s Journey just kinda takes place in its own world, and while it does obviously have bits that can be taken as social commentary, in most cases it doesn’t clearly pick sides, at least not as far as I can remember.
That’s not to say that the show actively “pushes away” the viewer, though. It leaves many of the interesting questions unanswered, and it definitely invites the viewer to think about the answers on their own. I think that was always my favourite part of the show. Admittedly, because I don’t think about Kino’s Journey very often I’ve forgotten most of the details of it, so I don’t know what exactly made me fall in love with it, all I can say is that it’s very good.