Wow, I could probably crank out a few thousand words on the story of this episode, but there’s two reasons I won’t do that: Firstly, it would take too long (it’s Sunday and I don’t want to work too much). Secondly, the theme of “a country where murder is not prohibited” kind of makes me uncomfortable in the context of the current state of the real world.
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.
At 45 minutes, Hotarubi no Mori e is a fairly short movie, about the same length as Garden of Words. As I may have already said at some point, I didn’t particularly like the length of Garden of Words, and watching Hotarubi no Mori e made me realise that I may have a problem with that length more generally as well. That is not to say I thought Hotarubi no Mori e was bad, or that I thought it was disappointing in the same way that I thought Garden of Words was, but there’s just something about that 45 minute length that I don’t like.
(Originally written around June-July 2014)
(Originally written Oct 4 2014)