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Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World

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Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World (2003)

Kino's Journey ("Kino no Tabi") is an anime series adapted from a series of novels by Keiichi Sigsawa (a pen name with a bonus for firearms enthusiasts). The series chronicles the journey of a young girl named Kino and her Mottorad (a talking motorcycle) named Hermes as they travel from country to country. Kino has a policy of staying in each country for only three days and doing her best to not get involved with the country's problems, choosing to remain a casual observer of each culture. The series takes place in a semi-fantasy environment, with the technology of each country varying from primitive to high-tech. As such, the weapons shown vary greatly both in terms of age and modifications. Most firearms in the series are referred to as "Persuaders".

The series consists of a 13 episode television series, as well as two 30 minute long movies, Kino's Journey: Life Goes On and Kino's Journey: Country of Illness -For You-, which function more as bonus episodes. All three are included in this article.

The following weapons were used in the anime series Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World:

Kino's Weapons


Kino's weapon of choice, "The Cannon" is a custom Colt 1851 Navy London Model revolver. It is described as firing .44 caliber bullets (as opposed to the 1851's normal .36 caliber bullets) and uses "liquid gunpowder". Kino is also seen detaching the loading lever from the front of the barrel and using at as a foregrip when using a specialized, high-power round.

Colt 1851 Navy London Model - .36 caliber. The "London" model uses iron instead of brass components for the back strap and trigger guard.
Kino aims "Cannon" during the opening credits
A closeup of "Cannon"'s cylinder. Here Kino has used a piece of chalk to indicate which chamber is loaded with a special round. Note the black triggerguard.
Kino disassembles and cleans "Cannon" while staying in a hotel.
The gunsmith in episode 13 examines the inscription on "Cannon"'s frame
A young Kino practices her shooting technique
Kino detaches the loading lever to use as a foregrip
Kino fires a high-powered round

"The Ranger"

Kino's secondary weapon is a custom Colt Woodsman Match Target (specifically a 2nd series model, as indicated by the magazine release behind the trigger guard) referred to as "The Ranger". It features a threaded barrel for the addition of a sound suppressor, and a laser sight has been built into the weighted compensator. Kino keeps it in an IPSC holster behind her back.

Colt Woodsman 2nd Series Match Target - .22LR
"The Ranger" is presented to Kino
The bottom shelf of "The Ranger's" case. Note the suppressor and IPSC holster
"The Ranger" in its IPSC holster
Kino activates the laser pointer on "The Ranger"

Ballistic Knife

Kino carries a ballistic knife capable of firing .22 caliber rounds out of the grip. She appears to have replaced one of the barrels with a laser pointer.

Kino reveals her Ballistic Knife
Kino aims the knife using the built-in laser


Colt 1851 Navy London Model

Aside from Kino's "Cannon", several (unmodified) Colt 1851 Navy London Model revolver frames can be seen on episode 13.

Colt 1851 Navy London Model - .36 caliber. The "London" model uses iron instead of brass components for the back strap and trigger guard.
In episode 13, several 1851 frames can be seen in the gunsmith's shop. Note how the parts are black rather than brass.

Colt Single Action Army

The SAA revolver is a common weapon in the series.

Colt Single Action Army - .45 LC
One of the combatants in the Coliseum Arc pulls his SAA.
A murderer in episode 12 sets down his Colt SAA

Colt Woodsman

Several standard Colt Woodsman pistols can be seen throughout the series. A Woodsman is seen once in the hands of a old wise man's caretaker in Episode 11, and components for Woodsman pistols can be seen in the Gunsmith's Shop in episode 13.

Colt Woodsman 3rd Series Target - .22LR
The caretaker chambers a round in her Woodsman
An large number of Colt Woodsman slides inside the gunsmith's shop

Bergmann Mars M1903

One of the slave traders that Kino encounters in episode 2 carries a Bergmann Mars M1903 pistol.

Bergmann Mars M1903 - 9mm Largo
A slave trader attempts to aim his M1903, but Kino obscures his vision by tossing her hat in his face
The slaver readies his M1903

SIG-Sauer P220

In the second movie, "Country of Illness -For You-", an officer working in the "Post Office" is armed with a SIG-Sauer P220.

SIG-Sauer P220 - .45 ACP

Walther PP

The Walther PP is seen on two different occasions, first in episode 5 in the hands of a man who voted the rest of his fellow citizens to death (don't ask), and again in episode 11 in the hands of a vengeful widow. Both models shown have a bottom-mounted magazine catch.

Walther PP with bottom-mounted magazine release - .380 ACP
"I move that anyone who threatens someone with a firearm shall be eligible for the death penalty. Your vote?" Kino resolves a confrontation through "democracy".
A woman "avenges" her husband's murder

S&W Model 19

In Episode 9, a S&W Model 19 can be seen during a montage depicting a country's violent history.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum

Long Guns

Karabiner 98k

The king in episode 7 uses a Karabiner 98k.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Mossberg M500

In episode 6, a character referred to as "The Colonel" uses a Mossberg M500.

Mossberg M500AT - 12 Gauge

Custom M38 Mosin Nagant Carbine

In episode 7, one of the contestants in the Coliseum battles uses a custom M38 Mosin Nagant Carbine. The rifle is drawn with a thicker profile to mesh with the art style of the animation. It also, curiously enough, features the bolt of a Springfield M1903, perhaps to make the inclusion of a Pedersen Device more believable.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54R
The fore-end of the M38
The back end of the M190338
The combatant cycles the bolt on her M38

Custom Pederson Device

When her M38 proves to be too slow of a weapon to use against Kino, the combatant ups the ante by installing a custom Pederson device, converting the M38 into an fully-automatic rifle fed from an external stick magazine. (In reality, the Pederson device was a bolt conversion for the M1903 Springfield that replaced the manual bolt with a semi-automatic system that fed from a 30 round .30 carbine magazine. A "Mk. III" version of the device for the Mosin-Nagant was devised but none are known to exist.)

Closeup detail of the M1903 Mk 1 - this model is receiver cut for a Pederson Device
M1903 Mk 1 Springfield fitted with the Pedersen Device - .30-18 Auto (also known as the 7.65×20mm Longue)
The combatant replaces the M38's bolt with the her modified Pederson device...
...and inserts the Pederson magazine
The combatant unloads her M38

Unidentified Shotgun

In episode 2, a slave trader pulls out an unidentified shotgun. The weapon is depicted as having both a top-folding stock and a removable box magazine.

The slave trader aims his shotgun at Kino
A side profile of the slaver's shotgun

Unidentified Infantry Rifle

Soldiers from several different countries are seen with generic semi-automatic infantry rifles. The weapons are not shown clearly enough to identify the make and model, and they are likely intended to be copies of several different WWII era infantry weapons.

Kino talks with a soldier in episode 4
A platoon of soldiers in episode 12 armed with generic rifles


While staying with "Master", Kino is given the opportunity to test out an MG42, which is described as being a newly developed "rapid-fire persuader" built in a neighboring country.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
A 12 year old Kino retrieves the MG42 from "Master's" gun cabinet. The weapon is as big as she is!
Kino fires the prototype MG42. How terrifyingly cute!



A gunstore is briefly seen in Episode 3. Most of the weapons visible are too small or not detailed enough to make a positive identification, although a few Colt 1851 revolvers can been seen inside the case.


"Master's" Gun Collection

When Kino retrieves the MG42 from "Master's" gun cabinet, an assortment of long guns can be seen inside.


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