Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Kino's Journey Volume 8 - Prologue

Not-so-brief explanation: The Kino's Journey light novels are structured in such a way that the book generally opens with the second half of a story, told out-of-context. The first part of the story, which reveals the context, is at the very end of the book, after all the other chapters. This is one such story, but I'm skipping over the rest of volume 8 and just focusing on this one. Expect the second half to be up soon.


Prologue: The Beginning and End of a Journey at the Seaside
~On the Beach - b~ 


"Kino… are you leaving now?"

"Yes. Sorry for waking you. You can go back to sleep. I was planning to leave quietly."

"Like a fly-by-night, right?"

"Haha… the sound of Hermes' engine would have woken me anyway."

"Maybe. Kino's plans are always so musty."

"You mean, 'Messy'?"

"Yeah, that."

"I've written down a list of necessary provisions. You can use anything I'm leaving behind. I can't carry them, after all. I've also taken about a third of your valuables."

"I see. That sounds fair. Could I just ask you one more thing?"

"What is it?

"I feel a bit bad for interrogating you like this, after all the help and support you've given me, but… Don't you ever think about settling in one place to live, Kino? Don't you want a safe, secure life where you're surrounded by loved ones, never having to worry about where to rest at night?"

"I don't know. At the moment… well, I don't think I'll ever think about it."

"That's completely fine with me. After all, it's a motorrad's jay to be able to always be on the move."

"'Joy', right?"

"Yeah, that."

"… Isn't it… painful?"

"It's not all fun."


"But it's not all pain."

"I see. I guess everyone has their own perspective on things."

"That's right."

"I'll see you off over there."

"Don't worry about it. Just stay here."

"All right… Then this is goodbye. Do you have anything to say before you leave…? I guess not."

"Goodbye, everyone."

"Bye. Stay sharp, you stupid dog."

"Thanks for everything."


"I don't think I've properly shown you my gratitude. Thank you."

"You're welcome. A lot happened, but we can still keep travelling…"

"So all's good that ends good."

"Right. … 'All's well that ends well'?"

"Yeah, that."

"I see… Then I suppose this is goodbye, for now. I hope we meet again somewhere down the line."

"I'll see you later, then. But…"


"No, never mind. I'm sure I'll end up visiting your new homeland during my travels."

"…And I hope I'll be there for good once that time comes. And I'll welcome you with open arms."

"Thank you."


"It's so nice to be able to ride again."

"Yeah. By the way, Kino?"


"You ended up not really saying anything, but if you run into him again…"

"Yeah, he…"

"He might be shocked half to death."


  1. I don't get it...why "shocked half to death?" (I read the epilogue too)

    Is it because they might meet in a battle or something again?

  2. you know he thought kino is "he"

  3. Note the space before the "shock to death" sentence. A big implication that there was something left unsaid after the previous sentence. It was not exactly said who will get shocked to death, it might be Kino and Hermes who gets the surprise of their lives when they find Shizu happily settled somewhere. Quite unlikely in such a f****d-up world.