The new Kino no Tabi anime remake did improve the animation and introduced a lot of new travelers. I realized I don’t really care for Kino as much at the other travelers. Kino is a lot more comfortable with being amoral compared to Shizu, the liberal traveler who carries the sword and who consistently intervenes for liberalism.
For some reason the show loves punishing the best intentions of the liberal interventionist. Like in the ship episode he overthrows the government and saves the people, only for the people to reject him and go back to their old ways aboard a sinking ship. (Kino initially fought to protect the existing order.)
Or in the episode where he goes to find the radio towers, and insists to the police there are no such radio towers that would explain psychopathy, only to be nearly killed by a mob for being honest. I’m not sure if the author actually holds that position that you shouldn’t intervene in countries you don’t “fully understand,” or if it just makes for an interesting story.
It’s also implied Kino wouldn’t tell the people of the country about the fighting rams. Regardless, it seems naive to me, like most of the arguments peaceniks give for not having liberal intervention in the middle east or “respecting foreign cultures” and not supporting the liberal Muslims who want to reform Islam.
I also like Shizu better because he adopts a psychopathic loli and tries to find a new country to immigrate to where he, his dog, and the loli can live peacefully. Kino has no such maturity or readiness to be a surrogate parent, and said in “A Kind Country” that she’s glad a little girl named Sakura wasn’t coerced into escaping an erupting volcano with her. (Apparently because it would have been a hassle to take care of the 11 year old.) The first anime series was also much better because Kino actually shed tears when the volcano erupted.
There were only about 9 episodes with new content, but I’m going to remember the sheep episode the longest. Kino running over a flock of sheep with a hummer to save her motorcycle was a pretty funny “solution” to the problem of murderous sheep.