Kino’s Journeyis one of those source materials that invites an ebb and flow in attention and, so, also adaption. The setting is both understated and magical. The main character’s contradictions are an excellent starting point for plot and for viewer identification. The addition of a talking motorcycle companion to the main character is a fundamental part of the seriousness with which the series takes the fantastical.
As a queer woman, I’m drawn to any anime series which suggests it could be a unique view of queer relationships in Japan. Outside of fan service and ero titles, there’s still a dearth of good anime adaptions of yuri manga specifically. For this reason, NTR: Netsuzou Trap is first on my list for the new season.