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Land of Prophecies -We No The Future-
Kanji 予言の国
Romaji Yogen no Kuni
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Season {{{Season}}}
Air date April 22, 2003
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Summary

This episode consists of four related stories.

Land of Prophecies -We NO The Future- (予言の国) Kino and Hermes arrive in country where everyone believes that the world will end the next day according to their Book of Prophesy as interpreted by the southern priest. When the world does not end, the northern priest declares that his interpretation predicts that the event will occur in 30 years time.

Tradition -Tricksters- (伝統) In the next country, travellers are so rare that a celebration is held on Kino's arrival including a traditional Cat Ear Party dance. After Kino leaves, the populace begin to think of another tradition they could have to entice the next traveller to stay. Outside the town, Kino encounters a descendant of the king who was banished years earlier who explains that the tradition of the country has become to keep thinking up new traditions.

The Sad Land (悲しい国) Kino arrives in the Sad Land where she finds that a poet was commissioned by the king to write a sad poem, and did so only after his wife committed suicide. Years later, after the poet died, society arranges for a young girl to recite the cryptic and extremely long sad poem every day. As Kino leaves, the border officer tells her that the poem was written down and a nearby country acquired it, calling it the Book of Prophesy.

Land of Prophecies -Beneath the Sky Full of Stars- (預言の国 そして満天の星の下こて) Camped overnight under the stars, Kino is interrupted by an army from the Land of Prophecies invading the Sad Land. When she asks why, a soldier responds that a new interpretation of the Book of Prophesy indicated that the next country is responsible for their world coming to an end.

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