>>3513>it felt rushed to me
Did you binge watch the show in only one or a couple sittings? I think if so the pacing can feel really different since your mind tends to wander and pay less attention when you're basically speed running watching something.
>I thought it left very little to ambiguity and pretty explicitly told the viewer what to think.
Scenarios and places were explained but I don't think it really explicitly told the viewer what to think. The story is mostly told from the perspective of Kino who for the most part is very detached and coldly commenting on things, with Hermes occasionally interrogating her thoughts which usually tend to be some form or another of, "such and such was peculiar," or, "I might like to know more, but I'll have to leave so I can see the next country." Often where biases show, it's when people other than Kino are explaining their country or situation to her. Obviously there are messages to extract from the stories, but its no different than what any other parable does. For instance, if we're told in a story that there's a demon king and he's evil, are we being told what to believe, or are these simply details of the story world? I think that's an important distinction to make. You're free to disagree with Kino, or anyone. Not all narrators are reliable or omniscient either. Likewise, not all of the stories necessarily have any meaning.