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Khinba opening title
Khinba (Khaiwoonese: Khaiwoon Khinba) is a popular, long running television cartoon series produced by Khainimation Studios in Khaiwoon. It first aired in 1965 and has been running continuously ever since. It is currently aired by broadcaster KTV in Khaiwoon and on various networks in other countries. It also encompasses a wide range of spinoffs such as comic books, video games, and a series of full length animated films.


Khinba and Winston
Khinba is named after its main character: Khinba, a precocious ten year old Khaiwoonese schoolgirl. Along with her best friend Winston, a talking rabbit, Khinba runs the "Bookhunu Primary School International Detective Service" named for the fictional "Bookhunu Primary School" in Khaiwoon, where she is a student.

Episodes usually revolve around Khinba and Winston using their skills and smarts to solve a mystery. Sometimes it can be a very minor puzzle, such as the disappearance of a jar of jellybeans from the school office; other times Khinba takes on tasks of much greater consequence, such as foiling an international crime gang or spy ring. No matter how big or small the job, Khinba often reminds the sometimes reluctant Winston that the most important thing is to work with excellence (Khaiwoonese: nagphonrai).

Many times, Khinba's adventures require her to travel to various landmarks in Khaiwoon or different countries around the world. In these episodes great care is taken to portray the locales with as much accuracy as possible. One of the goals of the show's original creators was to teach about geography, history, and world cultures, and they established a studio policy that whenever a country is featured on Khinba a team of advisors from the country must be hired to provide guidance for the episode.[1]


A Khinba video game, released in 2006
Khinba title at Ingerish debut, 1966
The first season of Khinba was broadcast solely in the Khaiwoonese language, and was broadcast on KiTCh, the government-run Khaiwoonese Television Channel which existed at the time. Starting in the second season (1966) an Ingerish-voice version was also recorded, which would air simultaneously on ITCh, the Ingerish Television Channel. Due to the popularity of the Ingerish version, other countries soon began picking up Khinba, producing voiceovers in their local language where necessary. The first international broadcast of Khinba occurred in 1968 in Gobrassanya. Since then the series has spread to more than fifty countries around the world and is broadcast in over twenty language versions. In Khaiwoon, Khinba switched to private broadcaster KTV in 1971. [2]

Starting in 1975 Khinba was also made into a comic book, which would go on to span nearly six hundred volumes in eleven series, released over twenty years, eventually becoming the best selling comic book publication in the history of Khaiwoon. In 1979 a full-length animated feature film, Khinba and Winston, was released in 28 countries around the world, the first of twelve such films to date. In 1988, Be Khinba! hit the shelves of the world's video game sellers, the first of eight games based on the cartoon. [3]

Khinba as featured on Khaiwoon's 2015 license plate sticker

Over the years, Khinba and Winston have become prominent international symbols of Khaiwoon, and have been hailed as "Khaiwoon's most famous ambassadors."[4] They have been featured in Khaiwoonese tourism advertisements, visitor guides, even on postage stamps.[5] In 2015, in celebration of her fiftieth anniversary, Khinba made history as the first person ever to appear on Khaiwoon's annual license plate sticker.[6]


Comic book series

The Khinba series of comic books was produced over a span of twenty years, from 1975 to 1995. The final volume was Number 572, released on December 24, 1995.

  • Khinba Series I (Vol. 1-52) (1975)
  • Khinba Series II (Vol. 53-104) (1977)
  • Khinba Series III (Vol. 105-156) (1978)
  • Khinba Series IV (Vol. 157-208) (1980)
  • Khinba Series V (Vol. 209-260) (1981)
  • Khinba Series VI (Vol. 261-312) (1984)
  • Khinba Series VII (Vol. 313-364) (1987)
  • Khinba Series VIII (Vol. 365-416) (1989)
  • Khinba Series IX (Vol. 417-468) (1991)
  • Khinba Series X (Vol. 469-520) (1993)
  • Khinba Series XI (Vol. 521-572) (1995)

Video games

As of 2015, eight Khinba video games have been released, and a ninth is currently under development.

  • Be Khinba! (1988)
  • Be Khinba! 2 (1990)
  • Khinba's New Adventures (1993)
  • Return of Khinba (1996)
  • Khinba's World Whirlwind (1998)
  • Khinba in Space (2000)
  • Khinba: Like Never Before (2006)
  • Khinba's Extravaganza (2010)
  • Khinba! (under development, set to release in 2020)

Feature films

To date, there are twelve Khinba full-length animated feature films.

  • Khinba and Winston (1979)
  • Khinba and the Night Pirates (1984)
  • Khinba and the Jeweled Moth (1986)
  • Khinba and the Mysterious Professor (1992)
  • Khinba and the Pepper of Doom (1994)
  • Khinba's Day Off (1997)
  • Khinba and the Crystal Oasis (1999)
  • Khinba and the Vanishing Noodles (2002)
  • Khinba and the Goblin of Glass (2004)
  • Khinba and the Suspicious Hibiscus (2008)
  • Winston's Mid-Life Crisis (2011)
  • Khinba and the Secret Tunnels (2014)


  1. "About Khinba". KTV Online. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. Khanrap, Bethany D. "The Little Known History of Khinba". Times of Khaiwoon. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2012
  3. Larlington, Douglas. "The Big, Big Business of Khinba". Khaiwoon Journal of Marketing. February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. Collins, Yolanda W."Khaiwoon's Most Famous Ambassadors". Khaiwoon in the World Blog. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  5. "About Khinba". KTV Online. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  6. Anmet, Hassan. "2015 license plate sticker to star... Khinba". Times of Khaiwoon. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

External links

"Khaiwoon's 'Khinba' turns 50" — online article at OGN News

See also