Ranked #126

Stranger: Mukou Hadan

Alternative Titles

English: Sword of the Stranger
Synonyms: Stranger: Mukoh Hadan, Stranja
Japanese: ストレンヂア -無皇刃譚


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2007
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.451 (scored by 55,480 users)
Ranked: #1262
Popularity: #403
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The story is set in the Sengoku period. A rounin called Nanashi (meaning "nameless") saves a young boy named Kotarou at an abandoned temple. Kotarou has no family, is pursued by a mysterious militia organization from China, and hires Nanashi as his bodyguard. Amongst the men who pursue Kotarou is a man called Rarou, a skilled warrior with blond hair and blue eyes. He obeys an old man called Byakuran and is a member of the Chinese militia. Unlike his companions in the militia, he isn't serving any Emperor and just wants to fight with the strong.

(Source: Iwa ni Hana)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nagase, Tomoya
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Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi
Chinen, Yuri
Chinen, Yuri


Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Ando, Masahiro
Ando, Masahiro
Director, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Takayama, Fumihiko
Takayama, Fumihiko

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Nov 18, 2015
SWORD OF THE STRANGER made by Bandi and BONES starts off rather slow, but builds up to a very satisfying ending if you like gruesome battles. We follow a young boy named Kotaro and his trusty dog in fudel era Japan as they are being chased by the Chinese Ming empire for unknown reasons. Upon almost being captured, Kotaro meets a ronin with no name who saves him. Kotaro doesn't trust him, like he doesn't trust many people, but no name is here to stay as he saves the kids dog and keeps him out of the hands of the Chinese. But as a feuding read more
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Jun 27, 2015
This is my first review and I am doing it in order to improve how I judge the anime I watch. Thus, I am sticking to the story/art/sound/character/enjoyment rating, because I think it is a good way to categorize rating.

Story - 9/10
First thing, the story has a great apresentation because it is not presented to the viewers from the start. During the movie, you start to understand what is going on. This is so well done that the story progresses without become complicated, to the point that, by half of the movie, you can completely understant it. This presentation makes you curious about what the read more
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Oct 29, 2015
==You like simple stuff, swords, feelings, and stunning battles? Then read it==

That's my second review so far and this time it's for Stranger: Makou Hadan. Well guys, i have completed a couple of anime so far, 82 in my animelist but lets say about 50 without counting second seasons e.t.c but its been a long time since i found something to really amaze me and compel me thinking about it all day. Well, Stranger Makou Hadan was an anime movie that gave me hope that there are some really great anime out there and i haven't found them yet. Before i start analyzing more and read more
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Aug 9, 2015
Animated by Bones, I review an exceptional movie, with beautifully drawn fight-scenes and fluid animation, known as Sword of the Stranger.

Since I already emphasized how good the animation is, let's start with the Art. The art style is simplistic and can be compared to many other anime of the samurai genre. What sets this movie apart from others, is the animation and choreography in fight scenes. With high amount of detail, fluidity and creativity the fight-scenes are definitely the most enjoyable parts. There are several battles in this movie, with the last ~15 minutes being the highlight, where non-stop action just explodes in front read more
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Similar overall feel, being both movies about samurai (or ronin, in the case of Sword of the Stranger) on a mission, along the way facing off against a near invincible foe. Sword of the Stranger is grounded in a more gritty realism, but the action and characters aren't as jaw-droppingly cool as in Ninja Scroll. 
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Both shows take place in feudal Japan, a time during which samurai were prominent. Although the plot is widely different between Tsuiokuhen and Sword of the Stranger, each show gives amazing and graphic sword battles in conjunction with a beautiful soundtrack. In addition, the feeling that both shows give you can be deemed similar.  
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