Ranked #128

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
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.441 (scored by 57,842 users)
Ranked: #1282
Popularity: #411
Members: 98,809
Favorites: 1,273
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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
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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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May 5, 2008
Sword of the Stranger is both unusual and refreshing in the way that it seemed to come out of nowhere and prove to be a remarkable anime. It seems, lately, that anything warranting a large budget and a lot of effort from a studio is either a sequel, an adaptation based on a successful manga or novel, or the next dull addition to a creatively stagnant franchise. None of these things, Sword of the Stranger is an unexpected big-budget film, which leapt instantly to the forefront of my favoured anime movies with exhilarating action sequences, captivating visuals, raw, evocative music and simple but affective characterisation. read more
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Mar 30, 2014
Thunder Kings review no.3: Sword of the Stranger

When I decided to watch Sword of the Stranger my expectations were set pretty high and after watching it I can gladly say that they were completely fulfilled. I expected good story set in interesting period of Japanese history and great productions values that studio Bones are known for, all of this were there and even more. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the review of a fine piece of art that Sword of the Stranger is.

The Story 8/10
I was always interested in asian culture and history, it fascinated me as a huge history nerd. It was something different read more
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Nov 4, 2014
I happened to stumble upon a little hidden gem, a couple days back by the name "Sword of the Stranger". I was surprised by how few people were talking about the film. The only threads I found about the anime were very specific and spoiler heavy; no general discussions, no recommendation topics. Naturally this lead me to suspect the worst, but I figured I'd give SOTS a shot anyway. Besides, at only an hour and a half in length I wouldn't be wasting that much time. I'm quite glad I did, because this movie is the very definition of a read more
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Mar 7, 2015
I usually don't review movies, mainly because it's hard to review a 1h30 movie the same way you do a show that has at least 5 episodes of 25 minutes each. But after seeing this masterpiece that is Sword of the stranger, I decided I'd make an exception.

Story 9/10
The story is very-well done, and interesting. As this is only a movie, and not multiple episodes, it is not very developed, but developed enough as to make it really interesting and suspenseful.

Art 10/10
What can one say about this movie's art and animation ? It's simply amazing. It has the most amazing fight scenes I've ever 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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