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Stranger: Mukou Hadan

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
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.451 (scored by 49688 users)
Ranked: #1312
Popularity: #371
Members: 83,256
Favorites: 1,004
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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Stranger: Mukou Hadan
Other: Stranger: Mukou Hadan Pilot

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Minami, Masahiko
Ando, Masahiro
Director, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Suzuki, Hirofumi
Key Animation

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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 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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Mar 31, 2015
Entertainment factors: Fight scenes, insane choreography, subtle social themes, Japanese culture, hand-drawn animation.

Genres: Action, historical, drama.


Studio Bones animated Sword Of The Stranger (2007) to feature the most spectacular hand-drawn sword fighting scenes ever. With a high budget and big studio talent behind it, this movie is violently wonderful.

The main and side characters depict the social hierarchy of medieval Japan: child, bandit, peddler, soldier, priest, lord, etc. Watching their interactions, you get a good sense of who stands below the other. Some try moving upwards in class, others simply die in the crossfire.

You can watch this movie as just another cool action flick. But, when 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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both samurai and have awesome art and fighting scenes 
Both have similar stories and great action, although Stranger has more action. 
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. 
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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Both involves sealed sword and passionate samurais. 
They both have little boys that are special in one way or another.
They both have a guy protecting them and watching over them.
They also do get separated from the guy that protects them.
They both have that sword play and is very sad.
This anime is really similar to stranger " but also very different. 

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Poll: Stranger - Mukoh Hadan Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 )
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