Sword of the Stranger ending (warning: spoilers!)
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You sided with my roommate, she also thinks that. I think he dies because there's no way he could survive with those wounds in that time period. Plus the kid's facial expression at the end leads me to believe that Nanashi died. But hey, it's anime and the biggest lesson you can get from it is that dying is exceptionally hard to do in anime!
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Well yea I think it kind of sucks to think he dies and to me it appears he did. We go through this epic adventure with this awesome character who conquers most everything- and all he gets is a slow death... Oh and his little buddies life is prolonged somewhat but who knows how long he will live without a guardian or parents. Still I think the director wanted viewers to feel pain for the Nanashi to see him die that way was incredibly powerful closure to an awesome movie.
I think he dies because if you pause the movie at the last few seconds and take a good look at the snow, you see horse footprints, dog footprints, and then what appears to be a few big drops of blood on the white snow just as they are riding off immediately before the credits.
I agree. If there was still blood coming from Nanashi at the end, plus the fact that it must of been jarring for him to be riding on top of that horse, I think he died. Plus there was a quick moment of sadness on the kid's face before he shook the reigns for the horse to go faster at the end. It all leads me to believe that he died, even though I didn't want him to. (And I'm being blamed for being a pessimist.)
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I think everyone is looking too much into this. The "treasure" is supposed to have saved Nanashi, there was only a drop of blood that fell on it. Although the pool of blood that fell just near it seemed to be of Nanashi initially, I now think it was from Rauro's wound.
Firstly, Nanashi was standing in a normal way after the fight. He didn't even try to hold any wound on his left side giving me the reason to think there was no serious wound in that final blow from Raoro, although there was definitely a lot of blood on the left side of his body.
Secondly, Rauro's sword in that scene (originally Nanashi's) had no blood on it. Compare that to Rauro's sword held by Nanashi, it was covered in blood.
Thirdly, the blood on the tracks in the final scene was most probably from the wound on nanashi's hand as it was shown in that scene.
I thoroughly agree with this. +1 Sapta. :)
We would be ignoring the story teller's intention with that treasure piece if we come to a conclusion that he died. Its not that I would want him alive just because the dude rocked. :D
The last scene with the blood drop can also be seen as attention to detail and not just an indication. Because if you make it an indicative proof of his death then as mentioned before the treasure piece loses its own indication. It would be pointless to keep him alive for that short duration and have him die in the end after the dramatic save (because of the treasure).
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I'm kinda on the fence for this one as well.
In my opinion:
- The jade treasure was used to save his life to show that by doing a good deed towards Kotarou he was to live on and be forgiven for killing the boy in his past.
- Nanashi asks, "Are we near the town?" Then Kotarou replies that they are almost there. To me this is a reference to earlier in the movie when they are riding to find a town to treat the dog after being poisoned and Kotarou keeps asking if they are almost there. In that case the dog was saved, why not the same here?
- All the people in the movie were injured far worse than that and still kept on trucking. (Although they did end up dying later on, but this was because they got a few more sword strokes to their body, or a few more arrows stuck in them.)
But on the other hand, who would show all the blood dripping in the snow in such a dramatic way unless he was dying?
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Actually the blood drip part has double meaning to which he died or not. Base on our observation and assumption, the blood dripping on the snow and the slight expression on the kid's face at the end may lead us to think that nanashi died. However, if you recall the part when nanashi said that "pain makes me feel alive" then we can also assume that nanashi lived. If you pay close attention, this anime has a lot of foreshadows. I'm assuming the end is a cycle of the kid going to town to heal nanashi is similar to the part when nanashi is taking the dog to town to heal him, so nanashi lives.
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I think the point about the treasure is irrelevant, the final blow did not kill him but the cut on his hand did, so the treasure was just to create a scene where Nanashi had atoned for what he had done and also make the audience realize that, so the point of having the treasure "save" him was to create this scene. And if you think about it that if Nanashi had died on that spot from the final attack then there would have been no resolution, the ending was in a way showing that Kotaro will have a good life do to his sacrifice. So Nanashi died
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I thought that NoName had died at first too but as others said I think Kotarou was crying for that split second because he realized the guy cared for him. The point of the treasure was to show it took the edge off the killing blow and altered Lo Weu's strike to be non-fatal. He still got cut but not bad enough to die from.
Realistically a wound that was fatal like that would've been dropping a lot more blood
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I believe Nanashi lived on too but I have to say. I am SO surprised that the dog didn't die. I mean, they ALWAYS die damnit! I swear in the last scene, I was almost expecting that hawk in the sky to shoot a laserbeam or spit out a kunai or whatever.
Nanashi only got seriously hurt in his arm, possibly that could be a problem but I'd be pretty lame if he died because of an arm injury... :|
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gives you a lot of insight into the movie and what drove it to be what it was in the end. An interesting read
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I'm can't decide if he lived or die. Here are my thoughts.
1. The sword just grazed his side due to the gem. You can tell because when the antagonist drops his sword it just falls down without any resistance from Nanashi's body.
2. The last time you saw his face his eyes were still open. Usually in any movie (especially animes) you usually see the main characters close their eyes before they die from a slow killing wound.
1. The stab through the arm might have caused him too lose too much blood. The side wound that I mentioned earlier would help with the blood loss, but I do not believe it would have been enough by itself.
2. The blood drops at the very end in the snow when they were on the horse seemed to be symbolic to his future.
So as you can seee I'm really split on my decision. If anyone has any other reasons for either he lived or died please share them with me.
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I just read what Eldarien said about the jewel and it makes perfect sense. The jewel would be pointless if it didn't protect him from death or serve any purpose. It would be bad film making to have this element in the movie and it serves no purpose. So now I believe he did live. Even if he was still bleeding on the horse.
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