Stranger: Mukou Hadan Pilot
Sword of the Stranger Pilot
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English: Sword of the Stranger Pilot
Japanese: ストレンヂア -無皇刃譚-


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2009
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Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 3 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.051 (scored by 33953,395 users)
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Ranked: #34082
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Popularity: #4824
Members: 8,819
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In the Sengoku period, a rounin called Nanashi (meaning nameless) saves a young boy Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru at an abandoned temple. Kotarou has no family, is pursued by a mysterious militia organization from China, and hires Nanashi as his bodyguard. Among the pursuers is a man called Rarou, a very 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 is not serving any Emperor and just wants to fight with the strong.

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Feb 21, 2020
dorinaural (All reviews)
“What am I?”

The story of this short little pilot highly differs from the actual movie: the movie itself focuses more on the forming bond between Kotarou and Nanashi, the latter’s road to redemption, and the corruption of the Japanese and Chinese society; the pilot only shows a glimpse into Nanashi’s possible past. The only main character here is him, assumedly years prior to the movie, trying to find out who—or what—he is and where he’s from. Although visually the pilot is a tad simpler than the movie, it still gives off the same atmosphere with its simple and realistic characters and backgrounds. As for the read more
Jul 15, 2017
Unclesam444 (All reviews)
This is an amazing movie.

Direction wise, the art style, soundtrack, animation, action choreography and setting is amazing. This is one of the best anime movies that can set an atmosphere so powerfully and hold that for the entire movie. It never becomes boring, dry or slow. The action is breathtaking and just awesome.

Story wise, the charecters are amazing. Each of them have their own motives, passions and past that drive them, and the mesh of these create a complex yet moving story. The arc of the main charecter isn't abrupt, and well developed. The story is not purely cliche'd, it retains a lot of seriousness read more

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_HeroKenzan_ - May 11, 2015
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Nov 9, 2019 6:25 PM
The Sword of The Strangers movie is listed?
GatoDet - Aug 22, 2013
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