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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

Information

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)

Statistics

Score: 8.431 (scored by 65,682 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #431
Members: 115,258
Favorites: 1,468
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

In the Sengoku period of Japan, a young orphan named Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru steal from unsuspecting villagers in order to make ends meet. However, Kotarou is forced to remain on the run when he finds himself being hunted down by assassins sent by China's Ming Dynasty for mysterious reasons not involving his petty crimes.

Fortunately, the duo run into Nanashi, a ronin who has taken refuge in a small temple, when Kotarou is attacked and Tobimaru poisoned. Although the samurai saves the helpless pair from their pursuers, he feels that there is no need to help them further; but when offered a gem in exchange for his services as a bodyguard, he reluctantly accepts Kotarou's offer of employment—just until Tobimaru is healed and the two reach their destination. As the three set out on a perilous journey, it soon becomes evident that their path is riddled with danger, as the Ming Dynasty has now sent a terrifying swordsman after them to capture Kotarou and fulfill a certain prophecy.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Stranger: Mukou Hadan won the award for Best Animated Feature at Brazil's International Fantastic Film Festival and was nominated for the same categories at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and 81st Academy Awards.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nanashi
Nanashi
Main
Nagase, Tomoya
Japanese
Nagase, Tomoya
Tobimaru
Tobimaru
Main
 
Luo-Lang
Luo-Lang
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
Kotarou
Kotarou
Main
Chinen, Yuri
Japanese
Chinen, Yuri

Staff

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


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Washi
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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Kaminari-sama
Mar 30, 2014
Thunder's 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 the movie 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.


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 from the European culture that I grew to know and I became interested in Japan's history and culture particularly read more
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aranelcharis
Apr 17, 2008
Wow. This movie has left me nearly speechless. There are scenes in it that are shocking, jaw-dropping, amazing...if you haven't seen this movie yet, and you like action movies, with a good plot, solid characters, and the best action sequences I've ever seen in an anime, then beg, borrow, stea---er, do whatever you can to get your hands on it. You won't regret it. Take my word for it.

I guess I could just say that and be done, but if you're not convinced yet, I'll pimp it some more.

Story - typical action stuff, set in historical Japan, but has twists enough in the plot to read more
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walrusking14
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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