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Stranger: Mukou Hadan

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2007
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.381 (scored by 102,456 users)
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Ranked: #1902
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Popularity: #478
Members: 194,216
Favorites: 2,226


both samurai and have awesome art and fighting scenes 
report Recommended by amade0
Both have similar stories and great action, although Stranger has more action. 
report Recommended by animejnkie
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. 
report Recommended by edythemighty
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.  
report Recommended by VK11
They both are set in the same time period. They portray a very dark and violent view of this era and boost fantastic fights. The main characters of both series seem to have a similar dynamic with a more talkative 10 year old boy and a quieter badass. Both shows also involve one of the duo being sacrificed to a demon. In Sword of the Stanger, No Name is protecting the kid from being sacrificed, while in Dororo, Hyakkimaru has already been sacrificed.  
report Recommended by MariSan28
Both these movies are set in a similar kinda time period (the beginings of guns and gunpowder) with Princess Mononoke being more fantasical Also they both deal with the conflict of ideals and loyalty. 
report Recommended by CtrlAlexDelete
Both involves sealed sword and passionate samurais. 
report Recommended by sweetburntlips
I got a similar vibe off both, tears were shed in both and their are swords... 
report Recommended by dkroc
The thing that both of these series have in common is that the actual actions of the sword fight tells us more about the characters than the show or movies need to explain. The clash of the swordsman and their styles tell us about the character's motivations and aspirations. What does it mean to be a swordsman? what does the sword symbolize? If you like sword fighting anime's you'll appreciate both of these series  
report Recommended by mashumallow
These two anime are similar in that both feature much gore, they are set in a similar time period (but different places) and both make you emotionally attached to the characters. I enjoyed both of them greatly but Berserk is better than Stranger in almost every way.  
report Recommended by gormiti100
If you are big into sword fighting anime, this is another great addition for you to watch and trust me it is as good as Claymore. Sword Of The Stranger and Claymore both have a main character whose past is tragic only to end up with a sidekick who is a young boy and has a major role later on. They're both set in a setting (Sword Of The Stranger-Feudal and Claymore-Medieval) with fantasy elements. Both have great sword fights, gore, dialogue, development, and good story.  
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Both are about a ronin who undertakes to protect a person with mysterious past and finds himself involved in a dangerous situation. 
report Recommended by yolerMit
Both Stranger and Kamuy follow a typical escort-mission scenario, wherein the warrior (Nanashi, a ronin and Sugimoto, an ex-soldier) work with an orphan (Kotarou and Asirpa) to traverse historical Japan (Sengoku Era and Meiji Era) on a journey, all the while evading corrupt villains (the Chinese militia and the Hokkaido 7th Division). Other similar aspects include gritty, realistic violence and gore, such as dismemberment and torture. 
report Recommended by Dewelleric
Although these series aren't terribly similar in terms of setting or plot, what links them together is their fights. If you, like myself, believe Fate/Zero to have some of the best fights in all of anime and craved more even after watching other installments in the Fate franchise, Mukou Hadan is the anime for you. Everything about the fights within this movie whether it be the animation, the choreography or even the directing is just as phenomenal, if not more so than Fate. If awesome fights that go above and beyond your typical shounen match are your thing, Mukou Hadan is worth watching.  
report Recommended by Scuff
Same duo of a ronin and a boy. A ronin with strange and unusual high skills on combat is recruited by a young boy that's trying to desperatly save his dog.  
report Recommended by frankie85
Similar atmospheres. Contiguous eras. These 2 anime show vagrant warriors (a monk in Asura, a ronin in Sword of the Stranger), who, one way or another, save and form a bond with a young neglected boy. 
report Recommended by yolerMit
Don't throw away sheath if you want to return alive. Vice versa. Probably Miyamoto Musashi would say this against "him". To kill people is sign of preparedness. They don't deserve to have sword to person who have not prepared for. Both are describing men or girls who fight for the people to be protected. Extremely samurai type and fencer type. Nanashi fights for Kotarou, Kagura Tsuchimiya fights for Yomi Isayama. So-called, Man and Boy, Girl and Woman. Style and Theme are similar. As previously stated. Stranger is more realistic. Ga-Rei has many supernatural battle. Depiction is quite stunning, bloody. But it does't excess that much. It has been moderately adjusted. Stranger  read more 
report Recommended by Xnovazero
Intense frame jaw-ripping action has never looked so good on both animes. Although different in terms of story, both animes display a unique sense of action only BONES knows. 
report Recommended by MagicalMahou
Both have beautifully animated fights. While OPM's fights are more about scale and impressiveness, Sword of the Stranger puts more of a focus on fight choreography.  
report Recommended by Baryonyx
Both have simplistic fighting scenes, which really do show that you do not need over the top super powers or special effects to make a good anime. The more basic animation doesn't make it less enjoyable to watch but retains fluidity when the action starts. 
report Recommended by Rizzles
Both a very well made animations with a large amount of time spent on details for action scenes 
report Recommended by Perposterone
Action oriented movies with a lot of sword fights. Both of the main characters from those movies are tortured lone wolf with an obscur past, and they both feel guilty for something that happened in their pasts. Also they love kid and they both have a particular relation with an orphan. And both movies are freakin' stereotypical, boring, substanceless and irritating.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
Well then I must say that both anime's have similar historical story and connecting Japan with foreign peoples, and beside this they are full of action and also have a lot of blood, gore, tragedy and sword fights. But the main difference is that Dagger of Kamui is an oldschool anime while Sword of the Stranger is not. 
report Recommended by ElemenT
They both deal with the protagonist having to protect innocent children. Mukoh Hadan is a bit more tragic in compare to Kurenai. 
report Recommended by ten6cha
Both have similar story;and are full of action. 
report Recommended by Yoruichi
Action oriented movies with a lot of sword fights. Both of the main characters from those movies are tortured lone wolf with an obscur past, and they both feel guilty for something that happened in their pasts. Also they love kid and they both have a particular relation with an orphan. And both movies are freakin' stereotypical, boring, substanceless and irritating.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
Do you love the high intensity, adrenaline fueled weapon fights with amazing animation? Both of these series are for you. Despite the huge setback in a forgettable story, both these anime works put action as their main target on their hit list.  
report Recommended by arimakenshin
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. 
report Recommended by seribi
Same time period and interesting mysterious main character. i would think sword of the stranger is by far the superior of the two but that's my opinion. Anyway Enjoy  
report Recommended by T-arab91
Both are historical type anime that have a focus on samurai. There's a great deal of fighting/action in each. Both have sadistic characters that lead the plot for their own personal gain. 
report Recommended by lovelydeath
awesome fighting scenes and same anime style 
report Recommended by Skylavis
They are similar in the fight of swords, in the characters. In the two series there is great blood, you fight exciting and an interesting history. 
report Recommended by Narbudis
When I was watching Hinotori, I was reminded of Stranger. The first and fourth part of Hinotori had similiar resemblance of Stranger. The relationship between a boy and a man. Also the fight scenes too. The art and atmosphere of both shows were similar.  
report Recommended by Kosourbites