Sword of the Stranger

Stranger: Mukou Hadan

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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.

User Rating: 4.4 ( 5 votes)


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
Producers: Bandai Visual, Shochiku, Sony Music Entertainment, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners
Licensors: Funimation, Bandai Entertainment
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Samurai
Duration: 1 hr 43 min
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Masahiko Minami – Producer
Masahiro Andou – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi – Sound Director
Fumihiko Takayama – Script
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Exhilarating action that never slows down surfaced by fluid animation and superb choreography yet marred by an overly-simple story and cast.


Intense as it is brutal, Sword of the Stranger is the must see samurai film in the anime medium. Heartfelt and exciting from start to end


The sword-fighting animation alone makes this one worth a watch. Story meanders a bit, but you’ll want to stay til the end.


The best sword fight in anime. That’s all you need to know.


Great choreography and animation that justifies the watch despite everything else falling flat, It’s okay and gets the job done.


Great action with awesome background music and if you’re a fan of samurai then you will like this anime.


Simple narrative juxtaposed with intensely complex fight sakuga. Very touching and action packed film. Would highly recommend.



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