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An absolute amazing film that is sorely underrated and should been seen by more people
While the story is not all that original for an anime, the animation - especially the fight scenes - is really great.
si tubo chevere, todos murieron creo, lloró el llino
HOLY SHIT.... That is what an action anime SHOULD be
One of the best anime films I have ever seen.
Saw this on 25/9/15
Although the action sequences are poorly animated and most elements seem to be derived, Sword of the stranger benefits from all the violence that it possess as well as characters that seem to be interesting and a story which is also good to an extend.
An absolute wonder to watch, Studio Bones doesn't fail to impress with its top notch animation and well choreographed fight scenes.
Best action in any samurai movie live, action included. Second only to Shinichin no Samurai in samurai greatness. Must see if you love movies.
The swords come out in Masahiro Ando's Sword of the Stranger.
If there is an opening sequence that gets the job done, this anime has it. Blood splatters and body parts go flying in what proves to be a taste of things to come. Granted, the middle of this 100 minute picture does slow to pace itself, the plethora of characters to follow are enough to keep the story alive.
The swordplay is stylized and the violence is bloody. The incorporation of the Chinese in a Japanese setting provides high potential for the amusing action sequences. Visually, the characters are fitting for a Japanese anime.
The cast that employs the voices for the characters work well with the provided dialogue. Tomoya Nagase and Yuri Chinen carry the film most of the way.
Action adventure animes come in good quantites and Sword of the Stranger is a better than average one.
An excellent samurai film. Reviewers talking about its familiarity to other samurai films are missing the fact that it is a very good telling of a fairly basic story. I really enjoyed the themes of isolation and distrust of foreigners that pervaded the film. Both the hero and villain are foreigners and this is treated as nothing significant to their character, though it causes varying degrees of mistrust from others. And the swordfights are the best I've seen in an Anime.