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Set in the turbulent period of Japanese history known as the Sengoku period - or the era of Warring states - this feature length anime tells the story of a nameless ronin, robbed of identity and title when the second shogunate falls into chaos. Wandering the beligered countryside of his war torn nation, the former samurai happens across a boy named Kataro, who's become the target of Chinese assassins, who seem to want the boy for use in some kind of mystical ritual. The nameless ronin can't let them take an innocent child's life, and soon finds himself on the most important mission of his career - and that his life as a warrior is far from over. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Most of the main elements of the characters and story were taken right from movies that have done it better but over all this was a good watch. The animation was excellent and the action scenes played out well. I can't say much for the voice acting as I saw a dubbed version. The dubbing was flat most of the time. The music was great but there were some scenes pointed out to me where it could have been simplified to set a better mood. Over all I dug it. Recommended.
first of all, i have to say, that because this film only played in american theaters for one night, they charged me $15 to see this movie. so i needed it to deliver to say the least, and it did.
the animation was the strongest point, it was beautiful. the story was very borrowed from a long list of other samurai films, but it was still very engaging, and the characters were fleshed out well. it certainly isnt "the greatest animated samurai epic of all time" as many have suggested, because relatively none of it was original, but it was an absolutely excellent film and among the better samurai films that i have ever seen.
Great movie, Although I found the story a little too familiar, the action scenes were jaw-dropping. I loved the final battle scene, I thought the backing music added the little extra drama that was needed in the earlier parts of the movie.
June 8, 2013
Sword of the Stranger is a movie that features nice animation and a good set of action to along with it. The story pretty much presents itself and is very standard. The characters are interesting and at the end, there are even more characters than you can really keep track of. Good anime for anyone who likes anime and especially for anyone who likes anime revolving around this time period.
A very tense and interesting anime actioner that is gorgeous to look at and moves quickly while still allowing us to get a good glimpse at the characters and their motives (fyi, lots of political sides in this one). Very good.
Oh my.... Too many positive nods can't be a good thing as it sometimes tends to make the product overrated. But rest assured, that this time the hype is completely warranted. I haven't seen a samurai movie this good (of any kind)? since The Twilight Samurai. The story, animation, art direction, and music all just clicked. Such great characters in the very heart of a simple tale. This movie demonstrates that sometimes less is good or even better than going overboard in every category.