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Sword of the Stranger - Collectors Combi [Dual Format] [Blu-ray]
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With breathtaking animation that keeps you at the edge of your seat, this classic tale from Studio BONES is a hidden gem of its time.
Set in feudal-era Japan, a young boy named Kotaro and his faithful dog Tobimaru are caught in the turmoil of a grim prophecy. At the request of the Ming Dynasty's aging emperor, the boy is pursued by a band of formidable Chinese assassins. After escaping the destruction of the temple that took him in, he runs into a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase.
When Kotaro's dog is poisoned, the nameless stranger reluctantly accepts payment to escort them to a temple in Shirato. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving Tobimaru's life, but unrest is brewing all around them. The Chinese assassins clash with the local lord as they build a religious tower, and a blond-haired, bloodthirsty swordsman among them seeks a worthy opponent. Chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and the Stranger must face his past before a horrible fate is met again.
Contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in Collectors packaging.
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Been buying animated film/series for years and this is the first time its ever happened, now i feel cheated because its completely unwatchable.
But the places that this film scores highly for me don't really come in the concept, this film is all in the execution.
The animation in the fight scenes is by far the most fluid and flowing I have ever seen in an anime, combined with amazing choreography every piece of action is simply jaw droppingly brilliant to watch.
The way that the characters look or have been drawn is also very impressive... once again there isnt really anything new here but it all feels far more polished and detailed than in any other anime movie on the market at the moment.
The soundtrack for Sword of the stranger is also something to be admired, certain moments sent chills up my spine, it really is THAT good. I actually sat through the whole of the credits (something I very rarely do) just to hear one of the peices of music in its entierty.
Ive already mentioned that the story doesnt really do anything new or particularly surprising, but it has to be worth mentioning that the pacing of this movie is spot on in every respect- action sequences always kick in at just the right moment and the plot is slowly built up in very intense manner all leading to the amazing final conclusion.
If you're looking for a complex and deep story then maybe you might want to subtract a star or two but no matter your preferences I really do think that this film should be seen by all anime fans at some point, it really does set the benchmark for animation quality and I feel that it has to be seen to be believed.
This film has a complete thumbs up from me.
Loved every moment.
Thanks for reading!
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