Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger
US Theatrical: Jul 18, 2008
Japan Theatrical: Sep 29, 2007

Animation Studio: Bones

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said at 11:28 AM on Mon Jan 2 2017
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It took me awhile, but I finally did view "Sword of the Stranger". I got it as a holiday gift. My impressions:

I liked the movie for the most part; the production values are spectacular and I found the story to be more interesting and better told than "Ninja Scroll." The relationship between the boy and the ninja were very well done, and I liked the dog. The performances between the two in the dub complimented each other nicely. And even though I have issues with the violence (as I'll mention below) at least it's not so ridiculously overdone as in "Ninja Scroll" or "Wicked City."

That said, I do have some issues with the movie. I wasn't clear about some of the additional subplots in the movie; particularly that guy who wanted to rescue the Chinese princess. I found that to be underdeveloped. There were also scenes in the dub that, surprisingly, revert to the Japanese track, resulting in sudden scenes where a character would be speaking in Japanese (or Chinese) one moment and then English the next. I don't know what that was all about, but it DID annoy me. It didn't help that the Funimation BluRay didn't even translate the conversations for the dub either! I had to watch the DVD with the subtitles on along with the dub to know what I missed out on.

Also, as mentioned, while the violence was less gritty than "Ninja Scroll" and indeed more realistic, there were times when it felt a bit like too much. I think if the goriness had been toned down just a tad I would have liked it better, as there were some prolonged scenes of arrow splitting heads and severing that was a bit much. Although to be fair, it wasn't as bad as "Ninja Scroll" (but the violence was indeed, as mentioned, above "Princess Mononoke".)

Despite my mixed feelings on "Sword of the Stranger" I did like the film for the most part. The more appealing characters and its effort to tell a compelling story kept me in my seat. If only the violence had been toned down just a tad it would have been a bit better, but otherwise it wasn't too bad at all.

Ocean Studios may not be doing much dubbing these days, but aside from the aforementioned issues of reverting from one language to the next, I do commend them for this one. The voices seemed very fitting and the writing was decent... the occasional iffy delivery notwithstanding.
said at 6:32 PM on Sun Dec 18 2016
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Recently re-watched this. Great movie and a very good dub too.

I like NYAV Post dubs but I wouldn't mind seeing companies like Anime Limited and GKids considering outsourcing a movie or 2 to Ocean once in a while; I mean the Canadian dollar isn't exactly strong atm so why not?
said at 9:47 PM on Fri May 8 2015
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Attention everyone! You can watch this movie for free on Hulu! If you've never seen it before, I highly recommend you check it out! It's one of the best animated action flicks I've ever seen in my life, and it really deserves to be seen by more people!

The voice-acting is top-notch as well!
said at 3:17 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
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I really hope Funimation or Sentai Filmworks picks this up soon. I never saw it all the way through and I would really like an affordable release of it (Bandai's Blu-ray was a bit too pricey for a blind buy.)
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