Imagine a bloody paint brush coming to life and that is what Sword of
the Stranger looks like on Blu-ray that is oozing with extraordinary
animation and amazing picture quality.
The protagonist of Sword of the
Stranger is Kotaro, a young boy on the run from the forces of China with
trusty dog Tobimaru. Kotaro is attempting to reach his savoir, Shoan, a
monk who assisted him in escaping from China and he believes that he is
residing in the Temple of Mangaku.
When Kotaro arrives, Shoan is nowhere
to be find, however he does meet a nameless swordsmen and the three soon
form a strong bond as Chinese assassins attempt to seize them.
steeped in action, the characters are fantastically written in Sword of
the Stranger, whether it's the shuffled background of Kotaro or the
nameless swordsman who has vowed never to draw his sword again and even Tobimaru has some great
scenes in the film, all characters are quite likeable and make for some
great story telling.
The strength of the story
comes from the challenges that the trio face and whether the nameless
swordsman is truly an honourable companion or foe is a mystery because both the Japanese
and Chinese have a heavy price on this boy.
Opposed from the thoroughly
entertaining action orientated story, Sword of the Stranger contains
some of the best stylised animation which simply looks quite spectacular
on Blu-ray with vibrant colours, extremely sharp images and
choreographed action scenes to die for.
The video quality on Blu-ray is
almost perfect with deep levels of black and an impressive colours that
is matched with a great Dolby Digital 5.1 track to really transfer this
to a home cinematic experience. During certain fight scenes, the
surround sound really kicks in that only compliments the story even more.
Fortunately, Sword of the Stranger does not just end with the story and
features some engaging extras such as The Making Of, Pilot Film, TV
Spots and theatrical trailers. If you need to
own one anime Blu-ray this year and want a story that kicks as much ass
as the action itself, than Sword of the Stranger should definitely be
A new standard
has been set!
DVD Special Features
Making of featurette
Japan TV commercials
Theatrical spots and trailers