Sword of the Stranger

Synopsis: A young boy and his dog find themselves the target of the Ming: a foreign dynasty that will stop at nothing. One day, a quiet and solemn warrior crosses their path, and becomes irrevocably connected with the two. A deal is struck and the warrior agrees to take the boy to a remote, Buddhist temple, where a kind monk is waiting to care for him and the dog. Unfortunately, the Ming have sent their elite, and they will test their strength, courage, and quality every step of the way.
Director(s): Masahiro Andô
Production: Shochiku Company
  1 nomination.
103 min

Production Committee: Bandai Visual, Bones, Shochiku, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Sony Music Entertainment


Fumihiko Takayama

Character Design: Saito Tsunenori, Animation Director: Ito Yoshiyuki

Art Director:
Atsushi Morikawa, Art Setting: Shiho Takeuchi

Director of Photography: Yohei Miyahara, Color Setting: Shihoko Nakayama

Key Frames:
Itou Hidetsugu, Satou Masahiro, Masahiro Koyama, Takahashi Tomoika, Kenji Mizuhata, Yutaka Nakamura

Naoki Sato

Sound Effects:
Shizuo Kurahashi, Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi

Masahiko Minami, Animation Studio: Bones

Masahiro Andou

[Translation Notes]

Sengoku Era (~1493 - 1598), a time when Japan was divided into many warring providences each ruled by a feudal lord.

Akaike, a small and poor providence by the sea.

Ming Dynasty/Ming, refers to China which was ruled by the Ming at the time.


Don't worry.

If we've come this far, we should be safe.

Listen up Kotarou,

You need to go on alone from here on out.


If something happens along the way,

Sell this for a sen.

What about you, Shouan!?

I need to check if everyone at the temple is safe.

In Akeike,

Head for the Mangaku Temple in Shirato.

Monk Zekkai will help you.


Hurry up and go!


Once we pass this mountain, you'll reach our providence.

The footing's bad, so from here on out we'll go by foot.

How about this?

Got it!

It's finally time to shine!

Put me in too!

Hope you don't lose it all!


You've drank to much, you're red as rooster.


We've got some prey!

What's wro-

Release the arrows!

Doshi, Kamou, the crates!

Keep shooting! Keep shooting!

Against those numbers, Lord Rarou alone is enough.


It hurts!

It hurts!

It hurts! It hurts!

It hurts!!

You bastard!!!!

Both crates are safe.

Is this the level of swordsmen in this country?

Akaike Providence


You shitty dog, get out!

Shit! I'm gonna beat you to death!



We're eating well tonight!

Just wait a second.

After we eat, we're leaving this village, ok?


Whose there?!

Not anyone suspicious, don't worry.

Get out!

When you say "get out",

Does that means this is your


That's right! This is our home!

We've been here looong before you came!

Well then I'll rent myself this space.

Tobimaru, let's go!

Is that a fish I smell?


I'm chilled to the bone.

Give it an hour and it should calm down.

It sure is cold.

To think we'd be escorting these Ming.

Even I have my limits.

Letting strangers like that into the castle, what could the lord be thinking?

The lord must have some plan.

Talking about strange,

They're building something over at the Shishine Fortress.


You mean that old fortress in the mountains?

I hear they searched the entire providence and decided on the Shishine grounds.

Probably something to do with the foundation.

I heard they rounded up all the local workers and started barking orders.

What are they doing out in that old place?

There's no way we could know how people from Ming think.

That's a nice smell.

It's our fish.

I'll let you know that I don't have a single fish for you.

You haven't been living here all that long, right?

That smoke's coming up is the sign of an unused tree.

It hadn't been dried out.

You didn't need to do that!

Be careful, it's hot.

I'm eating it.

Do what you like!

I didn't say it to you.

I said it to the dog.

Oh Yes, I did see a young child run by.

Was he alone?

I think he had a dog was it?

When did you see him?

It might've been this morning...

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