Back in 2007, BONES Studio delivered something entirely different from the titles it had become known for. Sword of the Stranger followed on the heels of features like Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, RahXephon: Pluralitis Concentio, and Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. Rather than be tied to an existing anime series, Sword of the Stranger was an original story about a ronin who protects a boy and his dog from a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Featuring incredible action sequences that hold up more than a decade later, along with a host of compelling characters and a timeless story that blends the familiar and the fantastic, Sword of the Stranger is a title you might have missed but one that’s worthy of adding to your collection. And it’s available through FUNimation!
For the uninitiated, FUNimation is a U.S. company known for their dubs and domestic distribution of Japanese anime. So all of the reviews you’re about to check out are for the dub version of each anime, though some Blu-rays/DVDs have a Japanese audio option as there are some exceptions to the rule. Below, you’ll find the official synopsis for each movie and series, along with a link to pick up your own copy at FUNimation’s online store, should my review convince you. Sometimes, it’ll be an easy thing to suggest you buy it, other times, it’ll be just as easy to go in the other direction.
Check out more of my reviews of FUNimation’s home video selections here, like lighthearted sports anime titles and fan service series that stop short of problematic. You might just find a favorite you overlooked or a new addition to your catalog you might have missed!