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Old 2008-04-18, 15:49   Link #121
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well the story can fit on a bus ticket but who cares it s all about the eye candy.
impressive animation and realisation.
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Old 2008-04-18, 22:00   Link #122
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That's not so bad as long as the story does three things

Is Logically executed
Is Decently Explained
And Works in Tandem with/supports the visuals (very important)

I just saw Tekkon Kinkreet and while a stunning visual piece, it wasn't too great as a movie. The narrative was essentially the Visual's bitch. BIG TIME.
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Old 2008-04-19, 00:31   Link #123
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The last fight was simply amazing, yes I'm buying this.
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Old 2008-04-19, 02:15   Link #124
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The story was beautiful:

- Both guys are basically foreigners to their own lands
- Both guys seek an ideal beyond their own rulers / cultures
- Both guys are caught up in silly plots contrived by their own leaders / comrades / former comrades but end up together
- Both guys only really need one language to communicate with each other: fighting
- Both guys can truly be said to be... strangers.

I'm definitely looking forward to the rumored Hero Man from BONES. They seem to be willing to blur cultural and lingual boundaries in ways that few other animation studios (or heck, regular movie studios) ever would.
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Old 2008-04-19, 07:16   Link #125
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Stranger was screened at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival with English subtitles, yet no license has actually been announced yet.

So they're either homegrown subtitles or I'm assuming Bandai have the license for this.
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Old 2008-04-19, 16:06   Link #126
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I really hope that it gets a release over here. And if it does, I would like to know if it also gets released in blu-ray. This could be my first blu-ray anime purchase after regretting not buying the blu-ray versions of Tekkon Kinkreet and Paprika. I might as well test the waters with this one.
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Old 2008-04-20, 13:09   Link #127
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Finally sat down and watched this one. The story is pretty basic though i found the bond between Nanashi and Kotarou to be the high focus of the story for me, that and Nanashi's background brought a bit of interest.

But by god the fight scenes were mind blowing. It seems like they just kept getting more entertaining as you move along the story. Also, the score by Naoki Sato does bring the epic feel to life. I'll be ordering the soundtrack very soon.

Looking forward to a R1 release, if it'll ever happen.
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Old 2008-04-20, 13:40   Link #128
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Looking forward to a R1 release, if it'll ever happen.
With Stranger and R1 the only if that we should be talking about is Blueray!
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Old 2008-04-20, 15:42   Link #129
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With Stranger and R1 the only if that we should be talking about is Blueray!
+1

I'm dying to see the showdown in HD on Blu...and the rest with proper subtitles.
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Old 2008-04-20, 19:26   Link #130
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With Stranger and R1 the only if that we should be talking about is Blueray!
Yeah that would be something, though i don't wanna get my hopes up just yet until it's licensed.

If i had some money to throw around, i'd order the Japan Blueray edition, though the special edition normal DVD would be more tempting.
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Old 2008-04-20, 21:54   Link #131
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Does the blu-ray release of Stranger in Japan include English subtitles?

I know some theatrical anime dvd releases do. Moreover, with Japan and US being part of the same blu-ray region, importing wouldn't be a problem at all save for price.
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Old 2008-04-20, 22:26   Link #132
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Wouldnt it be easier for you to wait for the Bandai Visual announcement at Anime Expo to hear which Blu-ray is coming over since you're in R1? I think that I read somewhere that a big announcement was coming from them from Anime Expo.
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Old 2008-04-20, 22:46   Link #133
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Might as well ask the question right now. I didn't say that I would be ordering one asap.
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Old 2008-04-20, 23:22   Link #134
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Does the blu-ray release of Stranger in Japan include English subtitles?

I know some theatrical anime dvd releases do. Moreover, with Japan and US being part of the same blu-ray region, importing wouldn't be a problem at all save for price.
No, unfortunately it does not.
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Old 2008-04-21, 00:10   Link #135
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I might actually wait out for the French version of Stranger (if it's not too much delayed, that is).

Because, you know... the goddamn French and their beautiful, beautiful anime releases!

That one might actually include all the original extras.
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Old 2008-04-21, 04:59   Link #136
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Isn't the sub out for a while already? Time to move this from the "Unaired" section.
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Old 2008-04-21, 11:36   Link #137
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That one might actually include all the original extras.
Shame i can't see the french release keeping all the extra's that come with the Japanese limited edition version.
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Old 2008-04-21, 15:38   Link #138
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Like it was already said, the story was pretty basic but not bad, it was enough to keep me interested. The fights, on another hand, were just incredible ! It's been a while since I saw sword fights this awesome.

I'll buy the DVD for sure when it comes out in my country.
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Old 2008-04-22, 00:27   Link #139
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Shame i can't see the french release keeping all the extra's that come with the Japanese limited edition version.
Why not? They've done so in the past.
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Old 2008-04-25, 10:18   Link #140
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This was really freaking great. What a fantastic movie. Wow. I saw it twice repeatedly. Amazing.



I love the story. Its wonderfully simple, to the point.. and it almost makes it poetic. I love Nanashi and Rorou. Great characters.
It was fascinating to see the chinese have a part of this movie. It's not often you see that, but it makes sense, since China is such a big force.


We need more films like this.

Along with Mononoke, this is the best movie of it's kind(fedual sword action genre). Seriously. We need more movies like this.


The fights were terrific. Particularly the design and animations on Rarou. Just look at how he wields his sword in the last fight. The moves, styles and combinations are out of this world, and yet they feel authentic and realistic.
The last fight reminded me of the duel between Sasuke and Naruto, which is arguable also the best fight in that series.

The kid and the dog were ultra cute too.


I just can't recommend this enough. A true masterpiece.
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