Sword of the Stranger (ストレンヂア 無皇刃譚 Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan) is a 2007 Japanese anime film directed by Masahiro Andō and produced by the animation studio . The film follows Kotaro, a boy who is hunted by a group of Ming dynasty swordsmen for mysterious reasons. Among the group is a fearsome western fighter named Luo-Lang, whose only desire is to find a worthy opponent. Kotaro and his dog find "Nanashi," an unnamed ronin who is mysterious for memories of his past that led him to avoid taking his sword again. When the Ming clash with a feudal lord of the Sengoku era, a proud general and monks divided between faith and survival, the reason behind the persecution of the Ming group tests the bond between Kotaro and Nanashi.