Anime doesn’t last forever and sometimes we get to see that shows are expiring their streaming contracts ahead of time – which we usually hope means that they might get a pickup along the way for home video release and streaming through another company. Two former Bandai Entertainment titles, currently managed by Bandai Visual, are going to be leaving Hulu at the end of the month with the feature film Sword of the Stranger, which saw a DVD and Blu-ray release several years ago, and Wolf’S Rain, which only saw a DVD release far too many years ago. It’s likely just simple expiration material going on here and not that it’s getting picked up anywhere else, which means it’s all the more reason to check out the shows now if you haven’t before.
Sword of the Stranger Plot Concept: A nameless ronin stumbles upon a young boy by the name of Kotaro, his dog and the many Chinese assassins dispatched to claim the boy in some strange ritual for immortality.
Wolf’s Rain Plot Concept: There is an old legend that speaks of a hidden paradise on Earth – a paradise which only wolves can find. And while thought to have been extinct for hundreds of years, wolves indeed still walk the Earth…hidden among mankind. Now, a group of outcast wolves set out to find Paradise: Kiba, Hige, Toboe and Tsume. Each wolf is driven by their own personality and desires, but together they are pursued by humans seeking to quench their own thirst for power. A difficult long journey lies ahead, with Paradise waiting to be found.