Namakura Gatana

The Dull Sword

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Synonyms: Namakura Katana, Hanawa Hekonai Meitou no Maki, The Fine Sword, An Obtuse Sword
Japanese: なまくら刀(塙凹内名刀之巻)
English: The Dull Sword
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1917
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Source: Original
Genre: ComedyComedy
Theme: SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.491 (scored by 57155,715 users)
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Ranked: #113712
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Popularity: #6471
Members: 9,458
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Namakura Gatana, meaning "dull-edged sword," is a four-minute comedy about a samurai who, thanks to his dull instrument, loses every time he attacks a weak opponent. In order to examine the sword, he tries to attack passers-by, but lower-class townspeople fight back and knock him down.

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Kouchi, Junichi
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May 9, 2017
Well, I have never reviewed before, I don't even rate shows to often, but the score this piece has is ridiculous.

We are talking about history, Nakamura Gatana's quality can't be judged by todays standards, this standards didn't even exist at the time. I wish this short had a 10 score and to see it's a 4 is depressing, and tells a lot about the anime community in general. One would never find a review of a Chaplin movie with a 4 because "it looks ugly and has no sound".

Hopefully trough this year, being the 100 anniversary, more people will find it's historical beauty.
Mar 13, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The only reason to watch this anime would be for historical purposes I liked the comedy though it reminded me of old cartoons like Felix the cat or steamboat willy. I think it is nice to see how far we have come when it comes to anime though, and I have no reason to rate it bad it's more like watching something interesting because its from 1905. The main problem I had which is probably because it is so old is how the colors were changing from yellow and blue. It would be really awesome if a company, or a fan picked this old historical ...
Dec 22, 2018
OK so this was the first ever anime. Does that make it an automatic 10? To me, that defeats the point of rating it- *something* was going to be "the first anime", so I'm just actually going to rate it on it's merits.

(Not trying to be "the edgy guy who pans the anime that everyone rates as 10"... but I guess thats exactly what I'm going to do. Sorry.)

ART: Let's be honest- if you look the art in NG with no context, it's undoubtably the worst I've seen in anime. By a longshot. Way worse than crappy CGI, or cheap 80s pulp. I honestly feel ...

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