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Namakura Gatana

Alternative Titles

English: The Dull Sword
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)


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1917
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Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Samurai
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 4.781 (scored by 667 users)
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Ranked: #82172
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Popularity: #6849
Members: 1,262
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Namakura Gatana, meaning "dull-edged sword," is a two-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
Kouchi, Junichi
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Jan 9, 2017
TheBasedMaki (All reviews)
Hold up, hold up, hold up, First and foremost, RIP my boi, Junichi Kouchi-senpai.

Thank you for creating arguably one of the best animation of your generation, becoming the one to lead the path to the great influence of anime has in the world, and eventually resulting to the creation of the best animus the world has witnessed, such as Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, Girls und Panzer, Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka, Kiniro Mosaic, and Spongebob. It is very unfortunate to hear that you have passed away before being able to release ep. 2. But me being the optimistic person I am, have read more
Apr 4, 2017
aniMayor (All reviews)
First, a disclaimer: Make sure you watch the complete 4-minute version of this film. Otherwise you're really not doing it justice.

With that aside, I thought The Dull Sword was a riot. This little film has some excellent comedic timing, taking the time to set a scene and build audience expectations before subverting them with the gag in each of its scenes.

The visual animation is strong for this era, with lots of detail in the character designs. The weapon shop scene' backgrounds were also especially nice. I would have liked to see a more consistent aesthetic between scenes (e.g. why does only the first scene read more
Apr 26, 2017
snapler (All reviews)
Rate a 3
English subtitled

-Introduction needs more work. It is unclear if this is one of those films that shows the present or future first before showing other scenes. Or, this could very well be a trade an old sword for a new one. This could have been just getting a simple repair preformed. This could have been the samurai's first sword. A lot of questions are raised.

-Regardless of introduction the plot was confusing in its own way as well. Was the sword stuck? Was the attacker petrified? Was his emotions getting the better of him?

-Conclusion, was abrupt to the point that it felt two read more


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