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.
Hold up, hold up, hold up, First and foremost, RIP Junichi Kouchi. 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 high hopes for season 2 that I believe will be made in collaboration with ufotable, madhouse, j.c. staff, and kyoani.
That aside, basically the story goes like this, a samurai possess a very dull sword that even poor people and unarmed civilians aren't afraid of him, and can go tekken on his weak ass, making him one of the weakest villain to ever exist.
We can see in the clip that this thug wanted to test his brand new sword, and the bald blind guy who was minding his own business was his first victim. But before he was able to unsheathe his dull sword, the blind man knew where he was standing, how? if you look closely, before the bald guy even looked to where the samurai is standing he moved his nose, why? because he was smelling the air, like how a lion knows the smell of meat, he knew that the samurai was there because he knows the smell of a LOSER. And in record time used both of his feet to do the rare no look scorpion kick, directly hitting the samurai right in the chin and making him fly like a soccer ball, bravo, confirmed top 5 best anime fights. Take note, this blind guy was BLIND, so automatically this makes him at a disadvantage right? buu buu desu wa! In fact it was an advantage for him because he wasn't able to see the sorry face the samurai was making after he kicked him. And for a brief second we can also see that the bald guy smirked, but he wasn't facing where the samurai flew or where he was heading, he was facing directly at screen, at you. He knows you're there watching him, he feels your presence, and he knows your smell is the same with the samurai. In the next scene the samurai used plan b, instead of attacking the person face to face, he'll ambush them in the forest, right in cue a guy was holding a stick or something and was travelling deep in the woods, but unlike the samurais first attack he was now able to draw his sword and swung it in amazing speed directly at the guy but because of his great misfortune and dullness of his sword, he misses and gets hit directly in the head. What an absolute wimp. After being humiliated by yet again another civilian, and receives some spicy insults as well such as; "you weaaboo, buying a japanese sword in the discount corner of walmart does not make you closer in being a shounen MC". Upon hearing this he picks up his sword, looks at every part of it with straight eyes, while saying, "You have done well my faithful servant, but I guess it's already time for us to part ways and pursue other paths that we can really showcase out true hidden potential, time did really fly from our first meeting but I cherished every second and minute of it... I won't forget you and I hope you do the same to me as well...." as a tear drops from the samurais eye, the screen turns black representing the sadness and loneliness he felt after that loss. Truly 1917's anime of the year and part of the top 10 saddest anime scenes.
The art is mediocre at best considering the different high quality shows I've watched this past years, but we should also consider the available technology and materials they had during that time, for example how paper cut-outs are used for this anime. It's decent but not on par with Makoto Shinkai or Hayao Miyazaki in terms of quality.
Pure silence. The end.
But this could've been better if it was made with a Love Live song playing in the background, I'll pay. #2lit4me
The show is obviously in the comedy genre based on the shows focus on the defeats and humiliation the samurai receives from the normal towns people. But personally, after finishing the whole 35 seconds of it I did not feel even the slightest bit of laughter to come out of my mouth, maybe it's because it's not funny enough or becuase of what slice of life and idol anime did to my already shit anime taste (But do not let this distract you from the fact that Slice of Life if the best genre out there). It's also really amazing that through the constant evolution of technology in our generation we are able to watch the oldest pieces of animation history to be found in just the palm of our hands. But going back, the feeling of laughter did not come really to me while watching this, but instead a faint feeling of happiness did, why? because without the creation of the one of the oldest anime found like Katsudou Shashin in 1907 and this anime in 1917, we could've not enjoyed the adrenaline pumping shows we see now such as Girls Und Panzer and Nisekoi, and the sweet company of our waifus during the cold lonely rainy days. From all the good things that came with it, it also has its own share of bad things, somehow for some reason this anime also sprouted to the creation of tentacle monsters sexually harassing little girls and titles such as Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai and Haganai (truly disgraceful). Summing it up, it's an average anime really, but thinking about the massive influence this anime did not only in becoming the foundation of the show we see nowadays but also to the nation's culture as well deserves a round of applause and a box of Pocky.
...but what do I know I'm just Love Live trash.read more
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