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.
Considering this was made in 1917 before television existed and in the very early days of film, eleven years before Steam Boat Willy came out and is considered by many to be the very first anime ever created, I feel that it deserves at least an average score of 7.
The animator literally drew every single frame by himself and put them together. It has elements of comedy and action and that is why I am giving this anime a 10/10.
I found the comedy to be particularly delightful. In the anime we see the 'hero' go to a swordsmith called "The Dull Sword" and
it is implied that both the sword and it's owner are very dull.
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
high hopes for season 2 that I believe will be made in collaboration with ufotable, madhouse, j.c. staff, and kyoani.
Love, TheBasedMaki <3
That aside, let's go straight to its story.
So first off we can see in the video 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 even able to unsheathe his sword, the blind man already knew where he was standing. How? if you look closely, before the bald guy looked to where the samurai is, he moved his nose, why? because obviously 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 back to where he belong (Bravo, confirmed top 5 best anime fights). Take note, this guy who KO'd the samurai was BLIND, so automatically this makes him at a disadvantage right? (buu buu desu wa!) In fact it was an advantage for him. Because of what he did he wasn't able to see the sorry face the samurai was making after he kicked him. 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.
Basically , a samurai bought a very dull sword from a thrift store. Because of its dullness even poor people and unarmed civilians aren't afraid of him, allowing them to go tekken on his weak ass, and making him considerably one of the weakest villain that I ever saw in an anime.
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 don't expect too much from it, this ain't Hayao Miyazaki.
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 because it's not funny enough or because slice of life and idol anime did something 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). But going back, the feeling of laughter did not really come to me while watching this, but instead a faint feeling of happiness did, why? without the creation of these century old animes like Katsudou Shashin in 1907 and this anime in 1917, we could've not been enjoying the adrenaline pumping shows we see now such as Girls Und Panzer and Kancolle, 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 anime containing 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.
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.
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
have no background?), though.
All in all, I wouldn't say that Namakura Gatana matches the best western animation of this era, but it's not far behind.
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