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: 5.501 (scored by 53205,320 users)
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Ranked: #107892
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Popularity: #6358
Members: 8,765
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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.
May 9, 2017
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 ...
Apr 4, 2017
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 ...

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