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 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.