Hanawa Hekonai meitô no maki (1917)

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.

Alternative titles: shinto, Namakura Gatana, Hanawa Hekonai shintô no maki, An Obtuse Sword, The Fine Sword, 塙凹内名刀之巻, Тупой меч, The Dull Sword, Blunt Sword, なまくら刀

Notes: Considered the oldest existing anime film which still exists.

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the oldest anime?

Rated 5 out of 5
June 18, 2023

The details and artistic work in this is AMAZING considering how old this animation is! So much respect to Junichi Kouchi, Kisaburo Kobayashi and Kobayashi Shokai for making this masterpiece.

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