World’s First Anime – Namakura Gatana (1917)

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World S First Anime Namakura Gatana 1917

Namakura Gatana

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.

Alternative Titles

  • English: The Dull Sword
  • 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)


  • Type: Movie
  • Episodes: 1
  • Status: Finished Airing
  • Aired: Jun 30, 1917 to ?
  • Producers: None found, add some
  • Licensors: None found, add some
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  • Source: Original
  • Genres: Comedy, Samurai
  • Duration: 4 min.
  • Rating: G – All Ages

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