This work contains examples of the following tropes:
- Alternate Character Interpretation — The purpose of the film.
- Bishounen — Sasaki Kojiro, as usual.
- Genre Throwback — Some of the animated sequences are in the style of old silent movies.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran — This film's interpretation of Musashi.
- Single-Stroke Battle — Musashi vs. Kojiro, as usual.
- Would Hurt a Child — Musashi