* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: It really is a beautifully animated film.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The encounter with the two thieves. It's the only time that No-Name goes up against an enemy not affiliated with the Ming soldiers and the short CurbStompBattle is comedic both in its timing and looser animation that it seems almost out of place in the film. While the bandits have a brief cameo in a later scene, their appearance never has any plot ramifications.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIwbusbN1g The theme, "Ihojin no Yaiba".]]
%%* {{Tearjerker}}: Virtually the whole second half of the film.