For what it's worth, I love it
I know that, as you say, most of NG won't lie it because their isn't a lot of violence. It is a saddening, sickening fact, but that's a whole different rant. The point is, I believe that, action or no, this is the best episode of the series, which is one of the best on NG. I applaud your use of the medium to do something different, other than the thousands upon thousands of lowest common denominator submissions out there. Hopefully your example will inspire others to try different things with sprite animation.