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Bamboo Blade's plot consists of penniless teacher Ishida Toraji, who during dinner with an old friend makes a simple wager where he’ll get a year of free meals if he wins. All he has to do is have the school kendo club he manages beat his friend’s students in a friendly match. Unfortunately, he needs an all-girl team, and there’s presently only one female member. Thus he sets out to recruit four new girls and train them to be victorious. First on his list is the unwilling kendo prodigy Tamaki.

Bamboo Blade centers around Kendo as its primary theme and a high school kendo club and its members for its plot and story line. It features many real life Kendo teachings, practices, moves and techinques throughout the story which shows that the writers actually do a little bit of research beforehand. This only adds to the richness of the story as it progresses. The animation is good and at times great, and the upbeat music fits perfectly, making this show an absolute joy to watch.


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Posted 2/29/08
wahaha...i totally like tis anime...i like its stiryline, arts, charater personality i mean everythin...for me its perfect...nt to mention its cute and funny...a new era of sports anime =]~~!!
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Posted 2/29/08
Haahhaha~
Nice anime~ Funny~ Kawaii~
Love it~
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Posted 2/29/08
love this anime very much , make me laugh like hell
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Posted 2/29/08
I'm a Tama-chan fan...
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Posted 3/16/08
This anime is a pure enjoyable slice of life anime. Watch this if u like a simple anime that is pure enjoyment without any complicated plot.

P.S: Tama is so cute - an otaku + kendo prodigy

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Posted 3/18/08
i saw the first 2 eps, but it never really got my attention.
I thought that Tama-Chan was incredibly emotionless, which sorta dulled this whole anime for me.
Who knows, maybe this anime would have been amazing if i watched a couple more animes. XD
btw, Kirino Chiba pretty cute. lol
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Posted 3/21/08
I thought it was interesting in the funny kind of way, but the plot was pretty boring.
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BWAH!!! IT'S BLADE BRAVER!!! OMG I'M GOING TO OWN YOU WITH MY PURE AWESOMENESS!!! BWAH!!!

Hehe, aside from the inside joke, this anime was just a great joy to watch. Full of entertainment, you'll find yourself laughing over the antics that happen. But as like any other Shounen/Shoujo genre, there's always the added depth of drama, and grave matters at hand. Bamboo Blade is no exception, and as any other anime that is based around a hobby, sport, or any activity for that matter, the story doesn't feel that much different. And for me, that might just be why I enjoyed. The familiar story, go with a prodigy child who keeps on fighting to become the world's best. The main protagonist(s) meet allies along the way, and they set off to claim fame. But along the way they meet their rivals, and deal with their demons of the past as well. Almost a cookie cutter template, but yet these stories and plots always strike a good response from the fans.

Bamboo Blade has its varying degrees of cliche, but its always nice to come back to the basics. All the characters have their fare share of character development, and since Tama is our hero who is out to reach a personal goal, we obviously get a lot of fixated development that ties into her for the most part. But with that aside, all the characters are very cohesive; we have our stereotypical arch-types, so as I said, this story doesn't go off the beaten track very often.

And once again I get to rant on how the seiyuus of this anime are reoccurring main characters from different anime. Ishida Toraji, the sensei of our girls, is voiced by Konishi Katsuyuki, which also does Kamina in Tengen Toppa. On a side note, he also does Altair's voice in Assassin's Creed for the Japanese version. Kawazoe Tamaki our leading heroine is voiced by Hirohashi Ryō, who also does Fujibayashi Kyō in Clannad. On another side note, she does Konata Izumi in the Drama CD and Video game of Lucky Star. Chiba Kirino is voiced by Toyoguchi Megumi, who does various different leading rolls; Revy from Black Lagoon, Fujimura Yuzuki in Myself; Yourself, and Kuzuha Kirika (the super-intendant) in Hayate no Gotoku. Miyazaki Miyako our pink/black blade braver, is voiced by Kuwashima Hōko, who does Sakagami Tomoyo in Clannad. Azuma Satori, the one who almost raped Kirino, is voiced by Satō Rina Minami Haruka in Minami-ke. Nakata Yūji, our real male participant in the story, is voiced by Sakaguchi Daisuke who does Sunohora Youhei in Clannad. And that is just to name a few of our regular seiyuus. Thus, as you can see, we have a large congregation of familiar seiyuus once again!!!! By-god, if I may say so myself, the phrase "its a small world after all" just doesn't quite seem to cut it... Bamboo Blade has a large cast selection, and for me, I feel they did a good job. Tama-chan being the reserved personality, isn't voiced by a seiyuu who can't act the part, like some other animes *hint hint Hitohira* and that is what might make or break the anime. So to sound off anymore, I would feel like I'm being repetitive.

Character relationships are also makeup a large portion of shounen/shoujo genres, and thusly I have to say, there are a few here that I liked and a few I just don't quite know how to respond to. First off Tama and Yuji. Perfect. Kirino and Satori, mmm pefect yuri situation. Now Miyako and Dan-kun? WTH... I almost fell off my chair when their relationship was actually real... Though it is a standoff-ish relationship, cause Dan-kun just reminds Miyako of her pet. And lastly, Ishida Toraji (our sensei) with Ishibashi Kenzaburō (senpai Toraji beat) and Yoshikawa-sensei (the female teacher). I mean at the end of the episode... WTH!?


Alright, now that season one is under our belt, we wait in anticipation for season two. And no body even try to deny there isn't a season two with that ending. We will have new faces, new rivals, and maybe even more new obstacles that are actually challenging.


Back to the familiar basics, and not ruining it. For that, I praise them.
ENJOY!!
~Space

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This anime makes me happy!!!!
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