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Bamboo Blade: The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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The story is based around Kendo, a teacher with little to no prospects in life finds himself in charge of the schools Kendo team and tasked with recruiting a team of 5 girls to go up against his best friend, and also rivals Kendo team from another school.
Initially focusing on the recruitment of the characters and the building of a team, Bamboo Blade introduces some fairly ordinary characters into the mix, certainly not the kind of people you would expect to play Kendo.
Tama is a Kendo goddess, showing all the remarkable reflex's and skill to become a Kendo champion, when she is introduced to the story she in my eyes becomes the main character of the show. Tama loves anime, she initially doesn't want to get involved with the team as she is a shy, yet quiet girl.
This in my eyes is where Bamboo Blade excels. Although a lot of the focus is on Tama, the story switches between the characters such as Kirino, and the other girls in the team, and goes a little into their personalitys, background and generally tries to get you the viewer to accept them.
Now with this being said, a lot of the story is based around the high school, and the team training for matches, finals, tournaments. Whilst this is going on it delves into Tamas character.
Bamboo Blade has a lot to offer for anyone looking for a more laid back anime. It has a lot of emphasis on character interaction, slice of life elements, and the basic love hate characters that pop up during the story.
I like the series. The dub is alright too, animation is good.
The real charm of the series are the ensemble of characters. The main character, Tamaki is lovable from the start. She's a quiet high school freshman who would prefer watching her favorite series, the Brave Bladers, at home rather than do Kendo. But after some cajoling from the Muroe High School kendo coach and seeing the "ijime" (bullying) of a new kendo student, she enters the fledgling club to exact justice like her favorite Brave Blader, the Red one. She has an irresistible youthful innocence as she runs into the harsher realities of growing up, such as facing her anxieties at a part time job, running into shady people, and the reality of tough competition in the kendo world.
Meanwhile, the coach of the Muroe High School Kendo team, who is in it because he has to fill his stomach and pay his bills, and the captain of the original team, Kirino, have to assemble a new squad. They get one of the most strange looking anime characters ever, Eiga ("Dan-kun") who looks like an acorn and talks very slow. He decides to bring his girlfriend, Miya-miya, who walks in as being very gorgeous.Read more ›
Muroe High's kendo club's year is off to a less than stellar start. They only have four returning members (three of which hardly ever attend practice, including two who are violence hungry bullies), team captain-by-default Kirino's constantly struggles to get their half-hearted advisor to instruct them properly, and their best first-year prospect (Tamaki) is a prodigy trained from an early age who sees no point in joining a club for something she does everyday at home.
But a side bet with an old friend reignites their advisor's passion, and between inspiration from the hero of Tamiki's favorite anime show and a lifetime of respectful kendo this pintsized powerhouse can't stand by when she sees the bullies in action...
Bamboo Blade has a great core cast, eventually consisting of seven club members and their teacher. Each has different reasons for joining the club and practicing kendo, and the series takes time to explore each one's motivations and the effects the club and their new friends have on them. Practices and downtime make up as much of the series as tournaments and matches do, which provides a nice pace and time to get to know and care about the team. Add in various other teams they face along the way as friends as well as enemies, and there's a lot to follow and get absorbed in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a harem story. Some funny scenes but not much different from a lot of stories that are similar.Published 7 months ago by Vaan1891
this is a funny slice of life animeit will get you to want to take up kendoPublished 10 months ago by von
I loved this anime, and it is very funny. Its a slice of life, comedy, about girls in the kendo club. I laughed at this anime through the entire series. Definitely recommend.Published 12 months ago by Razinell Moondancer
Great series my not so little god one will love this series. She love sword fighting and then rough housingPublished 14 months ago by Habuteru Kuma