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Bamboo Blade: The Complete Series S.A.V.E.

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It didn’t take long for pint-sized Tamaki’s lightning reflexes to catch the eye of starving Kendo instructor Toraji. This second-rate sensei is an embarrassment to the sport, and his Kendo club is running out of members. His only hope for redemption – and a full belly – is to get Tamaki to sign-on as his star pupil. Unfortunately, this sword-wielding prodigy is a serious anime addict, so it’ll be a challenge to get her to step away from the television and into the dojo. But once she feels like a part of the team, Tamaki will put down the remote and pick up her sword as Toraji turns his girls into a fearsome sisterhood of the bamboo blade!

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  • Actors: Leah Clark, Ian Sinclair, Luci Christian
  • Directors: Chris Cason, Tyler Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DEUF08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bamboo Blade, an anime that you won't typically find remarkable but at the same time you will enjoy every moment when watching, it may not rank as anime of the year but one thing it has above virtually all anime out there in recent years, is that it's simply suitable for any age, there's no fanservice, swearing or anything remotely wrong in this show.

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.
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Bamboo Blade brings a surprising total package of not just being a slap-stick series where its just zany, Japanese humor. Viewers will come to enjoy an anime that covers a very unique and serious sport in Japanese culture, the sword arts of Kendo, while keeping it lighthearted. The humor and the silly characters assemble, yet there are moments of serious thought and drama. Sort of in the tradition of Azumanga Daioh, Bamboo Blade takes the challenges of several Kendoka and their dim-witted coach as they traverse the world of sword fighting.

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.
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Balancing comedy, drama and action can be difficult, particularly over the course of a 26 episode ongoing story. Bamboo Blade does this exceptionally well not only by presenting the sport of kendo as a backdrop in an interesting an reverent manner, but also by realizing the true story arrises from engaging characters and their personal journeys.

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.
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