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Bamboo Blade, Vol. 1 (Bamboo Blade #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  223 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Poor, in debt, and living on instant noodles, high school kendo instructor Kojiro makes a bet with an old friend on a practice meet between the all-girls' teams of their respective schools. The prize: a year's worth of free sushi! It's too good for the desperate Kojiro to pass up! But with only one active member on the kendo team, Korjio must move quickly to put together a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Yen Press (first published September 24th 2005)
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May 07, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, comics
Kendo shows up quite a bit in manga and anime, but rarely in a starring role. Bamboo Blade does that, giving kendo what I tend to think of as the Bad News Bears treatment. I don't normally like that sort of movie, which is probably at least part of why I couldn't get into Bamboo Blade itself. The rest has more to do with the art (which, among other things, used up an entire year's worth of motion lines in one volume) and that the characters are yelling almost constantly. Also, I don't know much ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
Kendo (剣道) literally means 'the way of the sword' (or 'Japanese fencing' as my mother would explain if asked), and it's one of the most popular martial arts in Japan at junior, high school, and senior levels. I've done quite a fair bit of kendo, but unfortunately my local group disbanded two years ago.

However, I'd noticed something rather odd in the world of manga - there weren't any series really dedicated to kendo. Well, none that's available on Western shores. Let's see, there's Musashi no K
Apr 02, 2010 Sean rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Bamboo swords can really hurt.

This was recommended to me by the owner of my local anime shop, and I must admit to being a bit dubious at first. But that soon faded, and I found myself enjoying the story quite a bit. Perhaps because I played Persona 4 recently, the idea of the importance of after school clubs in Japanese schools didn't seem that strange to me. The focus on kendo hits the right balance, with the story taking a good stance on delivering quick blows of comedy alongside the expected
Timothy Stone
Apr 25, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bamboo Blade is a neat little "slice of life" story about the reestablishment and revitalization of the Kendo Club at a school in Japan. In Japan, kendo is a popular martial arts sport, especially at high schools. Essentially, you take the shinai, the kendo weapon, and do swordsman-like fights and so on with it. Since it is not sharp, the sport is relatively (emphasis on "relatively") safe so long as you wear the correct equipment. It can still be quite dangerous, but mitigating that danger are ...more
May 30, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Having long been a fan of the anime series, this was a something that I was highly anticipating to purchase when the manga was first announced. While most anime/manga series that centered on a group of females would take the path of lowest common denominator and make the series of pure fanservice (i.e. Ikkitousen, Saki, Akikan, Queen's Blade, etc.), it's very refreshing in the case of Bamboo Blade in that it effectively makes a story based on the characters themselves while making kendo interest ...more
Feb 13, 2013 MissAnnThrope rated it liked it
13 February 2013

Rating: * * * 1/2

I knew that I had become an instant fan of Bamboo Blade, Vol. 1 when I turned to the page and saw Tamaki (view spoiler)

I love that the story focuses on kendo, one of
Apr 02, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
I can totally get behind the concept of dueling high school kendo teams fighting for the prize of all-you-can-eat Tokyo grade sushi for a year but this didn't do it for me. Not gonna continue.
Aug 21, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Ok so I'm not going to lie, I wasn't particularly impressed with this and I'm actually not going to hold onto it. There wasn't anything wrong with it per se but it just isn't to my tastes.

Kojiro sensei was a little entertaining with his insane and selfish reasoning for beefing up his kendo club but honestly I felt most of the other characters were a little dull and didn't do anything to attract my attention and make me want to continue.

This is probably great to those who enjoy high school settin
Despair Speaking
What makes Bamboo Blade really shine is the comedy. The characters of Bamboo Blade manage to find ways to keep you roaring with laughter with all sorts of random things. I'm not into kendo or any kind of sport manga. I find them boring and I've never been into sports save for those that involve a racket (like badminton, tennis, table tennis...). But just like Kuroko no Basuke (this just-as-hilarious basketball manga; move over, Slam Dunk!), Bamboo Blade managed to win my heart thanks to the char ...more
Broke, in debt and practically starving high school kendo instructor Kojiro has made a bet with a friend from high school that if his girls team can beat his friend's, Kojiro can eat free sushi for entire year! But first he must recruit new members for this dying club, and Tamaki Kawazoe, daughter of a kendo master, is just too amazing to give up! But there's one problem, Tamaki won't join!

-1st time reading
Oct 28, 2012 Starbubbles rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
I really don't know what to think. I thought I would like this? Or maybe I didn't. I just remembered that there was an anime on it that I meant to see, and so I checked out the book instead. I don't see myself pursuing this any further though. The teacher just comes off more shallow than comical.
Dec 06, 2011 Drea added it
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I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet. The first vol. was mainly set up, so I need to see where it's going before I know if I truly like it or not. Drawing style is nice, although the fight scenes are overwhelming to me and I usually can't tell who is who (they'll in identical fighting garb w/masks!)
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Dec 15, 2010 Sarah ~Sehrenity~ rated it really liked it
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Promising start. I'd like to see how these characters develop over the series.
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