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Bamboo Blade, Vol. 2 (Bamboo Blade #2)
With the expert Tama-chan on the squad, Kojiro feels confident in his team's chances in the upcoming kendo meet. But the match is rapidly approaching, and he's still shy one member - not to mention getting newbie Miya and elusive Saya up to speed. With a year of all-you-can-eat sushi on the line, Kojiro's determined to use every trick he can think of to win, but just how f...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Yen Press
(first published January 25th 2006)
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This book of this series was mostly about how friend ship can change how a person view about others. in the book Miya is a veteran delinquent who joined the kendo club just because her boyfriend wants to join and even though she's a veteran it doesn't mean her habits stopped completely. Miya is smoking and Sayako who is another member of the kendo club catches her and tells her to stop but Miya scares her off. Miya doesn't want her boyfriend to know the bad side of her so she doesn't want Sayako...more
Even though it's pure high school drama, the book manages to elevate itself above that. It's light, but can surprise you with moments of unexpected darkness. I enjoy how each volume seems to focus on one student over the others, with Volume Two making the rather glittery Miya Miya from Volume One into a more complex character. We see how she turns on that persona, and how even she sees it as a front. Unexpected turns like that, that level of surprise, make me enjoy this even more.