Bamboo Blade Episode 2

October 21, 2007 at 1:54 am | Posted in Bamboo blade | 2 Comments
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The episode starts off with a younger, cuter, more loli Tamaki watching a TV show. It’s a lot like gundam-esque power rangers. But She is absolutely absorbed into it.

The episode then officially begins where we left off. Tamaki challenges Toyama and goes to get into some borrowed Kendo gear. The problem is that Tamaki is a little short and the hem of the trousers drag on the floor. This plays to her disadvantage later.

Her fight with Toyama begins. You know what made me smile? It wasn’t all speedlines. It only used speedlines when they made a hit. It was wonderful in-the-moment fighting! Loved it. Anyway, Tamaki is obviously winning even though Toyami is not following proper kendo procedure.

Near the end Tamaki uses a thrust which she had been forbidden to use on anyone that is not a mature man. Her thrust hits Toyama in the throat! As someone who has been leopard punched in the throat I can vouch for how much that would hurt! Hell, hit the right spot and that would kill anyone.

The battle is over. Tamaki even agrees to join the club to make sure Toyama never comes back. They are all friends at it’s just lovely. The next day at lunch the kendo club is sharing their food, but it turns out Tamaki only eats rice and dried plum. The rest of the club commences on feeding her. Her facial expression during that whole thing was rather comical.

Ishida-sensei challenges Tamaki at practice to test her skills. It turns out he is really out of form since she beat him easily. But everyone in the kendo club is training hard. At the end of the episode we learn Tamaki eats rice and dried plum at lunch everyday to honor her mother and father. Who, I would assume, are dead.

This is the anime that no one seems to be paying attention to. It saddens me because I like it so much, but it’s their loss. It’s not generic like Jyuushin Enbu and it’s not mecha like Gundam 00 and it’s well…It’s admittedly not AS funny as Minami-ke. But it’s pretty damn good!

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Bamboo Blade Episode 1 :D

October 9, 2007 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Bamboo blade | 1 Comment
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Today was a day of pleasant surprises! (For unpleasant: See Mokke review) Here, I was expecting some fanservice-y, piece of crap that puts Kendo to shame. You know what!? I didn’t see a single tit pop out or a panty flash anywhere in here. OH HAPPY DAY~ Something I really, genuinely like. You know why!? Because it had a nice amount of humor as well as some shamble of a plot. *Is crying a little in joy*

Just for this, I have some links. This blog provides some excellent Kendo Terms  and a lovely little article on Bamboo Blade characters.

The episode starts off at the Kendo club at Muroe Private High School’s Kendo club. Seems that all the old members have left or dropped out leaving only the instructor, Ishida “Kojirou” Toraji, and the new Kendo Captian, Chiba Kirino. Hard times have hit Koijirou-sensei. He’s absolutely broke and pretty damn morose about it.

However, one night as he was drinking with his buddy and rival kendo teacher, Ishibashi Kenzaburou, he makes a bet. That if his girls could beat Kenzaburou’s then he would get to eat free for a year. Eating free for a year really saves a lot of money you know.

Koujirou is determined to build a strong army of girls, even turning away male Kendo members int he process. However, Kirino makes him let in Nakata Yuuji and his friend Eiga Danjuurou which are both males. This works out pretty good since (unexpectedly) Eiga has a girlfriend who needs to join a club.

Later that evening, in a humorous turn of events, three different balls and a sensei come flying out towards Koujirou and Kirino. With the quick strokes of a broom stick a quiet girl is able to knock them all away (sending the sensei back into the window from whence he fell). Koujirou is absolutely determined to have her in his kendo club. She declines. He stalks her. Turns out she is Kawazoe Tamaki, daughter of a Kendo master.

The next day it turns out Eiga has a very attractive girlfriend, but that’s not really important. Koujirou tries to convince Nakata to recruit Tamaki. That doesn’t work, not that he even asks her. They turn out to be childhood friends though. The next day we meet a bully Toyama who isn’t currently a member of the Kendo club, but was once.

He sees Eiga using a Bokken improperly and suddenly starts beating on him. Meanwhile, Kirino is trying to recruit Tamaki in her own way, by dragging her there. They see Toyama beating up on Eiga. Tamaki doesn’t….seem…to…like…this. The episode ends. But she seems pissed.

Bamboo Blade OP

October 4, 2007 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Bamboo blade | Leave a comment
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While I’m waiting for the subbed episode one to appear on Crunchyroll, I decided to watch the opening instead. Next best thing, righto?

Um, excuse me, waiter, someone put harem in my kendo anime! Being it does look like a harem sort of anime, it looks alright. How much fanservice could you possibly get from girls in kendo uniforms.

I’m sure they will find a way to put some in, but it doesn’t matter.

I think it looks pretty good. Oh, and for the lulz, I was playing ‘Where’s Raito’

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