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Bamboo Blade is an anime, or Japanese animation, television show that originally aired in Japan. Like most anime, this show was based off of a manga, or Japanese comic book. The series follows several kendo students and their instructor, Toraji Ishida. Kendo is a sport that utilizes the tradition Japanese sword fighting methods. Practitioners of kendo use a sword that is actually four slats of bamboo, instead of an actual sharpened weapon, hence the name of the show.

In the beginning of the series, Toraji is a poor kendo, economics and politics teacher at Muroe High School. He can barely afford to pay his rent and feed himself, and is feeling down in the dumps. Life seems miserable for Toraji, and he sometimes feels like he will never be able to escape his financial troubles. Sometimes, this teacher even sinks so low that he must ask students for handouts.

Life changes for Toraji when he is offered a deal by a rival kendo instructor. If Toraji can beat the other teacher's team of five students in a tournament, he will be given free sushi for a year. The catch is, Toraji's team of five must be made up of five girls, not boys. At this point, Toraji only has one girl student, so the bet seems impossible. Still, Toraji badly needs the sushi, so he agrees and begins building a strong team.

Soon, Toraji has put together a respectable, if quirky, team of five girls. These girls include Tamaki Kawazoe, who is actually a very strong kendo student. With her and the other girls in his team, Toraji feels confident that the can win the tournament. Throughout the series, Toraji and the girls, along with the two boys who join the team, become better at their sport, but also learn more about themselves and each other. As the face their challenges, they grow stronger both as a team and as individuals.

TV Tokyo
1 Season, 26 Episodes
October 1, 2007
Cast: Chris Burnett, Luci Christian, Leah Clark, Terri Doty
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Bamboo Blade Full Episode Guide

  • Tamaki doesn??'t know what to do when some freshmen show up to check out the kendo club. Kirino ponders life after high school, and a familiar face returns to the dojo.

  • Next up for the reunited kendo club is a tournament ripe for revenge. Miyako gets a chance to silence her rival, and Tamaki is destined for a rematch with Rin!

  • After Miyako and Tamaki resign, Kirino does her best to hold the kendo club together. But even she can??'t handle a downtrodden sensei and a looming suspension.

  • Tamaki's stunning loss to Rin crushed the morale of the kendo club, and things only get worse when the principal summons Toraji to his office for a less-than-pleasant chat.

  • A kendo tournament becomes a grudge match when Miyako battles her rival for Donny and Tamaki finally encounters an opponent who can match her skill level.

  • Tamaki and Rin both love Blade Braver, but their favorite characters are mortal enemies. When the girls visit the show's set, an animated rivalry spills into reality.

  • Miyako agrees to a Kendo showdown with a pushy American ' winner gets Donny! Miya-miya fights from the heart, but the foreigner attacks with a highly advanced technique.

  • Tamaki uncharacteristically unleashes a devastating attack, and Toraji makes an honorable ' but difficult ' decision. If the team is destined to win, it will be up to Kirino make it so.

  • The opposing team dishonors kendo and the spirit of fair play to keep Tamaki from competing in the final match, but they only succeed in strengthening her will to win.

  • Even though she loves Kendo, Azuma is still hesitant to join the club, but after Miyako pays her a little visit, she may change her mind.

  • Azuma feels like she's really becoming part of the team after a practice match with Tamaki rekindles her love of kendo.

  • Kirino and Sayako literally drag Azuma to the school's dojo. She proves to be a strong fighter, but there's a reason she gave up kendo.

  • Kirino gets a tip that Tamaki isn??'t the only kendo prodigy in school. If she can convince the new girl to join the team, it might save the sensei's job.

  • The team competes in its first big tournament, and a strange girl's sudden appearance makes Miyako uneasy.

  • Toraji's trip to the grocery store quickly becomes an inescapable nightmare when he crosses paths with the world's most unpleasant woman.

  • Tamaki has her eye on a new anime release. Unfortunately, her piggy bank is running low and part-time jobs are against school rules.

  • After watching his team lose, Ishibashi challenges Tamaki to a winner-take-all grudge match.

  • Kendo is a sport of great honor, but Toraji's dreams of exotic, raw fish tempt him to taint the practice match.

  • Toraji tries to devise a strategy for winning the practice match, but all he can think of is sushi, so Tamaki teaches the team some basic kendo fundamentals.

  • A friendly text message convinces Sayako to rejoin the kendo team. She's excited to meet the new members, but that might change if Miyako ever takes her mask off.

  • Toraji takes the team to a kendo supply to store to stock up on weapons and armor. Later, he gives the female members of the team color-coordinated code names!

  • Tamaki joins the kendo team and makes short work of a sadistic bully with a thing for beating up on girls.

  • Down and out kendo instructor Toraji can??'t even afford a new light bulb ' let alone lunch, but discovering a prodigy like Tamaki might change his fortunes.

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