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Bamboo Blade  
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Description
From Yen Press:

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 squad before the meet. He’s got his eye on Tamaki, the daughter of a kendo master and a skilled swordswoman herself. The only trouble is…she’s not interested. Kojiro’s willing to try anything, but what will it take to win her over?

Type
Manga

Related Series
Bamboo Blade B (Spin-Off)
Bamboo Blade C (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
バンブーブレード
竹剑少女
เคนโด้สาว

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Latest Release(s)
v.14 c.102 (end) by CXC Scans (987d ago)
v.13 c.101 Part 8 by CXC Scans (1210d ago)
v.13 c.101 Part 6-7 by CXC Scans (1355d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 1, Chapter 1
Ends at Volume 6, Chapter 57

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
4 topics, 16 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (369 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.82 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 18th 2013, 5:41pm PST

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Year
2005

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Yen Plus (Yen Press)
Young GanGan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1040 increased(+83)
Monthly Pos #1767 increased(+430)
3 Month Pos #2639 increased(+510)
6 Month Pos #3306 increased(+321)

List Stats
On 1297 reading lists
On 622 wish lists
On 463 completed lists
On 120 unfinished lists
On 197 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Is the manga similar to the anime? 1800 days, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago
Question about Dan-Kun [Spoilers Present about Anime...maybe manga] 1804 days, 14 hours, 59 minutes ago
The end of the anime: cliffhanger? 2389 days, 13 hours, 36 minutes ago
Bamboo Blade "Anime" 2417 days, 21 hours, 46 minutes ago

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Good   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by PZcolo
September 29th, 2014, 11:35pm
Kind of a waste, it had a lot of potential but among other things it was left unfinished (ended in a cliffhanger!!!) and stopped when it promised to start being interesting, that is to say, the chars had "matured". That's why I'd like to see a sequel to this one even if I didn't find it particularly good and the last volume was pretty good in summing things up but got too compressed. To be honest, I think the anime adaptation is better, one of the few cases where the anime beats the manga.
What stands out of this one are the chars, they are interesting and charming at moments, the rest is decent except the action drawings, it's really hard to follow how the fights flows and often feels like disconnected komas (panels).

... Last updated on September 30th, 2014, 12:32am
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mediocre   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kreatur
April 12th, 2013, 1:59pm
This is a mediocre manga in all aspects. And definitely does not belong in Seinen.

On the good side it's light and actually had a few jokes i really laughed at, which doesn't happen that often. It's about sports and that's always a good subject with a lot of promise.

On the bad side i didn't buy the characters, they had backgrounds, they had personalities, i just didn't care for them, for some reason. This just show that if you have a long manga and time to build a character, you don't necessarily know how to.
Another minus was the kendo. So yeah, LOL, the sport this manga is based on. I'm tempted to say kendo is a boring sport. But i really enjoyed manga about Go, and baseball, and running, and so on, so i'm sure kendo is not a boring sport, but the manga left me with this feeling anyway.

While the fighting scenes were nicely drawn, i couldn't feel and see the moves. There was also close to zero tactics and by the end of the manga we get to a "naruto" zone where people start acting like they can teleport and other ridiculous things like this out of the boundaries of real sports.

But overall this manga just didn't stand as something i would want to read again. It's the kind of manga i won't remember much from in a year. I can't think of any reason why i would recommend this to someone.
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I don't know   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
October 26th, 2012, 2:41am
This manga is listed as Seinen but I would like to know what part of it is Seinen. If you like light comedy heavily centered around kendo, then you may like this but for someone like me who likes a little drama and romance, this manga is a waste of paper. Basically they train for a kendo match and when it's over, they train again for a stronger school and that's about all their is too it. At 1st I thought their may be a little romantic subplot but no such luck. I gave it up about halfway through and then I read the last volume and I don't think I missed anything. Just remember, if you read this, that's several hours of your life you'll never get back.
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Improves as it goes and ends strongly...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
August 25th, 2012, 5:18pm
I enjoyed the anime and wanted to check out the manga. It starts off a bit rough, the anime is actually tighter and doesn't have any extra fluff. The art in the first volume is a bit weak and I was surprised, but around volume 3 or so it gets an upgrade and becomes much better and by the time it finishes its pretty sharp. I really got sucked in about midway thru the series and I think it ends very strongly and its kinda inspiring. Its more of a slice of slice of life/sports manga, so if you are into powerups and ki-powers this ain't it. There's also no fan service which I know will make some of you cry, but I found it refreshing. Once it gets beyond its shaky beginning, its a pretty nice story. I would love to see a sequel, but maybe with a little romance thrown in. Perfect its not, but its still good stuff.
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Who care about the plot?   
Rating: N/A
by huyhoang8a5
May 1st, 2012, 4:37am
It's true that the plot isn't original nor epic. But still I enjoy the "slice of life" and comedy of this manga. The girls are cute, and they don't chase after the main char like some ecchi manga. And after all, Tamaki is just too moeeeeeeeeee...
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Sub par scanlation   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
January 17th, 2010, 6:01am
This is pretty enjoyable but I strongly recommend you purchase the official translations of the earlier volumes as the fifaynet scanlations are close to unreadable.
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Wow...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
October 18th, 2009, 5:51pm
The anime actually followed the series fairly closely until roughly episode nineteen/chapter 56. I don't know much about kendo but though the attacks are artistically exaggerated, the info/background to the techniques seems genuine enough. This particular series could be described as fifty percent school life/slice of life and fifty percent kendo. Amazingly, despite the massive number of girls, there's next to no fan service. Overall, the series doesn't really break new ground but it maintains a consistent level of quality.

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Currently, the translated chapters are going through a high point with the introduction of Ura Sakaki, who seems to be poised to be the main rival to Tama. Unlike her analogue in the anime, Suzuki Rin, she is actually given a fairly in depth and hilarious backstory. She is also far less... sociable than any of the past girls, making her likely to be something of a dark and evil rival as opposed to Suzuki Rin's noble rival.


Unfortunately, it seems that the majority of the untranslated raws are devoted to a good number of new girls, which reeks of possible filler quality material. Hopefully this isn't the case.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2009, 5:54pm
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Fun in the "cute girls doing cute things" sort of way   
Rating: 6.9 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
June 26th, 2009, 1:40am
Bamboo Blade is not really anything unique or special, but it is certainly entertaining. Stemming from the same genre as Hyakko, [m]Azumanga Daioh![/m], and company, it is really more of a strongly themed slice-of-life-comedy type story than it is a sports manga. Still, the characters are all rather endearing, and it is a fun story to read.

Not the best in either genre, but it is worth the time for most.
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Totally agree with flyingrobots   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Ladholyman
June 21st, 2009, 5:07pm
Like flyingrobots, I came expecting epic kendo action. What I got out of it was wholesome, entertaining, slice-of-life comedy. Well worth the 100 NTD I spent on each book.
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tama~chan..   
Rating: N/A
by SoY
December 17th, 2008, 10:28am
Have anyone watch anime of this series? i think it's very funny and enjoyable, the characters is good (tama-chan is so adorable), might be better if the author give a little bit "romance sense" for her..
but overall it's good, worth time watching it..^^
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