Posted by: Dval from: Clarksville, TN on
Took me a while to get through this one, but I finally sat down and finished off the last half of the series. First off: At 26 episodes, this is a heck of a buy for only $25. Felt it was a really original series that I quite enjoyed...just couldn't do marathon sittings like I can with Gundam/Macross and other action oriented series.
Bamboo Blade starts off a little misleading by introducing us to Yuji. Feels like he's going to be the main character, but it's really Tama that is. I suppose it was a brave step to put her as the main character instead of having a male lead, but I do think that the series might have been just a tad more interesting if Yuji got more screen time.
This series is about the local high school trying to fill its roster for the girl's kendo team. There's really only one member to start with, but over the first 13 episodes, we're introduced to 4 more to complete the team. Awesome thing here is that the girls aren't your stereotypical types that you get in almost every single series. Tama is short and shy, but extremely strong. Kirino is actually very smart and is a great leader despite being a blonde. Miya-Miya seems to be your typical air-head and you're left wondering how it is that such a hotty fell in love with a tiny guy that looks like a penguin, but she's actually quite vengeful and sadistic. Sayako is pretty tall and a red-head. With her hot temper, she's probably the easiest to forecast. And the last one is Azuma who looks like a brainiac but is actually quite dumb and a big clutz.
Story is basically about the coming together of the kendo club and its members overcoming trials and tribulations. It's pretty much a slice of life anime with a bit of sports, action, and comedy mixed in. The kendo scenes and tournaments are animated quite well and I honestly felt like taking up the sport after watching the series. Loved all of the characters in this one which is quite rare for me.
The only drawback is that slice of life genre. When episodes go by without anything really happening and don't leave off with a cliff-hanger, it doesn't really entice you to watch the next one. There's a few (not too many) that were like this and that's why it took me longer than the usual marathon-sitting to get through Bamboo Blade. All-in-all, it was still a good series that I feel is worth owning.
26 episodes, English/Japanese vocals. OP and Ending themes were alright. Ending one was a little catchier, though. Extras kind of blow...but I wasn't expecting much. Only disc 4 has the textless songs as well as about 8 trailers. Oh, and the English voice-overs were really done well, too. Loved the actress that does Tama.
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