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Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Bamboo Blade 2004 TBD
Bamboo Blade B 2009 TBD
Bamboo Blade C 2013 TBD
Name Role
Naoto HOSODA Character Design
Hisashi SAITO Director
Kiyohiko SENBA Music
Masahiro TOTSUKA Original Manga Creator

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Bamboo Blade Sheex 8/10 May 9, 2008

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azanimefan

These anime are slice of life anime about a group of girls in a club.  one kendo, one light music.  but the anime deal with similar themes, and both sport plenty of comedy and moe.

Szwagier

Slice of life about high school girls doing some unusual stuff in a way that makes it completely cute? Sure just name your order. We have well cooked story about kendo club (Bamboo Blade) or fresh from the oven anime about girls making a pop-band (K-on). Moe guaranteed.

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K-On! and Bamboo Blade both start out with a "save-the-club" premise, and are all about having fun with the club and getting better as one. While K-On! is more laid back than Bamboo Blade, at their core they are about the very same thing: having fun with the club subject (Kendo / Music) and friends.

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BB focuses on an all-girls club (that ends up having boys) that they have to save, while dealing with their differences (artistic type clashes with quiet moetype clashes with energetic airhead) and doing fun stuff (especially eating.)

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Both may be about 2 totally different things (Kendo and Music) , you can see the same blend of characters. If you want the same type of "Club" thing, then these to things are for you.

HarioSagara

K-On! and Bamboo Blade are both great anime about highschool girls forging new friendships through their club activities. Whether it's light music or kendo both groups of girls have lots of fun with their respective clubs. Lots of laughs and touching moments are in store for you if you watch either show. As these girls prove, trying something new can lead to fun and rewarding experiences!

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Both shows are about a group of moe doing what they like. They are extremely similar in terms of plot and characters, but Bamboo Blade  has a slice-of-life vibe that isn't really there in Saki (at least not as much). Both shows also feature hints of shoujo-ai, though it doesn't really go far in any of them.

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Bronia

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kremlin

I must say that i'm shocked that Bamboo Blade isn't the must req'ed show for Chihayafuru, for me they fit "Hand in glove" - both are about minority club sports that are having issues getting enough support but some how the individuals and club continue growing and achieving in spite of this. Enjoy one, enjoy both.

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Both comedic anime series centering around the characters practition of Kendo. With similiar goals in bettering oneself and relationships with other characters.

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