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.
Kamizono Academy is so spacious that transfer student Ayumi Nonomura and long time resident Tatsuki Iizuka find themselves lost together in the corridors. With the addition of fiery Torako Kageyama and quirky, somber Suzume Saotome, the four quickly become friends and comrades in arms against boredom. Whether it's being a last minute Morals Officer with bisexual Nene or constructing robots with Kageyama, there's plenty of fun to go around at Kamizono Academy!
What Hyakko and Bamboo Blade have in common, is that they're both slice-of-life school-life comedies following a group of friends, instead of having one main character. While they are both light-hearted and silly for most parts, they do adress some of the smaller issues teens have during these years. If you liked the one, I'm sure you'll enjoy the other as well!
In the year 2049, teams of giant robots battle the field and race to the finish in the most popular sport in the world, the Immortal Grand Prix! The rookie Team Satomi thinks it has what it takes to win big and get the gold, but plenty of obstacles and opponents stand in the way. Amongst others,Team Black Egg has an invulnerable defense; Team Sledge Mamma plays dirty; and Team Velshtein is undefeatable. In the high stakes arena of the IGPX, can the hotshot Takeshi and his team of miscreants manage to win the ultimate fame and glory?
IGPX tosses the gag comedy of Bamboo Blade, but has instead a more compelling web of relationships, and a lot more action. What they have in common though, is what sets these series apart from all the other vaguely (or completely) shounen oriented sports dramas: the focus on the psychological and emotional elements of competition.
The passion Bamboo Blade characters show for Kendo feels real and deep enough that when combined with the realistic portrayals of elation upon winning and frustration upon losing, the viewer feels like an emotionally invested cheerleader out on the sidelines. IGPX provides the same thing, but with racing robots instead of Kendo.
Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense; Chiaki, the youngest, is more reserved, but her sharp tongue and devious mind often cause trouble for others; and Haruka, the eldest, acts like a mother to the other two, is beautiful and kind, but has a fearsome stern streak. Together, no obstacle can stand in their way, be it school, romance, or even cooking.
Despite being remarkably different in both premise and setting, both Minami-ke and Bamboo Blade emphasize humor focused on a slightly developed, amiable cast of characters. Bamboo Blade tends to follow a more set and distinct storyline, though, while Minami-ke is entirely episodic. Both series certainly have their charms and merits, and given their similar approaches it's not much of a stretch to see how these two apparantly different comedies fit together surprisingly well.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?
At first this seams like a strange recommendation, however even though the time period, and the story's are completely different, one thing holds true... sword fighting, and the beauty and art within it.
Both series incorporate a lot of sword fighting and if you enjoy to watch the structure of it, whether in a battle, in a dojo, or in kendo class. If you enjoyed watching the beauty of battle in either of these anime's, you are sure to like the other.