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.
Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!
Both series have a freshman with lots of talent who enter a school sports club. There they grow with the help of their teacher and the other club members all who have personalities that will keep you entertained through out the series. If you liked The Prince of Tennis or Bamboo Blade I think that you will like the other.
Ryo has always enjoyed baseball, and has an incredibly fast pitch to prove it. She is better than any man she knows, yet has never really put her skills to the test; after all, baseball is a “man’s game”... until now! Keiko Himura, the chairman of Kisuragi High, has a goal: to create a team that proves women can play just as well as men -- if not better -- and she has chosen Ryo to be the new team's captain! With 8 more teammates to find, can the girls lead the team to the ultimate victory, to win at the famous stadium Koshien?
When their close friend and fellow mahjong player Hanamura Nodoka transfers away to Nagano, Shizuno and Ako worry they will never see her again. But, when the two see her on television a year later winning the Middle School National Championship, they revive the defunct mahjong club at Achiga High with the hopes of meeting her at the tables of the high school tournament. It won't be easy, as the competition is full of monsters like Saki Miyanagi who seem to warp the very laws of probability. How can the plucky girls of the Achiga High Mahjong Club hope to compete, and will they manage to see their long lost friend again?
If you liked Saki Achika Hen: episode of side A you will probably also like Bamboo Blade because both of the series involve competitions as teams and individuals. Both of these series also revive dying clubs to face their friends from the past.
When Shion was a young girl, her parents were brutally murdered; and the sight of their dead bodies in a pool of blood caused her to lose her voice. Years later, Shion is now a young woman who was raised by Shinji Yasuoko, a professional Shogi player, and his wife. Shion has become a Shogi player just like her adopted father, and is working her way towards becoming a female Meijin – a master of the sport. With powerful opponents and sinister strangers around every turn, and her parents’ killer still on the loose, Shion’s path to glory has never seemed more challenging!
Both shows follows a group of characters and their joys and miseries in the game they play. The characters try their best to improve in their game and, though they may get in some tough times, they'll pull through to the end.
But the main difference is that Shion no Ou has a dark story behind it all whereas Bamboo Blade is not dark at all.
Years ago, Saku moved away from his hometown, leaving behind his friend and tormentor Mihoshi. As a child, Mihoshi constantly forced the bookish and shy Saku to play and look at the stars; and now, as Saku moves back home to attend high school, he prays for a quiet school life free from her grasp. Unfortunately, Saku’s desires are quickly shattered as Mihoshi catches sight of him and convinces him to join the school’s astronomy club. Alongside Mihoshi, the other club members and Hime - another girl from Saku’s past who’s determined to win him over - Saku continues his dreadfully unordinary high school life with a grimace and positive attitude!
Bamboo Blade and Sora no Manimani are shows with a high school club as central theme (Kendo in the first, Astronomy in the second). While both shows are lighthearted and mildly funny more than anything, they do deal with issues like keeping the club alive and other minor ones, in their own carefree way. If you enjoyed one of these for their light comedy and passion about the club, check the other out as well!