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.
Yamato Akitsuki has recently moved to Tokyo, and in order to maintain his less than wealthy lifestyle, he currently works at his aunt's bathhouse. While walking by the school one evening he sees a girl by the name of Suzuka practicing the high jump, and is instantly in love. Even better is the realization that Suzuka lives next door! Determined to prove himself worthy of her affections, Yamato decides to join the school's track team and show her what he’s got, but things won’t be so easy; for Suzuka has a love interest of her own, and it isn’t Yamato...
If you like light hearted high school series with a strong female protagonist a that faces adversity, then these are two good series. Suzuka has more drama, and Bamboo Blade has more humor; but both have just the right amount of character developement and conflict to keep you wanting.
The year is 1925 and Japan is still a country with socially backwards views, particularly on women's rights. One young girl named Akiko Ogasawara decides to fight for equality in her own way - by forming a girls' baseball team! She soon enlists her good friend Koume Suzukawa, and it's now up to the two of them to put together a team of like-minded and spirited young ladies. Under the able and enthusiastic tutelage of English teacher Miss Garland, the girls will need to bond closely, learn well and practice hard if they are to stand their ground against boys' teams and show a misogynistic society exactly what they're made of... while having some fun in the process.
Totally different settings, but similar in terms of plot and characters, those two series will please any fan who's willing to get into sports anime, despite not knowing anything about series of this genre. While not an hardcore introduction to the genre, Taishou Yakyuu Musume and Bamboo Blade hints at what the genre can be but both possess enough "mainstream" anime elements to please any kind of anime fans out there.
Kaname Okimura wants to learn how to swim, but has been afraid to due to a childhood accident. So how does he approach his fear of water? By joining Umisho's swimming club... but as the manager. Things are easy and slow going for Okimura, until an eccentric family moves into town, literally floating their home to the shore! Okimura watches as the hyper and childish Amuro Ninagawa and her father make their entrance, only to find out that Ninagawa is as agile as a fish in the sea she lives on. Her swimming style may be unorthodox, but she's quickly recruited into Umisho's swimming club, spicing up school life and making things interesting and complicated for Okimura...
There are a lot of similiarites between Bamboo Blade and Umishou, so it's no wonder that they both invoke the same sense of feeling and atmosphere while you're watching the two works.
If you like the light-hearted and comedic nature of one show then you'll definitely like the other show for the exact same reason.
Both works are also based around high school sports club (swimming in Umishou and Kendo in Bamboo Blade) who naturally compete in various tournaments and matches.
Let's play some real football! Shou Kazamatsuri is a middle school student who loves soccer but is not quite adept at it. Shou went for a time to the prestigious Musashi no Mori soccer school, but was disillusioned due to being a bench warmer. Determined to prove his worth, Shou transfers to a school with a little less glitz and a lot more kibitz. But becoming a player takes more than just desire. Join Shou as he works towards his dream of being a star soccer player along with a group of ragtag players determined to be the greatest junior high squad ever assembled!
Sport anime about friendship, loyalty and that hard work overcomes talent. There's not much violance in both anime however they are about contact sports so sometimes there is some miss-happening but nothing involving much brutality. If you liked one you should enjoy the other.
Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!
One show about kendo, and one about making bread. Two polar opposite passtimes, but two series with an immense amount in common.
There's something in human nature that loves the underdog story, so I think both shows will appeal to a very wide audience. You have to see through the outer premise, and the real story lies within the team work and bonds of friendship made throughout.
Each character has their strengths and weaknesses that are explored throughout, with "enemies" helping "the good guys" to exploit their full potential.
Both shows are arc like in nature, battling different foes over a few episodes, and leaving you wanting more at the end of each. These shows both come highly recommended.