Bamboo Blade Review

Not having enough money to pay for decent meals, kendo coach Toraji Ishida makes a desperate bet with a rival coach. If he wins, he gets to eat at a sushi restaurant for free for a year. But winning requires him to gather an unstoppable female kendo team. Unfortunately for him, not all the members are as enthusiastic about kendo as he is…

This show is based around a sport, so the actual violence is pretty low. Aside from slight hits and small cuts, that is. Nothing too violent though.

This is actually pretty low for a TV14 rated show. Only a handful of curses in the whole series. Standard fare of d-mns and such. Nothing heavy.

Not much in this department either, surprisingly. One would think, given the set up, that cheap shots would be all over the map, but this show remains shockingly clean. A few camera shots linger on chests, and wahtnot, but that’s as far as the fan service ever goes. In fact, there aren’t even any cleavage shots taken, making this show one of the cleanest TV14 shows I’ve seen in a long time. The only possible uncomfortable element worth mentioning here might be one female character’s odd obsession with another (she’s a stalker). However, nothing really happens and it’s mostly played to comedic effect.

Not a lot of this going down either. Which makes sense as this show is far too laid back for any deep theological discussions anyway.

Personal Impression:
This series doesn’t really have anything against it. That said, it doesn’t have much going for it either. If I had to sum up this series in one word it’d be “bland.” This by no means signifies this show as bad in any way. It just doesn’t stick out much or have a clear flavor. It’s just kinda… there.
The characters are pretty easy to read, too. You’ve got your quiet prodigy, beautiful girly-girl who’s got an “evil” streak, hapless male, eccentric female captain, loser coach, etc. Many of the events are easy to predict as well. The art is decent, the music mediocre, and the hero is likeable (though easy to forget).
Overall this series is pretty clean and laidback, so it can be a nice break from darker shows. That said, don’t be surprised if you watch an episode or two and forget you did so later on…

Personal Rating: 10 and up

Episodes: 26
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Slice of life, comedy
Legal streaming: FUNimation’s site and YouTube channel
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