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Based on the manga from Yen Press

Animation from AIC's (Ah! My Goddess & Tenchi Muyo!) A•S•T•A• Division (Gun X Sword)

  • Genre: Bishoujo,Comedy,Drama,Moe,Slice of Life,Sports
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of Episodes: 26
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Story

It didn’t take long for pint-sized Tamaki’s lightning reflexes to catch the eye of starving Kendo instructor Toraji. This second-rate sensei is an embarrassment to the sport, and his Kendo club is running out of members. His only hope for redemption – and a full belly – is to get Tamaki to sign-on as his star pupil. Unfortunately, this sword-wielding prodigy is a serious anime addict, so it’ll be a challenge to get her to step away from the television and into the dojo. But once she feels like a part of the team, Tamaki will put down the remote and pick up her sword as Toraji turns his girls into a fearsome sisterhood of the bamboo blade!

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  • A Bamboo Broom & a Champion of Justice
    Episode 1 - A Bamboo Broom & a Champion of Justice

    Down and out kendo instructor Toraji can’t even afford a new light bulb - let alone lunch, but discovering a prodigy like Tamaki might change his fortunes.

  • The Blade Bravers and Boxed Lunch
    Episode 2 - The Blade Bravers and Boxed Lunch

    Tamaki joins the kendo team and makes short work of a sadistic bully with a thing for beating up on girls.

  • Black and Blue
    Episode 3 - Black and Blue

    Toraji takes the team to a kendo supply to store to stock up on weapons and armor. Later, he gives the female members of the team color-coordinated code names!

  • Pink and Blue
    Episode 4 - Pink and Blue

    A friendly text message convinces Sayako to rejoin the kendo team. She’s excited to meet the new members, but that might change if Miyako ever takes her mask off.

  • Muroe High & Machido High
    Episode 5 - Muroe High & Machido High

    Toraji tries to devise a strategy for winning the practice match, but all he can think of is sushi, so Tamaki teaches the team some basic kendo fundamentals.

  • Tamaki Kawazoe and the Tardy Bureiba
    Episode 6 - Tamaki Kawazoe and the Tardy Bureiba

    Kendo is a sport of great honor, but Toraji’s dreams of exotic, raw fish tempt him to taint the practice match.

  • Sushi and Mince Meat Cutlets
    Episode 7 - Sushi and Mince Meat Cutlets

    After watching his team lose, Ishibashi challenges Tamaki to a winner-take-all grudge match.

  • Tama and Part-time Work
    Episode 8 - Tama and Part-time Work

    Tamaki has her eye on a new anime release. Unfortunately, her piggy bank is running low and part-time jobs are against school rules.

  • Kojiro and the Crossroads of Fate
    Episode 9 - Kojiro and the Crossroads of Fate

    Toraji’s trip to the grocery store quickly becomes an inescapable nightmare when he crosses paths with the world’s most unpleasant woman.

  • Miyako Miyazaki's Melancholy and the First Tournament
    Episode 10 - Miyako Miyazaki's Melancholy and the First Tournament

    The team competes in its first big tournament, and a strange girl’s sudden appearance makes Miyako uneasy.

  • Animation and Dreams
    Episode 11 - Animation and Dreams

    Kirino gets a tip that Tamaki isn’t the only kendo prodigy in school. If she can convince the new girl to join the team, it might save the sensei’s job.

  • Azuma's Circumstances and Mei's Circumstances
    Episode 12 - Azuma's Circumstances and Mei's Circumstances

    Kirino and Sayako literally drag Azuma to the school’s dojo. She proves to be a strong fighter, but there’s a reason she gave up kendo.

  • Teachers and Students
    Episode 13 - Teachers and Students

    Azuma feels like she’s really becoming part of the team after a practice match with Tamaki rekindles her love of kendo.

  • Satorin's Resolve and Nomming
    Episode 14 - Satorin's Resolve and Nomming

    Even though she loves Kendo, Azuma is still hesitant to join the club, but after Miyako pays her a little visit, she may change her mind.

  • First Training Camp and First Public Bath
    Episode 15 - First Training Camp and First Public Bath

    Everyone is excited about the upcoming kendo training camp. Well, maybe not everyone. Tamaki’s father is having a tough time letting go of his little girl.

  • Kirino's Absence and the Preliminary Tournament
    Episode 16 - Kirino's Absence and the Preliminary Tournament

    The kendo team is in top form at the preliminary tournament. They only need to win one more match to advance, but their opponent is notorious for dirty tricks.

  • Light and Shadow
    Episode 17 - Light and Shadow

    The opposing team dishonors kendo and the spirit of fair play to keep Tamaki from competing in the final match, but they only succeed in strengthening her will to win.

  • The Tournament and Muroe High After That
    Episode 18 - The Tournament and Muroe High After That

    Tamaki uncharacteristically unleashes a devastating attack, and Toraji makes an honorable - but difficult - decision. If the team is destined to win, it will be up to Kirino make it so.

  • The Armadillo and the Pangolin
    Episode 19 - The Armadillo and the Pangolin

    Miyako agrees to a Kendo showdown with a pushy American - winner gets Donny! Miya-miya fights from the heart, but the foreigner attacks with a highly advanced technique.

  • Braver and Shinaider
    Episode 20 - Braver and Shinaider

    Yuuji invites Tamaki to the amusement park for what may - or may not be - a date. If love is in the air, it’ll have to take a backseat to Blade Braver!

  • Tamaki Kawazoe and Rin Suzuki
    Episode 21 - Tamaki Kawazoe and Rin Suzuki

    Tamaki and Rin both love Blade Braver, but their favorite characters are mortal enemies. When the girls visit the show’s set, an animated rivalry spills into reality.

  • Winners and Losers
    Episode 22 - Winners and Losers

    A kendo tournament becomes a grudge match when Miyako battles her rival for Donny and Tamaki finally encounters an opponent who can match her skill level.

  • Lies and Silence
    Episode 23 - Lies and Silence

    Tamaki’s stunning loss to Rin crushed the morale of the kendo club, and things only get worse when the principal summons Toraji to his office for a less-than-pleasant chat.

  • The Sword and the Way
    Episode 24 - The Sword and the Way

    After Miyako and Tamaki resign, Kirino does her best to hold the kendo club together. But even she can’t handle a downtrodden sensei and a looming suspension.

  • Kendo and What it Brings About
    Episode 25 - Kendo and What it Brings About

    Next up for the reunited kendo club is a tournament ripe for revenge. Miyako gets a chance to silence her rival, and Tamaki is destined for a rematch with Rin!

  • Since Then and From Here on Out
    Episode 26 - Since Then and From Here on Out

    Tamaki doesn’t know what to do when some freshmen show up to check out the kendo club. Kirino ponders life after high school, and a familiar face returns to the dojo.

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12-07-2013

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"My first slice of life series really opened up my view of the genre"

A pure slice of life with a realistic ending. Not a single uninteresting episode, Bamboo Blade shows the issues of being a sports teacher and sports team of an underdog in the real world. Expect equ... more

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