Teppei, brought up by his father in the mountains, is an energetic boy who is as tough as weeds and acts as free as a bird. His life changes completely when he enrolls in high school, the first school he has ever attended. Despite his eccentric behavior and being a constant source of troubles, he is soon recognized for his talent in sports—especially in Kendo (the Japanese swordplay art)—and becomes the school's hero.
Ore wa Teppei is a fantastic series about Teppei and his journey as a kid who grow up in the mountain followed by his interactions with school, family, and society as a whole. The first quarter of the series (up to around episode 12) focuses more on Teppei and his father and his life on the mountain and with the local school.
The last 16 episodes (from episode 12 on) focus more on his kendo training and his interactions with the kendo club members. Its interesting to note that Teppei has a natural ability to being able to play any sport very well. This is
most likely due to the fact that he was raised on a mountain.
I did feel the series was cut short, the ending is solid, but this series could have easily been twice as long. This series should not be taken seriously, and those who are looking for "real" kendo with a serious plot, I highly recommend you checking out musashi no ken for a better depiction of kendo life. This has some real aspects of kendo, but there are alot of things that simply dont happen in real life.
The series as a whole is very enjoyable seeing Teppei and the crazy stunts he pulls on various people throughout the show. So if your in the mood for a comedy series, that revolves around kendo, definitely check this series out.
Ore wa Teppei or My Name is Teppei is a show from 1977 based on a manga of the same name by Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe). I had hopes that this was gonna be a good anime going in, but did it live up to Ashita no Joe?
In Teppei we follow a boy named... well... Teppei. He is brought up in the mountains by his father who ran away from his familly and somehow ended up taking Teppei with him. Teppei has never gone to school and is pretty dumb, but he is tough as nails. One day he and his father is reunited
with their family and Teppei has to learn to live in a normal society, which is tough for someone who was raised in the woods. Teppei does have a natural talent for sports though and ends up joining the kendo team in hopes that he can learn about rules and social norms through the art of kendo.
Now, Teppei can basically be described like this. Slapstick comedy turned up to 11. This is more or less a straight up comedy and loves to show Teppei get beat up, or beat someone else up. As for the entire kendo part of the show, that didn't even happen until halfway through the series, and by that point I was pretty fed up with this show. I'm not gonna lie, I had hopes going into this because it was by the same mangaka who made Ashita no Joe, but this is nowhere near as good as Joe. After watching 14 episodes of this show I could not take it anymore, so I dropped it.