Bamboo Blade
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Bamboo Blade

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Japanese: バンブーブレード
English: Bamboo Blade
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 107
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 3, 2004 to Sep 3, 2010
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Sports Sports
Themes: Combat Sports Combat Sports, School School
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Gangan
Authors: Totsuka, Masahiro (Story), Igarashi, Aguri (Art)


Score: 7.331 (scored by 31993,199 users)
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Ranked: #44302
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Popularity: #2563
Members: 8,047
Favorites: 136

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Volume 1


Kojiro is an impoverished young teacher and the supervisor of his high school’s kendo club. He doesn’t have the leeway to spend time on his students–he can barely feed himself as it is. So when an old friend makes him a bet with an entire year’s worth of deluxe sushi on the line, Kojiro finds a new purpose in life: to beat his friend’s kendo team! But before he can arrange a kendo meet for both schools’ kendo teams, he needs to actually put together a five-woman squad–and the first girl he needs is Tamaki Kawazoe, kendo athlete extraordinaire and daughter of an elite kendo dojo master. The problem is, she isn’t really interested in doing kendo for fun. What can Kojiro do to convince her to join the team?

(Source: Yen Press)

Note: Originally published with 117 chapters, but was collected into 102 chapters in the tankoubons. There are also 5 special stories, which makes the total chapter count - 107.


Bamboo Blade was published in English by Yen Press from May 12, 2009 to August 21, 2012, and digitally on April 22, 2014. It has also been published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint since October 10, 2015.



May 18, 2018
I have read this manga when i was midschooler. Now, after i became an adult, i didnt remember the story of this manga. I only remembered that this manga was somehow good. But when i tried to read it all over again, i realized that i have discovered a treasure.

To start off, this manga is a chill read. The first half, that is. But it transforms into something else, very subtly and very smoothly, in the second half. In the first half, it’s our everyday shounen manga covered in kendo as the center background. Then in the second half, this manga transforms into a seinen ...
Mar 25, 2010
Preliminary (2/107 eps)
Bamboo Blade is one of those manga that you find on a random manga site,and decide to try it out.Then you come across it at your local bookstore and only bought it because you had the money to spare.

At least thats what happened to me.

Bamboo Blade is a manga that has a very slow pace.If you've watched the Bamboo Blade anime you probably notice this,since it is also very slow paced.The story is quite simple;Tojiro needs to win a kendo match,and get together five girls for this match,or risk giving a bashed up trophy to his sensei.I gave the story a seven since it's a ...
Mar 16, 2023
Preliminary (95/107 eps)
Perhaps I was too harsh on the anime.

I hate melodramatic anime original endings, especially when the only reason they have a finale is because the studio thinks that a finale is necessary for a show. Let alone a real drama, they even butcher finales for comedic slice of life sports anime like Bamboo Blade. Yet, Aic Asta does exactly that and somehow, I think it's better than the actual manga's final arc.

If you thought the anime's ending was a bit convoluted, introducing melodrama and uncertainty into the Kendo club while also re-introducing two bit villain defunct side characters, then the manga might be better. However, ...

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