Bamboo Blade DVD Complete Series (Hyb) - S.A.V.E. Edition
Michael Byczko - Apr 12 2012
Rating: Pretty good!
Bamboo Blade - Imagine Azumanga Daioh, but on crack, and instead of the classroom, it's a high school kendo club.
When I first heard about this anime from a friend, I decided to buy it while it was on sale. It was definitely worth picking up, especially for a 26 episode series for under $20! The packaging surprised me as well; the anime is condensed onto 4 dvds that fit within a thin box that could easily be meant for just one. Aside from the dvds (episodes + limited extra features) and an episode list of each disc on the inside cover of box, that's about it for content.
As for the anime itself, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it! Bamboo Blade takes the concept of an anime about kendo and transforms it into a rich experience full of funny moments. Much like Azumanga Daioh's "slice of life" style, the anime presents itself through the daily interactions of the characters and their time spent in the kendo club with each other. If you like Azumanga Daioh, you'll enjoy Bamboo Blade. I highly recommend this anime!