Characters: Bamboo Blade

Here are the characters of Bamboo Blade.

Toraji Ishida ("Kojiro")

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

Muroe High school's kendo instructor.

Tamaki Kawazoe

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

The star member of Muroe's kendo team, hand-picked by Kojiro and Kirino to help them turn their fortunes around.

Kirino Chiba

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The energetic captain of Muroe High's kendo team.

Miyako Miyazaki ("Miya-miya")

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Leah Clark (EN)

A relative newbie to the kendo team. Has great power, but lacks discipline compared to the other girls.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Battle Cry: She unleashes one of hell of a scream before her second match with Carrie.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Before she goes in Yandere mode.
  • Blood Knight: Joined the Kendo club because she discovered that she likes hurting people and it gives her a socially acceptable outlet for those feelings.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: The plot seems to exist to make her suffer as much humiliation as possible.
  • Can't Catch Up: Mainly because she was the last to join the team, and has lost every match she was in.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This happened to her TWICE against her matches with Carrie. The first time, however, was rather justified, seeing Miya was going against Carrie when Carrie was duel-wielding, and is much stronger than her. The second time was a lesser example, seeing that Miya does improve, but only to lose again.
  • Delinquent: Vastly underpronounced in the anime, to the point that some viewers might not even realize the character was supposed to be one and wonder if she just has some serious self-control issues. The manga, on the other hand, makes it abundantly clear from the start and keeps it one of Miya Miyas defining character traits throughout. She is frequently seen smoking (in fact, her entire first plotline revolves around her attempting to avoid Saya since the latter caught her smoking in school), something which is never even hinted upon in the anime, ditches school often and has a far more stereotypical "girl gangsta" behavior.
  • Girly Bruiser
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She has great speed and power, but only resorts to head strikes. She does, however, pull off a throat strike during a sparring match with Saya and nearly knocks her out.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Was ready to beat down the upperclassmen who assaulted Danjiro. The only reason she didn't was because Saya crashed into her on her bike.
  • Yandere: To her boyfriend Danjiro in the Violently Protective Girlfriend sense.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Oh, BOY...Her first match with Carrie was pretty much a Curb-Stomp Battle, but Miya tries to pull off a throat strike on Carrie, it leaves Carrie for a body strike that Miya goes for...until Miya is then struck with a head strike. The second match against Carrie has Miya showing some improvement, only for her to lose again. The biggest example would be her match against one of Konishi's teammate and loses the first round due to being distracted by Reimi, leaving herself open for a head strike.. Before the second round, Miya practically unleashes a pink aura and is ready to kick some ass...only for the events of the first round to repeat.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair looks like a weird mix between grayish purple and pink.

Sayaka Kuwahara

Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

Satori Azuma

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

Yuji Nakata

Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)

  • Over Shadowed By Awesome: While he seems pretty competent in Kendo and school, he takes a backseat along with Dan-kun since the story focuses more on the girls.
  • The One Guy: Pretty much his only role in the series. He gets a little screentime, but it's not much compared to the girls.

Danjiro Eiga

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Sean Michael Teague (EN)

  • The Ace: Played for Laughs. He's a nasally voiced gonk (who's apparently really that deformed in-universe, with one character mentioning he can't ride a bike since his chibi-like body has too short legs) who's shown at first to be whiny and naive... then we repeatedly learn that he has a smoking hot girlfriend who is genuinely, completely in-love with him, is an honor roll student (2nd highest average in his entire grade), an incredible artist (to the point his paintings are drawn in a more realistic style than the rest of the manga!), a complete chick magnet who has hot women literally fighting over him, and to top it all off a pretty good kendoka.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His 'black' aura is both better hidden and more subtle than Miya's but just as, if not more, fearsome when unleashed
  • Gonk: Permanently super-deformed with a head that is often compared to an acorn in shape.
    • The one time he isn't super-deformed, the manga has to remind the audience that yes, this is Dan.

Carrie Nishikawa

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)

  • Arrogant Kendo Girl: Her first meeting with Miyako in Episode 19 led to a battle in which the loser takes home out Danjiro. She wins but Danjiro, of course, stays by Miya's side. The two seemed to be on amicable terms after that as well as Episode 21. However, in 22, Carrie holds nothing back in pointing out Miyako's incompetence and mocks her about it, even after scoring a point in their match. And even when Miyako finally defeats her in the final episode, she still carries some arrogance.
  • Badass: You have to admit that her dual-wielding abilities are impressive.
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Dual Wielding: Outside of tournaments, and the only character in the anime with this ability.
  • Eagle Land
  • Foreign Fanservice
  • Gag Boobs: They don't jiggle, but they are a really huge exaggeration of how Japan perceives American women.
  • JerkAss: And how.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In a way. In her second fight against Miyako, Yuji immediately realized that despite Miyako's improvement and training, that if Carrie was skilled enough to use two shinai, then obviously she was just as good with one.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • The Rival: To Miyako.
    • Friendly Rival: Implied in the credits of the final episode after Miyako finally defeats her.

Rin Suzuki

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

Maya Yokoo

Voiced by: Kiyomi Yazawa (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)