Characters: Bamboo Blade

Here are the characters of Bamboo Blade.

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    Muroe High School 

Toraji Ishida ("Kojiro")

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

Muroe High school's kendo instructor.

  • But Now I Must Go: Though Kojirou eventually gets to keep his job, he decides to quit at the end of the year anyway after realizing he's taught the Muroe kendo team everything he can.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Perpetual Poverty
  • Took a Level in Badass: In preparation for his match against Ishibashi, Kojirou gets back to training and manages to regain enough of his prior kendo skills to effortlessly beat him.

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.

Sayako 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)

Tamaki's childhood friend.

  • Childhood Friends: Has known Tama since they were children.
  • Implied Love Interest: One of his most notable traits is the ambiguity of his feelings for Tama, it's never completely expressed if he likes her, if she likes him, or if they're just friends; but there's a lot of subtext that supports that there's something. In her introductory episode, Azuma seems to have an infatuation with Yuji, but it's never mentioned again.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: With Tama.

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.

Toyama Akira

Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (JP), Newton Pittman (EN)

Masaru Iwasa

Voiced by: Yuichi Ishigami (JP), Cris George (EN)

    Machido High School 

Kenzaburo Ishibashi

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

Machido High school and Kamasaki high school's kendo instructor.

Konatsu Harada

Voiced by: Kei Shindo (JP), Jad Saxton (EN)

Maya Yokoo

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

Karen Nishiyama

Voiced by: Natsuki Mori (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)

Akemi Asakawa

Voiced by: Saki Kondo (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)

    Seimei High School 

Reimi Odajima

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

A first year student at Seimei High School. She attended the same middle school as Miyako, and became obsessed with her when she beat up a boy who Reimi had a crush on, but who liked Miyako.

Mei Ogawa

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

A first year student at Seimei High School.

Tadaaki Hayashi

Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (JP), Greg Dulcie (EN)

Seimei High School's kendo instructor.

    Kamasaki High School 

Takeshi Iwahori

A second year student at Kamasaki High School.

Narumi Chikamoto

A second year student at Kamasaki High School.

    Kendo Komachi 
Kendo Komachi (Kendo Beauties) is a gathering of 9 middle to high school age female kendoka from all around the country that was chosen by Okame TV based on their strength and beauty to participate in their tv program 2 years ago.

Ura Sakaki

One of the Kendo Komachi. A second year student at Touryuu High School in Fukuoka, Kyushu (third year student at the same school in BBC manga). She was the undefeated Japan junior high national champion for three years in a row, both in single and team competitions. When she was a high school freshman, after she won 15 matches in a row, she inexplicably lose in the third day of the Gyokuryuki tournament and suddenly quit kendo.

Umeko Yamada

A 16 year old idol, famous for being in commercials and as a co-host on the Hot-Blooded Banish Academy variety show. Before she became an idol under the stage name"Erina Sawamiya", she was a national level kendoka and one of the Kendo Komachi. However, she quit kendo because of her frustration at her inability to beat Ura.

Rin Suzuki

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

One of the Kendo Komachi. A second year student at Shuugyoku High School in Saitama, Kanto (third year student at the same school in BBC manga). Said to be the strongest female high school kendoka in the Kanto region. The main rival to Tamaki in the anime but only known by name in the manga. She refuses to participate in the Banish Academy because she think she doesn't have a chance to win against Ura with her current skill.

Touko Ishizuka

One of the Kendo Komachi. A third year student at Rokubun Girls High School in Iwate, Tohoku.

Miruka Nakamura

One of the Kendo Komachi. An university student from Hokkaido.

Kaguya Saimura

One of the Kendo Komachi. A third year student at Shuchou Middle School in Nagasaki, Kyushu (first year student at Yayoikura High School, also in Nagasaki, Kyushu in BBC manga). The current Japan junior high national champion. Refuses to participate in the Banish Academy because she was busy studying for high school entrance exam. Only known by name in the BB manga.

Suiren Yaginuma

One of the Kendo Komachi. A third year middle school student at Gen'ei Academy in Kanagawa, Kanto (first year high school student at the same academy in BBC manga).
  • The Fighting Narcissist: A positive one. Somewhat vain and obsessed with her own beauty, yet a genuinely skilled kendoka and a graceful loser. Defeating her is much more likely to convince her that she's still lacking in "beauty" and make her more determined to improve herself.

Kou Murayama

One of the Kendo Komachi. An university student from Shin'etsu region. A self-proclaimed kendo mania.

Nanako Fukunokami

One of the Kendo Komachi. A first year student at Santoku High School in Ehime, Shikoku (second year student at the same school in BBC manga).

    Other Characters 

Carrie Nishikawa

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

Carrie is from America, and tends to blurt out English when she is excited. She has a pet armadillo named Anderson in California, and has lived in Japan for eight years. Anime only character.
  • 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.

Ryoko Toda

The co-host on the Hot-Blooded Banish Academy variety show.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • The Fake Cutie
  • The Resenter: Ryoko loathes Erina for constantly beating her at every competition they attempt and making her look like a fool. Though it's mainly because Erina appears to be innately good at everything while Ryoko has to work herself to the bone to be at least half as good. Though she starts respecting her after witnessing her match with Sakaki and finding out about her history with kendo.
  • Unknown Rival: Towards Erina Sawamiya.

Shouko Sueno

A third year student in Kokujou High School in Kyushu. One of the Joshi Gokensei (Five Holy Swords). The current Japan high school national champions both in single and team competitions and also the Gokuryuki winner. She decide to participate in Banish Academy because she wants to fight Ura again before she graduate from high school.


Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (JP), Larissa Wolcott (EN)