Here are the characters of Bamboo Blade.
Toraji Ishida ("Kojiro")
Kojiro is the kendo instructor as well a teacher of politics and economics at Muroe High School. In his youth, he was a member of the kendo club. He takes up an offer by fellow kendoka Kenzaburo Ishibashi to have Kojiro's kendo team defeat Kenzaburo's own in exchange for a year's supply of sushi.
- 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.
- Mentor Archetype: He teaches the kendo class over at Muroe High School.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after kendo practitioner Toshiya Ishida.
- 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.
The star member of Muroe's kendo team, hand-picked by Kojiro and Kirino to help them turn their fortunes around.
- Achilles' Heel: The "High Stance," as it was a stance her mother used and whenever she sees it, she envisions her mother and loses focus, this resulted in her first loss in the series. She gets over it by the end of the anime, as she discovers, no matter who she's fighting, even her mother, she wants to win.
- Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Tama-chan" by her friends in the sub and "Tama" by Kojiro in the sub, everyone calls her "Tama" in the dub.
- Badass Adorable: She's adorable and she can kick ass when she needs to.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tamaki may be a nice person, but you don't want her after you. Just ask Toyama.
- Boyish Short Hair: Tamaki cuts her hair short.
- Childhood Friends: Has known Yuji since she was a child.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
- Cute Bruiser: Don't let her cuteness fool you, she is the strongest member of the kendo team.
- Cuteness Proximity: Invokes this in Kirino and Saya.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Kirino and Saya gush over her and constantly say she's "cute."
- Fangirl: She is a fan of Blade Braver.
- The Hero: She is the main protagonist of the series.
- He's Not My Boyfriend: A very subtle example, she once tells her dad that Yuji invited her to an amusement park and her dad thought it was a date, Tama responds by saying they're just friends. (Her father still thinks that there's something between them.)
- The Leader: She is the team's leader during competitions.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was very young.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Rin's blue.
- Rookie Red Ranger: When she joined the pre-existing kendo team, Kojiro literally assigned her as "Red" and gives her the commander position.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Despite being a prodigy in kendo, she is pretty naive in other situations.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She greatly resembles her mother.
- You Are in Command Now: After joining the kendo team, Tamaki replaces Kirino as its captain.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
The energetic captain of Muroe High's kendo team.
- Cat Smile: Her usual expression.
- Cool Big Sis: Has been described to be like an older sister to the rest of the members of the club.
- Ditzy Genius: Despite being a ditz, she ranked 20th in her year at school.
- Genki Girl: She's a very excitable girl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is a friendly girl.
- Kendo Team Captain: She is the captain of Muroe High's team.
- The Lancer: Kirino serves as Tamaki's second in command during competitions.
- Quickly Demoted Leader: She's the actual captain of the Muroe kendo team, but when star player Tamaki joins, Kojiro assigns Kirano as the "Yellow" ranger. Luckily, Kirano's cool with it.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her hair in a ponytail.
Miyako Miyazaki ("Miya-miya")
A relative newbie to the kendo team. Has great power, but lacks discipline compared to the other girls.
- Alliterative Name: Miyako Miyazaki.
- Battlecry: 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.
- 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: The original manga 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), ditches school often and has a far more stereotypical "girl gangsta" behavior. The anime version, on the other hand, makes her delinquency vastly underpronounced 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.
- Girly Bruiser: She is a friendly girl who can kick major ass when she needs to.
- Iron Butt Monkey: The plot seems to exist to make her suffer as much humiliation as possible.
- Repetitive Name: Miyako Miyazaki, which is lampshaded with her being nicknamed "Miya-miya".
- Tap on the Head: Her strikes often includes tapping her opponent on the head.
- 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.
- The Big Girl: She's the tallest member of the kendo team.
- Boobs of Steel: Has the largest bust of the girls and physically the strongest.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: She will quickly become invested in something and once she sees she's not good at it immediately, she'll quit, Kendo is the only thing she goes back to; and writing.
- Genki Girl: She's full of energy.
- Genius Bruiser: An exceptional writer who can easily beat rival students.
- Huge Schoolgirl: The tallest and physically strongest member of the team, though generally not all that self-conscious about it.
- Rage Quit: She used to do this every session before the events of the series, only to come back the next session.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Before the series, Sayako would leave the kendo club during every single session, but came back during the next session.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 170 cm (5'7" tall).
- Unskilled, but Strong: Somewhat similar to Miyako, when first introduced she has not honed much skill in Kendo, such as not having the basic footwork down, once Tamaki joins the team and gives the girls pointers, Saya steadily gets better throughout the series, so much that she makes it to the quarter finals in the final tournament.
- Badass Bookworm: She's actually really good at Kendo.
- Book Dumb: The reason why she wears glasses.
- The Klutz: She frequently loses her footing and falls to the ground, and causes disasters due to her clumsiness.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses, but those are fake.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being a pretty good Kendoka herself, she doesn't get too many moments to shine, even being eliminated in the first round of the final tournament because she was pitted against Tamaki.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: She wears fake glasses because she thinks that they would make her smarter.
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.
- 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 and 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.
- Nose Bleed: Around Miyamiya.
- Shrinking Violet: She is a shy person.
Takeshi IwahoriA second-year student at Kamasaki High School.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Receives a hard one from Tamaki.
- Kendo Team Captain: The captain of Kamasaki's team.
- Stopped Caring: He stopped putting efforts in kendo after witnessing Rin defeated by Ura.
- Unknown Rival: To Rin after she defeated him in middle school.
Narumi ChikamotoA second-year student at Kamasaki High School.
- Kendo Team Captain: Became the new captain after Takeshi resigned.
- The Ace: Hailed as the strongest female high school kendoka in the country.
- Actor/Role Confusion: When Black Duran threw away his sword, she took it as a secret message from him that telling her to throw away her sword.
- Killing Intent: Overwhelm and paralyze her opponents by emitting killing intent.
- Loony Fan: Of the actor Junya Takigawa, the idol who plays Black Duran.
- Red Baron: "The Queen".
- Room Full of Crazy: Ura's room, which is covered floor-to-ceiling with pictures of Junya Takigawa.
- Crouching Ditz Hidden Badass: She may be a ditz on the outside, but she is powerful with kendo.
- Daddy's Girl: She loves her father.
- In-Series Nickname: Was known as the "Second Genius" among kendoka because she was able to score a point against Ura.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Tama's red.
- Crushing Handshake: Receives a painful one courtesy of Shouko.
- Kendo Team Captain: She is the captain of the Kendo Komachi.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Her win against Tama in the training session of Banish Academy, all we got is Kirino reminiscing about it.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Delivers a beating to a panty thief with shining wizard, giant swing and knee drop combo.
- The Berserker: The way she fights, so much that she scares her first crush in high school.
- Big Sister Instinct: To her younger brother, Yo.
- Gamer Chick: The national champions of the game Mononofu Blade.
- Hair Decorations: Almost never seen without her crescent moon hair ornament, she even attach it in her head protector.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Second Ura", "Monster".
- Lightning Bruiser: The fastest girl in the whole series.
- Multicolored Hair: Black hair with silver antennae and braid.
- 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.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She dedicate herself to pursue true beauty through the mastery of kendo.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
- '80s Hair: She has long hair.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Sami, her childhood friend.
- Performance Anxiety: Inverted. Average in training matches but performs better and more focused in competitive matches.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sami.
- 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.
- Canon Foreigner: The character was specifically created for the anime adaptation.
- Dual Wielding: Outside of tournaments, and the only character in the anime with this ability.
- Friendly Rival: Implied in the credits of the final episode after Miyako finally defeats her.
- Gag Boobs: They don't jiggle, but they are a really huge exaggeration of how Japan perceives American women.
- Gratuitous English: Being an American, she speaks English when she is excited.
- Jerkass: She is a cruel, untrustworthy and callous bitch.
- 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 shinais, then obviously she was just as good with one.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She may be a polite person, but she is cunning and callous on the inside.
- 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.
- Crushing Handshake: Delivers a strong handshake that makes Touko wince in pain and begged her to stop.
- Determinator: She refuses to lose to anything, even if it means fighting Ura before graduating from high school.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Pretty much dedicate all her youth for kendo.
- Eyes Always Shut: She keeps her eyes closed at all times.