Bamboo Blade B is a manga series by Masahiro Totsuka and illustrated by Studio Nekonote . It was serialized in Square Enix Monthly Shounen Gangan from December 2008 to December 2013 and has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes in January 2014.
Yuu is an extremely tall girl who just entered middle school. Because of her height everyone is trying to recruit her into their sports club, even though she is terrible at them. Her childhood friend, Ken-chan, who is still in Elementary school, keeps on telling her to join the Kendo club. But she hates Kendo, because she never had a single victory against him. She and her best friend, Nana, join the Home Economics club, but somehow get herself involved in a team match to decide who will be the Kendo club advisor.
It is a Spinoff of Bamboo Blade which takes place in the same timeline but with all-new characters. The "B" in the title refers to "BOY" (shounen) because the characters are mostly in middle school age and it was serialized in a magazine aimed for shounen demographicnote . It also has a sequel Spinoff, Bamboo Blade C.
This series contains examples of:
- The Ace: Kaguya, Kou and Satou.
- Art Evolution
- Art Shift
- Bokukko: Okuzono.
- Calling Your Attacks: Standard kendo practice.
- Childhood Friends: Yuu and Kenta, Suzuri, Renji and Jin, Satou, Tsujimura, Kaneto and Hibachi.
- Cool Big Sis: Suzuri, also Kirino in Tatsumi's flashback.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Because of her height, raw power and long reach, other kendoka refers to Yuu as Gorilla. She doesn't like it at all.
- Gamer Chick: Kaguya, who is the national champions of Mononofu Blade IV. Mayu to a lesser extent.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Somewhat subverted. Every time someone refers to Kenta as her boyfriend, not only Yuu never denies it, she seems to like the idea.
- Recurring Extra: Much like Bamboo Blade, a cat are constantly seen in the background.
- Those Two Guys: Renji and Jin.
- Tournament Arc
- Twinkle Toes Samurai: Tsujimura, Kaneto and Hibachi's style of fighting.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Suiren is purple, Nemoto is green, and Nana is pink.