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Bamboo Blade C is a manga series by Masahiro Totsuka and illustrated by Takao Jingu It is serialized in Square Enix Monthly Big Gangan since May 2013.
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Ever since middle school, Suzuharu Sakudou has never won a competitive kendo match which makes him want to quit kendo in high school. But, he reluctantly keeps on doing kendo simply because he can't say no to his childhood friend, Chiko, and all of his senior in the kendo club. After hearing this from Chiko, Kiki Asahina, a retired kendoka who used to be the country 2nd best in the middle school level, decides to beat some sense into him. However, Suzuharu actually defeats her. Amazed by his potential, she offers herself to coach him and entrusts her dream to become number one in Japan to him.

It is a sequel Spinoff of Bamboo Blade and Bamboo Blade B. The "C" in the title refers to "Cross" since it is a Crossover with both Bamboo Blade and Bamboo Blade B in which some of the characters from the two previous series make an appearance.

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This series contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Ura and Kaguya
  • Boring, but Practical: Gen and Shouri, they're not flashy, but they get the job done.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Ura has never lost a match since her last and only loss to Yamada in Banish Academy one year ago.
    • Up to this point, Kaguya is the only character who has never lost a match in the whole franchise.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Standard kendo practice.
  • Childhood Friends: Suzuharu and Chiko. Sami, Nanako and the Yoshioka siblings.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every match that involves Ura or Kaguya.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Gen and Maruko. She barely reaches his chest, which is small and short enough for him to pick up and carry.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Kiki, to the point that she rarely watches TV or listens to music. She doesn't even know how to play cards or what kind of game Uno is.
    • Suiren, who dedicates herself to pursue true beauty through the mastery of kendo.
  • The Rival: Gen and Shouri.
  • Tournament Arc
  • Training Montage: Lots of this in the series.
  • Twinkle Toes Samurai: Hibachi.
  • The Worf Effect: Rin Suzuki, hyped as the strongest in Kanto and last year national best 8 but eliminated off-screen with two points straight by Tamaki.
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  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maruko is orange, Suiren is purple.


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