BAMBOO BLADE #6 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 11, 2012. Last post by No_name_here 1 year, 10 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Well, I hate to say it, but this episode could’ve benefited from maybe one or two scenes that bite the ol’ expository bullet and go through explaining the actual rules of kendo. I’m a sharp guy, right? And I was still having some trouble keeping track of who was who in this showdown and how they were scoring. The former was especially confusing since one team was wearing blue and the other was wearing white but, for some reason, their respective coaches scorekeepers were wearing the opposite teams’ colors?

Just seems a little incongruous for a show that’s otherwise had the sense to bend the rules a little and make the kendoka’s face-plate’s semi-transparent so we can always see their faces while they’re fighting. You’d think they’d extend that same courtesy and make the color-coding here a little clearer. Then again, this was made for Japanese kids who’re likely already well versed in the game, so maybe it’s more of a fault of the dub and translation team? This is why I’m not as hard-assed about Dub vs. Sub. Should it really be necessary for me to do some outside research about a sport, on my own, if I want to enjoy watching a TV show?

That aside, I want to add that I recognized yet another detail from this show that very well reflects my travails in high school wrestling. Our good coach trying to cheat the game by stacking his star player into multiple matches was something that would definitely happen sometimes at tournaments (especially when weight classes could be such a deciding factor in matches.) I suppose it’s… pleasantly assuring to know that such tricks will manifest in all sports, in all countries.

Anyway, as much I’m enjoying this show, I should give anybody following this a head’s up that I might not continue covering it here. This column’s generally about me watching I want to, sure, but I do still have to keep the tastes of you lunatics in mind and, unfortunately, you haven’t been responding as enthusiastically to this show as you have been to the likes of, say, DEADMAN WONDERLAND.

Watch this episode, "Tamaki Kawarzoe and the Tardy Bureiba” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Post by Rxanadu (83 posts) See mini bio Level 7

That's pretty interesting that you had a coach that allowed cheating on his watch. Haven't had the "pleasure" of having that experience myself whenever I played sports. Then again, I'm not much of a sports person.

As for people not watching this, I think it's due to an overall decrease in traffic on this site, probably due to a lack in truly interesting anime in the past few seasons. Deadman Wonderland was one of a few shows that gained a large following (as you can tell from the Lollipop Chainsaw pre-order bonuses). Meanwhile, I doubt more than 20 people on this site knew this anime existed before you started talking about it. This may be a factor in some of the W&Ls that garnered a lot of attention over the past few years (e.g. Gurren Lagan, Code Geass, Death Note).

I still think this is an amazing segment on this site, however. Without it, I would have never watched Gurren Lagan or heard of amazing shows like Tatami Galaxy and Bamboo Blade. For that I have to thank you.

As for the future of this segment: I think it would be helpful if you had more entries of your experiences with anime you've finished all the way through (or to a "Wolpaw's Law" limit) such as Sacred Blacksmith and Legend of Legendary Heroes. It may help in at the very least see what you thought about the series, while introducing people to the series as a whole.

Post by metalsnakezero (665 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I say keep watching as this show will help you understand the concept of most Slice of life shows. Your only just limiting yourself by dropping a good show like this.

Post by Lurkero (398 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Bamboo Blade is one of those shows that just exists. It's not bad but there's nothing too special about it either. You are not likely to get a lot of response for a show like that.

I say that from now on you stick to shows that you either really like or really hate. That way the AV community can either agree with you or watch you agonize over shows you dislike but keep watching. That's usually how the internet works anyways.

You might even be able to go to some of the shows you already dropped. Might end up with a surprise like Binbogami that I thought you would dislike but you seem to be enjoying.

Post by Username_Undefined (89 posts) See mini bio Level 12

From what I remember, there are only four strikes that count in kendo: head, wrist, body (meaning a slash across the stomach), and throat stab. As for the colors, the gi doesn't matter, the strip of cloth that's tied behind them determines which team they're on.

I'd say that the reason response has been tepid is because this is a simple show. There's no fate-of-the-universe/life-or-death situations. It just follows a kendo club, but that's part of the reason I like it. Slice of life shows may seem boring compared to action/adventure ones, but I like the realism and simple charm they have. They work great as a breather between more fast paced series.

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@Rxanadu said:

That's pretty interesting that you had a coach that allowed cheating on his watch. Haven't had the "pleasure" of having that experience myself whenever I played sports. Then again, I'm not much of a sports person.

Eh. It wasn't as a clear cut as that. More like the other team's coach having one of their wrestlers sneak in a weight class he didn't belong in. It's difficult to explain, but it was a case of bending rules.

As for people not watching this, I think it's due to an overall decrease in traffic on this site, probably due to a lack in truly interesting anime in the past few seasons. Deadman Wonderland was one of a few shows that gained a large following (as you can tell from the Lollipop Chainsaw pre-order bonuses). Meanwhile, I doubt more than 20 people on this site knew this anime existed before you started talking about it. This may be a factor in some of the W&Ls that garnered a lot of attention over the past few years (e.g. Gurren Lagan, Code Geass, Death Note).

Well, that's the Catch-22 of "media journalism" or whatever the hell we want to call this. Some users moan about the big series being the only ones to get coverage - - but those titles will automatically bump Google traffic. Then, if you want to champion an under-appreciated series, it's tough to get anybody but a few diehards to listen because people rarely want to get out of their sandbox. Take my review of BUDDHA yesterday for example [PLUG PLUG]

I still think this is an amazing segment on this site, however. Without it, I would have never watched Gurren Lagan or heard of amazing shows like Tatami Galaxy and Bamboo Blade. For that I have to thank you.

Thanks. I appreciate it. Doing this column can be a grind sometimes, so I'm glad fine people like yourself are getting something out of it.

As for the future of this segment: I think it would be helpful if you had more entries of your experiences with anime you've finished all the way through (or to a "Wolpaw's Law" limit) such as Sacred Blacksmith and Legend of Legendary Heroes. It may help in at the very least see what you thought about the series, while introducing people to the series as a whole.

Like some cumulative retrospective feature on all the series I've covered here? That's an interesting idea.

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@metalsnakezero said:

I say keep watching as this show will help you understand the concept of most Slice of life shows. Your only just limiting yourself by dropping a good show like this.

I would... but it's not just about me!

@Lurkero said:

I say that from now on you stick to shows that you either really like or really hate. That way the AV community can either agree with you or watch you agonize over shows you dislike but keep watching. That's usually how the internet works anyways.

True. I don't know if I can bring myself to keep up with something just to slag on it, though.

@Username_Undefined said:

From what I remember, there are only four strikes that count in kendo: head, wrist, body (meaning a slash across the stomach), and throat stab. As for the colors, the gi doesn't matter, the strip of cloth that's tied behind them determines which team they're on.

Huh. So it really is just a more aggro version of fencing then.

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