Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bamboo Blade: (Ended) Happy End, Very Happy End

Normally, I don't like perfect happy endings. However, there are exceptions: Comedy anime like Bamboo Blade, which doesn't take itself seriously is one of them. Unlike drama, this kind of anime is directly driven by the development of characters, instead of the plot line itself. Typically in drama, plot defines character; here, the character defines plot where the character is the main focal point instead of the plot.

All in all, Bamboo Blade served its purpose: advocate Kendo spirit and at the same time, let viewers have some good laughs. I think it's a very well made anime.

Final Scoreboard (of 5):

Drama: 4 (Surprisingly, it's actually quite a good drama)
Comedy: 4.5 (There are definitely many drop dead laughing moments)
Action: 4.75 (I've been in Kendo club for almost a semester, with the limited knowledge I have, the action portrayed here are actually very accurate)
Art/Animation: 4 (Typical comedy anime style art, some quite good hyper-deformations as well)
Sound/Music: 4 (Not bad, but no big impression either)
Character: 4.8 (The whole anime is character driven)
Plot: 4 (There are some ups and downs)
Ending: 4 (It's an acceptable ending for this type of anime)

Re-watch value: 4 (I think there are some re-watch values just for laughs)

Overall (not average): 4.5 ~ Definitely one of the better comedy+drama I've seen lately

Recommendation: If you're looking for some comedy drama, this is for you. It has both outrageous comedy and fairly deep drama elements.

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