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"A Bamboo Broom and a Champion of Justice!" is the first episode of the Bamboo Blade anime. The episode was written by Hideyuki Kurata and directed by Tatsuya Igarashi. It covers Chapter 1 of the manga version. It was broadcast in Japan on October 2, 2007.
Toraji "Kojirou" Ishida, the coach of the Muroe High Kendo Club, makes a bet with his senpai, Kenzaburō Ishibashi, the coach of the Machido High kendo club, on a practice match between both schools, but the fighters must be five girls, no boys. Toraji's victory would mean he could eat all he wants at Ishibashi's father's sushi restaurant for a full year. Toraji desperately needs to find more talented female kendo students because he only has the team captain in his club, Kirino Chiba. With only a month remaining before his team's match with Ishibashi's team, he meets an extremely talented freshman, Tamaki Kawazoe.
With Kojirou accepting his old rival's challenge he now has to find four more female Kendo Club members to be able to compete against him.While searching for members Kojiro and Kirino find Kawazoe Tamaki, a girl talented in kendo that expresses though no wish to join them.Later on one of the male members of the club introduces to Kojiro his girlfriend Miyazaki Miyako who might be interested in joining them.Will the Kendo club obtain any new members?
(In the Order of Appearance)