Cardfight Vanguard is a Japanese media franchise created in collaboration between Akira Ito (known for his works in Yu!-Gi!-Oh! R), Satoshi Nakamura (known works include Duel Masters) and the Bushiroad president, Takaki Kidani.
Knowing the men behind Cardfight Vanguard, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that this is yet another card game anime just like its predecessors.
The anime adaptation of Cardfight Vanguard was directed by Hatsuki Tsuji and written by none other than Tatsuhiko Urahata together with the people from TMS Entertainment.
Cardfight Vanguard was scheduled to have 65 hair-raising and intense episodes from January 2011 until March 2012.
Sendo Aichi, a timid third-year middle school student, has spent his whole life trying to avoid the spotlight giving it his all not to stand out.
Despite the rather boring and simple life he’s been living, the one thing that does keep him going is the trading card “Blaster Card” that was given to him back when he was still little, part of the reason why he got started in Cardfight Vanguard.
He was first introduced into the game when Kai Toshiki, a cool-hearted high schooler, challenges him to a game and miserably loses to him.
Despite the unbearable loss, Aichi fell in love with the game even more and has started playing it with his friends, Misaki Togura and Kamui Katsuragi.
Despite their friendly rivalry, Aichi has given it his all trying to improve himself as a Vanguard player and know more about the game itself.
Through practice, Aichi eventually places high enough to participate at a local tournament with Kai, Misaki and Kamui to form the formidable Team Quadrifoglio (Q4 for short).
They are pitted against high caliber players in the regional and national tournaments. Will Aichi finally get to challenge Kai and prove his worth to him or will he always think about the one loss he never got the chance to redeem?
Aichi Sendou is the timid third-year middle school student who has lived a boring and simple life trying his best not to stand out too much. Growing up, Aichi has always been the shy and lonely boy at school who frequently gets bullied by his classmates. His rather fairly ordinary life started to change the day he received the rare “Blaster” card from Toshiki Kai, a calm and collected high schooler, and introduced him to a the world of Vanguard gaming. Throughout the series, Aichi awakens the mysterious powers of Psyqualia, a rare psychic ability that gives him the power of precognition during Vanguard battles and knowing his opponent’s moves before they make them. He started out with the Royal Paladin Deck which he exchanged later on with the Shadow Paladin Deck.
Toshiki Kai is the calm and collected highschooler at Hitsue High School. He is one of the country’s best Vanguard players who only likes battling with other strong Vanguard players. Kai is the serious type who doesn’t talk much to anyone except when he’s battling. He initially started out using the Kagero Deck which he later exchanged for the Narukami Deck.
Misaki Tokura is the cashier at the Card Capital Shop. She attends Miyaji Academy and is good friends with Aichi and Kamui. As the niece of the infamous Shin Nitta, Misaki has eidetic memory which helps her strategize during a battle. She initially used the Oracle Think Tank Deck which she later replaced for the Genesis Deck which her parents made for her before they died.
Kamui Katsuragi is the 12-year old big mouth with enough skill to back it up. He easily gets overly excited in a Cardfight Vanguard game and is usually enthusiastic about it no matter who his opponent may be. He is oftentimes seen referring to himself as the “Great Kamui” while cardfighting. He uses the Nova Grappler Deck.
Cardfight Vanguard has received mixed reviews, both positive and negative.
More on the plus side, Cardfight Vanguard has been awarded several awards and was even given honorable mentions in a number of categories.
Last April 2012, Cardfight Vanguard continues the story with its season 2 entitled the “Cardfight Vanguard: Asia Circuit” which was scheduled to broadcast 39 hardcore card gaming episodes which quickly ended on January 2013.
The 3rd season of Cardfight Vanguard was also in the works entitled “CardFight Vanguard: Link Joker” with 59 fast-paced card game episodes.
4th season of Cardfight Vanguard is entitled “Cardfight Vanguard: Legion Mate” with 33 episodes and 5th season is entitled “Cardfight Vanguard G” which as of today is still an ongoing show.