Ranked #2321

Cardfight!! Vanguard

Alternative Titles

Japanese: カードファイト!! ヴァンガード

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 65
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2011 to Mar 31, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.271 (scored by 8,701 users)
Ranked: #23212
Popularity: #1693
Members: 21,140
Favorites: 175
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Synopsis

The protagonist of this story, Sendo Aichi, is a timid boy in his third year of middle school. He had been living his life looking backward rather than forward, trying not to stand out. However, he had one thing that kept him going - the "Blaster Blade," a card from a card game that was given to him when he was little. That card is the reason why he begins to engage in Card Fights, something that changes his life drastically.

The name of the card game is "Vanguard." The game takes place in a different planet called "Cray," and due to a never before seen play system, it becomes popular throughout the world.

Aichi, immediately attracted by Vanguard, meets friends such as Togura Misaki and Katsuragi Kamui, along with other rivals. Through friendly rivalry with them, Aichi begins to enjoy a fulfilling life. Aichi, however, has a goal: to once again battle with a Vanguard Fighter by the name of Kai Toshiki. Kai Toshiki is an aloof and cold-hearted high schooler who has outstanding abilities in the world of Vanguard. He is also the reason why Aichi started playing the game. For him, Toshiki is the person who saved him from his boring life and introduced him to Vanguard. In order to get better at Vanguard, Aichi puts his soul into it every day. He wishes that someday, he'll be able to battle Toshiki and have him recognize his worth.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Sendou, Aichi
Sendou, Aichi
Main
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Japanese
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Tokura, Misaki
Tokura, Misaki
Main
Kitta, Izumi
Japanese
Kitta, Izumi
Kai, Toshiki
Kai, Toshiki
Main
Satou, Takuya
Japanese
Satou, Takuya
Katsuragi, Kamui
Katsuragi, Kamui
Main
Ishikawa, Shizuka
Japanese
Ishikawa, Shizuka

Staff

Tsuji, Hatsuki
Tsuji, Hatsuki
Director, Storyboard
Takadera, Takeshi
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Kimiya, Shigeru
Kimiya, Shigeru
Episode Director, Storyboard
Umemoto, Yui
Umemoto, Yui
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(1/65)

Episode Title Aired
1 Vanguard of Destiny!!
Unmei no Vanguard!! (運命の先導者(ヴァンガード)!!)
Jan 8, 2011

Opening Theme

#1: "Vanguard" by JAM Project (eps 1-33)
#2: "Believe in my existence" by JAM project (eps 34-65)

Ending Theme

#1: "Diamond Star" (ダイヤモンドスター☆) by Natsuko Asou (eps 1-15)
#2: "Smash Up!!" by Hekiru Shiina (eps 16-25)
#3: "DREAM SHOOTER" by Sea☆A (eps 26-38)
#4: "Starting Again" by Sayaka Sasaki (eps 39-52)
#5: "Nakimushi TREASURES (泣き虫TREASURES)" by Milky Holmes (eps 53-65)



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ichiroujis
Aug 2, 2011
Cardfight Vanguard in many ways is similar to other TCG anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! But also has it's many differences. The card game aside, the biggest difference would be that the plot doesn't revolve around some evil power trying to destroy the world, but I'll get to that later.

Story: 9/10
This is probably what shocked me the most. I went in watching Vanguard with expectations that it would be bad and a downgraded version of Yu-Gi-Oh, but boy was I wrong. The story is about a kid who get's bullied in school, and someone has hope for him in the popular Card game at the time, read more
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Florete
Mar 31, 2012
Final turn!

It becomes obvious pretty early on with Cardfight!! Vanguard that whoever said "Don't judge a book by its cover" was...clearly not talking about this show. Yes, Cardfight is a show you can and should judge by its cover, as that judgment will determine whether or not you should watch the show. But I'll get to that later. Let's run the bases:

The story is basically thus: people play card games. Or rather, card game. Vanguard is the "big thing" in the world of Cardfight, as one might expect. For at least half the series, this basic idea is what the show runs on. It occasionally read more
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Nasty001
Apr 20, 2011
After the 8th episode, I've decided to completely drop this anime, reason, is that it simply follows the card battles done in the original 'Yu Gi Oh" franchise, the differences were too minimal and already things are just too predictable, in fact, every episode seems to have similarities of any "Yu Gi Oh" franchise. So why all the 5's, well, let's me discuss it:

Story: mediocre number 5.

Ok, so it's all about a muchacho who get's into a cardfight in order to prove something to himself. All too common to a protagonist in every "Yu Gi Oh" season.

Art: Mediocre number 5.

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chocolate20
Nov 12, 2011
An interesting, but underrated anime show that deserves more recognition. The common misconception about anime card shows is that they are only for kids and they don't have good stories. I walked into this show initially because I watched Yugioh and I liked the character art, but the anime has gotten me hooked within the first few episodes.

Story: 7/10

There are pros and cons to the story, but It generally remains in a positive light. It's a story about growth as both a person and a player. It is nice to see how Aichi starts off timid and grows stronger and braver as the series progress. read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters
Both Yugioh and Cardfight Vanguard emphasizes the game of card play in terms of its concept. The characters from both series are skilled duelists/players that engages against others using their skill, intellect, and strategy in order to win.

Throughout both series, the main male protagonist improves their skill through experience and watching others. They also are caring towards their friends and often tries to help out in the best way possible.

Both series' main protagonist also has a rival (although present differently). Along with that, they also have their own 'signature cards' that are noticeable throughout the series. Cardfight Vanguard does emphasis more  read more 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Anime: Duel Masters
Both are card games that include monsters and a way to calculate the amount of life you have left. They both attack by moving the card side ways.They both have to place the card on top of the other to evolve the monster. 
reportRecommended by rpn101
Anime: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Zexal
both show creatures in a card game fighting
 
reportRecommended by damix96
Anime: Future Card Buddyfight
both are abute card games and have a similar plot and the cardfight characters make a cameo  
reportRecommended by V-Kun
Anime: Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders
Cardfight!! Vanguard is obviously another Card game Anime.

Shounen series, many episodes, whole bunch of characters, for a young audience, full of fights, Bonds between friends and their cards/monsters, the English dub sucks, with a cute cast of females, too!
And as shounen it may be, it's fit for both females and males to watch.

The Protagonists however have many differences, but CF!!V does have Kai Toshiki who's similar to Shun in a few ways and give off a slightly similar vibe, what one would call a "Kuudere".

If you like this, you'll like the other, just like Bakugan, CF!!V also has  read more 
reportRecommended by PoddoChan
Anime: Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia
Cardfight!! Vanguard is obviously another Card game Anime.

Shounen series, many episodes, whole bunch of characters, for a young audience, full of fights, Bonds between friends and their cards/monsters, the English dub sucks, with a cute cast of females, too!
And as shounen it may be, it's fit for both females and males to watch.

The Protagonists however have many differences, but CF!!V does have Kai Toshiki who's similar to Shun in a few ways and give off a slightly similar vibe, what one would call a "Kuudere".

If you like this, you'll like the other, just like Bakugan, CF!!V also has  read more 
reportRecommended by PoddoChan

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