What is it that people enjoy about watching anime? This is of course a trite question since there are so many different personal opinions. Some people enjoy the Harem genre for its approach to comedy, romance and delectable human figures. Other people enjoy Shonen for the action, excitement and spiky haired protagonists. This will usually make writing reviews kind of pointless, since people's likes and dislikes will always overcome the "objective" factors such as quality of characters, depth of story or speed of pacing. The only thing that an anime can really be judged on is its focus, meaning what it tries to accomplish, whether
it's the insane action and visuals of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or the ocean deep story of Gankutsuou The Count of Monte Cristo. It is what creates personal opinions. I would not say that Hikaru No Go is better than Bokurano, but rather that they focus on completely different things that appeal to different people. So what does this have to do with Cardfight Vanguard G?
The Vanguard anime series has not been anything magnificent so far. It's been a neat series with some fun characters, an interesting card game and an easily understandable plot. Storywise it has always lacked depth and the characters have been fairly generic (at least for those who watched beyblade as a kid). But this has always gone well with what I interpret as the focus of the series, fun. The animation is bright and colorful, the atmosphere is very comfortable and the card game is well presented. I liken it in some ways to Lucky Star, which was never supposed to be viewed as an incredible deep show. Regardless of objective quality of the Vanguard series I still have fun with it, or at least the first two seasons.
Cardfight Vanguard G on the other hand seems to have no idea of what it's focus is supposed to be. Since its called Cardfight Vanguard it needs to have the card game aspect, but they are no longer full games. If you have watched Dual Masters then you know what I am talking about. They only show you highlights rather than full games, which means that the viewer has no concept of the strategy or complexity involved. The "action" part of the anime becomes to simple and feels underdeveloped.
They allocate a lot more time to characters and interaction, but as I establised earlier, the Vanguard series has never had particularly complex characters worth all of this interaction. All of the protagonists are generic good guys with slight differences. Our main Character Shindou Chrono is the mean looking but nice on the inside guy. The secondary tier inclues the mary sue Shion Kiba and the girl Tokoha Anjou. You have seen these characters in tens if not hundreds of animes, movies and video games before. They are predictable both in action and in development and makes the "slice of life" part of the anime boring.
At the time of writing, Cardfight Vanguard G is 19 episodes in and nothing of note has yet to happen. There has been no major tournaments and no big character development. It's kind of like the first season of Yu Gi Oh GX, where the only thing it did was establish the characters. You could argue that it`s the same with G but, as I established earlier, the characters are not complex enough to carry a show on their own without the card game. 19 episodes of what is basically a combination of introduction and filler is an awful way of starting a series. Even if G followed up with 200 great episodes after that it does not make up for the fact that you need to get through 19 episodes of mediocre slough, and this makes the "story" part of the anime drawn out and unnecessary.
Still this is all just my personal opinion. There still seems to be people who do enjoy the series so it would be exceptionally narcissistic to think of my opinion as the only right one. The colorful animation, comfortable atmosphere and likeable, yet generic, characters makes it understandably enjoyable depending on who watches. Personally I need a little more meat in order to fully enjoy a series, but perhaps this is a result of having watched so many anime. I would really only recommend this series to anime newbies, fans of bright and comforting shows or people who are nostalgic for the earlier seasons of Vanguard.
I have yet to understand why this series is praised? Its like a soap opera with card games, but you don't get enough time with the actual cardfight? As you can see by my image, I like Vanguard. I thought all 4 seasons before this series was excellent. They made it almost like Yu-gi-oh and almost kept it guessing. Here comes this new series where you don't see the excitement of cardfights anymore. ITS LITERALLY CALLED CARDFIGHT VANGUARD. If you take away the fights, all you get is a soap opera, where characters mope all the time. Now onto the review everyone was looking for~!
NO SPOILERS: A lonely kid in middle school discovers a card shop, where people battle using Vanguard. At first he finds no interest, but like Aichi from the first series he gets sucked in and makes some "cardfight" friends. Unlike the original Vanguard the plot is slow and gets no where really quickly. The first season had a goal, and that goal was set and achieved. Now we got people skipping Cardfights that last only 4 minutes. BEST YET, they don't check for drive triggers. Its like the creators wanted this series to be a soap opera full of fillers and not fighting.
Like all the rest of the Vanguard series, the artwork is amazing. They know exactly how to make a monster come out of a card and attack, but those monsters are short-lived because they are only on the field for...... 20 seconds before the end of the cardfight is near. Still the artwork is amazing.
There isn't much to say about the sound. Its the same as all the series, same sound effects different battle themes and musical themes. Its okay, I'll give it that. The voice acting is alright as well.
Referring to most of my points, character's get built and relationships get formed with cardfighting which does happen, but when you don't see them struggle or even see the cardfight, how are you suppose to make character development. MOST OF THE DEVELOPMENT, was outside the fights. Where someone talks some sense into a mopey character. This same character development is used throughout the entire series, including the ones to come. I feel like they rushed it too quickly and had a good idea in there heads, but were too lazy to put in the effort.
I could not enjoy this at all. Cardfights were the highlight of the series before that. You take it away, its a dumb show. Its like Yu-gi-oh without the duels or Gundam without the mechas. Why did I watch all 48? I expected more, so much more and I gave it more chances than ever. Every episode continued to give me more disappointments. Like most people are going to tell me, "Well it's not like the original." I didn't expect it to be the original, I expected cardfights with a good story line *ahem* Link Joker, Legion Mate. Vanguard went down a lot by making this series.
I suggest anyone who is a Vanguard fan, stay away from this series. You will regret it, if u think the new characters is gonna be like the old series. I suggest you forget about this series and wait until they actually care about the cardfights and the characters. Just let the whole G series blow over and wait for a new series where they fix there mistakes.
(You don't need to read this part, just skip to the short review part)
Finally, CardFight! Vanguard G is out! The first episode. Yeah, yeah same old, meeting new character, noob beating a really experienced player. Okay, shorter battles that's new. The ending... Aichi? NOOOOOO!!! Chrono! Please at least talk to Aichi! Come on Chrono, he saved the world! He's the reason you're alive right now!
Short Review: This anime was mediocre. What I really hated about this season is that they trying their best to avoid the main of main characters from the other arc, *cough cough* Aichi. Kai. If they never put Aichi as a
cameo, it would be a little better. I feel like the developers were thinking:
Story Writer: "Hummmm... Should we put Aichi and Kai into CardFight! Vanguard G?
Producer: "We should to crush the dreams of the fans of Aichi and Kai."
Story Writer: "Okay, I'll add Aichi in the end of an episode and never make him show up ever again."
Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. I know there are people that hated Aichi and Kai and love Chrono, Tokoha and Shion.
Anyways, this season of this arc is obviously just a opening. I didn't expect a lot from it, but the second half of the series is really good. There is a plot. Sort of. Chrono, Tokoha and Shion weren't that bad either, but I prefer the old main characters.
The story was pretty bad in the beginning, but it was fine. No one was expecting anything for the first season of the arc, probably. In my opinion, I think you should watch the first season of the first arc, then watch this one because they are basically the same thing but one has better quality. After finishing this you should go watch the season 2, 3 and 4 of the first arc because in my opinion those were the seasons that improved, plot-wise.
The plot in the end was okay, not much happened, but they had a plot so I gave them 5 points for that. Thumps up for the story write because I wasn't expecting anything to happen in the end. (I'm not going to spoil anything.)
The art improved a lot, who knew that technology can develope so much in the last 4 years, now they have pretty animation and smooth transitions. The character art was average, but the art for battles were really good. Maybe that's why there are shorter battles, not 3 episode per battle.
The sound was average, not a lot of music stood out. I was a little disappointed when it came to music because the soundtrack was really good in the first arc.
Okay, this category is debatable. I think it is more debatable than story for this season. Some people will say, they suck because the main characters in the past arc were better. Others will say, they are way better than the other characters.
I'm more in the side where the characters of the first arc rule over the ones in this season. But the fact is that I really hated the characters in the first season of the first arc because they were really boring, except for Kai, It wasn't until the end of the season, which made me like the characters more. G had the same thing happening, but they messed up a little in the beginning making the characters too over-powered.
Of coarse, this is debatable and you might think this is wrong! But, it is probably because you aren't a big fan of the old characters.
Final Comment: This season was average. If you don't expect much, then it is decent and okay to watch. My end score is a 7.
This is it, they finally did it, they screwed up so badly I dropped it after episode 10 because in episode 10 they practically flipped me off with 15 minutes of time wasting and in the last 5 minutes 'oh wow let's fight right now!, oh sorry out of time' so this is it but what do you expect when you dont even get full fights, maybe but this is taking lazy to a whole new level, I won't even bother to talk about the story, art, sound, character because just like it wasted my time I won't give this series a full review because
it doesn't deserve it.