THIS REVIEW CONTAIN SPOILER!! WARNING AHEAD!!!
This is my First Review, sorry if i had many mistake in my grammar and spelling
The Story is continuation from the previous Season , Team Try 3 Will be participating in G-Quest for Generation Master Title and the Original Cast will be re-appearing, the Sypnosis sounds interisting but to achieve that Team Try 3 need a plot Armor to defeat The original cast that participating in G-Quest this is where the problem start , the legendary Fighter from the Original Cast is getting fodderized by Try 3 that has to get minimum 50 point to become Generation Master ,
since one branch usually give 10 point maximum , Team Try 3 Need to win in 5 of 6 Branch while the sub-plot like Shion, Tokoha and Chrono Problem and the main antagonist Ryuzu Myoujin isn't enough to give me more than 4.
Art and Animation: 9/10
The Art is gorgeous in many aspect The colouring is very good while the Animation is Fluid , some of the episode also looks like a movie quality, Bushiroad really pour a lot of money in this one. i give it 9
As always Vanguard Soundtrack is Great, the OP and ED is fitting While the OST is the same as vanguard G , but overall Great. i give it 9
Girs Crisis is also focused in the characterization of it's character like the previous season the diffrent is the characterization is kinda force in this one for example Shion trying to become the new Kai but no it didn't work Kai is Kai while Shion is Shion but i liked the Idol Characterization. Overall i give it 6
I pretty enjoy this season because the original cast is returning but the plot armor of team Try 3 Make me lower my score , and i realized that this season is basically the same as 2nd and 4th Season of the original series but instead losing this season is focusing on winning so i give it 6
Girs Crisis is an average Season for me , when it's first air i was very hype for the Original Cast returning that only get beaten by Try 3, even though this season was a let down i still give it 6 for the original Character Returning. I hope Stride Gate is better though
Ok, this season was basically tournament with people vs people plans underneath it, typical of the genre, but I liked this season because it brought back things I love about the first series of Vanguard while having the new things grow still. The fights are being played as actual fights in the series before and not that completely garbage, should have been kept for the movie only, fighting that they did in the first season that basically kept me from watching it till I marathoned it. I'm very, very happy about that, but not as excited and happy as I was to see even more
of the cast of the first generation coming back into the show and showing exactly what the second generation has to climb over while also, obviously, helping in stopping the main antags from doing whatever it is they want to do with the Units from Cray.
This season is really just about the continued growth of the main three characters and set up for what must come after which is why things ended the way they did and why events happened the way they have. Anyone who is reading this I hope you got that beforehand because it lets me know that you have been in this genre long enough to get it. The bgm is better than before, the looks is still Bushiroad, and Ren-sama is still legit best guy ever so fuck it come watch this thing.
After watching the last episode (19) against a built-up boss (like, 4-5 episodes built-up) I can safely say that I'm absolutely disappointed.
And oh boy, reviewing this without referencing the direct antagonist, Arc V will be impossible, so I might as well give up avoiding it right now. Vanguard is a world where a card game has become the number one form on entertainment, with the protagonist (Chrono) and his two friends competing as a three-man team to win tournaments and stop villains from succeeding with their incredibly evil plans...
Aaaand that's where the similarities with yugi stop, to Vanguard's loss I might add. You see
the thing that made Yugi so popular was the whole hologram and evil magic ideas. Sure they took the anime a few more steps away from the "realism" department, but the fact that your cards actually became huge-a$$ monsters that WERE in fact dangerous brought the excitement levels up. Vanguard, keeping to a relatively more realistic setting, is simply a card game AND NOTHING MORE. There are no holograms, no apparent threats to humanity and all in all NO PRESSURE. If the main character loses he will just... Well... Lose, that's it. In Yugi if the main character loses it is quite literally the end of the world. So the stakes are pretty low.
But having an anime with just people playing a card game and the cards not being visualized in some way would be boring, right? So the anime does provide animated versions of the creatures and monsters... (And take a deep breath here) in the characters' IMAGINATION. Yes, folks, you heard right. The anime's official plot is that people sitting above a table are daydreaming and taking things WAY TOO SERIOUSLY, since, again, there are no actual stakes, which just ends up being ridiculous, especially when tons of people are gasping from the sidelines.
Of course we ain't done. 1)Cliched cliches are too cliche for your anti-cliche tastes. Painful episodes of forced character development that are basically filler abound, and they are both predictable and badly written. And again, I can't help but compare it with Arc V, that simply didn't have such stupidly-written pointless episodes. 2)The anime skips large parts of the game. You see, while Vanguard can really be fun once the board has been set, the setup to that is relatively boring, so the anime quite often cuts down on the start and middle part of the game and jumps right to the final attacks, which gets both confusing and annoying really fast. (and again, comparing with Arc V where the duels are shown from start to end without losing any of the excitement). 3)Token characters are token characters, we wouldn't lose anything if 4/5ths of the cast were removed. 4)The change from needlessly serious over a card game with no stakes to whimsical and light-hearted without a shred of seriousness makes me want to slap the animators. Pick one and stay with it, as ridiculous as it is.
Baaaah, whatever, at least it has good art and relatively good voice acting...