Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: If

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Synonyms: Cardfight!! Vanguard Extra Story
Japanese: カードファイト!! ヴァンガード外伝 イフ-if-
German: Cardfight!! Vanguard Extra Story -if-
Spanish: Cardfight!! Vanguard Extra Story: if
French: Cardfight!! Vanguard Extra Story -if-
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Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 30, 2020 to Nov 28, 2020
Premiered: Spring 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: OLM
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy
Themes: MythologyMythology, ParodyParody, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.861 (scored by 15761,576 users)
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Ranked: #54732
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Popularity: #8944
Members: 4,364
Favorites: 11

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Upon the conclusion of the Vanguard High School Koshien, Kouji Ibuki begins to have new nightmares. Nome Tatsunagi has Suiko summon him to the mansion where they learn he can see a Dark Tower called Sanctuary. Sanctuary is causing the timeline to be altered throughout history, and the only way to correct it is for Kouji to first correct his future mistake. Now Kouji and Suiko must travel the parallel world -if- and watch as Magical Girls Emi Sendou and Shuka summon Vanguard units to help correct history. Sadly, the two can't help much, as Cardfighting against real monsters doesn't do much good.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Nishi, Kousuke
Kama, Hideki
Kawasaki, Itsurou
Director, Series Composition
Hata, Yoshito
Episode Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"What-if Wonderland!!" by Argonavis

Ending Theme

1: "Gonna be right" by Peaky P-key (eps 1)
2: "Horizontal Oath" by RONDO (燐舞曲) (eps 2)


Feb 28, 2021
Oh IF, what a ride you are.

Right off the bat, Vanguard Gaiden IF is not everyone's cup of tea. I personally think your enjoyment of it really depends on if you are a fan of the Vanguard series in general and how much you liked the first 4 seasons in particular. It's full of callbacks and interesting "What If?" scenarios so if you're not into that this series might not be for you.


Absolutely batshit insane and a rollercoaster and I loved every second of it. The plot gets kickstarted when Kouji Ibuki, a former villain from the main series, gets send into the future ...
Jun 27, 2021
Cardfight !! Vanguard Gaiden: If little can be said about this anime, it no longer tells the great story besides that it is very reptilian and you know what is going to happen with each chapter you are watching "it is more noticeable in the first chapters"

Basically the story is that we now have as the protagonist emi "aichi's sister" who is fighting in different worlds but in certain lines of time "this you can understand if you saw the original series" the thing is that they add things that are not understood at first glance or they modify them to make them in a ...
Dec 22, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I loved this series when it was a gag series about having a bit of fun with anime tropes, but then Kai shows up somewhere in the middle and the series loses all of its charm.

The first half is 10/10 fun, with 10/10 characters and an interesting enough mystery.

The second half is 0/10 fun, all the melodrama, and retreading plot lines Vanguard has done in other shows and a movie already. Vanguard should get an award for the most amount of times they've done the exact same story in the shortest amount of time. At least Marvel waits to recycle their plots.

You can literally pin ...

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