Cardfight!! Vanguard

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: カードファイト!! ヴァンガード
English: Cardfight!! Vanguard
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Type: TV
Episodes: 65
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2011 to Mar 31, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: Strategy GameStrategy Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.021 (scored by 2641126,411 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #40662
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2919
Members: 53,294
Favorites: 325

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Taking the world by storm, the card game Cardfight Vanguard has influenced many to integrate card games into their everyday lives. Players of the popular game are called "cardfighters," and they frequently battle each other in card shops. The game has inspired many people, one of which is the quiet and timid Aichi Sendou who is often ridiculed and bullied by his peers. Whenever he feels down, he takes a glance at Blaster Blade—a legendary rare card given to him when he was young—and gains the motivation to move on with his life.

However, one day, school bully Katsumi Morikawa notices Aichi's treasure and snatches the card away from him. After a turn of events, Aichi soon discovers that the card is now in the hands of Toshiki Kai, a cardfighter who has become the strongest in town despite having only recently arrived. To make matters worse, Kai refuses to return the card unless Aichi defeats him in a cardfight.

Much to everyone's surprise, Aichi rises up to the occasion. As he musters up his courage and pictures himself winning this decisive battle, Aichi begins to find his way into the adventurous world of Cardfight Vanguard.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard was released on DVD by Hanabee Entertainment from March 5, 2014 to September 6, 2014. The anime, like many Bushiroad franchises, features crossover cameo appearances of characters from other Bushiroad series such as Tantei Opera Milky Holmes.

The series has been adapted into a live-action drama, a novel, a radio show, and multiple video games.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tsuji, Hatsuki
Director, Storyboard
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Tokumoto, Yoshinobu
Episode Director
Umemoto, Yui
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
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)


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 ...
Apr 20, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (8/65 eps)
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.

not much ...
Aug 7, 2023
Just a short review cus I don't like Vanguard anymore. Heck, the whole show is a so bad that this small review is enough to roast this bad anime.

Story 1/10

The story is of little to no consequence. Some kid gets bullied, gets his favorite card stolen and then uses card fighting to get it back. Suddenly the people who bullied him become his best friends and he's no longer the loser of his class. They especially note this in the second episode where they point out that before he had his card fight, he was a ridiculous loser with no friends and never talking to ...

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