Cardfight!! Vanguard (カードファイト!! ヴァンガード Kādofaito!! Vangādo) is a franchise based on a manga series, an anime series, and a trading card game. The franchise is owned by Bushiroad a major collectable card game company in Japan.
This story takes place a little further in the future—
There are now billions of card game players in the world, to an extent where card games have become a necessity, a part of our lives.
This is Earth, but a little further in the future from the one which we live in. Card games have spread far and wide, to the extent where they are even used in school lessons and major advertisements.
The most popular of them all, is known as "Vanguard".
The protagonist of this story, Aichi Sendou, 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 Misaki Tokura and Kamui Katsuragi, along with other rivals at the local card shop called: ‘Card Capital’. 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 Toshiki Kai.Toshiki Kai 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.
Now on his journey to make him recognize to his biggest rival Kai he finds two different paths. One is a path to PSY Qualia, a dark and powerful path which is also being used by Ren Suzugamori. A path in which one will use the power of the cards more then anything, a very addictive power. The second path is to believe in oneself more then anything more then even the card themselves a path of becoming the strongest without relying on another power but oneself. A path being used by Toshiki Kai and a path that even Toshiki wants Aichi to take and in order do so Kai himself wants to prove to the world and Aichi that the power of PSY Qualia is not the strongest power but believing in oneself is. Now a boy with the more self-confidence, which path will he take to become strong?
Card Game Vanguard's WorldThe Planet Cray this is the stage for the card game Vanguard:
It is a place similar to our own planet, but unlike planet Earth, Gods and Demons, Dragons and other mythical creatures still roam the land. It is also a world where both Magic and Science have advanced hand in hand. Nations with advances in different fields and cultures rule over different parts of the planet Cray.
On this planet there are many different Clans and each of these Clans have different Race of creatures with all sorts of abilities and powers. These are then used in planet earth in the cards game Vanguard where players imagine these mythical creatures and use their power in a system of the game. Together with these creatures, the player battles their opponent and fierce fights to win the match and aim to become stronger.
Season 1 Anime Characters
Team Three Blacks
- Hikaru Kurosawa
- Light Kurosaki
- Akira Kuroda
Team Jurassic Army
- Gunji Rukudo
- Bunji Ryugawa
Team Muscle Brain
- Kicking Shuu
- Punch Ken
- Wrestling Snake
Season 2 Anime Characters
Team New Asteroid
- Oracle Sticks
- Shin Nitta
- Emi Sendou
- Yuta Izaki
- Katsumi Morikawa
- Taishi Miwa
- Mai Tobita
- MC Miya
- Doctor O
- Reiji Uno
- Eiji Saga
Season 3 Anime Characters
- Aichi Sendou
- Misaki Tokura
- Kourin Tatsunagi
- Naoki Ishida
- Shingo Komoi
- Nakamurabashi(Club Advisor)
- Student Council
- Emi Sendou (Middle Division)
- Mai Tobita (Middle Division)
- Rekka Tatsunagi (Middle Division)
- Shin Nitta
- Takuto Tatsunagi
- Kiriya Bidou
- Hiromi Miyoji
- Harumi Minami
- Ayumu Mihama
- MC Miya
- Doctor O
- On TV Tokyo, this series would air alongside another card anime known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal from 2011-2014.
- In episode 3, there are posters of the Pokemon Trading Card Game and Air (the anime series from Kyoto Animation) in the background. Furthermore, the Air poster has cards resembling those of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game on them.
- In episode 13, around 16:27 into the episode, cameos of Cordelia Glauca, Nero Yuzurisaki, Hercule Barton and Sherlock Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen walking outside the card game shop, Card Capital.
- In episode 14, at 4:33 into the episode, Cordelia Glauca, Nero Yuzurisaki, Hercule Barton and Sherlock Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen walking next to Kamui Katsuragi and Aichi Sendo on the bridge.
- In episode 15, at the end of the episode right before the ed song, cameos of Cordelia Glauca, Nero Yuzurisaki, Hercule Barton and Sherlock Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen standing right outside of Card Capital.
- In episode 20, around 6:40 minutes into the episode, Sherlock Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen watching the card battle between Kai Toshiki and Kaoru Komatsubara.
- In episode 25, around 4:40 minutes into the episode, Hercule Barton from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen outside Card Capital, most probably talking through her phone.
- In episode 36, around 22:08 into the episode, Cordelia Glauca and Hercule Barton from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen walking outside of Card Capital.
- In episode 41, Cordelia Glauca and Nero Yuzurizaki can be seen in the background around 10:07 into the episode in their school uniform.
- In episode 45, around 20:21 to the episode. Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen behind Ultra Rare goods stand, working part-time.
- In episode 46, at 7:20 into the episode where Katsumi was confronting Miwa, Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes can be seen at the back at the front row seats.
- In episode 59, at 10 minutes into the episode, the back of Yuzurizaki Nero can be seen standing in front of Ultra-Rare good's shop.
- In episode 65, at 20:55 into the episode, Yuzurizaki Nero, Sherlock Shellingford, Hercule Barton and Cordelia Glauca can be seen standing behind Sendou Aichi in the distance, watching him run.