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Vanguard of Destiny is the first chapter of the Cardfight!! Vanguard Manga, first published in Kerokero Ace magazine and later collected in Volume 1.

This chapter was adapted into episodes 1 and 2 of the Cardfight!! Vanguard V Series anime.

Plot

At the card shop Card Capital, Katsumi Morikawa and Toshiki Kai are engaged in a cardfight, the tide quickly turning in Kai's favor as he rides his signature Dragonic Overlord and overpowers Morikawa. Kai’s friend Taishi Miwa declares him the victor, and thus the strongest fighter in the shop, but Kai simply leaves, disappointed at the level of competition.

Later, timid student Aichi Sendou is asked a question in history class, and is mocked by his classmates for giving a “cowardly” answer. Taking a Vanguard card out of his pocket book, he thinks about how strong the unit on the card is compared to him, while, at the desk behind him, Morikawa opens booster packs in an attempt to find a card that can beat Kai. Noticing Aichi’s smile, Morikawa realizes that the card he holds is the extremely rare Blaster Blade.

Cornering Aichi after class, Morikawa questions him about being a cardfighter, which Aichi denies, claiming to have never been in an actual fight. Morikawa pressures him into taking the card from his pocket and snatches it from him, claiming that with this card he can finally beat Kai. Aichi begs him to return it, as the card was a gift and is important to him, but Morikawa kicks him to the ground and leaves.

Back at Card Capital, Kai again laments the lack of competition. Morikawa bursts in, demanding a rematch, but Kai declines until Morikawa offers to give him Blaster Blade if he wins. Kai is surprised by the sight of the card, and Miwa takes the opportunity to challenge Morikawa for it in his stead. Miwa is quickly victorious, only to have Kai immediately grab the card from him.

At that moment, Aichi enters, demanding his card back. Kai says that he has no reason to return it, and that what has been lost in a cardfight can only be won back in one. Despite having never fought before, Aichi asks Kai to face him, revealing a deck he had built in anticipation of one day being able to use it. Kai, respecting Aichi’s resolve, accepts, and temporarily returns Blaster Blade so that Aichi can use it in his deck.

During the fight, Kai explains to Aichi both the basic rules and the premise that cardfights are based on. Imagine, he says, that the two of us are powerless astral bodies on the planet Cray. He explains how, as spirits, they have two powers - first, to “ride” a unit as the vanguard, and second, to "call" rear-guards to support them. Demonstrating a damage check, he likens it to the concept of a unit retreating from battle and dissolving its pact with the vanguard.

When Aichi calls Kai by name despite them not being properly introduced, Miwa is confused, but Kai remembers Aichi from his past and recalls how much of a “wreck” he was back then. Aichi’s life was miserable and he was badly bullied, but he had seen Kai cardfighting and having fun, and gained confidence when Kai noticed him and gave him Blaster Blade. Kai encouraged him to imagine being as strong as that swordsman, and Aichi carried the card with him ever since.

Despite Aichi smiling and enjoying himself, Kai says he’s been given too much credit, and that he’s not the person Aichi thinks he is. A nervous Aichi replies that he can tell Kai truly loves cardfighting, despite his harsh words, and goes on to win the fight. Kai simply stands and leaves the shop, saying that Blaster Blade belongs to Aichi in the end.

The next day at school, Aichi asks Morikawa to teach him more about Vanguard, but Morikawa runs from him without explanation, and Aichi returns to Card Capital to wait for Kai.

Featured Cardfight(s)

Fighters Outcome
Toshiki Kai vs Katsumi Morikawa Kai Wins
Taishi Miwa vs Katsumi Morikawa Miwa Wins
Aichi Sendou vs Toshiki Kai Aichi Wins

Fight Analysis

MORIKAWA KATSUMI VS KAI TOSHIKI

CV-Manga Vol. 1 (Page 2 Colour)

KAI TURN 3

[R] No rearguard vs Unknown rearguard

[V] Savage King(9000) vs Dragon Armored Knight(10000)

[R] Unknown rearguard vs No rearguard

Morikawa's hand: Five unknown units.

Morikawa's damage: 5/6

Triggers: 16

Kai's hand: Four. Dragonic Overlord and three others.

Kai's damage: 3/6

Triggers: 16

Kai rides Dragonic Overlord(11000).

Twin drive unknown. Damage check unknown.

Kai's victory.

SENDOU AICHI VS KAI TOSHIKI

KAI TURN 1

[V] Guraimu(6000) vs Lizard Runner Undeux(6000)

Aichi's hand: Five. Marron, Mirubiru, Alen, Flogal(ST) and Giro.

Aichi's damage: 0/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Six. Bahr, Aermo, Dragon Armored Knight, Guard Gryphon, Dragonic Overlord and one other.

Kai's damage: 0/6

Triggers: 16

Kai rides the Embodiment of Armor, Bahr(8000) and calls Aermo(6000) for support. This is something of a misplay because Aermo can't do anything right now, so it's better for Kai to keep his hand to himself. However, by having Kai do this Mr. Ito saved himself from having to draw Dragon Armored Knight losing -2000 power and then getting it back one panel later.

CV-Manga Vol. 1 (Page 66)

AICHI TURN 1

[V] Guraimu(6000) vs Embodiment of Armor, Bahr(8000) boosted by the Flame of Hope, Aermo(6000)

Aichi's hand: Six. Marron, Mirubiru, Alen, Flogal(ST), Giro and one other.

Aichi's damage: 0/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Four. Dragon Armored Knight, Guard Gryphon, Dragonic Overlord and one other.

Kai's damage: 0/6

Triggers: 16

Aichi rides the Little Sage, Marron(8000) and calls Mirubiru as his support. Marron's(14000) drive check is not shown. Kai damage checks Vortex Dragon.

CV-Manga Vol. 1 (Page 59)

KAI TURN 2

[V] Mirubiru(6000) boosting Little Sage, Marron(8000) vs Embodiment of Armor, Bahr(8000) boosted by the Flame of Hope, Aermo(6000)

Aichi's hand: Five. Alen, Flogal(ST), Giro and two others.

Aichi's damage: 0/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Five. Dragon Armored Knight, Guard Gryphon, Dragonic Overlord and two others.

Kai's damage: 1/6

Triggers: 16

Kai rides Dragon Armored Knight(10000).

Knight's(16000) drive check is unknown.

Aichi's damage check is unknown.

AICHI TURN 2

[V] Mirubiru(6000) boosting Little Sage, Marron(8000) vs Dragon Armored Knight(10000) boosted by the Flame of Hope, Aermo(6000)

Aichi's hand: Six. Alen, Flogal(ST), Giro and three others.

Aichi's damage: 1/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Six. Guard Gryphon and five others.

Kai's damage: 1/6

Triggers: 16

Aichi calls Knight Squire, Alen(7000) to his rearguard with Flogal(5000) as Alen's support.

Alen(12000) is guarded by Guard Gryphon(S15000).

Marron's attack is not shown, but is presumed to have gone through.

KAI TURN 3

[V] Mirubiru(6000) boosting Little Sage, Marron(8000) vs Dragon Armored Knight(10000) boosted by the Flame of Hope, Aermo(6000)

[R] Flogal(5000) boosting Knight Squire Alen(7000) vs No rearguard

Aichi's hand: Five. Giro and four others.

Aichi's damage: 1/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Six. Dragonic Overlord and five others.

Kai's damage: 2/6

Triggers: 16

Kai rides Dragonic Overlord(11000) and counterblasts 3 for its skill. Dragonic Overlord(16000) attacks Alen, then turns on Marron, being guarded by Giro(S18000).

Giro goes to Marron's soul(soul 2.)

  • Differences from the real game; Dragonic Overlord has an attack of 10000, its skill does not include the +5000 power boost(if it does then Kai did not choose to boost and that would be silly)

AICHI TURN 3

CV-Chapter 001c

[V] Mirubiru(6000) boosting Little Sage, Marron(8000) vs Dragonic Overlord(11000) boosted by the Flame of Hope, Aermo(6000)

[R] Flogal(5000) vs No rearguard

Aichi's hand: Five. Blaster Blade and four others.

Aichi's damage: 1/6

Triggers: 15

Kai's hand: Seven.

Kai's damage: 2/6

Triggers: 16

Aichi rides Blaster Blade(9000) and counterblasts 2 to retire Aermo. Blaster Blade(15000) attacks, his drive check is not shown.

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