Manorexic’s Anime Sampler – Cardfight!! Vanguard

Posted on Apr 11 2012

A little over a year ago a show called Cardfight!! Vanguard came out in Japan. After seeing it I thought that it would be the next big tcg craze. Shopping at the store I came across a booster pack for none other than this same show. In honor of this funny coincidence, today we take a look at Japan’s newest card game NOT on a motorcycle.

Naturally the show starts off with a cardfight in the local game shop, Card Capital. Our wonderfully stereotypical cast is introduced after the amazing fighter Kai defeats hot-headed Morikawa. Jump to the classroom of our protagonist, Aichi Sendou. Ignore the teacher teaching about the Sengoku Period using card game metaphors.

After being publicly humiliated by answering a question wrong in class, Aichi begins to daydream about his legendary Vanguard card, Blaster Blade. During this time though, a still angry Morikawa sees the card. So naturally he decides to mug Aichi for the card in hopes to use it to defeat Kai. The muggers and Aichi run to the cardshop.

Although Kai initially denies Morikawa’s challenge, the bet of winner receiving Buster Blade interests him again. By the time Aichi catches up with them, Kai has already won the match, and the card. Aichi’s pleading for the card back gets him no where, so he decides to challenge Kai for it. The two fight, with Kai explaining the rules to Aichi as the match goes along (which most definitely isn’t product placement for the real world card game.)

So the fight progresses for the rest of the episode. A ways in, it is revealed that Kai and Aichi met each other long ago, and Kai gave Aichi his Blaster Blade card, inspiring Aichi to become a fighter so he could fight Kai one day. As Aichi summons his avatar Blaster Blade, the episode ends.

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  • Kibs April 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I am fairly confident that that is the plot of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode

    • TheManorexic April 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      That pretty much hits the nail on the head. When I wrote this I accidentally used Yu-Gi-Oh! character names a couple times.

  • Zero Gravity April 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I saw the first episode. A while ago, I wanted to try the card game but I have no one I could actually play with. I’m not a fan of the series, maybe if theres an un-edited english release i’ll give it a try, but knowing the money hungry punks at 4Kids, I’m not expecting it

    • TheManorexic April 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      4Kids editing their English releases? Who ever heard of such a notion? Maybe if we’re lucky some other studio will swip it before them.

  • Renku April 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    😛 Sound more the the first ep of GX, not the original YuGiOh!.

  • Corronica April 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I was watching that show before it went mainstream 😛

  • Zero Gravity April 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I WANT to enjoy it, I WANT to learn how to play, as I love card games.
    But if 4Kids gets it, I’m not even gonna bother

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