Cardfight!! Vanguard on Crunchyroll

January 5, 2011 at 8:43 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | 1 Comment

Cardfight!! Vanguard Japanese logo

If you like trading card games and are looking for something different, consider checking out Cardfight!! Vanguard, a new anime series coming to TV sets across Japan this weekend and being simulcast on Crunchyroll. The show will follow the story of Aichi Sendou, a timid but kind-hearted student whose life is changed by a card game called Vanguard. The stage of Vanguard is the planet Klay, a world where magic and science meld, and gods, demons, dragons, and fairies roam.

Crunchyroll users with a Premium Anime Membership can watch the new episodes as early as 7:30 pm EST on Fridays — one hour after the show ends in Japan. The episodes are accessible to everyone else after one week. Streaming begins this Friday evening, January 7.

Of course, trading card games are a dime a dozen and I wouldn’t even be mentioning this if it didn’t have some connection to Yu-Gi-Oh! (besides the obvious). The original concept for Cardfight!! Vanguard comes in part from Akira Itou, who authored the Yu-Gi-Oh! R manga. Itou is also working on the manga adaptation of this new series. Hatsuki Tsuji, who served as storyboarder and animation director for several episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, director for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light movie, and series director for Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters GX, will straddle the director’s seat for this series as well.

Promotional image for the Cardfight!! Vanguard anime

Cardfight!! Vanguard was first introduced at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2010 last summer. The real-life card game will be debuting in Japan in late February with the release of two theme decks, followed by the first booster packs in March. Throughout January and February, hobby stores across Japan will be holding exhibitions to introduce people to the game. Informational TV and Internet radio programs, complete with interviews and news about the game, will also be broadcast.

Will Cardfight!! Vanguard be the next big one to watch? Or will it fall by the wayside like so many other TCG properties?

Related websites:
Official Cardfight!! Vanguard Portal (Japanese)
Official Cardfight!! Vanguard Anime Website (Japanese)

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  1. I really hope this becomes a big hit because starting with 5Ds Yu-Gi-Oh1 became just pitifully bad.

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