First Look: Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker Chapter

cfv link joker image

Stand Up, Vanguard!

“Ride 105: “Stand Up The Highschool”

CFV’s Season III OP,”Vanguard Fight” by Psychic Lover

Months after the conclusion of the VF Circuit’s final stage, which ended with the victory of Team Q4, and the subsequent unsealing of the Royal Paladin, Shadow Paladin, and Kagero clans, life for Sendou Aichi and his friends continue. Aichi enrolls in Miyaji Academy, a school wherein getting into a good college is the top priority, and Cardfight!! Vanguard isn’t as popular.

00000082I just realized that Kai, Aichi, and Ren all suffer from a sever case of chuunibyou

A new character, Ishida Naoki, a somewhat anti-social and lethargic teenager, follows Aichi out of school and into Card Capital out of curiosity. Just like Aichi in the first season of the anime, Naoki learns, step-by-step, how to play the popular trading card game Cardfight!! Vanguard, and enters a new world. However, he loses his first cardfight, and storms out of Card Capital after buying the trial deck. But hey, he’s now hooked on Cardfight!! Vanguard, so it’s all good.

00000104Stand Up, My Avatar! I Ride, Blaster Blade Liberator!

A not-so-subtle “Take That!” to cardfighters everywhere

00000057Ouch, that comment from sensei might have hit too close to home

While sensei (the man looks like Clark Kent with that glasses and square jaw, doesn’t he?) only appeared for a few minutes, he did raise a valid point. Unless one already has a steady job, or has other means of supporting one’s hobbies without need of a regular salary, one shouldn’t neglect their academics. After all, there will always be cardfights, but education is infinitely more important, right? Right?

Final Thoughts

00000123Ishida Naoki: Cardfight!! Vanguard is AWESOME!!! 

While obviously a thinly veiled attempt to market the cards of Trial Deck 08: Liberator of the Sanctuary and Trial Deck 09: Eraser of the Empire to new and returning viewers, having the first episode of the new season with no psyqualia, no plots to unseal clans or endanger the planet Cray, and no VF Circuit-like tournaments in sight (yet), the third season kicks of things with a slow but comfortable pace.

The new character, Ishida Naoki, is introduced as Aichi’s foil and/or rival, similar to Toshiki Kai’s role in Season 1 and the Asian Circuit chapter. Additionally, Naoki’s enthusiastic, hot-blooded (and somewhat reckless) way of cardfighting is a striking contrast to Kai’s silent and calculated playstyle. Perhaps the unsealed Kagero clan should have been assigned to him instead of the Narukami?

Finally, the high school setting will compensate for the lack of “real-life” stuff that the Asian Circuit Chapter and Season I lacked, namely: how do cardfighters balance their cardfighting and their life outside cardfights.


00000175Tatsunagi Kourin: Cardfighter. Transfer Student. Idol Singer. Tsundere.

On the next episode of Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker Chapter, Tatsunagi Kourin is the new popular transfer student. Just what is she doing in Academy?

Stand Up, (the) Vanguard!


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A glasses-wearing otaku who's on a journey of self-discovery.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Anime & Manga, Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker Chapter and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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