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Cardfight!! Vanguard gets anime relaunch

Bushiroad’s trading card game franchise Cardfight!! Vanguard is being reborn. Coming alongside a new rule set for the real-life game, the TV anime is getting rebooted with the original cast. More closely following the storyline of Akira Ito’s manga series, the new show will be produced by Japanese animation studio OLM. Itsuro Kawasaki will direct the series from scripts by Masanao Akahoshi. Satoru Isono is responsible for character designs. The original voice cast will return.

Here’s the first trailer:

The new season embarks on a new story with Aichi and Kai returning to take up the helm as main protagonists. The audience will also find many beloved characters such as Misaki Tokura, Kamui Katsuragi and Ren Suzugamori appearing in this season.

In Japan, the series will debut on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 on May 5, on TV Aichi on May 6, and on tvk on May 9. An English subtitled version will also be available outside Japan on YouTube and Crunchyroll. The English dubbed version is expected to follow later that month.

This won’t be the only anime, however. Bushiroad has also confirmed that a Vanguard spinoff about the Bermuda Triangle mermaid idols will debut in Winter 2019.

The rebooted anime is launching alongside a format change in the TCG. Bushiroad is also supporting the project with a new mobile game, Cardfight!! Vanguard Zero, which will be available on iOS and Android platforms globally.

Cardfight!! Vanguard launched in winter 2011 and encompasses multiple manga and anime series, as well as the TCG and video games. The original manga was written by Yu-Gi-Oh! R’s Akira Ito. It is published in English by Vertical. In 2014, the anime introduced a new cast of characters with Cardfight!! Vanguard G. The current season of the anime, Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z debuted last October. Following the franchise’s Japanese launch, Bushiroad enlisted Ocean Productions to produce an English-language dub of the series. In addition to its online availability, the series has also aired on television in Australia and South East Asia.

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