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Cardfight!! Vanguard (カードファイト!! ヴァンガード Kādofaito!! Vangādo) is a manga drawn and written by Akira Ito, originally seralized on November 26, 2010. It is the manga equivalent of the anime series. The Japanese version is published by Kadokawa Shoten and the English version is published by Vertical. It was originally published in Kerokero Ace since the January 2011 issue, until it was moved to the Monthly Bushiroad magazine on September 2013 after the former ceased its publications. After finishing the high school arc, Akira Ito has decided to take a break while focusing on other projects, so the manga has been finalized. One of those projects was announced to be a new manga called "Cardfight!! Vanguard: Turnabout" on July 21, 2020.


  • The first adaptation was an anime movie loosely based on the conflict of the second arc which omits everything else, except for the antagonist, Kouji Ibuki. In the movie, his Deletor deck is also different, and the ending has omitted some details because it was released before the actual ending of the manga.
  • The second adaptation, had been announced in the form of a rebooted anime series on March 14, 2018, which is closer to the manga regardless of small changes. This adaptation also marked a new beginning after the conclusion of the Cardfight!! Vanguard G series, including several redesigns of classic cards. It was followed by three original series that chronicle new stories with still supervision of Akira Itou on them.

Plot Summary[]

PSYqualia Strife Arc[]

Despite never having been in a cardfight, Aichi Sendou carries a precious card, Blaster Blade, with him as a symbol of strength. After an encounter with Toshiki Kai, the boy who originally gave him the card long ago, he is introduced to Vanguard fights, making several new friends at the card shop "Card Capital" as a result. Soon, he encounters the card gang "Foo Fighter", who force opponents to fight wearing "VF gloves", accessories which inflict physical pain when a fighter takes damage. During a fight with Kyou Yahagi, one of Foo Fighter's powerful AL4 members, Aichi is guided to victory after hearing the voice of a card speaking to him, and awakens to the power of "PSYqualia", an ability to communicate with one’s units that was previously thought to be unique to the leader of Foo Fighter, Ren Suzugamori.

As the remaining members of the AL4 attempt to hunt down Kai, who they consider a traitor, it is revealed that Ren and Kai are former friends and rivals, and it was Ren's inability to defeat Kai that brought about his current obsession with the power of PSY Qualia. Intending to end things between them, Kai faces Ren in a cardfight, but is defeated. Ren then challenges Aichi, angered by the knowledge that another fighter exists who could defeat Kai. The two of them engage in a battle of PSYqualia, taking place in a mental arena as if they had actually been transported to the planet Cray to fight along with their units. Despite Ren’s confidence, Aichi is not only able to win, but also free Ren from the power-hungry grip of his PSYqualia obsession.

High School Arc[]

At his new high school Miyaji Academy, Aichi attempts to start a cardfighting club, with limited success until a member of idol group "ULTRARARE", Kourin Tatsunagi, joins him. After Naoki Ishida, Shingo Komoi, and finally Misaki Tokura join, the club is officially recognized by the school, and organizes an intramural match against Fukuhara High's Vanguard club, which includes Ren and the other members of the AL4. There, Aichi attracts the attention of Takuto Tatsunagi, who reveals that he knows about PSYqualia.

When Kouji Ibuki, a mysterious fighter with the power to "delete" his opponents' connections to Vanguard, appears, Takuto reveals his true nature as the "Concert Master", the one who guides the flow of destiny between Earth and Cray. He fights Ibuki in an attempt to learn more about the Deletors, a deck which even he does not recognise, but is defeated, and his body is taken over by the "Destiny Conductor", the Deletors' master and envoy of Wandering Star Brandt which seeks to conquer Cray.

The members of ULTRARARE, now under the Conductor's command, begin to defeat other fighters and infect them with a form of PSYqualia, which turns them into "zombies" and can be spread via cardfighting. Ibuki, meanwhile, simply seeks to delete as many fighters as possible out of his hatred for Vanguard. After both Ren and Aichi are zombified, the Conductor asserts complete control over Cray's destiny, but Aichi is freed by Ibuki deleting his vanguard. Aichi challenges the Conductor, gathering the support of both his friends and units to become the vessel of Cray's deity Messiah and defeat Brandt. In defeat, Brandt is absorbed by Messiah, and, with her master gone, Kourin's memories begin to disappear. She gives Misaki her hairband to remember her by, and they promise to meet again.


Main Characters[]

Foo Fighters[]

Team Ultra Rare[]

Chapter Guide[]

Volume Guide[]

# Details Japanese Cover English Cover Indonesia Cover
01 CV-Manga Vol. 1 CV-Manga Vol.1-English CV-Manga Vol.1-INDO
02 CV-Manga Vol. 2 CV-Manga Vol.2-English CV MANGA-INDO VOL. 2
03 CV-Manga Vol. 3 CV-MangaVol3-EN CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD VOL. 03 INDO
  • Release Date:
    • June 22, 2012 (JP)
    • November 25, 2014 (EN)
  • Chapters:
    • 015 - 019
  • Promo Card:
Vgd comic 04 CV-MangaVol4-EN
  • Release Date:
    • November 20, 2012 (JP)
    • February 17, 2015 (EN)
  • Chapters:
    • 020 - 024
  • Promo Card:
CV-Manga Vol.5 CV-MangaVol5-EN
  • Release Date:
    • August 21, 2013 (JP)
    • May 26, 2015 (EN)
  • Chapters:
    • 025 - 030
  • Promo Card:
CV-Manga Vol.6 CV-MangaVol6-EN
07 CV-Manga Vol.7 CV-MangaVol7-EN
08 Vgd comic 08 CV-MangaVol8-EN
09 CV-Manga Vol.9 CV-MangaVol9-EN
10 CV-MangaVol10 CV-MangaVol10-EN
11 CV-MangaVol11 CV-MangaVol11-EN
12 CV-MangaVol12 CV-MangaVol12-EN

Extra Volume[]

# Details Japanese Cover
  • Name: Volume 0 Start Set
  • Release Date:
    • May 23, 2013 (JP)
  • Chapters:
    • 000 - 001
  • Other


  • Unlike anime, the cards featured originally in the manga can have different characteristics of their official versions, sometimes being more powerful or weaker. For example, Promise Daughter and The Dark Dictator; Arc Saver Dragon can also be the most drastic example.
  • The manga, so far, has featured mechanics originally from later seasons of the anime. This includes Limit Break, Cross Ride, Legion, and a slightly altered Stride.

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