Toshiki Kai goes up against the mysterious boy, known as Takuto Tatsunagi. After a raging battle between the two, Kai's Kagero deck transforms into a Narukami deck after Takuto rides his grade 3 unit.
Afterwards, Aichi also encounters Takuto. After finding out Takuto uses a Gold Paladin deck, Aichi decides to teach Takuto the rules of Vanguard.
As their fight goes on Aichi is drawn by Takuto into a vision of the planet Cray, where he witnesses firsthand the sealing of the Shadow Paladins, Royal Paladins and Kagero clans. When Sendou awakens, he finds himself in a strange alternate timeline; his Royal Paladin deck has been replaced by a Gold Paladin deck, Takuto is nowhere in sight, and his friends are convinced that Aichi has always used a Gold Paladin deck. Unsure of what to do, the episode closes with Sendou overwhelmed by this strange turn of events.