"Welcome to the NEXT STAGE!!" is the 1st episode of Cardfight!! Vanguard G: NEXT and the 295th episode of the Cardfight!! Vanguard Anime.
Five months have passed after Team TRY3 defeated Company and life is back to normal. Chrono Shindou transfers to Tokyo Metropolitan Harumi High School, beginning a new journey, and finds difficulty in adjusting to a normal high school life. Meanwhile, a mysterious man named Kazumi Onimaru pays a visit to Card Capital 2 and challenges Chrono to a fight. After learning that Kazumi is a champion of the U20 Championship, Chrono decides to enter.