Cardfight!! Vanguard Vol. 4 by Akira Itou (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
April 13, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Cardfight!! Vanguard” will surely appeal to those who enjoy the popular Bushiroad game or those who are fan of the franchise and want to read Akira Itou’s latest cardbattle manga series! If you love cardbattles, especially “Cardfight!! Vanguard”, then this manga is for you!
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MANGA TITLE: Cardfight!! Vanguard Vol. 4
STORY AND ART BY: Akira Itou
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kadokawa Corporation
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical, Inc.
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2014
There is something that appears to set apart the elite card fighters from the rest. Beyond strong decks, skill, and passion may hide an innate force that grants a few the ability to “read the flow of the cards.” Those who have experienced this call it “PSY Qualia!”
Three card fighters – Ren, Kai, and Aichi – will compete to measure the true strength of this mysterious ability. Is PSY Qualia useful for nothing more than power or are the ties fighters have with their cards key to this unique talent?
In 2011, Akira Itou (Yu-Gi-Oh! R), Satoshi Nakamura (Duel Masters) and Bushiroad president Takaki Kidani created a Japanese media franchise known as “Cardfight!! Vanguard”.
With an official trading card game created by Bushiroad, TMS Entertainment would be responsible for the anime version that would appear on TV Tokyo. Meanwhile, a manga series would be featured on Kadokawa’s Kerokero Ace Magazine.
And now, “Cardfight!! Vanguard” is being released by Vertical, Inc. in the United States.
The manga series revolves around a shy boy named Aichi Sendou who is a fan of “Cardfight!! Vanguard”, a trading card game that is popular throughout the planet of Cray.
Aichi’s card is Blaster Blade and when his classmate Katsumi Morikawa steals his card, Aichi chases him to the Card Capital and he gets involved in a battle with Toshiki Kai, the cold-hearted high schooler known for his cardplaying abilities, and was responsible for giving Aichi a card when he was a very young boy.
Surprisingly, Aichi Sendou beats Toshiki Kai.
In volume 4 of “Cardfight!! Vanguard”, with word getting around that Aichi had beaten Toshiki Kai, now the head of Foo Fighter Ren Suzugamori has come all the way to visit Toshiki Kai and find out how he could lose to another person.
So, now Ren challenges Toshiki in a card battle to see if Toshiki had weakened and that is why he lost a match. Will Toshiki win against the head of Foo Fighter?
Meanwhile, Aichi watches from a distance and see two of the greatest card players in battle!
For those familiar with manga series such as “Yu-Gi-Oh”, Akira Itou’s “Cardfight!! Vanguard” has similarities in the fact that it revolves around a protagonist who wants to get better and better in cardfighting.
In this case, because he had beaten Toshiki Kai, now everyone wants to know more about Akira Itou and his abilities, including the great Ren, the head of the Foo Fighter.
But not wanting to see Aichi Sendou jump into this life of card battling, Toshiki tries his best to dissuade Aichi from participating in any more battles, but will he listen?
With this latest volume, the chapters are primarily the matchup between Toshiki and Ren and seeing the strategies employed during their cardbattle.
For the manga series, Akira Itou’s artwork is similar to his work in “Yu-Gi-Oh R” and his artwork and storyline match well together in showing the emotions that these characters go through during battle.
As with all volumes, a card is included and with this manga, “The Dark Dictator” card is included.
Overall, “Cardfight!! Vanguard” will surely appeal to those who enjoy the popular Bushiroad game or those who are fan of the franchise and want to read Akira Itou’s latest cardbattle manga series! If you love cardbattles, especially “Cardfight!! Vanguard”, then this manga is for you!
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