-> "My name is Amao Kakeru. It's my fifth year in grade school. This time around, the game that gets us all fired up . . . is called [=LiveOn=]! Those who battle using mysterious monsters called forth from cards are referred to as [=CardLivers=]. [=CardLive=] on!"
-> Intro

Amao Kakeru loves the mysterious card game called [=LiveOn=], in which players can summon real-life monsters to life. The only problem is that he's never won a single game. Not only that, but he lacks a powerful [=LiveChange=] card that would allow him to transform into a monster himself. This all changes one day when he meets a mysterious puppy monster named Peddal who can create monster cards at will. From Peddal he gains the Tategami Wolf (Maned Wolf) card, allowing him to change into a pyrokinetic monster wolf that can talk to his monsters.

A {{Mons}} series in the vein of Franchise/YuGiOh with a splash of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AnimalMotifs:
** Dogs and wolves for Kakeru. His transformed state is Tategami Wolf.
** Birds for Ai.
** Fish for Tohru.
* AnimalTalk: The monsters can only be understood by other monsters or a human transformed using a [=LiveChange=] card.
* AttackAttackAttack: This is the chief reason Kakeru tends to lose.
** This is the core creed of Totsugeki Mustang's life.
* BilingualBonus: Almost all of the monsters, and Kakeru and Peddal's banter.
* BishieSparkle: Tohru, lampshaded by Kakeru. "I wonder why Tohru sparkles?"
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Peddal, to human ears sounds like a normal puppy. To monsters he sounds ridiculously well-versed and intelligent.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: All of the aquatic monsters.
* GatlingGood: Ai's Gatling Goose card, which summons a gosling with a minigun in its beak.
* GratuitousEnglish: Peddal likes to use complicated English phrases.
* GratuitousFrench: What Tohru speaks in.
* TheLoad: Kakeru's Sarusalsas, whose main function in any episode is to cower behind Kakeru. They'll only attack if victory is assured and aren't really strong at all.
** Their function is to work as the [=PowerSource=] to summon stronger monsters, but even then . . . they're still craven.
* {{Mons}}
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Tategami Wolf.
* PowerTrio: Kakeru, Tohru, Ai.
* PrincelyYoungMan: Tohru.
* WorfBarrage: Totsugeki Mustang role in most episodes is to be summoned, charges into battle, and gets instantly wiped out.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Ai is the top player in Kakeru's school, until Kakeru gets the Tategami Wolf card. Episode 4 is practically an extreme lampshade hanging of this trope as people forget Ai even plays LiveOn now that there's a BOY in the school who can LiveChange.
* RedOniBlueOni: Totsugeki Mustang and Shippou Mustang, respectively.
* RunningGag: Kakeru getting Japanese and English words mixed up.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Zenith (the monarch of the Vast Ocean type) almost does this when he gets creeped out by his [=CardLiver=]'s furry-esque cosplay.
* SeriousBusiness: Somewhat averted. Oddly enough despite the fact that children are running around and turning wild monsters into playing cards that come to life, it's made clear that [=LiveOn=] doesn't dominate human culture like in other Mons franchises.
* ThreeAmigos
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Kakeru, you can't turn into a magic wolf here, you'll block traffic.
* WorldOfPun
** Almost all of the monsters used in [=LiveOn=] are based on some kind of pun, sometimes in Japanese (i.e. - Jukaiju - forest monster), sometimes in English (Heater Rabbit - ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) and sometimes in both (Sarusalsa - salsa ape).
** There's also a baffling amount that are terrible bilungual puns referencing American pop culture. For instance: [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Knife Sparrow]], and Rusou ("candle") Crow.
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