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Aichi Sendou

Royal Paladin (Force)

Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (JP), James Beach (EN)
Click here to see Aichi in the High School arc onward 
A shy middle school student. He was given the Blaster Blade card by Kai after the latter ran into him after he had been bullied. Years later, this same card being stolen led him to Card Capital where he met with Kai again. In the Highschool arc, he is now a student at Miyaji Academy and seeks to establish a Cardfight Club.

Aichi plays a Royal Paladin deck centered around his avatar card Blaster Blade which he supports through the use of the Alfred cards whose skills make it easier to call him. He also focuses on filling up his rearguard circles by calling additional allies through other means for card advantage while increasing the power of his units through the use of their skills or the Force gift marker thus giving his deck a good balance of attack and defense.

  • The Ace: He becomes this in Cardfights at least in the end of the first arc since he's the champion of the Asia Circuit.
  • Adaptational Badass: In this series he has Grade 3 cards in his deck from the start and more than one copy of Blaster Blade. He was also able to defeat Kamui in their first Cardfight instead of the other way around.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the original anime, Aichi briefly switched to Shadow Paladin during the first season and would later switch to Gold Paladin during the second and third seasons whereas here he only uses Royal Paladin and never changes clans with Kourin taking up the role of being the main Gold Paladin user.
  • Adorkable: It wouldn't be Aichi without this. He's very socially awkward and kind, even going as far as to befriend his former bullies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While normally a very nice guy, his enemies should not make him angry or else they'll regret it. For example:
    • When Kyou defeats Kamui and throws his deck to the ground and calls it worthless. He tells Nagisa she doesn't have to pick up Kamui's cards, because it's Kyou's job. He then challenges Kyou to a fight where if he wins, Kyou will have to pick up Kamui's cards, then proceeds to beat Kyou at his own game.
    • It strikes again when he sees Ibuki delete Kyou. This act is so horrible, in Aichi's eyes, that he slams the table Ibuki and Kyou were playing at, and he says that he will never forgive them for doing that. He even steals Ibuki's deck so he won't delete anyone else!
    • It goes even beyond that when he learns that Ibuki deleted Kai. Even as a PSYQualia Zombie, he gets so enraged at Ibuki, that he challenges them to a cardfight despite the Destiny Conductor trying to assert his control over him! Aichi shakes with anger, grits his teeth, slams the table, and even exclaims a Japanese profanity (In the subbed version, at least).
  • Dark Horse Victory: This is how his victory of the Asia Circuit is seen as in-universe since anyone outside of Card Capital or people who know him, only see him as a strong fighter that came out of nowhere and managed to win the first tournament he participated in.
  • Discard and Draw: In the High School arc he retires Exculplate the Blaster for Monarch Sanctuary Alfred.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even more so than his original series counterpart, and that’s saying something.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower:
    • In the near end of the Foo Fighter arc he obtains the Grade 4 Exculpate the Blaster at the end of his fight with Ren.
    • The end of the Highschool arc has him get two of these in a row thanks to the inhabitants of Cray sending him their support. He first obtains Arc Saver Dragon in his fight against Ibuki and then Messianic Lord Blaster gainst the Destiny Conductor.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: After becoming a PSYqualia zombie, Aichi's voice becomes deeper.
  • Iconic Item: His avatar, Blaster Blade. This time around, he has more than one copy of it, but the one Kai gave him has a different artwork than the rest.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: While he retired his usage of PSYqualia since he's already strong enough without it. He's still able to use it consciously, but only does it when it's truly needed. In fact he along with Ren didn't use PSYqualia till a point Tetsu and Suiko thought they may have lost it.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: His deck is comprised of these.
  • Luminescent Blush: Aichi is frequently shown blushing, it's hard to find an episode where he doesn't at least once.
  • Messianic Archetype: Evolves into one towards the end of the Highschool arc with Ibuki even calling him a "neo-messiah" after he defeats the Destiny Conductor, saving both worlds. Fittingly, the unit he uses to do so is named Messianic Lord Blaster.
  • Nice Guy: Is very kind to everyone he meets, and befriends the guys that bullied him and stole his Blaster Blade. He even goes as far as to thank Kyou for keeping his word and picking up Kamui’s cards, while also helping him a little or help the student council with learning Vanguard despite the fact that if the Cardfight Club loses to them they would be disbanded.
  • Psychic Powers: Just like in the original series he has PSYqualia.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Boy: He is definitely shy and mild-mannered along with having that blue hair.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It simply wouldn't be him without it.

Toshiki Kai

Kagero (Force)

Voiced by: Takuya Sato (JP), Ryan Luhning (EN)
An aloof high school student known as the Solitary Fighter. He met Aichi in the past and was the one who gave him the Blaster Blade card.

Kai uses a Kagero deck, spearheaded by Dragonic Overlord. He uses the latter's ability to restand itself alongside skills that retire opposing rearguard to wreck havoc on his opponent's field. In the second arc of the series, he upgrades his deck by including Dragonic Overlord the Great. Later on, he obtains Dragonic Overlord the End from Mamoru which he goes on to use during the Koshien.

  • The Ace: Kai is stated to be a strong fighter and his fight with Kenji shows that his reputation isn't undeserved.
  • Adaptational Badass: Similar to the manga, Kai obtains PSYqualia, unlike in the original anime where he was simply a Badass Normal.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: While still aloof, Kai is a bit nicer and more openly supportive of Aichi in this continuity than he was in the previous one. Image 15 implies that his personality was more akin to that his original series counterpart while he was a member of Foo Fighters. He's also more quick to emote, showing visible distress at the idea of Ren and Tetsu deciding to move in with him while the PSYqualia Zombie mess is going on.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Unlike in the previous series, Kai's parents abandoned him instead of being dead. His and Ren's connection is also different as they were not shown to be friends with Ren simply admiring Kai's strength.
  • Big NO: Ends up screaming no after Ren and Tetsu decide they'll stay at his apartment for some time.
  • Blood Knight: This is the only reason why he joined Team Q4, as their initial formation was to fight Team NwO, consisting of Asia's three highest ranked fighters.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Kai used to be a cheerful kid until his parents abandoned him after stealing money from the company they worked for. This led to Kai being passed from guardian to guardian, all of whom either disliked or had poor opinion of him because of what his parents did. This lasted until his uncle offered him the chance to live on his own just as he was to enter high school, at which point Kai had already become who he was at the start of the series.
  • De-Power: As a result of being deleted by Ibuki, his bond with Vanguard is severed and he's unable to play as well as he used to, but he's still able to regain his bond with Vanguard although it takes time.
  • Discard and Draw: Before his second fight with Aichi, Kai changes his deck, removing the Dragonic Waterfall he used against Ren to add Cruel Dragon and the Grade 4 Transcendance Dragon, Dragonic Nouvelle Vague. He then trades that in for Dragonic Overlord The Great during the Highschool arc.
  • The Dreaded: The moment Tetsu and Asaka heard from Minami that he was defeated by a guy named Kai, they were struck with surprise and fear that he may be in town.
  • Iconic Item: Dragonic Overlord. Minami mentioning that the guy he fought used it confirmed to Asaka and Tetsu that it is the same Kai they're thinking of.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being a rather serious person, he's not above taking Miwa with him to do groceries make him carry everything which failed when Miwa realized this.
  • Not So Stoic: While he isn't as stoic in the original series, he's very loud when objecting against Ren and Tetsu staying at his apartment.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kai's parents ran away without him after stealing money from the company they worked for.
  • Psychic Powers: Obtains PSYqualia during his fight against Aichi, allowing him to turn the fight around and win. However, he immediately states he doesn't intend to use it again.
  • Red Baron: Is known as the Solitary Fighter.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Miwa's red.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed compared to his original series counterpart but Kai is still rather reserved.
  • Used to Be More Social: As a kid, Kai was more cheerful and friendly than he is in the present.

Misaki Tokura

Oracle Think Tank (Protect)

Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (JP), Natasha Strickey (EN)
Click here to see Misaki in the High School arc onward 
A high school student who works as a clerk at Card Capital. She is the cousin of the shop's current manager and the daughter of its original owner. Initially disinterested in Vanguard, her attitude changes after seeing Aichi's fight with Kai.

Her deck of choice, given to her by Shin, features the Oracle Think Tank clan. Its playstyle focuses on increasing the number of cards in her hand to complement the Protect gift marker before finishing the fight with her ace card, Imperial Daughter. She later changes her deck to be more focused on the Magus units with Hexagonal Magus and later, Pentagonal Magus as her new aces. During the Koshien, she is briefly shown to be using Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Originally, Misaki was more reserved even after beginning to cope with her parents deaths. Here, she's more outspoken and has a bit of a temper.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the original version, Shin was her paternal uncle. Here, Shin is her cousin instead.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the original version, Misaki stopped using her Oracle Think Tank deck before Season 3, changing to a Genesis deck for the remainder of the original series, then interchanging between the two in G. Here, she solely uses Oracle Think Tank, shifting focus to the Magus sub-clan upon the Miyaji High School arc.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Misaki's past is the same here as that of her original series counterpart with the exception that she was present in the car during the accident that killed her parents.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The outfit she wears in the Foo Fighters arc leaves her midriff exposed.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't like to hear people talk bad about her parents' shop (Now being taken care of by her cousin, Shin), Card Capital.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the regulars of her shop, particularly Aichi and Miwa, rushing to their aid when they weren't in the best of shape.
  • The Dreaded: Has a reputation of being the "Backstage Boss" of Miyaji Academy, rumored to control the academy from the shadows using psychic powers. While said rumors are false, people do fear her becauce of her photographic memory.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She does not like being called "Misa-Q" by Ren and repeatedly tells him to stop calling her that.
  • Important Haircut: Akari suggests that Misaki cut her hair before the High School arc in order to show that she's trying to change.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Misaki is mistakenly thought of as the "Backstage Boss" of Miyaji Academy, people thinking she has "psychic powers" that she uses to control the school. She isn't, but her long skirt and Deadpan Snarker demanor doesn't help the image due to being traits common of Sukeban students.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She comes of as brash and abrasive most of the time, but she has a kind heart, and cares deeply for her friends and family.
  • Kick Chick: Misaki seems fond of using her legs to kick objects when angered. And people too, as Shin found out.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She ruthlessly kicked out a random delinquent cardfighter after he attempted to steal Kamui's Perfect Raizer.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Happened to her during the car accident that killed her parents. If Kourin is to be believed, this is what caused Misaki to gain her eidetic memory.
  • Only Sane Man: More often the only one willing to see the bigger picture when issues occur. Her first concern about the Q4 vs. NwO matches is how it could affect Card Capital's reputation if they lose, and her initial reaction to the electrocuting Cardfight gloves Foo Fighter uses is to kick them out of the store.
  • Otaku: A downplayed example since she doesn't fully shows it, but VD Dimension 3 highly implies that most if not all of the books she's shown reading are actually Light Novels as shown when she tries to find out in which one Eru based his arm markings on.
  • Parental Abandonment: Misaki's parents died in a car accident when she was young.
  • Photographic Memory: Misaki is stated to have it. Shin supposes she acquired it after the death of her parents, so as to not forget her memories of them. Whether or not it is meant to be a case of eidetic memory is unknown since Misaki denies it when Kourin brings up that topic, simply saying she just has a better memory than most people. According to Kourin, this ability comes from Misaki continuously experiencing a "life review", having all of the memories of her life flashing back before her eyes, during the moments following the accident up until she was rescued.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite looking like and having the reputation of a delinquent, her grades are very good according to Shingo.
  • Ship Tease: Misaki has a lot with Aichi this time around, considering him someone precious in her heart. She quickly rushes for him when he shows up with Ren and hugs him protectively, and her reasoning for not joining the Cardfight Club is made to be her not wanting to drag Aichi's efforts down with her reputation, despite actually wanting to join the club with him.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in Team Q4. Dropped when she joins the Cardfight Club, as the team also has Kourin, making it Two Girls to a Team. But later becomes this again in VD when Kourin was erased from everyone's memories after she lost her duty as a "Called Walker".
  • The Worf Effect: Misaki is defeated by Gouki so the audience can see why he ended up as the runner-up of the Asia Circuit. Happens again when she loses to Ren to show how strong he and his PSYqualia are. She doesn't even get a chance to ride to Grade 3. Happens a third time when she she is defeated by Aichi after he became a PSYQualia Zombie and just like her fight against Ren, she once again is defeated before she can ride to Grade 3.
  • You Gotta Have Lilac Hair: Misaki's hair is lilac.

Kamui Katsuragi

Nova Grappler (Accel)

Voiced by: Shizuka Ishikawa (JP), Melissa Dorsey (EN)
A grade schooler who went to Card Capital in order to challenge the strongest fighter in the shop. He was a former regular at Cardshop Voyage and acquainted with the Daimonji siblings. He has a crush on Emi, Aichi's sister and refers to the latter as a big brother.

Kamui uses a Nova Grappler deck centered around the Raizer series and takes advantage of the extra rearguard circle provided by the Accel gift marker with his unit's ability to restand themselves or other to unleash a series of powerful attacks. However, Gouki's comments indicate he has used another clan previously. In the High School arc, he upgrades his deck by including the Beast Deity units.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In this series he used to play at a cardshop near his neighborhood alongside his friends, but stopped coming there after Foo Fighters took over the shop and forces its costumers to play "serious fights"note . This caused the owner to close the shop, his friends stopped playing Vanguard and forced Kamui to play at other cardshops in order to get stronger and one day defeat Foo Fighters. It's even this compared to the manga, because in the manga the shop was eventually saved, but in the V series anime it got closed down.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Zigzagged. Unlike the original series, he loses against Aichi in their cardfight while in the original he defeated him. He also lacks the reputation as a strong fighter that his original series counterpart had. This is mitigated somewhat by him defeating Gouki in Image 11, which was also his goal in this series and the first season of the original series which took him 3 seasons to fulfill.
  • Anime Hair: It's just as high and spiky as in the original series.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original manga's version of the PSYqualia Zombie arc, Kamui is mainly Demoted to Extra. Here, he's made into a Zombie himself after facing Kyou, but is then freed by Kai, frees Morikawa, and then goes off to find Aichi after learning Kourin is a PSYqualia Zombie herself. He also helps Kyou regain his bond with Vanguard after he gets deleted by Ibuki.
  • Discard and Draw: In the High School arc, he trades in his Raizers for the Beast Deity units.
  • The Four Gods: In the High School arc, he starts using the original four Beast Deity units, which have this trope as their inspiration.
  • It's Personal: With Kyou, due to the latter being the one who took over the shop Kamui used to visit. When Kyou leads an attack on Voyage, Kamui rushes there to stop him and faces off against him after Gouki loses. Unfortunately, Kyou proves to strong for him and decimates Kamui.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Emi of course.
  • Out of Focus: He is this compared to the other members of Q4, but it's a rather justified example, because Vanguard tournaments are not team tournaments like in the original and his younger age makes him unable to participate in the Vanguard Koshien like the older characters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Invokes this by going on a training journey in order to defeat Gouki and later on Kyou. He ended up being a regular at Card Capital and it shows when he defeated Gouki in a cardfight. However it still wasn't enough to defeat Kyou who also became stronger since he last fought him.
  • The Worf Effect: Loses to Leon to help establish the latter's strength as the Asia Circuit Champion. Happens again when he faces Kyou and finds himself on the receiving end of the ZANBAKU-Arrester lockdown.

    Miyaji Academy Cardfight Club 
A club founded by Aichi in order to raise awareness of Vanguard at Miyaji Academy where the game is unknown to all but a few students.

For tropes about Aichi and Misaki, please see their Team Q4 entries above.

Naoki Ishida

Narukami (Accel)

Voiced by: Tooru Nara (JP), Stewart Cummings (EN)
A first-year student at Miyaji Academy who is regarded as a delinquent by other students for his appearance and demeanor. When he was a child he saw Aichi being bullied by other kids, but didn't act. Meeting with him again when the latter returns to Miyaji Academy causes his attitude to start changing and leads him to be the second person to join the Cardfight Club.

He is shown to have picked a Narukami deck which contains the "secret weapon" Shin gave him: Great Composure Dragon. His strategy is to remove units from his opponent's front row by binding them or moving them to the back row in order so that his units can power-up. He later upgrades it by including Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion as his new ace card. Later on, he rebuilds his deck to include the Detonix units and focus on removing as many of his opponent's rearguards as possible to lower the cost of Detonix Drill Dragon's restand ability. During the Koshien, he switches to a deck featuring the Eradicator units with his new ace being Eradicator, Gauntlet Buster Dragon which he uses to pressure his opponent with a strong vanguard attack with multiple criticals.

  • Bystander Syndrome: He witnessed Aichi being bullied in the past and while he didn't join in the bullying, he didn't do anything to help either.
  • Death Glare: Is prone to giving one of these from time to time which is usually enough to silence whoever's on the end of it.
  • Delinquent: Naoki has the reputation of being one which stems mainly from his appearance. His short temper doesn't help with it.
  • The Dreaded: Similar to Misaki most of his classmates are scared of him which stems mainly from his appearance and having the reputation for being a delinquent.
  • Face of a Thug: Thanks to his redesign giving him sharper eyes, this trait is more apparent in this series than it was in the original.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: A more subdued example but Naoki is the foolish sibling to his older brother Masaki's responsible sibling. The latter managed to get into a first-rate college while Naoki prefers to laze around and doesn't care about studying.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Naoki is quick to lose his temper and act rashly when angered or annoyed by other people. As noted above, this help contribute to his bad reputation.
  • Heroic Willpower: Despite being turned into a PSYqualia Zombie, Naoki remains unwilling to hurt Aichi and it takes the intervention of Kourin and later, the Destiny Conductor as well, to force him into defeating Aichi.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Naoki was initially standoffish and bored with his life, after playing Vanguard and befriending Aichi, his personality became more cheerful and friendly.

Kourin Tatsunagi

Gold Paladin (Accel)

Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (JP), Cheryl McMaster (EN)
A member of the idol trio ULTRARARE, Kourin is also a high school student at Miyaji Academy. She is the first person to join Aichi's Cardfight Club, although her reasons for doing so are known only to her.

In this continuity, Kourin plays a Gold Paladin deck, spearheaded by Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel whose skill let it be rode even if the opponent is at grade 1. Her deck focuses on calling units to the field to increase the number of attacks she can make in a single turn. She latter includes evolved versions of Ezel.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Inverted. In the original series, Kourin first appeared in episode 6 of the first season whereas in this one, she debuts at the beginning of the High School arc which is the equivalent of season 3. She did however have a cameo alongside her sisters during the first arc, playing this trope straight in regard to her manga counterpart.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Like in the manga, Kourin plays Gold Paladin instead of Royal Paladin like in the original anime.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As the "Called Walkers" are bound into the service of Takuto, when his body is possessed by the Destiny Conductor, she and her sisters are forcibly made into the first PSYqualia Zombies. Unlike her sisters however, Kourin puts up more visible resistance, necessitating the Destiny Conductor to use more of his power to control her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When her sister Suiko happily hugs Aichi and calls him adorable she immediately shoved her away from him and tells her to keep her hands off him.
  • Fake Memories: As one of Takuto's "Called Walkers", she was given new memories to help her fulfill her purpose.
  • Final Boss: She is the last opponent Aichi faces during the continuation of the High School arc and the last opponent of Aichi's story in the reboot.
  • Heroic Willpower: After being brought under the influence of the Destiny Conductor, Kourin manages to retain enough control to not immediately go and turn her fellow Cardfight Club members into PSYqualia Zombies. However, it doesn't last.
  • Idol Singer: As in the original series, Kourin is a part of ULTRARARE. However, according to Shingo, she isn't very popular due to her unfriendly demeanor.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She, along with her "sisters" had all their memories erased when they were made into "Called Walkers".
  • New Transfer Student: Kourin transfers into Aichi's class.
  • Not Blood Siblings: As Kourin herself confirmed when asked by her classmates, she isn't actually related to Suiko or Rekka.
  • Tsundere: When Aichi thanks her for convincing Misaki to join the club, Kourin gives the usual "it's not like I did it for you" answer. Which is then immediately lampshaded by Naoki.

Shingo Komoi

Nubatama (Protect)

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP), Hans Wackershauser (EN)
Another first-year student at Miyaji Academy and a classmate of Aichi, Kourin and Naoki. He is a longtime player of vanguard but couldn't find anyone to play with at Miyaji until Aichi, his idol, started attending the school. He is the third person to join the Cardfight Club.

Shino plays a Nubatama deck in this series, although it still features the Magatsu archetype. His playstyle revolves around returning cards back to his hand to avoid removal effects and to use as guardians while his ace card Covert Demonic Dragon, Magatsu Storm can protect himself by using the units left on the field or call cards from hand during battle to gain extra attacks.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's not as haughty or quick to put Naoki down as he was in the original, and instead comes across more as a shy guy who gets very passionate with the things he enjoys, namely Vanguard and the club.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Shingo uses a Nubatama deck instead of Murakumo like in the manga and the original anime. However, he does use the Magatsu line which have also switched clans.
  • Brutal Honesty: Shingo has no issues telling Kourin to her face that she's not popular as an idol or that her skills as a fighter are average.
  • Fanboy: Shingo is one for Aichi who he considers his idol after seeing him win the Asia Circuit on TV. He is also one for Rekka.
  • Ninja: The theme of his deck although, in this continuity, he uses Nubatama instead of Murakumo but retains the Magatsu units.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Like in the original, Shingo is at first believed to be Kourin's stalker. It's however subverted in that he's not interested in Kourin, nor is he a stalker as he wanted to approach Aichi but had trouble doing so.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Downplayed. While he is not younger than the other club members, aside from Misaki, Shingo is the shortest among them and is quite knowledgeable when it comes to Vanguard.

Supporting Characters

    Card Capital Regulars 

Taishi Miwa

Nova Grappler (Accel)

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Alex Bergen (EN)
A childhood friend of Kai. The two parted ways but eventually reunited in high school. An energetic individual, his skills as a cardfighter shouldn't be underestimated.

Like Kamui, Miwa plays a Nova Grapplers deck, but his is centered around the Hero units and combines the ability to re-stand his units with skills that block the opponent from intercepting attacks.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: This incarnation of Miwa is shown to be more energetic and prone to joining in with Morikawa and his group's antics.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Miwa's deck in this anime is Nova Grappler rather than Kagero.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets to fight against Koutei in Image 7. He loses, but was able to put up a good fight. And again in Image 15 where he fights Asaka and his friendship with Kai is delved into in greater detail.
  • Childhood Friends: Miwa has known Kai since they were children.
  • Fanboy: He is a fan of Suiko and quite dismayed to learn that Ren has already met her and that she is responsible for turning the students of Fukuhara into PSYqualia Zombies.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Kai's blue.
  • Superhero: Miwa's Nova Grapplers deck features the Hero units which he describes as heroes of justice.
  • The Worf Effect: While he isn’t as skilled a fighter as the Asia Circuit Champions or Kai, he’s established to be a good player in his own right. He however loses to Koutei in Image 7 and Asaka in Image 15, to establish how strong they are.

Emi Sendou

Bermuda Triangle (Force) (Video Game)

Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (JP), Angie Beers (EN)
Aichi's younger sister. Despite being the younger of the Sendou siblings, she's the more responsible of the two and often acts like an overprotective little sister. Curious about him acting different, she follows him to Card Capital and ends up becoming a regular visitor of the shop.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga her first appearance was shortly before the end of the Foo Fighters arc, but here she first appears in Image 3 which is after Aichi started going to Card Capital recently and the same amount of time it took for her to appear in the original series.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted. She's the younger sister but really protective of Aichi when he gets bullied at school.
  • Non-Action Girl: She is trying to learn about Vanguard, but so far has no deck or intention of fighting.
  • Oblivious to Love: She fails to realize that Kamui is enamored with her.

Shinemon "Shin" Nitta

Royal Paladin (Force)

Voiced by: Shuuta Morishima (JP), Scott Roberts (EN)
The current Manager of Card Capital who is also Misaki's cousin.

While teaching Naoki, he used a Royal Paladin deck.

  • Nephewism: Averted. While he's still Misaki's guardian, Shin is her cousin, rather than her uncle in this continuity.
    • However, the first episode of the Shinemon arc refers to Misaki as being his niece, so things are still up in the air.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only character to call him by his real name is his old friend Mark.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Miwa faces off against Asaka, Shin is more interested in the fight itself rather than being concerned about Miwa.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: He has dark green hair.

Katsumi Morikawa

Spike Brothers (Force)/Royal Paladin (Force)

Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (JP), Jonathan Molinski (EN)
A regular of Card Capital and its self proclaimed strongest fighter. He bullied Aichi at school and stole his Blaster Blade card. After being called out on no longer going to Card Capital, Aichi confronts him and becomes his friend, making him start going there again as he becomes a better person.

He initially fights using a Spike Brothers deck, but starts fighting with a Royal Paladin deck in order to use Aichi's Blaster Blade after stealing it. After losing Blaster Blade he still uses it, but unlike Aichi he doesn't use the superior call capabilities of the Clan and focuses more on giving his units more power with their own skills without using the Imaginary Gift Force. However he started using his Spike Brothers deck again in the Highschool arc.

  • Adaptational Badass/Wimp: Played around with in both cases. In the V series he isn't obsessed with Grade 3 cards and as a result his deck doesn't suffer from Crippling Overspecialization, but he doesn't have the same amount of skill as in the original series. It was even noted he only uses brute power in fights.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He is a bigger Jerkass in this series and isn't obsessed with Grade 3 cards, but after he loses against Aichi in Image 5, his personality becomes more like the original series.
  • Anime Hair: Like his original counterpart, Morikawa's hair is styled in a V shape.
  • Fanboy: Like in the previous continuity, Morikawa is a big fan of Kourin.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Since this series was made after Clan Fight was introduced, Morikawa had to use a Royal Paladin deck in order to be able to play Blaster Blade.
  • Those Two Guys: Three in this series and shares this trope with Izaki and Inenaga.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After losing against Aichi in Image 5.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: It was stated by others he only uses brute power instead of skill. This is true when you look at the skills his Royal Paladin cards have. Gigantech Charger, Lionmane Stallion and Stardrive Dragon only have attack increase skills. Also instead of riding Stardrive Dragon for the Imaginary Gift, he rides Gigantech Charger instead and uses Stardrive Dragon as a rear-guard to use its skill.

Yuta Izaki

Tachikaze (Accel)

Voiced by: Takayuki Yamaguchi (JP), Brett Bauer (EN)
A regular at Card Capital and a member of the CF Research Club of Hitsue. He's friends with Morikawa and Inenaga.

He uses a Tachikaze deck.

  • Everyone Has Standards: Stops Morikawa alongside Inenaga when he starts hitting Aichi for standing up to him.
  • Fanboy: He is a fan of Rekka.
  • The Generic Guy: Doesn't get much in terms of characterization.
  • Satellite Character: Towards Morikawa and its even worse in this series since he hasn't even had one cardfight yet.
  • Those Two Guys: Three in this series and shares this along with Morikawa and Inenaga.

Ichiro Inenaga

Megacolony (Protect)

Voiced by: Seiji Maeda (JP), Sam Ross (EN)
A regular at Card Capital and a member of the CF Research Club of Hitsue. He's friends with Morikawa and Izaki.

He uses a Megacolony deck.

  • Everyone Has Standards: Stops Morikawa alongside Izaki when he starts hitting Aichi for standing up to him.
  • Fanboy: Like Izaki, he is one for Rekka.
  • The Generic Guy: He may be even more generic than Izaki.
  • Satellite Character: Just like Izaki he hasn't received any characterization except that he's friends with Morikawa and Izaki, and uses a Megacolony deck.
  • Those Two Guys: Actually three, but is this along with Morikawa and Izaki.

    Cardshop Voyage 
Another card shop known for being the shop frequented by Gouki Daimonji, the runner-up in the latest Asia Circuit, and his younger sister Nagisa. Kamui used to be a regular before going to Card Capital and his return sets off a chain of events leading to a showdown between Card Capital and Voyage, the latter represented by Team Nagisa with Others, or NwO which is comprised of Nagisa and the top three of the Asia Circuit.

Gouki Daimonji

Granblue (Protect)
The current runner-up of the Asia Circuit who managed to get Cardshop Voyage on the map. He's a very bombastic and loud man who cares and dotes on his little sister Nagisa a lot.

His uses a Granblue deck that makes use of their resurrection skills to fill up his Rear-Guards and the Imaginary Gift Protect in order to save his hands for guarding, but at the same time have enough power to pressure his opponents.

  • The Ace: As the runner-up of the Asia Circuit, this is a given.
  • Adaptational Badass: It’s never clearly stated where he stands among the many players of the original series, only that he and his team were good enough to reach as far as the national championship. Here, he goes as far as the finals of the Asia circuit, losing only to Leon Soryu, giving him the status of the 2nd strongest cardfighter of Asia. He's also ranked above Koutei who was stronger than him in the original series.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nagisa, often supporting her in fights and comforting her when she gets upset.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Keeps referring to Card Capital as a no-name cardshop in front of Misaki who, unbeknownst to him, is the daughter of the shop's previous manager without realizing that this keeps irritating her until Nagisa points it out to him.
  • Large Ham: Is still as loud as ever.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being runner-up in the Asia Circuit, he still gets defeated by Kyou in order to show how strong the members of team AL4 are.

Nagisa Daimonji

Granblue (Protect) (Anime)/Nova Grappler (Accel) (Video Game)
The little sister of Gouki Daimonji and the one who created and named Team Nwo. She is harsh against Kamui at first and criticized him for leaving Voyage and becoming a regular at Card Capital instead. She later falls in love with Kamui after he defeats her brother and tries to get him to marry her.

Just like her older brother she plays a Granblue deck, but instead of using Basskirk as her main vanguard, she instead uses Dragon Undead, Skull Dragon as her main Grade 3 in order to pressure her opponent with it without having to call it back from the drop zone every turn.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Instead of a girl that is trying to make Kamui marry her, she is more like a Type 1 Tsundere towards him in this series and also more hotheaded.
    • She becomes more like her original series counterpart after Kamui defeats Gouki in a cardfight as shown when she immediately asks Kamui to marry her, though its treated more like an innocent crush rather than a full blown obsession this time.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the original continuity, Nagisa played Nova Grappler because of her feelings for Kamui. Since this aspect of her character was downplayed here, she instead uses Granblue like her older brother does. Possibly subverted as mention is made of her changing clans to Nova Grappler in an episode preview, although seeing as it's an episode preview, it's unknown if it should be considered canon.
  • Large Ham: Nagisa can be just as loud as her brother if she wants to.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Averted this time. She has more meaningful interactions with her teammates and even Aichi.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl on Team NwO
  • Tsundere: A type 1 towards Kamui. At first.

Kenji "Koutei" Mitsusada

Dimension Police (Force)
A young man who can kinda be odd at times and makes mistakes such as getting the time or place wrong. Despite this he's a strong cardfighter who managed to rank third at the Asia Circuit

He uses a Dimension Police deck centered around Daiyusha. He makes use of the Imaginary Gift Force to give his units, but mostly his Vanguard, a lot of power in order to use their Skills, which can include extra criticals or even Superior Riding Great Daiyusha and getting another Imaginary Gift.

  • The Ace: As one of the top three fighters in Asia, this is a given.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The original Koutei first appears during the national tournament which is around halfway in Season 1, but in the V series he appears as early in Image 7. This also applies in regards to the manga where Koutei only has a brief cameo at the start of the High School arc.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: This incarnation of Kenji can be a bit odd at times, but face him in a fight and you'll learn firsthand why he placed third in the Asia Circuit.
  • Large Ham: Not as much as his counterpart from the original series, but Koutei still likes to ham it up during his fights.
  • Red Baron: Koutei, or the Emperor.

Leon Souryuu

Aqua Force (Accel)
A twelve-years old cardfighter and the current champion of the Asia Circuit. He often speaks of the wind and appears to have a mysterious ability. He agrees to be one of the four members of Team NwO and appears to be interested in Aichi.

His an Aqua Force deck and focuses on unleashing a barrage of attacks by re-standing his units, allowing for skills that trigger on specific battles to be used.

  • The Ace: As the winner of the Asia Circuit, Leon is the top-ranked fighter in Asia.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The original Leon was the Big Bad of season 2 of the original series who made a contract with Void. While in the V series he is just a strong cardfighter and has no ties to Void.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The original Leon first appeared halfway in Season 2, but in this series he first appears in Image 6 and is the one to partially introduce Aichi to PSYqualia.
  • Age Lift: For some reason he is a 12-year-old kid which is around the same age as Kamui in this series, rather than 15 like he was in the original anime.
  • Badass Adorable: He is still a strong fighter and was able to win the Asia Circuit, but as mentioned above a kid around the same age and height as Kamui, and like Kamui, needs a platform to cardfight on.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a brief appearnce before the beginning of the High School arc, Leon returns during said arc's continuation.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the original series, Leon was the main antagonist of season 2 and played a supporting role in season 3 and 4 by helping the heroes against the antagonists. Here, he only appears in a mini-arc and in a brief showing at the very beginning of the High School arc and has no connection to the plot as a whole.
  • Psychic Powers: Can sense the "wind from planet Cray", which is all but outright said to be PSYqualia.

    Tatsunagi Foundation 
A major corporation responsible for sponsoring the Vanguard card game as well as the ULTRARARE idol group. They are interested in the power known as PSYqualia.

Takuto Tatsunagi

Gold Paladin (Accel)

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JP), Patricia Bacchus (EN)
The young head of the Tatsunagi Foundation. He also serves as the current Concert Master, a role the Tatsunagi family has taken on for years.

Like Kourin, he plays a Gold Paladin deck with Ezel as its ace, and shares a similar playstyle. Unlike her he uses Flame Wind Lion, Wonder Ezel and Crimson Beast, Howell in order to superior ride to Grade 3.

  • The Chosen One: Every generation of Tatsunagi's has a Concert Master to act as the Vanguard of Earth, and link to Ezel on Cray. Takuto was chosen over his older brother Nome when their father passed away.
  • Demonic Possession: His body is taken over by the Destiny Conductor after Takuto's own consciousness is deleted following his loss to Ibuki.
  • Facial Markings: Has a green line on his forehead. As seen in a flashback, this indicates him being the current Concert Master, a role that has been passed down the Tatsunagi family for ages.
  • Improbable Age: Despite looking to be around the age of Kamui, he is the head of the Tatsunagi Foundation.
  • Psychic Powers: Takuto also has PSYqualia.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to try and find out what Ibuki is planning leaves him vulnerable to Demonic Possession by the Destiny Conductor, setting the PSYqualia Zombie arc into motion.

Suiko Tatsunagi

Angel Feather (Protect)

Voiced by: Aimi Terakawa (JP), Brett Waring (EN)
The eldest of the three Tatsunagi sisters who, like her siblings, is also part of the idol group ULTRARARE. She was the person who approached Ren in the past and told him about PSYqualia. She attends Fukuhara High School and is part of its Vanguard club.

She plays an Angel Feather deck spearheaded by Solidify Celestial, Zerachiel which takes advantage of the clan's ability to manipulate the damage zone to easily assemble her field before powering up her units with Zerachiel's skill.

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As the "Called Walkers" are bound into the service of Takuto, when his body is possessed by the Destiny Conductor, she and her sisters are forcibly made into the first PSYqualia Zombies.
  • Facial Markings: Like Takuto, she has a green line that appears on her forehead, although it is usually hidden under her hair. It allows Takuto to share what she sees with Takuto.
  • Fake Memories: As one of Takuto's "Called Walkers", she was given new memories to help her fulfill her purpose.
  • Idol Singer: She is part of the idol trio ULTRARARE.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She, along with her "sisters" had all their memories erased when they were made into "Called Walkers".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Suiko has light blue hair.

Rekka Tatsunagi

Neo Nectar (Force)

Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo (JP), Michelle Molineux (EN)
The youngest of the three Tatsunagi sisters and the third member of ULTRARARE. She attends Fukuhara Middle School.

Rekka plays a Neo Nectar speardeaded by White Lily Musketeer, Cecilia. She uses her units' skills to call tokens units to the field to fill her rearguard circles without using the cards in her hand.

  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Instead of using Angel Feather like in the original series, Rekka instead has a Neo Nectar deck featuring the Musketeer units.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As the "Called Walkers" are bound into the service of Takuto, when his body is possessed by the Destiny Conductor, she and her sisters are forcibly made into the first PSYqualia Zombies.
  • Catchphrase: Rekka's "Love-Love Ride" returns from the original continuity. She also uses variations of the phrase when calling units to a rearguard circle or using them as guardians.
  • Fake Memories: As one of Takuto's "Called Walkers", she was given new memories to help her fulfill her purpose.
  • Green Thumb: Rekka's clan of choice, Neo Nectar, is comprised of various forms of plant life, including humanoid ones.
  • Idol Singer: Like Kourin and Suiko, she is also part of ULTRARARE.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She, along with her "sisters" had all their memories erased when they were made into "Called Walkers".
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Kourin and Suiko as Kou and Su instead of using their names.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Ibuki shows up at the card shop she currently was in, Rekka decides to not take any chances and uses the PSYqualia zombies present as a distraction to escape.

Nome Tatsunagi

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP)
Takuto's older brother.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Nome was a character who was originally introduced in the fourth season of the G series and makes his first appearance during the equivalent to the third season of the original series.
  • Refused by the Call: When his father died, Takuto was the one chosen to take on the role of the Concert Master instead of Nome despite the latter being the older brother. However this trope gets played with, when he actually felt relieved that he wasn't chosen.
    • Averted in the continuation of the Highschool arc where he has taken Takuto's position as the concert master.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: He is able to remember what happened before destiny was rewrote at the end of the Highschool arc.

    Miyaji Academy 

Akari Yotsue
A student from Miyaji Academy and a friend of Misaki.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original anime series, Akari was introduced in season 3. Here, she first appears at the beginning of Image 4.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Akari first started hanging out with Misaki in Middle School after some girls stole her hand mirror, and Misaki intimidated them into giving it back.
  • Nice Girl: Despite Misaki being unfriendly and there being rumors about her, Akari has no problem greeting her or trying to invite her to karaoke.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She sees Aichi's interactions and situations with Misaki and Kourin with romantic undertones even though it's only about Misaki joining the Cardfight Club. She's not that far off since everything they do does sound like love problems.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Her hair is a dark shade of green.

Tatewaki Naitou

Great Nature (Accel)

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Scott Roberts (EN)
The student council president of Miyaji Academy.

He plays a Great Nature deck spearheaded by School Hunter, Leo-Pald. He makes use of cards which can send the top card of his deck to the drop zone to activate one out of two effects based on whether the sent card was a trigger or not on top of using skills to strenghthen his units.

  • Adaptational Dumbass: In cardfights at least, in the original series, he along with Itsuki had no problem learning Vanguard in one night in an vain attempt to beat the Cardfight Club at Vanguard to get them to disband. In this series he has trouble with the rules when Maki tries to explain them to him, but gets confused by the amount of rules and skills. In fact he didn't even know what Vanguard was when Aichi went to him for permission to make the club official.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Played with. In the original series, he saw the Cardfight Club as a waste of resources and wanted it to disband, but in this he has no problem letting the club exist since they adhere to all the rules. In VD he has a reasonable reason for them to disband since they don't have enough members, but the other reason is because their participation at the Vanguard Koshien would cause their club activity budget go in the red which in turn forces the student council to cut down their budget for snacks. However this is still nicer compared to the original series in which he used more underhanded means to get them to disband.
  • Adorkable: Surprisingly he can sometimes come of as this, because of his excitement at Vanguard as shown when he gets excited at Aichi's tutorial of Vanguard or when he likes being called the "trump card" of the student council during the competition between them and the Cardfight Club.
  • Catchphrase: Is quite fond of using the English word "global" whenever he speaks.
  • Intellectual Animal: He plays with a Great Nature deck which comprised entirely with these which fits with his desire of global orientation.
  • Loophole Abuse: After the student council lost two fights in a row in their competition against the Cardfight Club, he was able to administer a third fight between him and Misaki, because they never agreed that two wins were needed for victory.
  • Student Council President: Of Miyaji Academy.

Itsuki Suwabe

Megacolony (Protect)

Voiced by: Junji Majima (JP), Daniel Nelles (EN)
The student council vice president of Miyaji Academy.

He plays a Megacolony deck featuring the Machining units and uses the Protect II gift marker to strengthen his rearguards' power and shield.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: He plays a Megacolony deck which is comprised of giant insects.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are usually closed.
  • Good with Numbers: He was able to calculate how much it would cost for the Vanguard club to participate in the tournament.
  • Samurai Ponytail: His hair is tied that way but, outside of his position as vice-president of the student council, he otherwise lacks the traits associated with this trope.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: He has long purple hair.

Maki Nagashiro

Neo Nectar (Force)

Voiced by: Reina Ueda (JP), Mari Chartier (EN)
The student council secretary of Miyaji Academy.

She plays a Neo Nectar deck, using their ability to generate tokens to avoid having to call rearguards from hand. She does not particularly focuses on the Musketeer units, instead prefering to use Maiden of Trailing Rose as her ace.

  • Green Thumb: Just like in the original series, she plays a Neo Nectar deck which is comprised of humanoid plants.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses.
  • Ship Tease: Her fight with Naoki shows that she has an interest in Naoki as shown that he caused her to start playing Vanguard to understand him and actually blushes when Naoki says "You're in love (with Vanguard), right?".
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears glasses and became the student council's secretary, because of her excellent grades.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: She has dark purple hair.

Eru Nakagami/"Evil-Eye Eru"

Dark Irregulars (Protect)
A student from Miyaji Academy and president of the Psychic Research Society which he has been trying to make into an official club.

Eru plays a Dark Irregular deck with Master of the Fifth Element as his ace. He uses the clan's standard tactics to add cards to the soul to fuel the former's skill which lets him restand his whole field.

  • Bandage Boy: He wears bandages around his head and arm which fits his fantasies.
  • Chuunibyou: An obvious example of the Evil Eye type.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is a downplayed example of this trope as, in spite of his general attitude, he does has skills as a vanguard fighter.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: After he and the Student Council Trio join the Cardfight Club, he puts forth a startlingly accurate theory as to how the club had gotten into the predicament of being approved despite having only four members in the first place. Though he is promptly ignored.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His can of choice is Dark Irregulars which is full of demons, vampires and other but Eru himself is not evil.
  • Facial Markings: Has an eye-like marking hidden under his bandage.
  • Gratuitous English: Often uses English words and expressions whenever he talks, likely to make himself sound cooler.
  • Psychic Powers: He claims that he has ESP. Emphasis on "claims".
  • Sixth Ranger: Serves as one for the student council in the showdown opposing them to the Vanguard club since he wants to make the Psychic Research Society into an official club but lacks the necessary members.

    Other Characters 

Jillian and Sharlene Chen

Twins girls who are related to Leon.
  • Age Lift: Averted. Unlike Leon, they have been stated to be the same age they were in the original series, making them older than him in this continuity.
  • Always Identical Twins: They look and even dress identical to each other, with only their voices and the way their is tied being different.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The only way to tell them apart besides their voices is to look at their hair. Jillian's hair is tied on the left while Sharlene's is tied on the right.
  • Tempting Fate: Sharlene believes that Aichi will be "no problem" for Leon, only for the latter to end up losing.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Sharlene doesn't seem to think much of Aichi and thinks it'll be an easy victory for Leon, despite the latter having made it to the finals of the tournament, defeating many powerhouses to do so.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Both of them have light blue hair.

Masaki Ishida

Naoki's older brother and a college student. He is dissatisfied with his younger brother's attitude and wishes the latter would change.
  • Ascended Extra: Although Naoki was stated to have an older brother in the manga, he did not appear in person.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: As stated in Naoki's entry above, he is a more subdued case of the responsible sibling to Naoki's foolish, having been accepted in a first-rate college while the latter isn't interested in following his example.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Has the same hair and eye color as his younger brother, making it easy to tell they are related.

Mamoru Anjou

Kagero (Force)

Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita (JP), Ben Rose (EN)
A third year at Tokyo Metropolitan Harumi High School, and is teammates with two notable world-class fighters Kenji Mitsusada and Gouki Daimonji. He gives Kai a copy of Dragonic Overlord the End and helps him in dealing with the effects of Delete.

He uses a Kagero deck, with his ace being Dragonic Blademaster. His strategy is to use Blademaster's skills to retire all of his opponent's rearguard to gain an extra critical and call a Vision token which has the ability to perform twin drive while on a rearguard circle.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Mamoru made his debut in the first season of the G series, here he makes his first appearance during the equivalent to the third season of the original series.
  • Age Lift: In the G series Mamoru was in his mid twenties, here he is around the same age as Asaka and is in his late teens. Justified due to the show being an alternate version of the original series that G was a sequel to.
  • Foil: To fellow Kagero player Kai. The latter is aloof and tends to keep to himself whereas Mamoru is nice and helpful. Also, despite using the same clan, their respective playstyles are different with Mamoru focusing on the retire aspect of Kagero with Blademaster also requiring the presence of allies to use its skill while Kai favors a more vanguard-centric approach with the Overlord units and their signature ability to restand themselves.
  • Playing with Fire: Mamoru is a Kagero user.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Mamoru's hair is green.


    Foo Fighter 
A group of cardfighters who go and force other fighters to fight them using special gloves that inflict electric shocks whenever they take damage, going as far as to take over shops. Among them is Team AL4, or Apex Limited 4, which is comprised of the top four fighters of the organization.
  • Darker and Edgier: Their original incarnation was a legitimate cardfighting organization, albeit one filled with Jerkass fighters. Here, they're a glorified gang that attacks shops and subjects their opponents to electric torture.
  • Dub Name Change: From Foo Fighters to Team Asteroid. Made especially jarring when they say Foo Fighters but the subtitles read Asteroid.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Ren's defeat at the hands of Aichi, they stopped invading shops.
  • Jerkass: Thus far, none of their members shown on-screen have been particularly pleasant people. At least, at first.
  • Klingon Promotion: In order to become a member of team AL4 you need to beat one of their members or someone who has defeated them.
  • The Social Darwinist: Their one rule is "Winners get all! Losers get lost!".
  • Shock and Awe: The special CF gloves they use inflict an electric shock whenever a player takes a damage. Losing players tend to temporarily collapse from the repeated shocks their bodies are subjected to.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In-Universe example. They force people to play with gloves that shock them whenever they take damage and forcefully take over the shops

Ren Suzugamori

Shadow Paladin (Force)

Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (JP), Roger Rhodes (EN)
The leader of both Team AL4 and the Foo Fighters as a whole. He is a former acquaintance of Kai, having both attended the same middle school.

His uses the Shadow Paladin clan, with his avatar being Blaster Dark. His strategy revolves around calling rearguards before sacrificing them to use the skill of his Phantom Blaster Dragon while also forcing his opponent to retire their own rearguards. In the High School arc, he upgrades his deck by adding Gust Blaster Dragon as an alternative to Phantom Blaster and including more units with low power or capable of calling units with low power. During the Vanguard Koshien, Ren's deck is now focused around Blaster Dark, supporting it through the addition of the Revenger units, including his new ace Mordred Phantom.

  • Abusive Parents: It was shown that Ren's father would hit him if he did not live up to his expectations.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Calls Miwa Biwa in episode 40.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the original, he was Drunk on the Dark Side and very serious and sadistic. Here, while still an antagonistic force, he is still a bit of an airhead outside of fighting, which is more in accordance with Ren from his season 2 appearance and on rather than his original appearance in season 1.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: No mention was made of Ren's father in the original anime. Additionally, his relationship with Kai from before the start of the story is also different.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: This version of Ren lacks the Might Makes Right mindset of his original series counterpart and is less of a Jerkass as shown when he doesn't kick Asaka from AL4 after her loss against Misaki.
  • Affably Evil: For the leader of a gang of Jerkass cardfighters, he's fairly cordial to everyone he meets, including the people of the shops his group is trying to invade.
  • Blood Knight: Implied if not outright confirmed by his first line.
    This is boring. Maybe I've gotten too strong. Kai...
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Ren's goal is to defeat Kai who, as far as Ren initially knows, never lost a fight. Learning that Aichi defeated Kai before him becomes a sore point for him.
  • Depower: Tetsu and Suiko speculate this has happened to him during the timeskip between the first and second arcs in regards to his PSYqualia as he is no longer shown using it and they even speculate that he may no longer have it at all. This is eventually subverted as Ren is still shown to have it but simply chooses to not use it unless the situation demands it.
  • The Ditz: When not fighting, he's a bit of a dork. He casually walks up to other fighters ignorant of their visible stress talking to him, easily confuses Kyou for a girl when Kyou tells him to stop calling him "boy" in an episode preview, and mistook Kawanami acting like a dog for an actual dog up until he spoke.
  • Iconic Item: His avatar card, Blaster Dark.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: While he retired his usage of PSYqualia since he's already strong enough without it. He's still able to use it consciously, but only does it when it's truly needed. In fact he along with Aichi didn't use PSYqualia till a point Tetsu and Suiko thought they may have lost it.
  • Lonely at the Top: His driving motivation. Ren is bored out of his mind due to no one being able to challenge him, and he perceives Kai as being the same way. He believes that the two of them can mitigate each other's boredom, but Kai rejects Ren's reliance on PSYqualia.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to the other members of AL4 by nicknames instead of using their real names, except for Kyou who he refers only as "Boy" due to not acknowledging his strength. He later extends this to Misaki, showing that he acknowledges her skill.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The end of his fight against Asaka has him defeat her using Gust Blaster Dragon that, thanks to a combination if its own skill and double critical triggers, reached a total of six criticals.
  • Psychic Power: He still has his PSYqualia, and it can extend to fights not involving him as shown during Asaka's fight with Misaki.
  • You Gotta Have Red Hair

Tetsu Shinjou

Dark Irregulars (Protect)

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP)
A member of Team AL4 and Ren's second-in-command. He, like Ren, knew Kai back when the latter was part of Foo Fighters. He is the creator of the VF Gloves used by the members of Foo Fighters.

He uses a Dark Irregulars deck, building up the number of cards in his soul to unlock the abilities of his units while relying on the Protect gift marker to help defend against attacks. To finish his opponent, he relies on No Life King, Death Anchor allowing him to make another attack with his vanguard by riding another Grade 3 from the soul mid-battle with the added bonus of an extra critical. In the High School arc, he replaces it with Dantarian and instead focuses on powering up his units.

  • De-Power: He's the first major victim of Ibuki's Deletors, severing his connection as a Vanguard to Cray, and making him lose his connection to his deck.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's been Ren's right hand ever since Foo Fighters conception. That said, Ren's general ditzy nature forces Tetsu to take charge more often than not, ranging from deploying fighters to organizing raids. Episode 19 even shows he was the one who created the VF gloves and proposed that Foo Fighters start taking over the shops.
  • The Heavy: As the one responsible for not only organizing the raids on card shops but proposing the idea in the first place, Tetsu is reponsible for most of the events of the PSYqualia arc happening.
  • Mr. Exposition: Fulfills this role in regards to explaining how PSYqualia works. Justified since Tetsu has developed an interest in it and has been studying it for some time.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction to learning that Kai was the fighter that beat Minami.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ren.
  • The Worf Effect: Is the first fighter defeated by Ibuki in an on-screen fight in order to establish the latter and his Deletors as a threat.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tetsu has made several short-sighted decisions.
    • When testing out his VF gloves, he has Asaka use them against Ren, and despite the visible pain they put her in, she brushes it off solely to make Ren happy, convincing Tetsu to go through with the plan to mass produce them thinking they'd work fine, in the process ignoring how they act more like instruments of torture.
    • When fighting Ibuki, who he knows has PSYqualia, he proceeds to allow an attack to go through while he's at three damage, while Ibuki is playing a Force based deck, as in a deck known to run 8 critical triggers. Two seconds later Ibuki's PSYqualia gives his two critical triggers and Tetsu not only loses, but he's also DePowered in the process.

Asaka Narumi

Pale Moon (Accel)

Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Laura Rushfeldt (EN)
The third member of Team AL4 who has a crush on Ren. She comes to Card Capital after learning that Kai was there and confronts Miwa and Misaki in cardfights.

Asaka plays a Pale Moon deck using the clan's ability to call units from the soul and the extra circle provided by the Accel gift marker to gain extra attacks. This aggressive playstyle, however, has the downside of depleting her hand either as a result of calling rearguards or by using it to pay the cost for the skill of her units.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Asaka doesn't appreciate when Ren takes Misaki's hand and extend an invitation for her to join Foo Fighters.
  • Devoted to You: As in the original, Asaka is devoted to Ren completely, her hunting for Kai solely due to her wanting to alleviate Ren's boredom.
  • Discard and Draw: When fighting against Ren as a PSYqualia Zombie, she uses Barking Dragon Tamer and Gun Salute Dragon, End of Stage as the aces of her deck instead of the Golden Beast Tamer and Artilleryman she previously used.
  • Driven by Envy: She volounters to fight against Aichi in the exchange match because she resents him for having helped Ren, something she wish she had been the one to do.
  • Dude Magnet: When she works as a shopkeeper at Card Capital, she attracts many guys who only seem to just go there and buy stuff to meet her.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Asaka has feelings for Ren who doesn't seem to care. He does however value her as both a fighter and as a teammate.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's given no shortage of gratuitous shots highlighting her various curves.
  • Oh, Crap!: Her reaction to learning that Kai was the fighter that beat Minami.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only member of AL4 to be female.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ren.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue in her case.

Kyou Yahagi

Murakumo (Accel)

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Logan Shave (EN)
A young cardfighter who is the fourth member of Team AL4. He was the one who took over Kamui's old shop and the former seeks payback against him for that.

He plays a Murakumo deck headlined by Dueling Dragon, ZANBAKU, combining the clan's trademark cloning ability with the additional offense provided by the Accel gift marker and powerful skills that can lock down the opponent's vanguard.

  • Adaptational Heroism: His original version remained a Jerkass after being kicked out of AL4, going on to lead Team Avenger. Here, he honors the rules of the fight and picks up Kamui's cards after losing to Aichi, and begins following Aichi around.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Kyou plays a Murakumo deck in this continuity instead of the Spike Brothers he used in the original anime or Nubatama like his manga counterpart due to his cards from the manga having originally been printed as Murakumo and kept as such when they were remade for the reboot.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't remember taking over Kamui's old shop.
  • De-Power: He was deleted by Ibuki, severing his connection to Vanguard. But he can still regain it although it takes time.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Just look at him. In Image 14’s Next Episode Preview Ren even mistakes him for a girl when Kyou tries to get him to stop calling him "boy".
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He hates that Ren doesn't even remember his name and calls him "boy" despite being in the same team, because he doesn't recognize his skill.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being kicked out of AL4, he initially runs off, but then begins following Aichi around and telling him about other AL4 targets so Aichi can stop them. However, he does so in order to try and learn more about PSYqualia and see if he can obtain it.
  • I Gave My Word: After losing to Aichi he picks up Kamui's card as promised.
  • Me's a Crowd: His Murakumo deck can call copies of the same card as shown with Million Rat.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Kyou has white hair and like other members of Foo Fighters, he is a jerk as evidenced by him throwing Kamui's deck in the air after the latter lost to him. Subverted Trope after losing to Aichi, as he begins following Aichi around and telling him where to find AL4 members.

Minami Kawanami

Megacolony (Protect)

Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP), Reamonn Joshee (JP)
A member of Foo Fighter who went to Card Capital to take over the shop.

His deck uses the Megacolony clan and is focused around the Machining units.

  • Adaptational Badass: Marginally. In the manga, Minami ran away before Kai could deal 3 damage to him with Dragonic Overlord and shock him with his gloves. In the anime, he stays for the entire fight and takes the attack before scurrying off.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Has a dog-shaped one appear behind him before he fights against Shingo.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Kawanami uses a Megacolony deck which feature large insects.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only does Kai crush him in a vanguard fight and makes him run away, but after being caught by Tetsu and Asaka, he is forced to act as the latter's dog, right down to wearing a collar and being left outside tied to a post.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: After being forced to wear a dog collar by Asaka, he not only begins walking on all fours next to her, he continues acting like a dog even when she isn't around. He even goes as far as to get into a barking fight with another dog. While he does act like a human later on when acting as a student at Fukuhara, he still has several dog like mannerisms, going as far to sniff his deck for triggers while fighting Suiko, much to both Suiko and Asaka's disgust.
  • Dirty Coward: While he has no problem torturing his opponents, when he is about to get his ass kicked by Kai's Dragonic Overload he runs away in fear.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He stops invading shops like the rest of the Foo Fighters after Aichi beats Ren, but he still acts like a Smug Snake while in the Fukuhara Cardfight Club, and has made no indication he regrets what he's done.
  • Smug Snake: Talks big, but when things go south for him in his duel against Kai, he's quick to run away.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: An extremely sadistic Smug Snake, who won't hesitate to cut and run when things look too bad for him. Downplayed after the Foo Fighters disband and he joins the Fukuhara Cardfight Club. He's no longer a villain, but he's still a Smug Snake and kinda unpleasant.

Kiriya Bidou

Pale Moon (Accel)

A member of Foo Fighters stationed at one of the shops Aichi, Kamui and Kyou visit during their "Foo Fighter Hunt". Which clan he uses in this continuity is unknown.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: While Kiriya is mentioned in the manga, he did not appear in the PSYqualia arc.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the first season of the original series, Bidou was part of Brilliant Stars, the second-ranked team within Foo Fighters and a candidate for moving up to AL4 but who had the misfortune of going up against Aichi with his PSYqualia active. Here, in this series, he is defeated off-screen by Aichi without him having to use PSYqualia.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the person he inadvertently told to go away was none other than Ren.

Osamu Kishida

Megacolony (Protect)

A member of SL3, the second strongest group of fighters within Foo Fighters, below only AL4. Aichi, Kamui and Kyou meet him at cardshop GBH where Kyou has him fight Aichi in order to test the latter's PSYqualia.

Like Kawanami, he uses a Megacolony deck focused around the Machining units.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the first series, Osamu was merely a cardfighter who fought Aichi over the last spot in the Shop tournament but wasn't otherwise much of a jerk, or even that notable of a character. Here, he is a member of Foo Fighters, a gang that takes over shops and fights using gloves that inflict electric shocks.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Like in the original series, he uses a Megacolony deck.
  • De-Power: The first person shown to have been deleted by Ibuki.
  • Smug Snake: Acts dismissive toward both Kyou and Aichi, in spite of always losing against the former.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair and is part of Foo Fighters.

Professor O

Murakumo (Accel)

Another member of SL3. He is encountered by Aichi, Kamui and Kyou at the Card Heroes shop. He plays a Murakumo deck, featuring Covert Demonic Dragon, Mandala Lord.

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Kouji Ibuki

Link Joker (Force)

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP)
A student at Fukuhara High School. Despite being a skilled Vanguard fighter, he refuses to join the school's club, claiming he hates Vanguard. He is also a childhood friend of Kai and Miwa and the one who taught them how to play Vanguard in the first place.

Ibuki plays a Link Joker deck centered around the Deletor units. His deck is spearheaded by his avatar Docking Deletor, Greion which possesses the unique ability to delete the opponent's vanguard, depriving them of their power and skills. He later switches to a different deck spearheaded by Harmonics Messiah which revlves around placing cards in locked position as a way to gain advantage and then unlock them in order to make additional attack.

  • Adaptational Badass: Played with here. In his more well known anime incarnation, there was no indication of him ever having PSYqualia. In the original manga where he debuted however, and the V Series takes inspiration from, Ibuki did have PSYqualia.
  • The Atoner: In the continuation of the Highschool arc, he resolves to make up for his past mistakes.
  • Catchphrase: Ibuki will often declare Delete End just as he's about to win a fight against an opponent whose vanguard has been deleted.
  • Childhood Friends: He was friends with Kai and Miwa when they were children, and even was the one who first taught them how to play Vanguard.
  • De-Power: Not him, but rather something he can do to others. His Deletors sever the connection between Vanguards and their units, making them lose all interest and connection with the game, so far subjecting all of Fukuhara to this outside of Ren, Asaka, Kyou, and Rekka. And Kyou is currently his next target.
  • Discard and Draw: The end of Dimension 8 has him leave his Deletor deck behind and gaining his new Messiah deck.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His child self appeared in a flashback in episode 2 and was shown in the first ending, long before Ibuki made his entrance in the story proper.
  • Evil Albino: Downplayed in this series. His hair is more gray like the Neon Messiah movie, rather than his white hair in the G anime. In addition, unlike the Neon Messiah movie where he was the main antagonist and the Unwitting Pawn of Oksizz, here he's a third party thats less evil and more simply a jerkass aiming to destroy the game itself.
  • Iconic Item: Ibuki's avatar in this series is Docking Deletor, Greion.
  • Psychic Powers: Has PSYqualia in this continuity.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red and not only is he a strong fighter, but losing to him will cause his opponent's connection to Vanguard to be erased.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Played with in regards to him attempting to join the Fukuhara Cardfight club. While Tetsu and Ren are accepting of him, Asaka and most of the other members, some of whom were deleted by Ibuki in the previous arc, on the other hand were not and Asaka had to be defeated in a fight before grudgingly accepting him as part of the club.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ibuki is completely disinterested in the Destiny Conductor's plans, and even though Ibuki unwittingly brought him to Earth, Ibuki wants nothing to do with him. Best demonstrated when he faces and defeats Suiko, interfering with the Destiny Conductor's campaign at Fukuhara, solely because he found their actions irritating. However, in spite of the above, the Destiny Conductor still believes Ibuki to be an ally.
    • Specifically, Ibuki's victory against Kai was seen as a good thing by the Destiny Conductor since it removed a potential threat to his plans but failed to realize that it would anger Aichi, causing the latter to challenge Ibuki which would lead up to Aichi breaking free of the Conductor's control and defeating both Ibuki and the Conductor himself.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ibuki believed that the Deletors appeared because he imagined them but the truth is that they were sent over by the Destiny Conductor for his own purposes.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Ibuki was a shy kid in the past which contrasts his current cold nature.
  • Villainous Rescue: An unintentional one for Aichi. Right as Kyou is about to force Aichi into a cardfight with the intent of turning him into a PSYqualia Zombie after Aichi's been forced to fight several Zombies already, Ibuki shows up and forces Kyou to face him instead.
  • Wild Card: While he was meant to be a pawn of the Destiny Conductor, Ibuki's own goal of destroying Vanguard clashes with the Conductors plans, leading Ibuki to become a Spanner in the Works to him. And while he isn't on the Conductors side, he is by no means an ally to the heroes either, as he will not hesitate to Delete any fighter he comes across.

Destiny Conductor

Link Joker (Force)

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JP)
An entity who introduces themselves as "the one who commands fate". They took of control of Takuto's body following the latter's loss to Ibuki. They seek to control Vanguard fighters by turning them into PSYqualia zombies but their motive for doing so is currently unknown.

He plays a Link Joker deck focused on the Starhulk units and spearheaded by his avatar Wandering Starhulk Ruler, Brandt which has the ability to reverse the effects of triggers.

  • Big Bad: He is this for the High School arc, being responsible for both the PSYQualia Zombies and Ibuki's actions as he gave the latter the Deletor units.
  • Demonic Possession: After Takuto was deleted by Ibuki, his body became an empty shell which the Destiny Conductor then proceeded to take as his own.
  • Evil Laugh: Gives one as he introduces himself to Ibuki.
  • Evil Plan: A relatively simple one. He seeks to control all Vanguard fighters by turning them into PSYQualia Zombies. His purpose for doing so is to facilitate the invasion of Cray by the forces of the Wandering Planet, Brandt by taking advantage of the effects that the vanguard fights done on Earth have on Cray.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: If his avatar isn't enough to deal with his opponent, he has the Grade 4 unit Wandering Starhulk Deity, Brandt Ringer.
  • Mage Killer: Thanks to the skills of his avatar unit, his deck is perfectly suited to defeat PSYQualia users and is even described as a PSYQualia Killer by other characters.
  • Social Darwinist: Holds the belief that the "weak" are fated to be the prey of the "strong". Of course, he sees himself and the rest of Planet Brandt as the "Strong".

PSYqualia Zombies


Fighters who lost to a minion of the Destiny Conductor and were given the power of PSYqualia. However, they become compelled to seek out other vanguard fighters and defeat them to turn them into PSYqualia zombies.

Fighters who were turned into a zombie include Suiko, Rekka, Kourin, Asaka, Kyou, several students from Fukuhara High School and Middle School, Kamui, Morikawa, Izaki, Inenaga, Professor O, Shingo, Naoki, Aichi, Misaki and Ren.

  • Blood Knight: They are compelled to battle against other vanguard fighters so they can turn them into zombies.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: On several occasions, some of the zombies are shown with their face obscured.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: A twisted take on this trope as being defeated by a PSYQualia Zombie will cause you to join their side.
  • Keystone Army: Defeating the individual who started the infection will cause all of those turned into a zombie by them or those they turned into zombies to be freed. This happens when Ibuki defeats Suiko, subsequently freeing all of the Fukuhara high school students.
    • However, it is shown that if there multiple sources for the infection, defeating only one of them will not be sufficient as shown when Aichi remains a zombie even after Kourin is defeated by Misaki.
  • Psychic Powers: As the name suggest, they all possess PSYqualia.
  • The Virus: Their modus operandi. Any fighter who is defeated by a zombie will become a zombie themselves.


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