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Shinemon Nitta

Genesis (Force)

Voiced by: Shuta Morishima (JP)
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The titular protagonist of the "Shinemon" arc. The self-styled manager of Card Capital who seek to prevent the shop from being taken over by Esuka.

He uses a Genesis deck which focuses on gathering 5 Force Gift Markers on the vanguard circle to open an Astral Plane, allowing him to play the powerful Astral Deity units, including the Grade 5 Giant Deity of Distant World, Valkerion.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Some of the characters have trouble pronouncing his name (like Lemon or Cinnamon) which is probably why he got his nickname in the present.
  • Accidental Pervert: He accidentally walks in on Esuka when she was in the shower. This was one of the reasons he's unable to go to school, because he's afraid of her revenge (although she said she doesn't mind, because she considers Shinemon a kid).
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: He uses a Genesis deck instead of Murakumo.
  • Anime Hair: His green hair is bigger and spikier than he is as an adult. It's even big enough for Assisticat to stay in it.
  • Ascended Extra: While Shinemon was a Recurring Character throughout the series, we never truly got to know him aside from his few focus episodes in G, but in this arc he's the protagonist.
  • Book Dumb: He's currently struggling at school, because of how much he holes himself up at Card Capital. He even relies on the same pencil roll Chrono uses in tests.
  • Broken Bird: There is a huge difference between the Shinemon of this arc and the Shin we knew from Aichi's story. Needless to say, losing Rive greatly affected him.
  • Chick Magnet: Mikuru and Nanami both appear to have a crush on him and there's plenty of Ship Tease moments between him and Esuka as well. Post-timeskip, he's shown to have become quite popular thanks to his participation in the Asia Circuit.
  • Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Compared to Aichi, who was quiet, shy, had no friends, and just started Vanguard, Shinemon is loud, bold, doesn't even think before his actions, already has friends, and is experienced with Vanguard. Also compared to Aichi, Shinemon is currently failing class as a result from how he holes himself up at Card Capital, while Aichi is smart enough to attend Miyaji. For even further contrast his ace card, Valkerion, isn't something that has emotional value to him, but just a unit he finds cool.
  • Heroic BSoD: After the incident at Ryuzu's lab that had them lose Rive, he had no passion to fight againt Kanzaki which lead him to lose the fight at the finals.
  • Idiot Hero: Shinemon outright admits that he doesn't think before his actions, is currently failing class and it's implied he doesn't seem to have much of an idea what to do aside from protecting Card Capital from Esuka, which was later confirmed since his "protection" of Card Capital actually caused the shop to remain closed and kept costumers away. Not helping the matter is that Shinemon didn't even reopen it himself until Esuka said it to him.
  • Irony: Despite all of his talks about imagination. His imagination in fights is rather limited since it just boils down to giving Uranus 5 Force Gift Markers and calling Valkerion. He later on expands it by adding Astraios Dragon to his deck.
  • Magic Poker Equation: In the many fights he had early in the first arc he managed to ride Uranus and gather enough Imaginary Gifts to open an Astral Plane to summon Valkerion. To make it more baffling he even stated that his only Grade 3 is Uranus and yet he was able to usually ride twice and give Valkerion Triple Drive by finding a third Uranus in his deck. However later on this is subverted since he also gets other grades despite having more Grade 3 units in his deck.
  • Nosebleed: He had a small one when he thinks about what he saw at Esukanote .
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Shinemon calls himself Card Capital's manager, but he doesn't do anything a manager is supposed to do. This is later on lampshaded and deconstructed by Esuka, the one whom Shinemon opposes. She states he has no right to call himself manager, because he hasn't even opened Card Capital yet, instead he keeps guarding it against her which kept the store closed and prevents costumers from coming which pretty much is the opposite a manger does. And even when he opened the shop, he only managed to make the event a partial success thanks to help from his friends, but even then his lack of business knowledge would cause him to be in the red from costs alone.
  • Signature Mon: While Uranus is described in promotional materials as being Shinemon's ace, he is more associated with Valkerion. Nonetheless, he does later obtain an upgarded version of Uranus like previous protagonists and their respective signature cards.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: His main strategy is getting 5 Imaginary Gifts on his Vanguard Circle and calling Valkerion thus giving him two units with high power and drive checks.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark green hair.

Mark Whiting/"Ninja Master"

Nubatama (Protect)

Voiced by: Daisuke Hyuga (JP)
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Shinemon's best friend who assist him in defending Card Capital. He has an interest in Japanese history.

Mark plays a Nubatama deck spearheaded by Evil Stealth Dragon, Akatsuki Hanzo. On top of the clan's signature hand destruction tactics, his deck focuses on calling Evil Decoy Tokens which lack power of their own but can intercept from the back row.
  • Artistic License – History: He calls himself Ninja Master, but ninja's don't wear helmets which was actually lampshaded by Tatsuya and Nanami who called him Samurai Master. Even odder is that he made the helmet himself for his ninja cosplay and it's shown he knows quite a bit of Japanese history.
  • Ascended Extra: He was just a minor character in the original and V series, but now he's a main character.
  • Fanboy: He is a big fan of Hitomi Kouzoji and is more than happy when he gets to meet her in person.
  • Gratuitous English: He sometimes uses English words when he's speaking, or writing.
  • Malaproper: He has trouble with the pronunciation of some words.
  • Ninja Log: The Evil Decoy Tokens created by his units have this appearance.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise as "Ninja Master" consists of a helmet that only covers his hair and eyes, but he doesn't bother to disguise his beard or change into other clothing. Naturally Shinemon falls for this while Mikuru sees through this once she saw his beard.
  • Verbal Tic: He ends his sentences with -de gozaru as "Ninja Master".

Rive Shindou

Nova Grappler (Accel)/Gear Chronicle (Force)

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (JP)
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Shinemon's mentor in cardfighting as well as Mikuru's older brother. In spite of this, he does not involve himself with Shinemon's defense of Card Capital.

He plays a Nova Grappler deck with Fighting Fist Dragon, God Hand Dragon as his ace. His playstyle revolves around using the skills of his units to make the effects of his Front triggers more potent and using God Hand's ability to gain an extra drive check to increase his chances of revealing triggers. He later gets a Gear Chronicle from his boss Ryuzu which focuses on Chronojet Dragon in order to test its strength.
  • The Ace: Rive is considered a strong cardfighter by Shinemon, who has never managed to win against him and whom looks up to Rive as his master. His skill is shown when he wins the Halloween tournament at Card Capital, all the while having adjusted his number of wins to ensure he had the same amount as Mark in order to face him in a tiebreaker fight.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: He uses a Nova Grappler deck instead of Tachikaze or Gear Chronicle. Although he does get Gear Chronicle later on.
  • Adult Fear: What happens to his son, Chrono, in the 2nd half of the Shinemon arc is terrifying for any parent. To make it short, Chrono loses his mother when he's very young, nearly gets crushed by a colapsing building, is taken hostage and nearly gets trapped into another world if it wasn't for Rive's rescue who gets trapped instead, which leaves his son orphaned. On top of that he is only a toddler when this all happened.
  • Combat Commentator: Takes the role of commentator in the S-Cup alongside a young MC Miya, even though he's also meant to be participating in the tournament.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Invoked since he knows full well that he could have easily helped team Capital win the S cup and thus requested to Esuka to become a commentator so that Shinemon isn't reliant on him.
  • Doomed by Canon: In Remind 19, the present cast say that he died young which does not bode well considering what happened to his counterpart in the G series. However he is actually trapped on Cray.
  • Happily Married: He is currently married and has a baby son (Chrono), but sadly his wife passed away during the timeskip.
  • The Mentor: Rive was the one who taught Shinemon how to play Vanguard and Mikuru outright refers to him as this. However, he only seems to be willing to play this role in regard to Vanguard.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He accidentally caused the events of Remind 2 by putting the beginner's deck of the deck case next to Shinemon's deck which caused the latter to accidentally put his own deck in the case which was then taken by Esuka when Shinemon scares her off with Sub Manager.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: He tends to go off to his job, but it's never stated what it is. Remind 20 reveals that he's working alongside Ryuzu at the latter's lab, and has been since before the four-year timeskip. However his actual position there is also not specified which is not helped by the fact he does not wear a labcoat like the other employees.
  • Papa Wolf: This man jumped into a portal to Cray to save his son, but at the cost he ends up trapped there himself.
  • Red Baron: Rive is known as the "Board Grappler".
  • Trapped in Another World: At the end of the Shinemon arc, he ends up trapped in Cray in order to prevent that fate to his son.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Ruga used to form a duo of traveling vanguard fighters up until Rive decided to put Vanguard aside in order to get married to Tokimi, a decision Ruga didn't accept. Following their fight in the S-Cup, they appear to be on better terms again.

Tatsuya Tachibana

Angel Feather (Protect)

Voiced by: Seiji Maeda (JP)
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A transfer student attending the same school as Mikuru. He quickly comes to look up to Shinemon after seeing him defend Card Capital and seeks to become his disciple. Following the timeskip, he works at Ryuzu Lab.

Tatsuya uses an Angel Feather deck, using the clan's ability to swap cards in hand with those in the damage zone to strengthen his defenses and get the cards he need. Post-timeskip, he rebuilds his deck around a new ace monster which lets him revive units at the cost of damaging himself alongside cards which synergize with the Protect II gift marker.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's rather clear that Tatsuya is currently undergoing some form of depression due to the sudden death of his parents.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Through watching the footage of Chronotiger Rebellion's summon, he was able to conclude that Imaginary Score is not enough to summon a unit from Cray, but that Chrono is needed due to his status as a Singularity which even Ryuzu hasn't noticed.
  • Big Bad: He is the true Big Bad of the Shinemon arc and was the one funding and using Ryuzu to resurrect his parents.
  • Break the Cutie: It's highly implied something happened to him in the timeskip considering the opening which shows him with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness and the fact he doesn't play Vanguard anymore. It's later revealed that his parents died during the incident at Yumigatake.
  • Broken Angel: Arch-aider, Malkuth-melekh is a majestic mechanical angel who can resurrect units at the cost of damaging itself which is shown through it's own wing getting cut off, which also represents Tatsuya as a person who was damaged by his parents' death and is trying to resurrect them at the potential cost of his own life.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied since one of the things he says about Esuka is that besides owning a chain of card shops, she also used to be a swimsuit model. Later, during the second fight between Shinemon and Esuka, he is able to recognize the outfit she wears and briefly joins her supporters.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: While he works with Ryuzu and loosely has the same goals as him (summoning units from Cray), his aims are different. To this end, he defeats Ryuzu and usurps him in becoming the final boss of the Shinemon arc, revealing that he was using Ryuzu all along.
  • Expy: Of Aichi Sendou since they are both shy boys who start playing Vanguard and look up to people stronger than them. This even comes full circle when Tatsuya starts slipping mentally and tries to beat the person they admire just like Aichi under the influence of PSYQualia in the original series.
  • Improbable Age: Tatsuya is still in high school, yet he works as a researcher at Ryuzu Lab. This is lampshaded by Mikuru.
  • Mr. Exposition: He has great knowledge of how Vanguard works and who the strongest fighters are which he explains to other characters.
  • Not-So-Small Role: Seriously, you'd expect Tatsuya to be the person Shinemon would beat before Ryuzu, but instead Tatsuya is the driving force behind the 2nd Shinemon arc.
  • Original Generation: He does not have a counterpart nor is he completely based on a character of the original, G or manga series.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: He's Shinemon's number 1 disciple, but he's also Shinemon's only disciple.
  • Same Character, but Different: Before the timeskip he was a nice and awkward guy, but afterwards he became a rather cold and rather eerily calm person.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Tatsuya inherited a sizable inheritance from his parents, which he used to fund Ryuzu's lab, using Mishima as a middleman to prevent Rive and Ryuzu from finding out.
  • Seeks Another's Resurrection: His goal is to resurrect his parents who died in the Yumigatake disaster.
  • Shadow Archetype: After the Time S Kip, he can be seen as a Shinemon who was unable to handle or process the grief of losing a loved one in a healthy way.
  • Signature Mon: After the time skip. His is Arch-aider, Malkuth-melekh with Tatsuya referring to it as his guardian angel. Not only is its debut episode named after it, but Tatsuya's goal is to summon it in order to revive his parents.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: Tatsuya appears to be Ryuzu's subordinate, but he's actually the one who funded his lab in the first place and the real main antagonist.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Remember the socially awkward kid who fainted after his match in the Esu Cup? He became skilled enough to defeat Ryuzu who has beaten both Shinemon and Esuka once and managed to usurp the position of Big Bad from him or rather played him like a fiddle the whole time.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's really hard to talk about what he does after the time skip.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has grey hair.

Misaki Tokura

Voiced by: Hikaru Tono (JP)
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Shinemon's niece who as a result of the accident that killed her parents is currently in the hospital.
  • Ill Girl: A mental example, because she was with her parents during the accident that killed them.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died before the start of the series in the same accident which led her to be hospitalized.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Misaki looks like a younger version of her mother.

Mikuru Shindou

Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP)
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Rive's younger sister and a first-year middle school student at Harumi Middle School. She often acts as a voice of reason in regard to Shinemon's antics and her older brother's behavior.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a recurring character in G but didn't have a big role. Here, she's part of the main cast.
  • The Chick: The only female of the group.
  • Expy: Of Emi Sendou, being the younger sister of a member of the main cast who is more responsible and mature than her older brother. Incidentally, like the reboot's version of Emi, Mikuru isn't a cardfighter, but unlike her she isn't interested in learning it.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Even thought she makes the first cookies wrong. She manage to makes the new batch with the right ingredients and alot this time.
  • Lethal Chef: She often get her ingredients wrong when cooking, like mistook salt for sugar, or put too much of salt in it. Much to the chagrin of the other characters.
  • Non-Action Girl: Mikuru doesn't play Vanguard and isn't interested in trying to.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rather wacky fighters she hangs out with, Mikuru is more down to earth, and she has even explicitly stated that the reason she doesn't play Vanguard is because she doesn't want to be as weird as them.
  • Tsundere: She can be uptight at times, especially when it comes to cooking too much of food, but she still cares for Shinemon.

Sub Manager

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A stray cat who followed Shinemon during one of his schemes to drive Esuka away and has since taken up residence in his hair.
  • Cute Kitten: A cute little cat. At least, during the first arc.
  • Head Pet: Has taken up residence in Shinemon's hair. Post-timeskip, he has grown too big for it to be the case anymore.
  • Insistent Terminology: A non-verbal example in that he will only respond to being called "Manager" instead of "Sub Manager".

Mr. and Mrs. Tokura

Misaki's parents and the previous owners of Card Capital, of which Mr. Tokura was also the manager. They died in a car accident before the start of the series.
  • No Name Given: Their first names haven't been revealed.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Their death greatly affected Misaki and on top of that left Card Capital without manager, allowing Esuka to buy the shop, leading to Shinemon opposing her.
  • Posthumous Character: The series starts after they've already died.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It's pretty obvious Misaki inherited her looks from her mother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mrs. Tokura has lilac hair like her daughter while her husband has purple hair in this continuity instead of the dark green hair he had in the original one.
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    Card Shop Esuka 

In General

  • Original Generation: None of them have a counterpart nor are they based on a character of the original, G or manga series.

Esuka Hibino

Great Nature (Accel)

Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami (JP)
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The owner of the eponymous chain of card shop who seeks to add Card Capital to said chain.

Esuka's deck features the Great Nature clan and is spearheaded by Holy Great Sage of Black Shadows, Isabelle whose skill allows her to obtain both effects when using one of the clan's "Lottery" abilities.
  • Animal Motifs: Foxes. Esuka has been shown to be rather cunning in her methods to obtain Card Capital, such as making Mark fight Shinemon by pointing out how the latter's grades will be affected if he keeps defending Capital, which is a trait usually associated with foxes and Shinemon himself calls her a vixen during his fight against her. This is reflected by her ace card which happens to be an anthropomorphic fox.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the head of her own chain of card shops and is one of the top ranked fighters of the country.
  • Big Bad: Of the "Shinemon" arc. At least in the eyes of Shinemon. No longer the case post-timeskip.
  • Graceful Loser: She expresses no hard feelings toward Shinemon after being defeated in Remind 17.
  • Hidden Depths: Remind 2 shows that she knew Misaki and her parents when the latter were alive. In fact the entire Shinemon arc is her way of taking Shinemon under her wing as a promise to Misaki's parents.
  • Intellectual Animal: Her clan of choice is Great Nature, an academy of intelligent animals such as her ace card, an anthropomorphic fox called a "Holy Great Sage".
  • Ms. Fanservice: She used to be a swimsuit model, which the anime frequently references. She even got a scene in the bath and shower in the first two Reminds of the arc, and inexplicably changes into a swimsuit for her final fight against Shinemon.
  • Not So Stoic: While she normally keeps a cool demeanor, two things in particular can get her riled up: Shinemon and cats. With the former, it's largely when he elicits feelings from her. With the latter though, the mere sight of something cat related will send her running in fear.
  • Stealth Mentor: Throughout the season, she actively antagonizes Shinemon as not only does she want him to grow as a person and a possible future manager, she also promised Misaki's parents to help train him to become a much better cardfighter.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a simple one to Shinemon on why he isn't suited as a manager. He hasn't even reopened the shop yet. She gives a second, longer, one during her fight against Shinemon in Remind 9 which furthers points out the latter's flaws and lack of experience as a manager.
  • Villain Has a Point: Esuka may be the antagonist for this arc but her criticisms of Shinemon regarding his role as Card Capital's self-proclaimed "manager" are valid in that his efforts to defend Card Capital have caused the shop to remain closed and that he is inexperienced and only managed to make the Halloween festival a success due to his friends volunteering their help and, unbeknownst to him, Esuka herself helping him out of a pinch.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: While she is the antagonist of the "Shinemon" arc, she actually bought Card Capital legally and as a result hasn't actually truly done anything wrong.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of cats which Shinemon uses against her. Even a giant plushie of the Sub Manager or Nanami cosplaying as Cat Butler is enough to send her running in terror.
    Esuka: I hate cats! I'm afraid of cats! I'm a fraidy cat!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

Nanami Gonomi

Neo Nectar (Force)

Voiced by: Nami Miyaki (JP)
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A S-Rank fighter of Esuka who holds the position of Number 1. She is fond of cats. Post-timeskip, she is part of Team SSS alongside Kanzaki and Tonori.

Nanami uses a Neo Nectar deck the Grade 3 Arboros Dragon, Sephirot as her ace. Her playstyle involves making of use of the clan's ability to call tokens in conjunction with the skills of the Arboros units's abillity to alter the tokens created into stronger ones that have both boost and intercept, making them useful for both offense and defense.
  • The Ace: Nanami states she excels in everything she does, she even managed to attain S-Rank in one day with a beginner's deck she borrowed from the shop, but she still plays Vanguard because she wants to beat Esuka one day.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She has this reaction toward cats. Unfortunately for her, Esuka does not like them so Nanami tries to keep that fact hidden from her. Turns out Esuka knew already and is fine with it. The Sub Manager in particular she adores, to the point of Esuka giving her a massive plush of him as compensation for acting as an idol alongside her and Mikuru.
  • Foil: To Shinemon. Both idolize an older fighter, Rive for Shinemon and Esuka for Nanami, whom they never managed to defeat. However, Nanami refuses to fight against Esuka because she knows she can't win against her yet whereas Shinemon keeps challenging Rive with the goal of defeating him one day. Incidentally, both Nanami and Shinemon use Force clans while their respective mentor figures both use Accel decks.
  • Green Thumb: Nanami's clan of choice is the plant-themed Neo Nectar.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a young and small girl who not only managed to become a S-Rank cardfighter but also holds the position of Number 1.
  • Older Than They Look: And even after multiple timeskips, she looks the same.
  • Precocious Crush: Appears to have developed feelings for Shinemon who is several years older than her.
  • Tsundere: As the series goes on, it becomes apparent she cares more about Shinemon than she lets on, which she tries to hide by hiding like her usual self. This even gets lampshaded by Tonori.

Tonori Fujinami

Gold Paladin (Accel)

Voiced by: Shinichirou Kamio (JP)
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A young man who is the Number 2 amongst the S-Rank fighters of Esuka. He has a large appetite and will become angry if he goes without eating for too long.

Tonori plays a Gold Paladin deck with Knight of Fury, Agravain as his main grade 3. He relies on the clan's ability to superior call units from the deck to build his field and pressure his opponent early on while he relies on Agravain's ability to call new units during the battle phase at the cost of his entire field to finish the fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually pretty laid back and nice, but that's because he's got a full stomach or has food on hand. When he gets hungry though, he loses it and goes berserk until he gets something to eat.
  • Big Eater: Tonori has quite the appetite, being hungry despite Nanami mentioning they had already eaten not too long ago. It reaches the point that if he gets too hungry, he goes berserk. By the present day though, his eating habits have led him to put on weight.
  • Formerly Fit: By the present day, he's put on some noticeable weight thanks to his eating habits, having a visible gut.
  • Hidden Depths: He's apparently a fast learner when it comes to language, as he's able to perfectly say several English tongue twisters after hearing them, and, according to Mark, says them better than an actual native speaker like him.
  • One-Track-Minded Hunger: He gets more angry during a fight, because he's hungry and wants to end it as soon as possible so that he can eat.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: While he has put on weight in the present day, if he's sufficiently angry and hungry, he reverts to his slim physique until he gets something to eat.
  • Verbal Tic: He ends his sentences with -su which is translated as him saying "yo" at the end of his phrases.

Rentarou Hitsujida

Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe (JP)
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Esuka's butler.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't participate in any card game.
  • Old Retainer: He is an old man who works as Esuka's butler and is loyal to her although it's unknown how long he's been working for her.
  • Satellite Character: He's Esuka's butler and doesn't have much interaction with other characters besides her.

    Team Dragon's Vanity 
A special team assembled by Esuka to participate in the S-Cup with the objective of defeating Shinemon and Team Capital. It is comprised of three strong and well-known cardfighters.
  • Dream Team: They are all strong and famous fighters who have won major tournaments and have been assembled to be a challenge against Shinemon.

Ryutarou Oyama

Narukami (Accel)

A vanguard fighters who holds the belief that Vanguard should be fun and who enjoys each and every one of his fights.

He plays a Narukami deck focused on Dragonic Vanquisher. In addition to binding his opponent's rearguards, his cards can also bind from both players' hands, further weakening his opponent's ability to defend themselves.
  • Combat Commentator: Alongside Kanzaki, he takes over Rive's role as co-commentator duing the latter's fight against Ruga.
  • Friendly Enemy: While he's not a villain, Ryutarou nonetheless stands in the way of the protagonists' goal. However, he remains nice and friendly.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His first appearance in this series shows him having a cardfight with a bear of all things and during his fight against Mark in the S-Cup, the same bear as well as several other wild animals come to root for him. He even forms a team with the bear and a monkey to participate in the Asia Circuit.
  • Graceful Loser: Takes his loss to Mark very well, saying that it was a good fight. He also tries to be this towards his loss to Kanzaki, only to ditch it once Kanzaki's verbal abuse became too much.
  • Mythology Gag: Shows interest in the Li'l Valkerion suit and even gets to wear it, just like how he often was disguised as Vangaro-kun in 'G'. He even uses the same voice while disguised.
  • Shock and Awe: His clan of choice is the Lightning-themed Narukami and his ace card is a Thunder Dragon.

Ruga Kaizu

Aqua Force (Accel)

A vanguard fighter who previously won the National Championship twice. He has a history with Rive, having once been part of a duo of Vanguard fighters alongside him.

He plays an Aqua Force deck which contains Blue Wave units and spearheaded by Last Card, Revonn. He supplement his clan's aggressive strategy by being able to use Revonn's skill to reduce the power of the opponent's vanguard. His playstyle diverges from the usual playstyle for Aqua Force in that it counts the number of units in rest position instead of the number of attacks.
  • Ascended Extra: Ruga was present in G: Z as the host body of Valeos with little known about what his real self was like. Here, he gets to appear as himself.
  • No Sense of Direction: Implied as he was absent during Card Capital's Christmas event due to having ended up at a completely different location even though Ryutarou asked him to come.
  • Red Baron: He's known as the "Master Commander of the Field", or simply "Master Commander".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His rematch with Rive at the Asia Circuit leaves him frustrated, due to getting the impression Rive isn't taking things seriously, to the point of leaving the stadium and letting his teammates handle the rest of the match.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Rive used to be friends, traveling together as a duo of Vanguard fighters until Rive decided to stop so he could marry Tokimi, a decision that did not sit well with Ruga.

Yuichirou Kanzaki

Shadow Paladin (Force)

The champion of the World Vanguard High School Championship for three consecutive years. After the timeskip, he participates in the Asia Circuit as part of a team with Nanami and Tonori.

Kanzaki's clan of choice is Shadow Paladin with his ace being Claret Sword Dragon. His strategy revolve saround accumulating Grade 1 units in the drop zone through various means in order to be able to use his units's skills, like Claret Sword Dragon's self-standing ability.
  • Catchphrase: "Weakness is a sin!"
  • Combat Commentator: Since Rive is busy fighting against Ruga, Kanzaki and Ryutarou take over his role as co-commentator.
  • Prone to Tears: In a bit of Character Exaggeration, he cries a lot more than he did during G. They're usually angry tears prompted by him being disgusted with other people's weakness, but still. This is subverted in the final match in the Asia Circuit since he respects Mark for his fighting spirit and in his own words does not have any tears left for Shinemon due to his "weakness".
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Mark/"Ninja Master" one for Holding The Line until Shinemon came and told him that he can have a rematch any time he wants.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kanzaki's hair is lavender.

    Ryuzu Lab 
A laboratory headed by Ryuzu Myoujin which conducts experiment related to Vanguard with the goal of proving Planet Cray's existence and creating a connection between it and Earth. For Tatsuya Tachibana's entry, see above under the Card Capital folder.

Ryuzu Myoujin

Gear Chronicle (Force)

Voiced by: Keiichi Nakagawa
The director of Ryuzu Lab and an old friend of Rive Shindou. He believes in the existence of Planet Cray and conducts experiments meant to summon units to our world.

He plays using a Gear Chronicle deck which focuses on Chronofang Tiger and its ability to superior ride Grade 4 units like Chronotiger Rebellion. His playstyle involves intentionally reducing the number of cards in his hand to unlock the full extent of his units's abilities as they become stronger the less cards there are in his hand.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Downplayed. In both versions of the original experiment, Ryuzu would up suffering damage to an eye when it went wrong. Whereas in G, blood was shown pouring out the socket, implying the eye was bleeding if not crushed, and took to wearing an eyepiece over the socket, here his eye and the area around it is only badly burned, and he largely just has his bangs cover it. Several Freeze-Frame Bonus shows the eye is still there, but only the whites of the eye are ever seen, which, when combined with his now covering it with his hair, implies he is blind in that eye.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While he still is a rather morally ambiguous scientist, he only wants Cray's power and technology to improve mankind instead of outright sacrificing Cray for Earth. Even ten years later, he's largely more focused on creating the Vanguard Association rather than pursuing further attempts at summoning units, even giving all control over his former project to Tatsuya.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the director of his own lab and is skilled enough to defeat both Shinemon and Esuka in a cardfight.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ryuzu was the Overarching Villain for the first half of G, being responsible for the events that happened in that series and in this one, it's hinted that he may have a connection to the incident that occurred at Yumigatake. Except that while he was there when said incident occurred, he didn't cause it. Additionally, while he is still an antagonist, it's revealed that Tatsuya's been using him all along and is the true Big Bad, who in turn managed to defeat him and leave him harmless by taking his deck and scattering it.
  • Large Ham: He gets really loud when he talks about his goals.
  • Panthera Awesome: His Gear Chronicle focuses on Chronofang Tiger and includes several tiger-themed units.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the disaster at Yumigatake happened, Ryuzu was more concerned with the fact that his theories about Cray were right than with looking for survivors.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In G, Ryuzu's original self died due to using up his own life force summoning forth the Zodiac Time Beasts, causing him to prematurely age and leading to him dying in front of Chrono and Ibuki before his body was immolated, living on afterwards through a clone with his memories before it was regressed into an infant. Here, Ryuzu remains an adult and doesn't prematurely age thanks to not using his life force in his experiments.
  • Visionary Villain: Ryuzu seeks to create a connection between Earth and Planet Cray with the goal of using Cray's technology to prevent any future conflicts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal is to use the technology of Planet Cray to help improve the life of the inhabitants of Earth and avoid future conflicts. However, the experiments he and his laboratory conduct have shown themselves to be dangerous and could potentially lead to disaster.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ryuzu has dark green hair.

Yuki Mishima

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
The assistant of Ryuzu Myoujin. She works for the lab's financial sponsor and act as their proxy.
  • The Dragon: She's Ryuzu's assistant and is shown to be the one overseeing the experiments while he's busy elsewhere. Except she's actually been working for Tatsuya the whole time.
  • Original Generation: She not have a counterpart nor is she based on a character of the original, G or manga series.
  • Red Herring: She acts as the middleman for Ryuzu Lab's sponsor in order to hide Tatsuya's identity as the true sponsor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.

    Other Characters 

MC Miya

The president of the Harumi High School Broadcasting Club. He is one of the commentators for the Esu Cup.
  • Combat Commentator: He acts as one for both the Esu Cup as well as for Esuka and Shinemon's rematch.

Hitomi Kouzoji

Bermuda Triangle (Force)

A popular idol who has recently announced her retirement. Also an acquaintance of Esuka who invited her to Card Capital on Christams Eve. She is the mother of Saya Yatomi from Vanguard G.

She has a Bermuda Triangle deck but due to being unfamiliar with the rules, all of the cards in it are copies of Top Idol, Riviere.
  • Ascended Extra: She was briefly mentioned in G as part of Saya's backstory but never made any appearances in that series.
  • Idol Singer: She used to be one, having just finished her last concert. Fittingly, she uses Bermuda Triangle which is comprised of mermaid idols.
  • Signature Mon: Top Idol, Riviere is her favorite card to the point of her deck containing nothing but copies of the card.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like an older version of her daughter but with shorter hair.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.

Tokimi Shindou

Rive's wife with whom she has a son. She is revealed to have died during the timeskip.
  • Anime Hair: She has the same hair swirl as her son.
  • Doomed by Canon: In G, Tokimi is stated to have died while Chrono was young. Sure enough, she is mentioned to have died during the four-years timeskip of the Shinemon arc.
  • Ill Girl: Rive stated that she had a frail constitution.
  • Satellite Character: There's little to her character beyond her being married to Rive and being Chrono's mother.
  • The Voiceless: Her sole on-screen appearance before her death was unvoiced.

Chrono Shindou

Gear Chronicle (Force)

Voiced by: Takumi Mano (teenager) & Mariya Ise (child) [Japanese]
Rive and Tokimi's son who was born shortly before the beginning of the series.

He has a Gear Chronicle deck featuring Chronojet Dragon as his ace card.
  • Anime Hair: It wouldn't be Chrono without his signature hair swirl.
  • Cheerful Child: Since he still his father at this point in time, Chrono is still a cheerful and happy kid.
  • Doomed by Canon: Since it was stated his father died young, tt's more or less clear that Chrono will end up orphaned and somber at the end of the arc.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Chrono inherited his red hair and his signeture swirl from his mother Tokimi.
  • Malaproper: As a child, he had a tendency to mispronounce words, even when other people correct him.
  • Missing Mom: His mother died when he was a baby.
  • Nephewism: Ends up under the care of his aunt Mikuru since his father is trapped on Planet Cray.
  • Prone to Tears: He cries easily whenever someone he knows loses a fight. Justified since he's a young child. This was also used as a plot point, because it's implied that his crying over Shinemon's loss against Ryuzu caused an overflow in Imaginary Score which summoned Chronotiger Rebellion to the lab.
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