The franchise is a cardgame conceived by Bushiroad which started out as both an Anime and Manga which were both about a shy boy named Aichi Sendou who through Vanguard gains more confidence and friends, but besides mostly using the same characters, the stories they had went in a completely different direction. The cardgame itself quickly gained popularity not only in Japan, but also overseas even without Bushiroad doing any marketing thanks to its relatively simple rules which made it easy and fun to play.
Eventually the story of the original cast seemingly concluded with its last season Legion Mate. However the story went then on in Cardfight!! Vanguard G which follows a new protagonist named Chrono Shindou who suddenly finds a Vanguard deck in his and as a result is dragged into the world of Vanguard. At first this seems to be spin-off which also uses old characters alongside the new ones, but it later turns out to be a continuation of the original anime.
Eventually Chrono's story also concluded, but instead of creating a new anime series or spin-off. They decided to reboot the franchise with Cardfight!! Vanguard (V Series) which is about Aichi again, but this time is based on the manga.
Aside from the main series Anime/Manga there were also various spin-off media and video games which sadly enough weren't brought overseas.
The works in the franchise so far are:
- Cardfight!! Vanguard
- MiniVan: A flash anime based on the Yonkoma manga.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard G: A spin-off with a new cast which later turns out to be the sequel to the original anime.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard (V Series): The reboot of the franchise which is based off the manga created by Akira Itou.
- Bermuda Triangle ~Colorful Pastrale~: A series focused around a group of Mermaid girls, Sonata, Caro, Fina, Serena, and Canon, living in the nation of Magallanica on Planet Cray.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard: The manga created by Akira Itou, it mostly uses the same
- MiniVan: A Yonkoma manga about the anime & manga characters.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: Swordsman of Light: A manga which follows the story of the units on cray.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard Shooting Star: A manga about Asuka Matsumoto whose the manager of card shop "Shooting Star" while her father is missing.
- Another Vanguard: Star Road Asuka: The continuation of Shooting Star.
- Ride to Victory (Japan only) (2013) (3DS): A game produced by the FuRyu Company. The game follows the player character (Chosen from 6 available) in his/her way to become the National Champion.
- Lock on Victory (Japan Only) (2014) (3DS):. It follows closely to the plot of Link Joker Arc where the player character (Chosen from the same 6 characters from the previous game + 5 new characters in this game, one of them voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, no less!) gets to choose which of the 3 high schools (Aichi's Miyaji, Kai's Hitsue or Ren's Fukuhara) to join and win the Vanguard High School Championship while fighting the invasion of Link Joker.
- Stride To Victory (Japan Only) (2016) (3DS): This game introduces 10 new characters, and follows the plot of the first season of Cardfight!! Vanguard G.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard Zero (2019): A mobile game.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard EX (2019) (PlayStation 4/Switch): The game based on the reboot. It follows the story of Izuru Shidou.