Film Vanguard

Cardfight!! Vanguard

The original season of Cardfight!! Vanguard centers on main character Aichi Sendou's introduction to the titular card game. Over time, he makes new friends, competes in the National Championships, and confronts a mysterious power called Psyqualia.

Opening themes

  • "Vanguard" by JAM Project (eps. 1-33) (eps. 1-65 in English dub)
  • "Believe in My Existence" by JAM Project (eps. 34-65)

Ending themes

  • "Diamond Stars☆" (ダイヤモンドスター☆ "Daiyamondo Sutā☆") by Natsuko Aso (eps. 1-15)
  • "Smash Up!!" by Shiina Hekiiru (eps. 16-25)
  • "Dream Shooter" by Sea☆A (eps. 25-38) (eps. 1-65 in English dub)
  • "Starting Again" by Sayaka Sasaki (eps. 39-52)
  • "Nakimushi Treasures" by Milky Homes (Suzuko Mimori, Izumi Kitta, Sora Tokui, and Mikoi Sasaki) (eps. 53-65)

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Vanguard of Destiny!"
"Unmei no Vangādo!!" (運命の先導者!!)
January 8, 2011
Kids from all over town converge to play Vanguard, a card game that seems to be the biggest thing going around. A timid boy, Aichi Sendou, has a rare card, the Blaster Blade, which makes him a target for Katsumi Morikawa, a player who wants to use Aichi's card to get revenge on another player, Toshiki Kai. After school, Morikawa and his buddy Yūta Izaki steal Aichi's Blaster Blade from him. Aichi runs to a card shop called Card Capital to find that Morikawa lost it in a bet against Kai. It is then that Aichi and Kai meet and play a game of Vanguard with Blaster Blade as the prize. Before the match, Kai gives Aichi Blaster Blade for the sake of completing Aichi's deck. During the course of the match, Kai teaches Aichi the rules of playing Vanguard. As the fight goes on, Aichi reveals that he has met Kai before when summoning him ace, Blaster Blade, which Kai gave to him long ago, stating that it was because of him that he wanted to get into Vanguard. 
02 "Ride to Victory!"
"Shōri e no Raido" (勝利へのライド)
January 15, 2011

After Aichi plays Blaster Blade, he and Kai recall their first meeting. Back then, after seeing a young Aichi beaten up, the young Kai cheered him up by giving him Blaster Blade and telling him to imagine himself as a strong warrior like the card. With that in mind, Aichi got absorbed into Vanguard, creating his own deck in the hopes of playing against Kai, who had already moved away by then.

Back to the game, Aichi deals a bit of damage to Kai, who retaliates with his ace card, Dragonic Overlord. It wipes out Aichi's units and greatly damages him. All hope seems lost until Aichi draws a heal trigger, which allows Aichi to stay in the game for one last turn. Aichi launches a final attack with Blaster Blade and drive checks a critical trigger, which breaks through Kai's defenses and deals one more point of damage to Kai, thus giving Aichi the win. A day later, Aichi revisits Card Capital. Despite thinking that Kai would not show his face after being defeated, Aichi is glad to see that Kai returns. 
03 "Welcome to Card Capital"
"Yōkoso! Kādo Kyapitaru e" (ようこそ! カードキャピタルへ)
January 22, 2011
Aichi's little sister, Emi, is worried by Aichi's different behavior as of late. After school, Emi sees Aichi with Morikawa and Izaki, who want him to go with them to Card Capital. However, Emi misinterprets the situation as Aichi hanging with the wrong crowd. Concerned for her brother, she secretly follows the trio to Card Capital. There, Emi is astounded by all the people in the shop, including Aichi, Morikawa, and Izaki, playing Vanguard. It is then that the card shop's manager, Shin Nitta, appears and introduces Emi to the world of trading card games. The two then observe a cardfight between Aichi and Morikawa. The battle ends with Aichi winning without taking any damage. Watching Aichi play, Emi sees how much her big brother has changed because of Vanguard. And so, she becomes supportive of Aichi playing the game. 
04 "Assault! Twin Drive!"
"Mōkō! Tsuin Doraibu" (猛攻! ツインドライブ)
January 29, 2011
After taking a look at Aichi's deck, Shin decides to show him "something nice". So, Shin has Aichi battle Misaki, who, despite working at the card shop, has never actually participated in a Vanguard fight before. Nonetheless, after Shin gives Misaki a special deck, she and Aichi begin their cardfight. In the midst of the battle, Misaki shows that she knows more about the game than she lets on as she draws multiple cards and rides her ace card, the grade 3 CEO Amaterasu. Using the Twin Drive ability that grade 3 cards have, Misaki defeats Aichi. Through this loss, Aichi learns that he has much more to know about Vanguard if he ever wants to play against Kai again. 
05 "Whirlwind! Kamui, the Grade-School Fighter!"
"Senpū! Shōgakusei Faitā Kamui" (旋風! 小学生ファイターカムイ)
February 5, 2011

Aichi goes to Card Capital to buy a booster pack in the hopes of getting a grade 3 card. When he arrives, he sees an elementary-grade-school kid, Kamui Katsuragi, convincingly defeating Izaki in a cardfight. Aichi challenges Kamui, but he refuses, noticing that Aichi is not a strong player. Then, after Kamui beats Morikawa in a cardfight, Aichi tries to buy a booster pack. Suddenly, Emi appears, and Kamui immediately falls in love with her. Before Aichi could buy a pack, Emi drags him back home while Kamui looks on, thinking that the two are boyfriend and girlfriend. Later, Aichi buys a booster pack and is pleased to find that it contained a grade 3 card, Solitary Knight, Gancelot. Just then, Kamui shows up and challenges Aichi, demanding to get Emi if he beats him. Although Aichi misunderstands Kamui's intentions, the two begin their Vanguard fight.

Kamui uses powerful cards like Brutal Jack and King of Sword to quickly deal a ton of damage to Aichi, who strikes back by using his newly-acquired Solitary Knight, Gancelot. But in the end, Aichi loses to Kamui after he rides his ace card Asura Kaiser. Afterwards, Emi arrives and tries to get Aichi home, and it is then that Kamui learns that the two are actually siblings. Now, hoping to get closer to Emi, Kamui starts referring to Aichi as his "big brother", although Aichi is not exactly glad about it. 
06 "The Mysterious Card Shop!"
"Nazo no Kādo Shoppu" (謎(なぞ)のカードショップ)
February 12, 2011
Aichi and his friends decide to go to a different card shop called PSY. There, after being greeted by a girl named Rekka, they try out the shop's special Vanguard Fight Stage. It oddly reacts to Aichi, which leads to a woman, Kourin, challenging him to a cardfight. When the two begin the battle, Aichi is surprised that the stage brings the cards to life. Aichi and Kourin, who also uses a Royal Paladin deck, continue their battle, until Aichi makes a bad decision in not guarding one of her vanguard's attacks, ultimately leading to his defeat. Afterwards, another woman, Suiko, gives Aichi the King of Knights, Alfred card as a special memento for visiting the card shop. Later, Aichi learns from Morikawa that the card shop they visited has mysteriously disappeared. 
07 "The Fearsome Soulblast!"
"Senritsu no Souruburasuto" (戦慄のソウルブラスト)
February 19, 2011

Shin introduces the "Standing Fight Table" to enrich the experience of a Vanguard fight, with Morikawa and Kamui being the first to play on it. After Kamui once again beats Morikawa, Aichi and his friends return to their homes but then see Kai walking back to his home. Wanting to learn where Kai lives, Aichi, Kamui, and Miwa try to follow him, but Kai soon notices them tailing him. Aichi apologizes and asks for Kai to battle him again, but he declines. However, Kamui challenges Kai, and he reluctantly accepts.

The next day, the two commence their cardfight. Kai gains the upper hand by getting a grade 3 card, Embodiment of Victory, Aleph, into play before Kamui, who counterattacks with his own grade 3 unit Mr. Invincible. But Kai soon summons another grade 3 unit Vortex Dragon, and he later activates its Soulblast skill to destroy three of Kamui's units, leaving Kamui unable to defend himself from Kai's final attacks. Kai defeats Kamui and takes his leave, but not before Aichi tells him that he'll become a stronger and more worthy opponent for him. 
08 "The King of Knights Enters The Fray!"
"Kishi-ō, Shutsujin!" (騎士王、出陣!)
February 26, 2011

The Card Capital Shop Tournament begins soon, but Aichi is hesitant to play in it, even after making a new deck. However, when he learns that Kai will be in the tournament, Aichi decides to enter as well. But when he submits his entry application form, another Vanguard player, Osamu Kishida, places his application at nearly the same time as Aichi. Both of them want to enter, but there is only one open spot left in the tournament. To resolve this issue, Shin recommends to have Aichi and Kishida play against each other to see who gets the last entry spot.

Using his Megacolony units' effects, Kishida restricts Aichi's units from standing while scoffing at him for calling so many weak units. However, Aichi uses his new card King of Knights, Alfred, whose power is increased by the number of other Royal Paladins in play. With Alfred, Aichi defeats Kishida and is therefore officially in the tournament. 
09 "The Shop Tournament Begins!"
"Shoppu Taikai Kaimaku" (ショップ大会開幕)
March 5, 2011
The Card Capital Shop Tournament finally begins. In the first round, Aichi must play against Izaki while at the same time, Morikawa battles Misaki. The atmosphere of the tournament makes Aichi grow nervous. His tournament jitters get the better of him as he makes many amateur mistakes. But when he sees that Izaki is also just as nervous and makes similar mistakes, Aichi realizes that he's not alone, regains his composure, and remembers that Vanguard fights should be fun. When he tells Izaki that, he too calms down, and the two continue playing the game at their best. In the end, not only does Aichi win, but Misaki also advances to the next round. 
10 "Enter the Ninja Fighter!"
"Ninja Faitā, Sanjō" (忍者ファイター、参上)
March 12, 2011

Kamui and Kai advance to the second round of the tournament along with Ninja Master M, an eccentric player who dresses and acts like a ninja. He meets Aichi, who deduces that he is actually his teacher Mr. Mark Whiting, but he denies that claim (even though it's true). The tournament progresses to the second round matches with Aichi facing off against Ninja Master M while Kai plays against the previous tournament's champion Kazuki Inaba.

Ninja Master M uses his Nubatama ninja units' effects to deplete the cards in Aichi's hands. He drives Aichi to a corner when he rides his ace card Stealth Dragon, Voidmaster and leaves only one card in Aichi's hand. While this is going on, Kai defeats Inaba in his match. 
11 "Ninja Fighter Withdraws!"
"Ninja Faitā, Taijō" (忍者ファイター、退場)
March 19, 2011

Aichi makes a comeback by calling more units from his deck to boost the power of King of Knights, Alfred, forcing Ninja Master M to use most of his cards to guard against his attacks. As a result, M is left with no cards to defend himself from Aichi's last attack. Aichi wins and therefore advances to the semifinals. Ninja Master M disappears, and Mr. Mark soon arrives (with a bag containing his Ninja Master M attire). After Aichi's match, Kamui and Misaki play in their respective cardfights, and they both advance as well.

Before the start of the semifinals, the tournament is put on hold for a lunch break. So, Aichi and Emi have lunch outside the card shop where Kamui tries to get Emi to feed him, but no such luck. After everyone returns to the shop, Aichi, Misaki, Kamui, and Kai all draw lots to determine who will be playing against who. Aichi is put up against Kamui while Kai must fight Misaki. With the matchups set, the semifinals begin. 
12 "Aichi vs. Kamui"
"Aichi VS Kamui" (アイチVSカムイ)
March 26, 2011
It's the semifinals: Kai plays against Misaki, and Aichi once again battles Kamui. Both of them want to win for their own reasons; Aichi wants to fight Kai again while Kamui hopes to gain Emi's affection upon winning the entire tournament. Aichi defends himself from Kamui's Brutal Jack's attacks better than he did in their first cardfight. Aichi makes a surprising move by calling Blaster Blade as a rear-guard and using its ability to destroy Brutal Jack. As the battle between Aichi and Kamui rages on, the cardfight between Kai and Misaki comes to a close with Kai as the victor. 
13 "Shop Tournament Winner Crowned!"
"Kecchaku! Shoppu Taikai" (決着! ショップ大会)
April 2, 2011
Aichi and Kamui's match comes down to the wire, with Kamui slowly building up his vanguard's soul. Despite Aichi getting a heal trigger to allow him to stay in the game, Kamui then uses his Mr. Invincible's Soulblast, dubbed the "Tornado Stand Galactica", making all of his units stand up and ready to attack again. With this move, Kamui once again defeats Aichi. After Aichi gets over this loss, the final battle between Kai and Kamui ensues. Even though Kamui uses Mr. Invincible and its Soulblast like in the previous match, Kai nonetheless successfully defends and survives the onslaught. In the end, Kai beats Kamui again and is therefore the champion of the entire tournament. Afterwards, Shin makes a special announcement: the four finalists (Kai, Kamui, Misaki, and Aichi) of this tournament are to represent Card Capital and participate in the regional qualifying tournament, shocking Aichi. 
14 "The Fearsome Undead! The Granblue Deck!"
"Fushi no Kyōfu! Guranburū Dekki" (不死の恐怖! グランブルーデッキ)
April 9, 2011
Kamui takes Aichi to Card Shop Handsome, a pirate-themed store that Kamui used to visit. They meet the previous regional champions that had gone on to play at the national tournament, Team Handsome, which is led by Gouki Daimonji, an old friend of Kamui. Soon after, they also meet Gouki's little sister Nagisa. She has a huge crush on Kamui to the point that she wants to marry him despite their young age, but the feeling is not mutual. When Kamui tries to explain that he's in love with Aichi's sister Emi, the situation is misinterpreted as Aichi trying to take Kamui away from Nagisa and hurting her feelings. Always wanting to make her little sister happy, Gouki challenges Aichi to a cardfight with the winner getting Kamui. As the fight goes on, Aichi learns the horror of Gouki's Granblue deck as he constantly resurrects his undead pirates from the drop zone. The level of a cardfighter who has played in a national tournament proves to be too much for Aichi; Gouki defeats him, making Aichi learn the level of competition that he will face in the future and more eager to get stronger. After the game, the misunderstanding is cleared, and Nagisa goes back to chasing after Kamui, much to his dismay. 
15 "Thrilling! Emi's First Fight!"
"Harahara!? Emi no Hatsu Faito" (ハラハラ!? エミの初ファイト)
April 16, 2011
As Emi continues coming to Card Capital, Shin convinces her to try the game out for herself. While approaching the game shop, Morikawa has his fortune told and he finds that he will have luck with his juniors today (however, Izaki corrects him and says that he'll have terrible luck today). When they arrive at the card shop, Aichi is surprised when Emi is preparing to play Vanguard. Emi is handed Misaki's deck as Shin wants both Aichi and Emi to battle together. However, following the fortune he read, Morikawa wishes to take Aichi's place and a battle between the new player Emi and the "Expert Naive Player" Morikawa begins, with Kamui bitter about how Morikawa is playing against her instead of himself. With some tips from Aichi, Kamui, and Shin, and only using "cute" cards, Emi defeats Morikawa with some beginner's luck. 
16 "Team Q4 Heads for the Regional Tournament!"
"Chīmu Q4, Chiku Taikai e" (チームQ4、地区大会へ)
April 30, 2011

The day for the regional tournament is here, and Shin drives the team of Aichi, Kamui, and Kai to the tournament site. On the way there, while Aichi and Kamui make adjustments to Aichi's deck, Shin decides to name the team "Quadrifoglio" (Italian for "four-leaf clover"; "Q4" for short). They arrive and watch a promotional video of the pop idol group Ultra Rare, who are the three girls, Kourin, Rekka, and Suiko, who Aichi met at Card Shop PSY. After a run-in with Team Handsome, it is then announced that Team Q4 will play in the first round against Team Black Magic, three dark-robed men who all have "Kuro" (Japanese for "black") in their names. Because of Misaki's absence, Aichi will have to participate, and in the first match too!

After being given special Vanguard gloves and using it with the tournament's Motion Figure System to bring the cardfight to life, Aichi begins his fight against Team Black Magic's Kurosawa, who uses the same clan as Kai, the Kagero, but with many new units. When Kurosawa superior rides Demonic Dragon Berserker, Yaksha and uses several skills to retire all of Aichi's rear-guards, Aichi panics, realizing that even if he rides Alfred, he cannot fully use its ability. In a desperate move, he uses all the cards in his hand, including the newly-added Knight of Truth, Gordon, to create an almost full field. 
17 "New Allies"
"Aratanaru Nakama-tachi" (新たなる仲間たち)
May 7, 2011

Aichi has difficulty pushing for victory, and his opponent Kurosawa gets a critical trigger on top, bringing him to five damage. Aichi desperately needs to block the next strike, but is unwilling to leave his hand empty. He guards with Wingal and intercepts with his new unit Knight of Truth, Gordon. At first, it seems that Aichi has an insufficient amount of shield, but he reveals that Gordon's skill, the Especial Intercept, allows its shield to rise by 5000 points during an intercept. After successfully defending against Kurosawa's last attack, Aichi proceeds to call Gigantech Charger, another new card whose skill is used to call Flogal to completely fill Aichi's side of the field, bringing Alfred up to maximum power and finishing the match with a critical trigger.

Team Black Magic's next fighter, Kurosaki, appears, while on Team Q4's side, Kai steps up. They both use Kagero, and the announcer (MC Mya) and spectators seem to think it will be an exciting match. However, they are soon disillusioned - Kai annihilates Kurosaki without even breaking a sweat. Afterwards, everyone sees that underneath Team Black Magic's dark cloaks are actually three sparkling-bright men. Kai's victory leads to Team Q4 advancing to the next round and Kamui becoming enraged that he was not given the chance to fight. 
18 "White-Hot Tournament!"
"Hakunetsu no Tōnamento!" (白熱のトーナメント!)
May 14, 2011
The regional tournament continues with Team Q4 easily plowing through their second and third opponents, Team Martial Arts and Team Chemistry Club, by defeating them both 2-0. Kamui's past relation to Gouki and Team Handsome is revealed, and Gouki and Kamui pledge to be the first to take the stage in the final match. During a break, Emi arrives with lunch, making Kamui happy to eat her food. But this moment is ruined when Nagisa charges in with her own prepared lunch and messes things up for Kamui. Incidentally, both lunches end up in Morikawa's stomach, who spews fire like a dragon from the spicyness of Nagisa's food, which Kamui does not appreciate. Misaki finally arrives, but it is nonetheless decided that Aichi will still play should it come to his turn. After a musical performance by Ultra Rare singing their debut song "Miracle Trigger", the tournament finals commence. Kamui, expecting to play against Gouki in the first game, is shocked when Nagisa steps up to be his opponent. 
19 "Showdown! Nova Grappler!"
"Kessen! Nova Gurappurā!" (決戦! ノヴァグラップラー!)
May 21, 2011
Surprisingly enough, Nagisa steps into the fray as the first fighter of Team Handsome, resulting in Kamui being in a desperate situation as she declares that Kamui has to marry her if she wins. Kamui answers back by declaring that if he wins, then Nagisa will leave him alone. Both parties agree to these terms and then start their cardfight. Using a Nova Grappler deck like Kamui, Nagisa proves herself to be an excellent fighter, fighting toe-to-toe with him. Though it seems that the agonizing Kamui can make a reversal using Lion Heat, Nagisa is able to fully negate his attacks and finish him off using her own Lion Heat and Magician Girl, Kirara with a "Wedding Hold" during the next turn. After the match, as per agreement, Nagisa gets dressed in a wedding gown and is ready to marry Kamui, who tries to run for his life. 
20 "Hidden Message"
"Himerareta Messēji" (秘められたメッセージ)
May 28, 2011
In spite of Nagisa winning and her getting to marry Kamui as a result, Kamui weasels out by saying that Team Q4 as a whole hasn't lost yet, so their agreement is still pending. With one loss in their record, Team Q4 has to win both the next matches in order to advance through the regional tournament. Though everyone is certain that Kai will win, Aichi becomes increasingly desperate, as his match will be the one to decide the fate of the team, going as far as to thinking of running away to have Misaki participate instead. As Kai walks up to play, he indirectly tells Aichi that people who run away are not worthy of fighting him. His opponent, Kaoru "Ka-boom!" Komatsubara, seems to be a formidable opponent who gloats how he's gone to the national tournament before, but Kai gains an early lead, pushing Kaoru into a bad situation. Throughout the battle, Kai chooses to not defend against all except one of Kaoru's attacks, puzzling everyone about his decisions. Aichi believes that Kai is trying to tell him something through these actions; he deduces that Kai knows that he does not need to defend and will still be able to win. When both players are at five damage, Kaoru confidently declares that he will survive and claim victory, but Kai refutes that claim, loudly announcing "Final Turn!" He rides a new card, Blazing Flare Dragon, and uses Gattling Claw Dragon's skill to retire one opposing unit and increase the attack power of Blazing Flare Dragon. Kai relentlessly adds to its power by drawing two critical triggers in a row, thoroughly annihilating Kaoru. Seeing Kai's power, and remembering his own aspirations to reach his level, Aichi becomes motivated to win his fight! 
21 "Rematch in the Final Match!"
"Kesshō de no Saisen!!" (決勝での再戦!!)
June 4, 2011
Aichi's match against Gouki begins. Aichi remembers Gouki as a formidable opponent, and realizes that he cannot stay the same as before if he wishes to win. Using a combination of the skills of Barcgal and Future Knight, Llew, he superior rides Blaster Blade from the deck, surprising Gouki and everyone else. With both sides getting a heal trigger and staying at nearly the same amount of damage, it becomes an intense fight. Gouki superior rides Spirit Exceed from the drop zone and prepares for a full frontal assault. 
22 "The Holy Dragon Descends"
"Maiorita Hijiri Ryū" (舞い降りた聖龍)
June 11, 2011
The fight between Aichi and Gouki continues. Aichi blocks Gouki's attack, and counterattacks with Alfred, bringing Gouki to five damage. However, Gouki replaces his vanguard with King of Demonic Seas, Basskirk, who uses its Megablast to instantly revive as many Granblue units from the drop zone as possible! Although Aichi perfectly defends against all of Gouki's attacks during that turn, he realizes that he must end the battle immediately. Just then, a strange blue light emerges from his deck, which Kai notices. Aichi draws one of the new cards that he had acquired, which he had put in his deck despite Kamui's advice. He rides Soul Saver Dragon, the powerful God of the Royal Paladin clan, and activates its skill to power up his rear-guard units. Though it seems like Gouki will make it through, Aichi gets a stand trigger and finishes the game with a brutal attack. With Aichi's win over Gouki, Team Q4 wins the regional tournament and is therefore eligible to enter the national tournament. At the awards ceremony, Ultra Rare congratulates Q4 for their victory, and Suiko invites Aichi to visit Card Shop PSY once more. 
23 "Fateful Encounter"
"Unmei no Deai" (運命の出会い)
June 18, 2011
Aichi, Kamui, and Misaki visit Card Shop PSY after Suiko's invitation. They meet an aloof red-haired stranger with a peculiar attitude. However, once the Ultra Rare group arrives, they learn that he is none other than Ren Suzugamori, the winner of the previous national tournament and current reigning champion! Then, Kourin and Ren engage in a cardfight, both using the exact same deck structure of entirely female units, and Aichi, who had been beaten by Kourin before, watches in amazement as Ren easily controls the match. Strangely using the same speech patterns that Kai does during his matches, Ren uses a seemingly simple grade 1 card called Blazer Idols to finish the game. However, what are these visions that Aichi has of the planet Cray, when Ren is about to make his move...? 
24 "The Indelible Memory"
"Kesenai Kioku" (消せない記憶)
June 25, 2011
To prepare for the national tournaments, worried about cardfighters on Ren's level, Aichi and Misaki engage in a fight. Throughout the battle, Misaki exhibits her excellent memorization skills, to which Aichi and Kamui praise. However, their constant compliments have the opposite effect on Misaki as memories of her tragic past about her parents dying in a car crash surface in her mind, causing her to break down. Though she dominates the match by preventing Aichi's strategy from taking effect until it is too late, and finishing him off by means of a critical trigger, she abandons the team directly afterwards, claiming to be unable to fight any longer. Stunned, Aichi and Kamui try to discover what they have done wrong... 
25 "Beyond the Memories"
"Kioku no Saki ni" (記憶の先に)
July 2, 2011
Misaki stays locked in her room while Aichi and Kamui feel horrible for what they did to her. They want to get her to rejoin Team Q4, but Kai says to let her do what she wants. Emi visits Card Capital, worrying about the depressed Aichi. She encounters Misaki, who claims not to know anything, but Shin pushes the two into a cardfight using the new trial decks that just arrived. Going along for Emi's sake, Misaki uses the new Nova Grappler deck, whereas Emi uses the Oracle Think Tank one. Already having memorized all effects of the cards with her perfect memory, Misaki easily defeats Emi, but in doing so, she remembers the fun that Vanguard used to be for both her and her parents, and realizes that they would not want her to feel sad about the game. Receiving a key from her uncle to unlock the box with the deck her parents made for her and now wearing that key around her neck, she easily beats every regular customer of the shop the next day. She also rejoins Team Q4 to Aichi and Kamui's joy. 
26 "A Stormy Beginning! The National Championship!"
"Haran no Makuake! Zenkoku Taikai!!" (波乱の幕開け! 全国大会!!)
July 9, 2011
Team Q4 arrives at the site of the national tournament grounds and meets Team Caesar, composed of Kenji "Koutei" Mitsusada and the siblings Gai and Yuri Usui, who were the last national tournament's finalists and former champions. Everything seems to be going well, but due to Kai's increasingly arrogant and insulting attitude, Kamui decides he can no longer work with him and abandons the team. Aichi attempts to go after him, but is reminded that if he also leaves, Team Q4 will be unable to participate in the tournament and will therefore be disqualified. With some advice from Kenji, Aichi decides to win the preliminary rounds and earn Q4 a spot in the finals, so Kamui can return. 
27 "Jurassic Army"
"Jurashikku Āmī" (ジュラシックアーミー)
July 16, 2011
The national tournament preliminary rounds begin! After an explanation of the tournament rules by Ultra Rare, Team Q4 discovers that they are put in the same block as Team Asteroid, Ren Suzugamori's team and previous winners. To his great surprise, Aichi discovers that Kai not only personally knows Tetsu, one of Asteroid's members, but he is also acquainted with Ren. They are soon forced to forget about Asteroid, though, since the first round begins and pits them against Team Jurassic Army, a group of militaristic cardfighters using the brutal Tachikaze clan. Aichi takes the first match against Gunji Ryudo, and though he allows himself to take damage and effectively use the skill of Blaster Blade, he is cornered by the Tachikaze ace, Tyrant, Deathrex... 
28 "Aggressive Movement! Tachikaze Deck!!"
"Mōshin! Tachikaze Dekki!!" (猛進! たちかぜデッキ!!)
July 23, 2011
Ryudo brutally corners Aichi with the speed and power of his Tachikaze deck, bringing the score to 5-3 in Ryudo's favor. To make a reversal, Aichi rides his new ace card, Soul Saver Dragon. Managing to get a critical trigger, it looks like the match has been decided. But luck favors Ryudo, who gets a last-minute heal trigger and survives, winning on the next turn. The next match features Misaki who, despite cleverly using the attribute of Silent Tom to cripple her opponent's ability to guard, is also defeated in the exact same manner. As a result, Team Jurassic Army defeats Q4 with a score of 2-0. Although Aichi and Misaki feel devastated after losing, they are comforted by Shin who tells them how well they actually fought. Jurassic Army also shows respect by saluting them for their efforts, making Team Q4 feel better and more eager to win the national tournament. 
29 "When the Moon is Full"
"Tsuki, Michiru Toki" (月、 満ちるとき)
July 30, 2011
Team Q4's second match against Team Muscle Brain begins. Team Muscle Brain believes that training the body will result in a better mind, and thus practices brutal fighting prowess. However, when Kai steps up to the first match, he is able to easily annihilate his opponent, Kicking Shu, by superior riding Blazing Flare Dragon. Misaki takes the second match, using a new line of cards located in the deck that was given to her by her parents before their death. Her opponent, Punch Ken, shows off the synergy between the Nova Grappler and Megacolony clans to prevent Misaki's units from standing. Though she can't seem to get a grade 3 in hand, using the effects of her units that reflect the waxing of the moon, Misaki superior rides from Crescent Moon to Half Moon to Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi. Using skills that allow her to draw, she increases her hand to the point where she comfortably blocks Ken's desperate attacks, and finishes the game on her next and final turn. However, there is no time to celebrate as the next match is versus Team Asteroid, the strongest team. 
30 "The Strongest Team, Asteroid!"
"Saikyō Chīmu, AL4 (Apekkusu Rimiteddo Fō)!" (最強チーム、 AL4 (アペックスリミテッドフォー)!)
August 6, 2011
Team Q4's final fight in the preliminary rounds, which they cannot afford to lose, begins. Kai takes the stage first, against Asteroid member "Crusher" Kyou Yahagi, who potently uses a Spike Brothers deck. Kai rides Dragonic Overlord and activates its skill, but Kyou blocks it, pushing Kai on the defensive. However, Kai recovers his momentum with a heal trigger, allowing him to reclaim three unflipped damage. He uses Overlord's effect once more, annihilating Kyou's defense and claiming victory. An observing Ren claims the result was not unexpected and grins madly, while Kyou runs off in panic. 
31 "Beautiful Assassin"
"Utsukushiki Asashin" (美しきアサシン)
August 13, 2011
Though Kai won the first match of the team battle, Misaki is challenged by Asaka Narumi, known as the "Assassin". Asaka skillfully uses a Pale Moon deck, and though Misaki tries to fight by reading her opponent's moves, Asaka plans further ahead and cripples Misaki's strategy while preparing her field. Using a tactic dubbed the "Deadly Shadow Beasts", Asaka superior calls units from the soul to launch an unavoidable three-pronged attack coupled with a draw trigger. With that, Asaka delivers the final blow to Misaki. This leaves both teams with a single match won, and it is up to Aichi to determine Q4's fate against Tetsu, the "General" of Asteroid. Tetsu, using a Dark Irregulars deck, deals 3 damage to Aichi in his very first turn - however, Aichi has a plan. 
32 "Demon World General"
"Makai no Shōgun" (魔界の将軍)
August 20, 2011
The match between Aichi and Tetsu continues while an anxious Kamui watches. Confronted by Nagisa, Gouki and Emi, who learned of the situation via Team Caesar, Kamui, who had been hiding from his teammates throughout the entire tournament, is motivated to go support Aichi. Aichi begins to make a comeback by shutting down his opponent's offense and evening out the damage with a heal trigger, but Tetsu rides Demon World Marquis, Amon, and with a critical trigger, he pushes Aichi down to five damage. Aichi gains a vision of the Royal Paladin knights joined together, and draws and rides Soul Saver Dragon, whose effect is used to power up all his units. Regardless, Tetsu manages to block, and during his next turn rides Stil Vampir. This card has a deadly effect that replaces the opponent's vanguard with another rear-guard, thus Aichi is forced to ride the grade 0 Future Knight, Llew. In this weakened form, he is unable to withstand Tetsu's attack and suffers a terrible defeat. It seems as if all hope is not lost, as Jurassic Army loses to Muscle Brain and a 3-way tie is formed. Through a final judges' call based on overall performance, Ultra Rare announces that Jurassic Army is the team that progresses. Ren meets up with Q4 and tries to get Kai to rejoin his team, but Kai refuses him, and Ren blames Aichi for Q4's failure. 
33 "Blaster of Darkness"
"Shikkoku no Burasutā" (漆黒のブラスター)
August 27, 2011
Team Q4 (minus Kai) gathers at Card Capital to watch the national tournament finals. Due to various delays, they only manage to catch the very last match, where Ren, leader of Team Asteroid, faces of against Kenji, leader of Team Caesar. Even though Kenji appears to put up a good fight, Aichi sees right through Ren's power. Ren quickly decides to take the battle a little more seriously and rides Blaster Dark, a black version of Blaster Blade. In a couple of turns, he completely annihilates Kenji, and Team Asteroid is crowned the national champion. In an attempt to cheer Q4 up, Shin arranges for a beach trip, but Aichi is too demotivated for it. Miwa manages to convince Kai to speak to Aichi. Kai's words give Aichi the motivation to continue playing. Fired up, Q4 requests a special training session from Shin. 
34 "It's Summer! It's Camp! It's Vanguard!"
"Natsu da! Gasshuku da! Vangādo da!" (夏だ! 合宿だ! ヴァンガードだ!)
September 3, 2011
Q4 has gone to the beach in order to train at Vanguard - though a lot of its supporters, such as Morikawa, seem to have other priorities such as swimming. The team meets up with Team Caesar, who set up the training camp, and they quickly engage in cardfights. Surprising everyone, Kai actually defeats Kenji, and the two engage in an elaborate discussion about strategies and tactics. In the meantime, Aichi loses to Yuri five times in a row. Yuri requests to see Aichi's deck; she acknowledges that it's a good deck, but with a weak unifying victory strategy. Aichi thinks about her words as everyone prepares curry for dinner, and while everyone else sleeps, he begins working on his deck. 
35 "Results of the Training Camp"
"Gasshuku no Seika" (合宿の成果)
September 10, 2011
Aichi awakes from a bad dream of his cards talking to him about keeping them in his deck while taking out others. Kai and Kenji have woken up before everyone else and are already engaged in cardfighting. They have leftover curry for breakfast, while Aichi reports the unfortunate results of his deck-editing session. They go to the beach, where Aichi, Morikawa and Izaki are put under a special training regimine by Kamui, which culminates in them imagining themselves as valiant vanguards on Cray. Shin presents Q4 with a briefcase full of rare cards, which they used to build up their decks. Aichi's Royal Paladins speak to him in his mind, and he reconstructs his deck without realizing it. Yuri challenges Aichi to a rematch, and Aichi skillfully uses the effects of High Dog Breeder, Akane and Pongal to get Soul Saver Dragon in his hand, before Morikawa interrupts the match. The team finally leaves the training camp with everyone satisfied with the experience they have gathered except Morikawa who had completely forgotten about going swimming. 
36 "The King of Underground Fights"
"Ura Faito no Ō" (裏ファイトの王)
September 17, 2011
Miwa spys on Kai who has begun fighting in underground fights in order to find stronger opponents. Underground cardfights usually result in the loss of cards, and players do not abide by the rules that ensure fair play in a cardfight. When Miwa discovers that Kai is searching for Jun Mutsuki, the King of Underground Fights, he goes looking for him. He confronts Jun and is captured. Jun and Kai then have a cardfight with Miwa and Kai's freedom at stake. Jun uses a Dark Irregulars deck against Kai and puts up a fierce fight while setting up to play his key card, Edel Rose. Kai foresees this and adds the perfect-defense card Wyvern Guard, Barri to his hand in order to foil Jun's strategy. Jun makes a change in his plan by riding Demon Eater, sending Edel Rose back into his deck, and attacking to force Kai to use Barri. However, Jun reveals that he had a second Edel Rose all along, and he attempts to use its critical strike ability to finish off Kai, who nullifies the attack with another Barri he kept all this time. After defeating Jun, Kai and Miwa leave, with Miwa figuring out that he had been used by Kai to draw Jun out. 
37 "The Return of the Ninja Master"
"Kaettekita Ninja Masutā" (帰ってきた忍者マスター)
September 24, 2011
A tournament is being held again at Card Capital, but it is now a team fight due to the large number of participants. In preparation for the tournament, while looking through his deck, Aichi has a vision of two Soul Saver Dragons appearing next to each other. The team tournament begins; Team Q4 moves all the way up to the final round, with Kai choosing to not participate. Q4 discovers their opponent to be Team Overthrow which consists of Miwa, Izaki, and Morikawa, who is dressed up as Ninja Master M, since the costume was donated to him by M, who decided to not participate in tournaments anymore. In the first round, Morikawa faces Misaki and completely loses as usual. The second round features Kamui versus Team Overthrow's secret weapon, Princess Maiden, who is actually Emi in disguise. Because of Kamui being unwilling to give his all against Emi, she defeats him using her Bermuda Triangle/Oracle Think Tank deck. Now it is Aichi's turn, and his opponent is none other than Miwa, who has never been seen playing in a Vanguard tournament until now! 
38 "Miwa's Ability"
"Miwa no Jitsuryoku" (三和の実力)
October 1, 2011
The fight between Miwa and Aichi begins. Miwa, who surprisingly uses a Kagero deck like Kai, forces Aichi into a corner by using powerful unit-retiring strategies, and even though Aichi manages a powerful attack using two Pongals and Young Pegasus Knight, and then Solitary Knight, Gancelot as well as Soul Saver Dragon, Miwa blocks his efforts, and calls Dragonic Overlord, activating its Eternal Flame. Though Miwa gloats by declaring "Final Turn", Aichi blocks his attack, and then guards with Flash Shield, Iseult to neutralize Overlord's hit. He proceeds to win the game using another Soul Saver Dragon, just like he envisioned. Later, Kai is informed by Miwa that Aichi hears the call of card spirits, which greatly worries him. 
39 "Return to Regionals"
"Chiku Taikai, Futatabi" (地区大会、 再び)
October 8, 2011
The regionals commence once again, with Team Q4 and Team Handsome competing. Battles rage between newcomers and returning players as Team Handsome advances to the next round. Team Q4's first opponent, though, is Team Fragrance, a dangerous group whose members claim to be able to sense their opponent's feelings by their scent. Aichi displays extraordinary confidence by claiming the first spot for Q4 and proceeds to the fighting arena. 
40 "Dangerous Scent"
"Kiken na Nioi" (危険な匂い)
October 15, 2011
Aichi trusts the voice of his cards, riding Solitary Knight, Gancelot and calling King of Knights, Alfred as a rear-guard. His opponent, Parfum, uses an Oracle Think Tank deck. Though his first Counterblast with Gancelot is thwarted by Battle Sister, Chocolat, he tries again during the next turn, and scores an unexpected critical trigger, winning the match. Misaki proceeds to win the second fight against Team Fragrance's Toilette with a clever combination of Battle Sister, Cocoa, Oracle Guardian, Red-Eye and Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi to trick her into a false sense of security. Team Q4 also advances, but Aichi gets exhausted from his previous fight and collapses, unable to continue. The next fights are conducted without his presence, and Kamui and Kai easily dominate their opponents, allowing Q4 to move once more to the very last round, where they hope to face Team Handsome. However, Gouki and the others are defeated by a mysterious group called Team Avengers, whose leader is revealed to be none other than "Crusher" Kyou Yahagi, seeking revenge against Kai... 
41 "Kyou's Revenge"
"Fukushū no Kyō" (復讐のキョウ)
October 22, 2011

Kyou is back for revenge against Team Q4, specifically Kai. Kyou then explains how things came to be this way - since he lost his match to Kai at the national tournament, he got banished from Asteroid. As a former member of Asteroid, Kyou had trouble finding a new team to join because no one wanted to recruit a discarded Asteroid member to prevent any conflicts. After multiple rejections, Kyou went insane and sweared vengeance against everyone who wronged him. So, he found two other former members of Asteroid and joined with them to form Team Avengers.

For the first match, Aichi decides to take the lead instead of letting Kai face Kyou again in hopes of earning more of Kai's acknowledgement. Under the influence of his new powers, Aichi becomes a completely different cardfighter. Before the match, Aichi declares his victory and the card Young Pegasus Knight as the key card to win the match - something that Ren would do. During the match, Kyou slowly becomes intimidated by Aichi's resemblance to Ren. Kyou believed Aichi was simply bluffing after retiring his Young Pegasus Knight during his second turn. But at the end, Aichi reveals the second Young Pegasus Knight he had and declared his victory with the same attitude and aura as Ren. 
42 "Psyqualia"
"PSY Kuoria" (PSYクオリア)
October 29, 2011
After easily blocking Kyou's quadruple attack, Aichi declares "Final Turn". Though it seems his plan is going to be defeated, thanks to a stand trigger, Aichi manages to deliver the finishing blow using Young Pegasus Knight. It is determined by Suiko that Aichi possesses the ability Psyqualia, which they seek. Kyou has a vision of planet Cray, where he is slashed down by Pegasus Knight, and collapses, obliterated. Similarly, an exhausted Aichi falls in Kai's arms, and he is brought to the infirmary. The second match between Misaki and Team Avengers' second member begins. Aichi is visited by Emi, who claims Aichi looked scary during his fight, though Aichi doesn't notice anything different. Misaki wins her fight, though Suiko and the others decide she doesn't possess Psyqualia. Aichi is visited by Kai, and although he seeks his approval for becoming stronger, Kai calls him weak and abandons him and Team Q4 after Aichi challenges him to a fight in order to prove his strength. Kyou continues seeking his revenge, until Team Brilliant Stars appears, ordering Kyou and the others to be arrested. 
43 "The Black Vanguard"
"Kuroi Sendō-sha" (黒い先導者)
November 5, 2011
Kamui is concerned when Aichi stops coming to Card Capital after the tournament. Aichi continues to be haunted by Kai's words and finds himself unexpectedly at the door of Card Shop PSY. Aichi enters the shop and is greeted by the members of Ultra Rare where he asks them if he was strong in the last tournament. Everyone is then surprised when Ren enters the shop. Confronting Aichi, Ren explains what has been happening to him lately and the nature of the power, Psyqualia. Ren tells Aichi that Kai will only acknowledge strong fighters and that he must get stronger. Ren then gives Aichi a Shadow Paladin deck, the dark opposite of his Royal Paladin deck. Seeing through Psyqualia, Aichi is nearly overwhelmed by the deck's power and believes this new deck makes him invincible. Kourin believes he's being arrogant and challenges him to a duel with her Royal Paladin deck. In the match, Kourin is easily and soundly defeated by Aichi using Blaster Dark and his new Shadow Paladins, demonstrating the fearsome power of Psyqualia. All the while, Ren watches from the shadows, smiling and encouraging Aichi to embrace his new dark power. 
44 "Unexpected Visitor"
"Yokisenu Raikyaku" (予期せぬ来客)
November 12, 2011

After losing to Aichi, Kourin goes to Card Capital, asking for Kai. Since Miwa is the only person who knows where Kai is, he rides with Kourin to the Underground cardfight area. They find Kai, who is beating all the underground fighters to relieve his frustrations. Kourin soon challenges him to a fight, where Miwa and Jun get to sit in the middle of the action. While Kourin uses her Royal Paladin deck, Kai reveals his newly-modified Kagero deck, which focuses on Amber Dragons. As each of them are dealing damage to each other, Kourin confronts Kai about how it's his fault that Aichi has fallen into the power of Psyqualia, saying that Aichi only sought the power because he wanted to become stronger for Kai's approval. Kai agrees, and also claims that he had seen the corrupted effects of Psyqualia before, not knowing how to prevent it from happening. He then tells Kourin that it may have been one simple thing: to exceed that power. Kourin then asks Kai if he can stop Aichi before he falls completely under the influence of Psyqualia, to which Kai says that he can. After losing to Kai, Kourin gives him Aichi's Royal Paladin deck, and hopes that he can succeed where she had failed.

Meanwhile, Aichi spends the entire night in his room, mentally preparing himself for the national tournament. When arriving at the tournament, Aichi tells Kamui to relax as he is sure that they will win, revealing his newly-acquired Shadow Paladin deck, much to the shock of his teammates. 
45 "Shadow Paladin"
"Shadō Paradin" (シャドウパラディン)
November 19, 2011
At the start of the tournament, Team Q4 is placed in C Block, which is the same block as Team Jurassic Army and Team Brilliant Stars, another faction of Asteroid. After having a brief conversation with Team Q4, Kiriya Bidou, leader of Brilliant Stars, is summoned by Ren, who tells him that if he can take care of Aichi, then he will be allowed into Asteroid. When Team Q4 is getting ready to face Jurassic Army, they are greeted by the members of Team Caesar, who wish them luck to meet in the finals. Aichi then claims that even without luck, they will be at the finals, since their victory is guaranteed, puzzling Team Caesar. As he steps onto the field, Aichi once again faces off against Ryudo, who asks if he has gotten stronger since their last match. Fed up with people asking how much stronger he has gotten, Aichi tells Ryudo that it is best to just show much power he has, and warns him that he will soundly defeat him. Using his new Shadow Paladin deck, Aichi beats Ryudo, despite drawing a heal trigger like last time. Although Ryudo claims that Aichi has gotten stronger, it is not something that is worth a salute. Soon after, Ren claims that Aichi still has not released his true powers, as Aichi once again collapses from using Psyqualia. As Aichi is resting in the infirmary, both Kamui and Misaki agree that till the finals, they would not let Aichi fight again, while Kourin returns, hoping that Kai will make it in time to help Aichi. 
46 "The Coiling Thread"
"Karamitsuku Ito" (絡みつく糸)
November 26, 2011

After defeating Jurassic Army, Team Q4 is now up against Team Spyder. Wanting Aichi to continue resting, Misaki and Kamui prepare themselves to win without his presence. Before the next round begins, they are confronted by Team Spyder's members, who try to exploit Misaki's and Kamui's weaknesses. Kamui is tricked into believing that his opponent is a vulnerable "girl" (when in actuality, it's a guy wearing a smock of a girl's face which resembles Emi) who wants Kamui to let "her" win when they face off. Misaki then runs into her future opponent who has analyzed Misaki's past fights and uses that collected data to psyche her out, questioning Misaki if she has mastered Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi.

The fights between Q4 and Spyder then start with Kamui against the "girl" he met earlier. Eventually, the disguise is exposed, and Kamui defeats his opponent using Stern Blaukluger with no hesitation. Misaki is up next, but she is unable to get Full Moon in her hand. Her opponent uses the skills of deadly Megacolony cards like Elite Mutant, Giraffa and Death Warden, Ant Lion, activating the latter's Megablast to restrict Misaki's rear-guards from standing next turn. On what is practicaly her last turn, Misaki miraculously draws and rides Goddess of the Full Moon, Tsukuyomi, using its Counterblast to draw more cards and replace all of her rested rear-guard units. With that, she manages to win, and therefore, Q4 moves on to face the last team of C Block, the Brilliant Stars. 
47 "Another Asteroid"
"Mō Hitotsu no Fū Faitā" (もう一つのフーファイター)
December 3, 2011
Team Q4 proceeds to fight Team Brillant Stars and Kamui is up first, facing Hiromi from BS. Hiromi uses the skills of Young Pegasus Knight, High Dog Breeder, Akane, Great Sage, Barron, Knight of Godly Speed, Galahad, and Margal to power up his units. Kamui skillfully defends and uses the ability of Stern Blaukluger to stand Stern and the unit behind it to finish the fight. Hiromi congratulates Kamui about winning the first fight, but tells him that their victory as a team had vanished. Aichi then wakes up and manages to watch Misaki's fight, and discovers that Misaki had lost the match due to Seal Dragon, Blockade, a vicious card that disables Misaki's rear-guards to intercept. After watching the fight, Aichi slowly makes his way to the fighting area to start the third fight. As he walks towards the Motion Figure System, Shin, Misaki and Kamui are shocked. Aichi tells Misaki and Kamui that he is disappointed in the two and gives them a confident and evil smile. His opponent, Kiriya Bidou, tells Aichi he was convinced that Aichi would run away and Aichi replies by saying that there was no need to be afraid of him. The fight begins!! 
48 "Lonely Fight"
"Kodoku na Faito" (孤独なファイト)
December 10, 2011
As the fight between Kiriya and Aichi begins, Kai is seen watching the match in another area. Emi runs to Team Q4, worried about Aichi playing in another fight, but finds both Misaki and Kamui visibly shaken from Aichi's words. While the fan girls for Brilliant Stars are cheering, Kiriya is still wondering if Aichi has really mastered the Shadow Paladin deck, while deciding to prove his worth by beating him in front of Ren. With his Pale Moon deck, Kiriya successfully deals damage to Aichi with his Juggler cards and calling cards from the soul. Aichi simply takes a few damage and defends himself with a couple of cards, all while taunting Kiriya about Ren giving him the Shadow Paladin deck because he is strong. After riding Dusk Illusionist, Robert, Kiriya is able to deal three damage to Aichi, giving him almost complete control of the match. However, as Miwa states, Aichi is just playing around with Kiriya, as he rides Phantom Blaster Dragon and calls another Blaster Dark as a rear-guard to help deal damage. Kiriya is able to defend himself, allowing only one damage as he eagerly calls "Final Turn" on Aichi. With Ren watching, Kiriya stands in shock as Aichi completely defends himself and takes no damage. Wondering if Kai is watching his fight, Aichi claims he will show how strong he is, calling his "Final Turn" on Kiriya. Calling two more grade 3 units, Aichi soundly defeats Kiriya, while still muttering that he needs to be even stronger for Kai's recognition. As everyone in the stadium cheers Team Q4 for winning the elimination rounds, Ren congratulates Aichi for winning, while forgetting who Kiriya is. Meanwhile, Kai is seen walking away from watching the match, swearing to himself that he will stop Aichi. 
49 "Kai's Battle"
"Kai no Tatakai" (櫂の戦い)
December 17, 2011

Kai heads to the Underground area to await his fateful match with Aichi. Back at home, as Aichi reviews his Shadow Paladin deck, he receives a Psyqualia-induced summon from Ren who is waiting for him at Card Shop PSY. Aichi, led by Ren's Psyqualia summon reaches as far as outside Card Capital when Kourin suddenly rides up throws him a helmet & tells him to come with her. Back at the Underground area, Miwa shows up with Misaki and Kamui who both implore Kai to face Aichi in a Vanguard fight and help bring him back to normal. Just as Kai informs them that that is exactly why he is here, Kourin immediately arrives with Aichi. Miwa, Kourin, Misaki and Kamui clear the area to watch the fight from a distance. Kai upsets Aichi when he tells him that he still thinks he is weak, and Aichi vows to prove his strength to Kai as they get ready to begin their fierce battle. Aichi is startled when he realizes Kai is going to fight him with his former Royal Paladin deck. Kai vows to show Aichi the "true power" of the deck that he threw away which rattles Aichi even more. Aichi goes first and uses his units' skills to add Blaster Dark who he refers to as his avatar from his deck to his hand.

Kai has a flashback of 4 years ago when he lost his parents, was taken in by his uncle, forced to move out of town, and transferred to a different school. There, he meets Ren and Tetsu, who challenges Kai to a cardfight. Tetsu ends up losing to Kai, and he and Ren tell Kai of Team Asteroid. They recruit Kai, and they have a lot of fun until one day Ren's Psyqualia awakened. He beat Tetsu repeatedly, claiming that he was now the "strongest fighter" ever. Ren abandoned the idea of him, Tetsu and Kai being Team Asteroid and has begun construction for the new Asteroid Headquarters where only the best fighters would be selected. Kai realizes that Ren has become obsessed with power and refuses to go along with his new plan and quickly challenges him to a cardfight. The match is fierce and as Ren announces his "Final Turn", he taunts Kai. But before he can claim victory, his overuse of Psyqualia causes him to collapse. Kai catches him in time but Ren is still fixated on how much stronger he's become. Kai quits the team and moves back home peeved about how powerless he was to stop Ren.

Kai reminisces on how refreshing after all of this it was to meet Aichi again and of how much fun Aichi made him remember Vanguard fights used to be. He also remembers how fixated Aichi had become on "getting stronger". He vows to himself that while he couldn't stop Ren, this time will be different. With stern determination to accomplish this, Kai draws and uses Solitary Knight, Gancelot's skill to add Blaster Blade from his deck to his hand. Kai reminds Aichi that his avatar is not Blaster Dark as he claims but will always be Blaster Blade. Kai faces Aichi thinking that this time he's going to teach him what true strength is and declares that he is going to stop him! 
50 "At the End of the Battle..."
"Tatakai no Hate ni..." (戦いの果てに…)
December 24, 2011
Kai rides King of Knights, Alfred to give Aichi some damage. However, on the next turn, Aichi declares "Final Turn", attacking with Phantom Blaster Dragon and Blaster Dark attacks but Kai successfully guards against both of them. Failing his "Final Turn", Aichi is shocked and forced to end his turn, giving Kai the chance to show Aichi what true strength is. Kai declares "Final Turn" as he rides Alfred Early, a younger form of King of Knights, Alfred. Through Alfred Early's skill, Blaster Blade is superior called from the soul. Blaster Blade makes Aichi realize that relying on Psyqualia isn't real power and has him remember the kind of cardfight he originally wanted with Kai. Remembering all of that and realizing that he had the strength he wanted all along, Aichi is convinced to give up Psyqualia, the Shadow Paladin deck, and Blaster Dark as his avatar. The fight is called off, and Kai gives back Aichi's Royal Paladin deck. 
51 "Golden Glow"
"Ōgon no Kagayaki" (黄金の輝き)
December 31, 2011
Wanting to apologize to everyone for his recent behavior, Aichi goes to Card Capital, which is holding a casual shop tournament. Aichi, Kamui, and Misaki enter in the senior division, while Emi competes in the junior division. Morikawa also wants to enter, but he unfortunately has left his "super-strong" deck at home. So, Shin lends Morikawa an unmodified trial deck to use. The deck does not have as many grade 3 units as Morikawa would like, leading him to believe the deck is weak. Nevertheless, to everyone's surprise, Morikawa goes on a winning streak with this seemingly "weak" deck, even beating Aichi, who no longer cares about winning but is instead reminded about just having fun. 
52 "Songstress of the Sea"
"Yōjō no Utahime" (洋上の歌姫)
January 7, 2012
The shop tournament continues, with Morikawa having an unprecedented amount of victories and Emi's Bermuda Triangle deck dominating the junior division. While this is going on, Shin provides booster packs of the latest cards for Team Q4 to open and put into their decks in preparation for the upcoming national tournament finals. At the end of the tournament, Emi and Morikawa are crowned as the champions of their respective divisions. Morikawa decides to buy the structure deck that he was using throughout the tournament and goes home to "improve" it. The next day though, Morikawa's deck modifications by stuffing it with loads of grade 3 units has made him the loser he once was, thus turning things back to normal. 
53 "The Battle Begins! Tournament Finals"
"Kaisen! Kesshō Tōnamento" (開戦! 決勝トーナメント)
January 7, 2012
The tournament finals begin, and Ren delivers an egotistical speech at the beginning that angers the other teams. Team Q4 battles through the first two rounds, but coming up next is their "rivals", Team Caesar. 
54 "Gladiator"
"Guradiētā" (剣闘士 (グラディエーター))
January 14, 2012
In the first battle of the semi-finals, Kamui faces off against Gai Usui, the "Gladiator" of Team Caesar. 
55 "Caesar's Empress"
"Kaesaru no Jōtei" (カエサルの女帝)
January 21, 2012

The second match is between Misaki and Yuri, two female fighters with completely different playstyles. While Misaki makes her decisions based on highest probabilities and most logical outcomes, Yuri relies on her intuition to take high risks for greater rewards. The latter strategy bears some truth as Misaki makes a grave misplay by not going for said high risks which could have won her the match. Showing the reason why she is called the "Empress", Yuri uses her instincts to draw a stand trigger as if she commanded her deck to allow her to do so, thus giving her enough power to defeat Misaki and take the second game.

With the score tied 1-1, the last match between Kenji and Aichi will decide who will go on to the finals. As both players deal damage to each other, Aichi sets up to play Soul Saver Dragon in his next turn. However, Kenji sees through Aichi's plan and intends to put a dent in it. 
56 "The Man They Call "The Emperor"!"
"Kōtei to Yobareru Otoko" (皇帝と呼ばれる男)
January 28, 2012
Aichi continues his battle against Kenji "the Emperor" for the right to face Team Asteroid in the finals. Knowing that Aichi will play Soul Saver Dragon and use its skill on the next turn, Kenji attacks and retires Aichi's rear-guard units while also dealing major damage. Although Aichi does play Soul Saver Dragon and uses its skill to power up his few remaining rear-guards, it is not enough to fully damage Kenji. Aichi is put in a hopeless situation with Kenji having more cards on the field and in his hand, but he refuses to give up and use Psyqualia. Aichi's determination is rewarded when he draws and rides Alfred Early, using its skill to superior call Blaster Blade. With the addition of drive checking a stand trigger, Aichi miraculously defeats Kenji. Therefore, Team Q4 moves on to face Team Asteroid in the final round. 
57 "Fateful Showdown!"
"Shukumei no Taiketsu" (宿命の対決)
February 4, 2012
Although happy that Aichi woke up, Kai still thought of the time when he was still young. He wanted to get Ren out of his Psyqualia self, but then Ren's image was so bad that Kai left him defeated. Now that Kai changed, he vowed to rescue Ren from his Psyqualia addiction and is bent on winning! 
58 "Clash! Overlord"
"Gekitotsu! Ōbārōdo" (激突! オーバーロード)
February 11, 2012
Determined to turn Ren back to his former self, Kai crossrides Dragonic Overlord the End and performs its Personablast, discarding a copy of itself to have it stand up and attack twice. With this second assault, Kai hopes to attain victory in an attempt to snap Ren out of his Psyqualia obsession. However, it proves ineffective against Ren, who then crossrides his own trump card: Phantom Blaster Overlord (which is revealed later to have been given to him by Suiko). In retaliation, Ren uses Phantom Blaster Overlord's Personablast to gain immense power and +1 critical, both of which help Ren win the game. Because of this failed battle, it leaves Kai devastated with no hope. Unable to help Kai in this situation, Aichi is then asked by Suiko to make a choice; will Aichi choose the light or the darkness? 
59 "Fighting for the Top Spot"
"Chōten no Za o Kakete" (頂点の座を賭けて)
February 18, 2012
The final match begins, with Kamui against Tetsu. 
60 "Wall of the General"
"Shōgun no Kabe" (将軍の壁)
February 25, 2012
Kamui deals some damage to Tetsu while being wary of his Stil Vampir, the card that beat Aichi in the last national tournament. In the midst of the battle, Kamui and Tetsu argue over their differences in beliefs of what teammates are. Although Kamui tries his hardest, Tetsu emerges victorious when he rides King of Diptera, Beelzebub, putting Team Asteroid up 1-0. 
61 "Feelings Towards Asteroid"
"Fū Faitā e no Omoi" (フーファイターへの想い)
March 3, 2012
Misaki draws upon her memory power as she battles Asaka in this second-round revenge match. 
62 "Lord of the Fight"
"Faito no Shihaisha" (ファイトの支配者)
March 10, 2012
Having ordered the positions of her last 16 cards thanks to the abilities of her cards, Misaki defeats Asaka. 
63 "Two Powers, Side-by-Side"
"Narabitatsu Nōryokusha" (並び立つ能力者)
March 17, 2012
The final battle between Ren and Aichi begins, with Ren initially using his Psyqualia to overpower Aichi. 
64 "The Truth of Psyqualia"
"Saikuoria no Shinjitsu" (PSYクオリアの真実)
March 24, 2012

Ren taunts Aichi throughout their battle, trying to get him to use Psyqualia. Aichi gives into his anger and calls Blaster Dark to the surprise of everyone. However, this causes him to change his personality back into what he was before when he first used Psyqualia. Meanwhile, a mysterious entity temporarily possesses Rekka, informing Kourin and Suiko of an impending doom about to happen on the planet Cray and a war between the many clans which will be decided based on the outcome of Aichi and Ren's battle. The mysterious being also explains the truth of Psyqualia.

Back to the match, Kai reminds Aichi that this was not his true self which causes Aichi to overcome his dark self. To mess with Aichi even more, Ren asks him "if that's not the real Aichi, then who is?" While Aichi deals with his identity crisis, Ren declares "Final Turn" and crossrides Phantom Blaster Overlord
65 "Awakening of the Twin Blades"
"Mezameshi Sōken" (目覚めし双剣)
March 31, 2012
After calling out "Final Turn" and using the Personablast of Phantom Blaster Overlord, Ren fails to defeat Aichi as he miraculously draws a heal trigger. Aichi then realizes his true self, acknowledging both his light and dark sides, as he summons Majesty Lord Blaster to get Ren out of his Psyqualia addiction. Majesty Lord Blaster's skill shocks Ren as Majesty Lord Blaster gets +10000 attack power and an extra critical by adding both Blaster Blade and Blaster Dark in the soul. This power increase and getting a critical trigger help Aichi to finally defeat Ren, thus crowning Team Q4 the national champions and ridding Ren of Psyqualia. A week later, Aichi, also having lost Psyqualia, goes to Card Capital where all of his friends await him, including Kai, looking to have the real honest fight that Aichi wanted with him. 

Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit

In the second season of the anime, Aichi discovers that the clans of Royal Paladin, Kagero, and Shadow Paladin have mysteriously disappeared from everyone's memory. While Team Q4 travels around Asia to compete in the VF Circuit tournament, Aichi searches for answers, eventually discovering a dark power that could threaten the fate of the world.

Opening theme

  • "Limit Break" by JAM Project (eps. 66-104)

Ending themes

  • "Jōnetsu-ism" (情熱イズム "Jōnetsu-izumu") by Rin (eps. 66-78)
  • "Fighting Growing Diary" by Natsuko Aso (eps. 79-91)
  • "Entry!" by Sea☆A (eps. 92-104)

English dub ending theme

  • "Way To Victory" by Sea☆A (eps. 66-present)

No. Title Original airdate
66 "Gold Paladin"
"Gōrudo Paradin" (金色の騎士団)
April 8, 2012
A few weeks have passed since Team Q4 won the national tournament. One day, Aichi goes to Card Capital and meets a young boy who wants Aichi to teach him how to play Vanguard. Aichi agrees and teaches the boy about Vanguard through playing a game, much like how Kai taught him. The boy, using a Gold Paladin deck, eventually drops the newbie facade. When he rides Great Silver Wolf, Garmore, he draws Aichi into a vision of the Royal Paladin's Blaster Blade, Shadow Paladin's Blaster Dark, and Kagero's Dragonic Overlord being captured by a mysterious force on the planet Cray. He then tells Aichi that a new power that can go past the boundaries must be attained in order to combat this force. After the vision, the boy disappears and Aichi discovers that his Royal Paladin deck has changed to a Gold Paladin deck. What's more is that everyone else's memories have been rewritten to think that Aichi has always used Gold Paladins, not even noticing the change. 
67 "Activate! Limit Break!"
"Hatsudō! Rimitto Bureiku!!" (発動! リミットブレイク!!)
April 15, 2012
Depressed about losing his Royal Paladin deck, Aichi meets Kai. He learns that not only has Kai's deck been changed to a Narukami deck, but also that Kai has no memory of using a Kagero deck or of Aichi using Royal Paladins. To find some answers, the two have a cardfight. As Aichi struggles to get comfortable with his new Gold Paladin deck, Kai slowly realizes that something is off. Getting his memory back, Kai nonetheless chooses to continue using his current deck, but Aichi is conflicted about using his. Kai tells Aichi that he is bound by his own limits by not wanting to use Gold Paladins and that he needs to break through them. To prove his point, Kai rides Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion, declares "Final Turn", and performs Limit Break, an ability that activates when a player has 4 or more damage. With Vermillion's Limit Break, Kai attacks all of Aichi's front-row units in one strike and wins as a result. After the battle, Aichi and Kai watch a commercial advertising the Vanguard Fight Circuit, a worldwide invitational tournament which is sponsored by Takuto Tatsunagi, the young boy that Aichi met before and the one responsible for the phenomena of changing their decks. To use the VF Circuit as a way to reach Takuto, Aichi and Kai go their separate paths. When Aichi goes to Card Capital, he is surprised to learn that Team Q4 has received an invitation to the VF Circuit. 
68 "Team Q4 Once More"
"Chīmu Q4 Futatabi" (チームQ4再び)
April 22, 2012
After receiving the invitation to the VF Circuit, Aichi wants to enter with all of the original members of Team Q4 (minus Kai). He convinces Misaki to rejoin with no problem, but then Aichi learns that Kamui has joined Team Handsome. So, he goes to Card Shop Handsome to recruit him back. When Aichi tells him about the invitation, Kamui becomes torn between his own feelings of wanting to participate in the Circuit and his promise to Team Handsome to go with them to the upcoming national tournament. It is ultimately decided to settle things with a cardfight between Aichi and Kamui. If Aichi wins, then Kamui will return to Q4 and enter the VF Circuit. If Kamui wins, then he stays with Handsome. And so, Aichi and Kamui's cardfight ensues. As Aichi tries to get used to his Gold Paladin deck, Kamui puts on the pressure with his slightly-improved Nova Grappler deck, driving Aichi to 5 damage. But this allows Aichi to access the Limit Break of his vanguard Great Silver Wolf, Garmore and increase its power by 5000, thus surprising and defeating Kamui. Although Kamui is initially saddened by this loss and leaving Team Handsome, he is glad to be with Aichi again and have the chance to play in the VF Circuit. 
69 "A Challenge from PSY"
"PSY kara no Chōsen-jō" (PSYからの挑戦状)
April 29, 2012
With Team Q4 reunited, Aichi, Kamui, and Misaki go shopping in preparation for the VF Circuit. After they finish their shopping, they visit Card Shop PSY so that Aichi can talk to Suiko about the mystery behind the replacement of his Royal Paladin deck. Once there, they find out that the Ultra Rare girls will also be going overseas. Noticing the large amount of shopping bags that Team Q4 has, Rekka questions the team's motive for participating in the VF Circuit. When Misaki says that she's going because she was asked to, Rekka insults her for treating their ticket to the VF Circuit as a free vacation and having no intention to win. To prove her wrong, Misaki challenges Rekka to a cardfight. While using the new Angel Feather clan to use cards in her damage zone to her advantage, Rekka criticizes Misaki's deck for being good but still lacking. Rekka then shows Misaki what that missing attribute is when she rides Circular Saw, Kiriel and utilizes its Limit Break to defeat her. Through this loss, Team Q4 realizes that they must change their mentality and their decks if they want to have a chance to win the VF Circuit. 
70 "Let It Begin! The VF Circuit!"
"Kaimaku! VF Sākitto!!" (開幕! VFサーキット!!)
May 6, 2012
Q4 arrives in Singapore. While sight-seeing, they run into their friendly rivals, Team Caesar. Kenji and his friends take them to a local university, SIT (Singapore Institute of Technical Studies), where students learn about specific studies in Vanguard and where Kenji hopes to attend when he graduates from high school. They then meet three young boys, Christopher Lo, Ali Pajeel, and Lee Shenlon, who are students of the university despite being the same age as Kamui. The SIT boys get into a heated discussion about how they got an early start in attending SIT and how there's little to no hope for those who attend later than they have. After leaving the university, Aichi sees Takuto and follows him trying to get an answer. Kourin arrives and lets him know the only way to meet with Takuto is to win the VF Circuit. Before leaving, Kourin gives Aichi a card, Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel. He returns to the hotel and reorganizes his deck with his friends and with cards that Shin purchased in Singapore. The next day, the VF Circuit begins. Q4 learns that Chris, Ali, and Lee are the members of a rival team, SIT Genius, in the VF Circuit, and the worldwide broadcast of the Circuit begins. 
71 "Enter Team Ninja"
"Sanjō! Chīmu Shinobu" (参上! チーム忍)
May 13, 2012
Q4 battles in their first match in the VF Circuit. Will their newly reorganized decks give them an advantage against the ninjas? 
72 "The Lion That Surpasses The Limit"
"Genkai o Koeru Shishi" (限界を超える獅子)
May 20, 2012
Having been cornered by his opponent's Murakumo deck, Aichi rides a new Gold Paladin card, Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel, which was given by Kourin to Limit Break and turn the outcome of the match. 
73 "Fortune Telling Cardfight!"
"Uranai Faito!" (占いファイト!)
May 27, 2012
Team Q4 battles Team Divination in the 2nd round. All 3 members supposedly have psychic powers that allow them to see the future, and they each play with Oracle Think Tank decks, the same deck Misaki uses. Aichi's opponent, Crystal, uses his crystal ball to predict his victory. Kamui's opponent, Oracle Sticks, foretells that misfortune will strike Kamui via the Dark Cat card (and also uses tricks to fool Kamui into believing that he is cursed). Misaki's opponent, Horoscope, flirts with her and proclaims that she will fall in love with him. Despite Team Divination's declarations and some bad luck on Kamui's part, Q4 sweeps Divination 3-0 while exposing each member as phony prophets. After the battle, Q4 runs into SIT Genius on the street. Kamui vows to never lose to fighters the same age as he is, and Misaki wonders how she can avoid facing off against an opponent with the power of Limit Break. 
74 "Dream Girl Dilemma!"
"Megami o Kakete!" (女神を賭けて!)
June 3, 2012
Team Q4's 3rd round match begins; their opponents are revealed to be against Chris, Ali, and Lee - Team SIT Genius. Lee Shenlon is shown having great pride, and he declares he is the only one who can defeat Chris. Meanwhile, Ali promises to defeat Kamui and steal Emi from his heart forever. Ali seems to have the advantage as Kamui is given a quick 5 damage to Ali's 3. Misaki gives Lee 3 damage and then attacks the rearguard, fearing Lee might have the power of Limit Break. That move is made void though as Lee plays a card that will give him one additional damage for a full turn, thus giving him the power to gain Limit Break. 
75 "Pride of the Elite"
"Erīto no Kokori" (エリートの誇り)
June 10, 2012
Kamui vs. Ali and Misaki vs. Lee Shenlon finish their matches. The results will be a 1-1 draw. As the scene shifts to Aichi vs. Chris, Takuto Tatsunagi calls out to both of them with his spirit on Cray. Aichi's Psyqualia is returned, but Chris also gains the power of Psyqualia and slowly begins to go mad. Takuto states this is the only time he can interfere in a match, and in order for Aichi to gain any additional knowledge about Cray and the Royal Paladins, he will have to win the tournament. 
76 "The Advent of a Genius"
"Tensai Kōrin" (天才降臨)
June 17, 2012
The battle between Aichi and Chris continues, with the latter using Psyqualia and becoming intoxicated by it. Chris declares he will defeat Aichi with a triple slash from his School Hunter, Leo-pald. He does so by having his rear-guard Leo-pald attack first, then his vanguard Leo-pald second, and getting a stand trigger to allow the rear-guard to launch a third and final attack on Aichi's Blond Ezel. Chris wins, meaning that SIT Genius goes on to the finals and Q4 knocked out of the tournament. SIT Genius then fights Team Caesar in the final round and effortlessly defeats Caesar, thus becoming the champions of the Singapore stage. Although Aichi is depressed by losing both the tournament and the chance of meeting Takuto, he is reassured by his teammates that the VF Circuit is not over and that Q4 will have another opportunity to participate in the Circuit. 
77 "Challenger at the Snow Fields"
"Setsugen no Chōsen-sha" (雪原の挑戦者)
June 24, 2012
Q4 returns home to rest and recover for the next leg of the Circuit. Aichi learns that Kai hasn't appeared at Card Capital and hasn't been seen in the city since they left. As Aichi wonders about his missing friend, the scene shifts and reveals Kai is traveling the world getting stronger. Currently, he is in a snowy mountain region where he battles a rumored abominable snowman. It is soon revealed that the snowman is actually Kyou Yahagi in disguise, still aiming to get his revenge on Kai. Kyou has gained new cards, one of them being Demonic Lord, Dudley Emperor which has the power of Limit Break. Can Kai manage to withstand 5 attacks that could result in up to 7 damage in 1 turn? 
78 "A Visit from Tetsu"
"Tetsu Genru" (テツ現る)
July 1, 2012
While Team Q4 trains at Card Shop Handsome to get ready for the next round of the VF Circuit, the group is informed that Tetsu has arrived to Card Capital, assuming that he is causing trouble. However, their assumptions are disproven when they return and see Tetsu helping out Emi and the other kids at the shop. Kamui asks Tetsu what his real intention for coming is, to which Tetsu answers by telling Q4 how weak the team is due to losing at the VF Circuit's Singapore Stage. Enraged, Kamui challenges Tetsu to prove him wrong. Tetsu accepts the challenge, and the two start their cardfight. With support from the latest expansion set, Tetsu uses new Dark Irregulars to soulcharge, and then he utilizes the Limit Break of Dark Lord of Abyss to overwhelm and defeat Kamui once again. Tetsu leaves, warning Q4 of stronger teams awaiting them in the VF Circuit. Although Kamui thinks that Tetsu was being mean, Emi and the others believe that Tetsu was really trying to tell Q4 something underneath his harsh words... 
79 "Excitement at the Seoul Stage!"
"Nekkyō-tekina no Sourusutēji" (熱狂的なのソウルステージ)
July 8, 2012
The Seoul Stage of the VF Circuit begins with Team Q4 coming across Team Movie Stars, the local favorite favored to win the Seoul Stage. The teams head into the cardfight area where they learn special rules will be applied in this stage. Team Q4 faces off with Team Seven Seas, who are all pirates who use Granblue decks like Team Handsome. Aichi's special rule is to have a drive check for rear-guards, Misaki's rule is all turns must be completed within 30 seconds, and Kamui's rule is you can't see what you attack. Aichi trails 4 damage to 2 when he summons Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel and places 2 grade 3 units in the rear-guard zone. This means he gets a minimum of 6 drive checks. His opponent guards twice, but thanks to 2 stand triggers, Aichi manages to pile up the damage and wins 6-4. Misaki memorizes her opponent's hand and makes it where he can't guard with a timely bind allowing her to win 6-2. Kamui keeps missing his opponent, but through the process of elimination, he destroys all the rear-guards and eventually gets to his opponent's vanguard. Kamui manages to stand three of his rear-guards to win 6-2. They go to watch Team Movie Stars match only to find out it has finished. Team Movie Stars has been defeated by New Team Asteroid consisting of Ren, Asaka, and Kai. The second round is set with New Team Asteroid battling Team Q4. 
80 "The Startling New Member"
"Kyougaku no Shin Menbaa" (驚愕の新メンバー)
July 15, 2012
Team Q4 confronts Kai to learn why he joined the VF Circuit, and the match between Team Q4 and New Team Asteroid begins. Ren battles Aichi, Kamui must try to defeat Kai, whom he has never defeated before, and the tiebreaker between Asaka and Misaki all begin. The special rule is each player starts with 2 damage and they play until 8 damage has been made, meaning that a player can activate Counterblast skills immediately and use Limit Break more quickly. Kai overwhelms Kamui with 2 Limit Breaks from Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion and defeats him 8-6. Misaki holds a slim lead on Asaka 6-5. Ren and Aichi are contacted by Takuto who gives back to Ren the power of Psyqualia and asks them what they see to lead them to victory. 
81 "Rematch of the Knights"
"Kishitachi no Saisen" (騎士たちの再戦)
July 22, 2012

The matches between Misaki vs. Asaka and Aichi vs. Ren continue. Asaka rides a new card, Silver Thorn Dragon Tamer, Luquier, and uses its Limit Break to superior call 3 units from her soul. She launches powerful attacks that Misaki cannot guard against and ultimately wins. Asaka walks away victorious while being disappointed in Misaki's performance.

Meanwhile, Ren rides Spectral Duke Dragon and later attacks Aichi's Blond Ezel with it. Aichi guards against it, but then Ren utilizes the Limit Break of Spectral Duke Dragon to have it stand up and attack again. Aichi is unable to block this attack, giving Ren the victory, just as he predicted with Psyqualia. This 3-0 sweep means that New Team Asteroid moves on to the next round, with Team Q4 learning how much New Team Asteroid has changed. 
82 "Challenge of a Hero"
"Eiyū no Chōsen" (英雄の挑戦)
July 29, 2012
Team Q4 watches the final round of the Seoul Stage, which pits New Team Asteroid against Team Caesar. The special rule for all of the fights in this round is that only 3 rear-guard units are allowed to stand at the beginning of each turn, thus limiting overall attacking power. The matchups are Kai vs. Gai, Asaka vs. Yuri, and Ren vs. Kenji, with Ren deciding to borrow Tetsu's Dark Irregulars deck for his match. Ren and Kenji exhibit world-class play as Ren builds up his soul to power up both his vanguard Blade Wing Reijy and rear-guard units. Ren tries to attack Kenji's rear-guards to hinder his upcoming strategy, but Kenji successfully protects them. Kenji then declares "Final Turn", moves his Dimensional Robo rear-guards to the soul, and superior crossrides his new key card, Ultimate Dimensional Robo, Great Daiyusha. This tactic dubbed as the "March of the Emperor" and Great Daiyusha's Limit Break raise its power to unprecedented heights, and along with getting a draw trigger, Kenji finally fulfills his goal of defeating Ren. However, the celebration is cut short when he learns that Yuri and Gai have lost their matches, meaning that New Team Asteroid wins the Seoul Stage by a score of 2-1. Before New Team Asteroid is transported to the next round, Kai informally tells Aichi and Q4 how they must get stronger if they hope to ever cross paths with him again. 
83 "The Legendary Fighter"
"Densetsu no Faitā" (伝説のファイター)
August 5, 2012

After returning home from Seoul, Team Q4 runs some errands to help Aichi relax after the team's loss. Then, in front of Card Shop PSY, they meet a young blonde-haired and mysterious man named Leon Soryu, who is able to feel the "wind". The Ultra Rare trio returns, and they discover that their supposedly-closed shop is unlocked. The entire group enters, and they are surprised to find that the legendary cardfighter Daigo is there. It was believed that Daigo had gone missing for months, to which Daigo explains in a private conversation with Ultra Rare that he had been randomly teleporting from place to place. Suiko believes it is because of Daigo's deck, which is composed of Royal Paladins, one of the clans that were removed from the world, and therefore considered legendary by everyone except Aichi. Afterwards, Daigo offers up a challenge to anyone willing to cardfight with him. Before Aichi can accept, Leon steps up to be Daigo's opponent.

And so, Team Q4 and Ultra Rare observe the fight between Daigo using Royal Paladins and Leon, whose deck is composed of another legendary clan: Aqua Force. Although Aichi is familiar with Royal Paladins, Daigo uses units that even he has never seen before, including White Dragon Knight, Pendragon. Leon rides Navalgazer Dragon and uses its seemingly-simple Limit Break to increase its attack power by 3000, which Daigo guards against. Daigo then utilizes the Limit Break of Pendragon to superior ride Soul Saver Dragon, using its skill to power up his rear-guards, but Leon defends and makes it to his next turn, which he declares as the "Final Turn". After activating the Limit Break of Navalgazer again, he attacks. Daigo tries to block with all of the cards in his hand, but Leon gets a heal trigger, giving the power boost to Navalgazer and breaking through Daigo's defenses. Although Daigo manages to survive thanks to his own heal trigger, Leon then reveals the other effect of Navalgazer's Limit Break; since it successfully attacked the opponent's vanguard, Leon is allowed to stand two of his rear-guard units, thus giving him another attack to finish the game and defeat Daigo. Before taking his leave, Leon asks Aichi for his name and ominously says that they'll meet again someday. Then, Daigo is on the verge of being teleported away, and Suiko elaborates that since Royal Paladins are gone from this world, Daigo's usage of the clan has caused him to be stuck in a constant time-space warp; he will only be free from this curse if Royal Paladins return to the world. Daigo is teleported to a remote island where he is challenged to a cardfight by a "reborn" Kyou Yahagi. 
84 "An Invitation to Everlasting Summer"
"Tō Natsu e no Jōtaijō" (遠夏 への招待状)
August 12, 2012
Team Q4 and friends travel to a distant southern deserted island with an invitation from the VF Circuit, but when they arrive, they learn that New Team Asteroid has also been invited. While Team Q4 is fixated on training to get stronger, everyone else is looking for some rest and relaxation. Later that night, after dinner, Ren gathers everyone together and gets them to agree to be in a test of courage, with some having the job of scaring people and the others being put to the test. Shenanigans ensue such as the supposedly-stoic pair of Misaki and Asaka easily getting scared to the point of fainting and Kamui failing to scare Tetsu for being paired with Emi. Aichi and Kai are teamed together to go through the course, but instead of doing so, Kai takes Aichi off on his own and gives him some words of encouragement, which are topped off by a fireworks display. 
85 "Our Respective Summers"
"Sorezore no Natsu" (それぞれの夏)
August 19, 2012

Team Q4 and New Team Asteroid continue their vacation on the southern island, with all members of Q4 having their own story to tell. Kamui gets depressed when he loses to Tetsu again, and his friends Reiji and Eiji cheer him up. The three then undergo a rigorous training regimine, which gives Kamui inspiration to make a new deck revolving around the Raizer series. But once again, in spite of this new deck, Kamui is defeated by Tetsu.

After getting coaxed into playing beach volleyball with Ren and Asaka, Misaki cardfights with Ren, with both of them borrowing others' decks. Ren reveals the reason as to why he fights with other people's decks is to not only try and find a more suitable clan for him to use, but to also gain a better understanding of his own deck. With that in mind, Misaki constructs a new Witch-themed Oracle Think Tank deck and defeats Ren, who borrows Emi's Bermuda Triangle deck this time.

Aichi turns his focus toward developing a new deck. He finally accepts the gift of Psyqualia and uses it to construct a new deck while also fully embracing the Gold Paladin clan. All the while, Izaki tries to fish but a suntanned Morikawa's swimming gets in the way, and Miwa cardfights (and repeatedly loses to) Kai. Finally, Team Q4 and friends take a flight home while New Team Asteroid stays on the island. 
86 "Handsome Fight! Koutei vs. Gouki"
"Otokomae Faito! Mitsusada VS Gouki" (男前ファイト! 光定VSゴウキ)
August 26, 2012
Q4 returns to Japan with new strategies for winning being devised. Aichi and Kamui test them in the final round of a tournament held at Card Shop Handsome. Unbeknownst to them, Kenji "Koutei" Mitsusada arrives, looking for Aichi. Gouki tells him that Aichi is currently in a cardfight with Kamui. Feeling anxious and being short on time, Kenji decides to leave until Gouki challenges him. It's the first-ever match between the two. Although Gouki gets a bad starting hand with no grade 2 or 3 units, he manages to make it to the next grade by superior riding with cards he sent to the drop zone, including his new ace card, Ice Prison Necromancer, Cocytus. Kenji is impressed by Gouki's determination to overcome the odds stacked against him, to which Gouki expresses his disappointment in Kenji the "Emperor" for saying such a thing to begin with. Remembering the feeling of never giving up, Kenji continues to play at his best, crossriding Ultimate Dimensional Robo, Great Daiyusha and winning the match. After the battle, Kenji reveals his reason for coming: to tell Aichi that he is leaving to attend the SIT university and won't have the chance to participate in tournaments again until he graduates. Kenji was at first wavering on whether he could survive on his own and wanted Aichi to give him words of encouragement. But he regained his confidence after fighting Gouki, who gives Kenji his bandana as a farewell gift. Then, all of his friends go with Kenji, wearing Gouki's bandana, to the airport and wish him well in his upcoming journeys. 
87 "Passion! The Hong Kong Stage"
"Moeyo! Honkon Sutēji" (燃えよ! 香港ステージ)
September 2, 2012

Team Q4 and friends head to the Hong Kong Stage of the VF Circuit, hoping to advance to meet with Takuto. While in front of the stadium, before the fights start, they have a short run-in with three males, one big, one normal-sized, and one small. Shin vaguely remembers seeing them before, and it is then that two identical girls appear. They tell him off by saying how that group is actually a powerful team before taking their leave.

The Hong Kong Stage officially begins. The unique attribute of this stage is that each cardfight will be 2-on-2 tag-battle style; the first team to deal 9 points of damage instead of the usual 6 to the opposing team is the victor. However, Kamui cannot comprehend the numerous rules, leaving Aichi and Misaki to pair up and take on Team Lao (the group of three men who they met earlier) in the first round. Throughout the fight, the special rules are exhibited and explained: the fighters must only attack the player standing in front of them, they are forbidden to consult their partners and show the cards in their hands to one another, but they are allowed to call guardians from their hands to block for their partners (aptly referred as the "tag guard") and share damage for Counterblast uses. Team Lao's Terence and Felix both use Tachikaze decks; Terence's Raptor units deliver major damage to Aichi early on in the fight. Using her new Witch deck, Misaki compensates for Aichi by riding Scarlet Witch, CoCo and using various skills to draw more cards, empty her vanguard's soul, and subsequently gain benefits from it. On the sidelines, Shin finally recalls that the members of Team Lao are actually three brothers who therefore have great teamwork with each other. Can Aichi and Misaki overcome the Lao brothers' team synergy and win? 
88 "Power of the Tag Fight!"
"Saikyō! Taggufaito" (最強! タッグファイト)
September 9, 2012
The tag fight between Q4's Aichi and Misaki versus Lao's Terence and Felix continues. After Misaki's attack on Felix, he strikes back with Tyrant, Deathrex to put Team Lao in the lead. Then, wanting to make up for Misaki, Aichi rides a new ace card: White Hare in the Moon's Shadow, Pellinore. With its Limit Break, getting two drive triggers, and multiple superior calls from his deck, Aichi tries to finish the game with powered-up attacks. However, Terence manages to survive with support from Felix's tag guard. On Terence's turn, he also activates Limit Break, retiring his own units to increase the attack power of Military Dragon, Raptor Colonel while also superior calling more units from his deck. Aichi defends with all of the cards in his hand, and Misaki uses the extra cards drawn from her previous turn to tag guard with him. She anticipates Terence getting a drive trigger, which he does but her tag guards nonetheless successfully block his attacks. It is then that Aichi discovers what roles he and Misaki have during tag fights. With little cards left on Team Lao's side, Misaki wins the match on the following turn, thus making Team Q4 the victor. Afterwards, the Lao brothers praise Aichi and Misaki for their victory and newfound teamwork. Now, Team Q4 is one step closer to winning the Hong Kong Stage and having the chance to meet Takuto... 
89 "The Entangling Weeds!"
"Zassō Tamashī!!" (The•草•魂!!)
September 16, 2012
Q4 makes it to the semifinals of the Hong Kong Stage with Aichi and Misaki doing all of the cardfighting. After diligently studying the tag fight rules, Kamui offers to participate in the next fight. So, it is decided that Kamui and Misaki will pair up for their fight against Team Battle Weeds, a group of three kids who greatly admire the tenacity of weeds. True to their namesake, the members of Battle Weeds use Neo Nectar decks. Withstanding the Limit Break of Battle Weeds' ace card, White Lily Musketeer, Cecilia, Kamui proceeds to ride his new key card: Perfect Raizer. Its skill increases its power to exponential heights, and managing to pull a critical trigger, Kamui wins the match for Q4, thus advancing the team to the finals. However, Q4's next opponent is Team Dreadnought, with its members consisting of the two previously-encountered twin sisters, Jillian and Sharlene Chen, and their leader, Leon Soryu. 
90 "All Hands on Deck! The Legendary Fleet"
"Shutsugeki! Densetsu no Kantai" (出撃! 伝説の艦隊)
September 23, 2012

Q4's Aichi and Kamui face off against Leon and Sharlene of Dreadnought in the finals of the Hong Kong Stage. Remembering Leon's fight with Daigo, Aichi and Kamui do their best to minimize the damage taken from Dreadnought's multi-attacking Aqua Force units. Although Aichi deals damage to Leon, he is unaffected by his attacks. Then, Aichi asks Leon what he means whenever he refers to the "wind". It is then revealed that Leon's "wind" is actually the power of Psyqualia.

In a Psyqualia-induced vision, Leon tells Aichi a tale from long ago about a conflict between the many clans on the planet Cray. This war was eventually resolved by the appearance of the dominating Aqua Force armada. In the human world, the Soryu family had control over the Aqua Force which was used to hold power over the seven seas. However, for unknown reasons, the Aqua Force clan disappeared, and so did the Soryu family's power. The last remaining Soryu members foretold a prophecy of a child who would be "embraced by the wind" and restore the family name and the Aqua Force clan to their former glory; Leon believes that child is himself.

In a flash, Aichi is shown a vision of two Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstroms; Leon claims this to be his "whirlwind" image of victory. Back to the tag fight, Leon rides one Maelstrom and activates its Limit Break. But Aichi uses a perfect guard to block its attack and safely makes it to his next turn. Does Aichi have the same kind of resolve that Leon has, willing to use Psyqualia to win? 
91 "Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom"
"Sōran Ryū Meirusutorōmu" (蒼嵐竜 メイルストローム)
September 30, 2012

Aichi uses Psyqualia to gain a winning image. Although things seem to go just as he envisioned, his attacks are foiled by Leon's perfect defense and Sharlene's tag guard. On the next turn, Sharlene again uses the Limit Break of Navalgazer Dragon and forces both Kamui and Aichi to use a lot of their cards to defend against its attack. Then, Kamui says that his turn will be the last as he rides another Perfect Raizer, bringing its power up to full potential. However, the usually-mellow Sharlene easily blocks Kamui's attacks and grows angry with his indirect "Final Turn" declaration. On Leon's turn, he follows his "wind" and calls another Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom as a rear-guard, now having two Maelstroms as Aichi had seen through Psyqualia. Leon attacks him with his vanguard Maelstrom powered up via its Limit Break, and Kamui tries to tag guard for Aichi. However, Leon's drive check reveals a stand trigger, giving his vanguard Maelstrom enough power to penetrate Q4's defenses and win the match for Dreadnought.

Shortly afterwards, the two teams argue over the value of losing. Leon asks Aichi about what is the path he takes, and Aichi is reminded to make his own path. Leon bids farewell to him and says that they will battle each other again someday. Privately, Jillian asks Leon why he would console his opponents like that, to which he answers by saying it was the "wind" that told him to do so. He and Sharlene take an interest in Aichi's gentle "wind", which Leon sees as potentially becoming a great "windstorm" eventually. After Team Dreadnought is transported away, Shin informs Team Q4 about the next and last stage of the VF Circuit; it will be in their home country, Japan. 
92 "Q4 vs. Ultra Rare"
"Q4 VS Urutorarea" (Q4 VS ウルトラレア)
October 7, 2012

Aichi is feeling desperate by the fact that he and Q4 must win the Japan Stage of the VF Circuit. To better prepare the team, Shin recommends for Aichi, Kamui, and Misaki to battle against other stronger, non-Q4-affiliated cardfighters. Aichi takes a look at his Blond Ezel card and is reminded about Kourin, the person who gave it to him. So, Q4 goes to Card Shop PSY and requests for the Ultra Rare girls to cardfight with them for training purposes. They accept, and thus the battles ensue. The first match-up is between Aichi and Kourin, who now uses an Angel Feather deck. Aichi gains the upper hand when he superior rides Pellinore, but Kourin uses her Angel Feathers' skills to swap cards from her damage zone and then calling them. As the fight continues, Kourin antagonistically puts down Aichi by telling him to give up and how he's reached his limits. He proves her wrong and shows his determination when he rides Blond Ezel and activates its Limit Break to defeat her. Despite her harsh words, Kourin is actually glad that Aichi won.

Then, the second match-up starts with Kamui against Suiko, who also uses an Angel Feather deck. Although Kamui takes some precaution by not dealing 4 damage to Suiko for fear of Limit Break, she nonetheless plays a card named Doctroid Micros, whose skill is used to purposely give herself 4 damage. Not only can she now activate the Limit Break of her key card, Chief Nurse, Shamsiel, but she also powers up all of her front-row units as well. How will Kamui deal with Suiko's Limit Break? 
93 "The Angels' Dance"
"Tenshi-tachi no Mai" (天使たちの舞い)
October 14, 2012

Kamui and Suiko's cardfight continues. Suiko uses Shamsiel's Limit Break and the Angel Feather stategy of switching cards from her hand with ones from the damage zone, thereby increasing her units' attack strength and acquiring the cards she wants. She also tells Kamui that power alone is not enough to win. Despite her words, Kamui manages to win through the sheer force of Perfect Raizer.

Then, the rematch between Misaki and Rekka begins. Although Misaki gets the first turn, Rekka gets a grade 3 in play first by superior riding her new ace card, Crimson Impact, Metatron. With its Limit Break, Rekka superior calls more Angel Feathers from her damage zone and pressures Misaki to use a lot of her cards to block against her attacks. The two then have a conversation about how it was Rekka who motivated Misaki to change her deck. Misaki further elaborates that she was hesitant on changing her deck because she thought it would also mean changing the memories associated with her first deck. However, Misaki eventually realized that even if she did change her deck, it would not mean losing what was most important to her. Back to the game, Misaki takes a chance by riding another Scarlet Witch, CoCo, sacrificing attack power for the opportunity of drawing the card she needs to win. Her gamble pays off when she draws and calls a second Silent Tom. With 2 Toms, Misaki renders Rekka unable to guard with any grade 0 units against their attacks and emerges victorious. Afterwards, Team Q4 thanks Ultra Rare for the matches. But before Q4 can leave, three mysterious lights shine from the shop's holographic card displays. These lights make their way to Q4 and are revealed to be three new cards, one for each member. Suiko claims that the cards have chosen Q4 to be their owners. With newfound experience and cards, Q4 is now pumped and ready to win the Japan Stage. 
94 "A Gathering of Winners"
"Tsudoishi Shōsha-tachi" (集いし勝者たち)
October 21, 2012
The Japan Stage of the VF Circuit is drawing near, and many teams, including the victors of the previous stages, will appear there. As Team Dreadnought's plane lands in Japan, it is directed to and locked in a hangar with a jungle environment inside. It is really a trap set by Kyou Yahagi and his Team Avengers (all dressed as bugs), who plan to take Dreadnought's spot in the VF Circuit. Although Jillian and Sharlene handily take care of Kyou's teammates, he nonetheless challenges Leon to a cardfight. Now using a Megacolony deck after witnessing the strength of insects from his experience in the jungle, Kyou prevents some of Leon's units from standing and retires others. Thus, he seals the Aqua Force strategy of launching multiple attacks and Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom's Limit Break. In spite of Kyou's own Limit Break from his new ace card, Martial Arts Mutant, Master Beetle, Leon overcomes the obstacles against him when he calls more units to replace his rested ones and utilizes the max potential of his Aqua Force clan. Kyou's overconfidence gets the better of him when he leaves himself with little cards to guard against all of Leon's attacks, ultimately leading to his downfall and Leon's victory. After Kyou vows to get revenge on Leon, he and the rest of Team Avengers escape. The scene ends with Kyou and his team aiming to get stronger in outer space (in reality, they are in a public planetarium). 
95 "Assemble! Japan Stage"
"Jūketsu! Nihon Sutēji" (集結! 日本ステージ)
October 28, 2012

It's time for the last leg of the VF Circuit, the Japan Stage. Taking place in an amusement park, many familiar teams have gathered. The aspect for this stage is that each team member will individually fight others in three separate stadiums. Each victory that a cardfighter gets will earn his/her team 1 point; the team with the most points by the end is the winner of the entire Japan Stage and will go on to face the previous stages' winners at the Final Stage. What's more is that "special reserve" cardfighters like Team Unknown (composed of the masked trio of King Z, Queen Y, and Joker X) will participate and act as obstacles for all of the teams. With the rules fully explained, Aichi and Q4 resolve themselves to win the Japan Stage. And so, the fights begin.

Misaki and Kamui win their respective matches. On the other hand, Aichi is in a close fight in a rematch with Team Jurassic Army's Gunji Ryudo. Against the threatening Limit Break of Ryudo's new ace card, Destruction Dragon, Dark Rex, Aichi successfully defends himself, using a lot of his cards in the process. Despite the odds, Aichi stays determined and utilizes the Limit Break of his Blond Ezel twice, superior calling more units from his deck and gaining power from them, which forces Ryudo to not guard against Ezel's attack. As a result, Aichi is victorious. After saluting him on his win, Ryudo warns Aichi of what's to come in the Japan Stage.

Behind the scenes, Joker X is confronted by Kyou and Team Avengers, who plot to take Team Unknown's masks and assume their roles. However, Kyou is defeated by Joker X, who reveals his true identity to Kyou and shocks him. Soon after, Kamui awaits his next opponent, who turns out to be none other than Nagisa, clad in a bridal gown and eager to marry him right now. 
96 "Decisive Battle! Bridal Fight"
"Kessen! Buraidarufaito" (決戦! ブライダルファイト)
November 4, 2012

After Nagisa appears in a horse-ridden carriage led by Team Handsome, she greatly exaggerates about being married to Kamui, which causes the audience to misunderstand the situation and embarrasses him in the process. Nonetheless, the two kids begin their cardfight, which is being treated as a wedding ceremony by Team Handsome. Nagisa's Death Army units battle Kamui's Beast Deity units in this Nova Grappler mirror match (with the latter forced to wear a groom's tuxedo). After protecting himself from the Limit Break of Nagisa's new ace, Infinite Corrosion Form, Death Army Cosmo Lord, Kamui crossrides his new key card which he received after Q4's time at Card Shop PSY: Ultra Beast Deity, Illuminal Dragon. With multi-pronged attacks, Kamui defeats Nagisa, who decides to leave him alone (for now, at least).

Elsewhere, Aichi and Misaki win more matches for Q4. Shortly after, Q4's next opponent, Team Unknown, approaches each member. It will be Aichi vs. King Z, Misaki vs. Queen Y, and Kamui vs. Joker X. 
97 "The King's Challenge"
"Ō kara no Chōsen-jō" (王からの挑戦状)
November 11, 2012

It's Team Q4 against Team Unknown in the last round of the Japan Stage. Aichi's opponent, King Z, is revealed to be Jun Mutsuki, the King of Underground Fights, although Aichi does not immediately recognize him. Meanwhile, Misaki battles Queen Y and sees through her disguise. Queen Y is actually Yuri Usui from the defunct Team Caesar, and Yuri now uses the deck she originally had before joining Caesar: Oracle Think Tank. As for Kamui, he has not realized who Joker X is. As they battle, Joker X's voice and style of play with Dark Irregulars slowly remind Kamui of a certain someone.

Aichi and Jun conduct their cardfight. Jun's "dark hero" Dimension Police units decrease the power of Aichi's vanguard. Because of this, he is forced to either take damage or use a lot of shields to guard. Even though Aichi's Blond Ezel is sent to the damage zone, he remembers his reasons for fighting and stays resolved. Using Psyqualia to gain an image of victory, Aichi superior rides Pellinore for a comeback. Afterwards, Jun leaves and has a short reunion with Kai. Now, Aichi awaits the results of Misaki's and Kamui's fights. 
98 "A New Shine!"
"Aratanaru Kagayaki!" (新たなる輝き!)
November 18, 2012

Yuri's Battle Sisters deal major damage to Misaki, giving her the lead 1-5. Misaki strikes back by riding her new ace card, Goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu. Yuri tries to guard her attack, putting Misaki in the same situation as the last time they fought each other. Misaki decides to take a chance, which pays off when she drive checks a critical and heal trigger, and evens out the damage 4-4. Thanks to Amaterasu and its Limit Break, Misaki ultimately wins.

Meanwhile, Kamui continues his battle with Joker X, who rides No Life King, Death Anchor. Kamui defends himself against its terrifying skill with a lot of his cards. On the following turn, Kamui crossrides Illuminal Dragon and activates its Limit Break to stand his remaining units, thus forcing X to not guard against his attack. Kamui defeats Joker X without ever learning his true identity. Winning every match they had, Q4 is crowned the victor of the Japan Stage.

After the awards ceremony, Q4 is led to a room where Takuto Tatsunagi explains everything. Expanding on what he previously said to Aichi, a mysterious force has invaded the planet Cray and captured the leaders (Blaster Blade, Blaster Dark, and Dragonic Overlord) of the united clans. The abduction of those three affected the human world by wiping their respective clans from existence. Nevertheless, through the VF Circuit, Takuto has gathered the winners (SIT Genius, New Asteroid, Dreadnought, and now Q4) of each stage to become the new vanguards for the clans of Cray and lead them in the battle against the mysterious enemy. Takuto transports everyone to a unique dimension that leads to Cray, where they all advance to the "True Final Stage". However, Team Dreadnought stands in their way, with Leon saying that he is the only one needed. 
99 "The Truth of the Wind"
"Kaze no Shinjitsu" (風の真実)
November 25, 2012

As Team Dreadnought stops everyone from moving forward, Leon reveals that his true purpose for entering the VF Circuit was to thwart Takuto's plan of freeing Cray from the enigmatic enemy. Leon also says he was the one who let the Royal Paladin, Shadow Paladin, and Kagero clans be sealed away by the enemy. His reasons for doing so are to set the Aqua Force clan free (which was also captured by the same foe), restore the Soryu family to its former glory, and then rule the world. Leon's Psyqualia is amplified by the dark powers of the enemy and blows everyone away.

Later, after being knocked unconscious, Q4 awakens and speaks with an injured Takuto, who gives more revelations. He discloses the name of the mysterious enemy: Void, an evil power of emptiness that is currently encompassing the majority of Cray and will make its way to Earth if not stopped. Takuto also states that he manipulated everyone's memories to make them forget about the past relating to the 3 sealed clans in order to introduce the new clans, Gold Paladin and Narukami, for Aichi, Kai, and Ren to later use and get stronger for this upcoming battle to free Cray. After Takuto restores everyone's rightful memories, Q4 leaves him to find and confront Leon, who is currently allowing himself to be engulfed by Void's power.

Resolute on saving Blaster Blade after remembering all that the card has done for him, Aichi receives a card that contains Blaster Blade's spirit, which aids the group in their search for Leon. Then, Q4 runs into Team SIT Genius' leader Chris attacking his comrades Lee and Ali. Falling under the negative influence of Psyqualia which is magnified by Void, Chris' obsession with being "number one" makes him go mad with power and prevents Q4 from going any further. To save Chris from what he once had undergone, Aichi engages him in a cardfight. 
100 "The Blazing Lion"
"Kōki no Shishi" (光輝の獅子) 
December 2, 2012

Aichi once again battles Chris, who uses Psyqualia to foresee his victory. Similar to their last match, Chris predicts that he will win when his new ace card Battler of the Twin Brush, Polaris strikes Aichi's Blond Ezel three times in one turn. While Chris' Psyqualia prophecies initially seem to be going the way he said they would, Aichi knows that Psyqualia is not 100% accurate nor is it just a dark power. On the turn Chris declares his victory, Aichi blocks the last two attacks from Polaris, therefore throwing off his winning Psyqualia image. Then, Aichi crossrides his new key card gained from his experience at Card Shop PSY: Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel. With its Ultimate Break, Aichi increases the power of all his rear-guards, thus overwhelming and defeating Chris. Now knowing what Psyqualia really is, Chris learns the error of his ways and is forgiven by his friends Lee and Ali. However, due to the law of the unique dimension they're in, Chris' loss forces Team SIT Genius to be transported back to Earth.

Elsewhere, New Team Asteroid confronts Team Dreadnought, and Kai is about to fight Leon. 
101 "Leon Soryu"
"Sōryū Reon" (蒼龍レオン) 
December 9, 2012

While Jillian and Sharlene take on Ren and Asaka in a tag fight, Kai begins his battle with Leon. As the two fighters clash, Leon reveals his past. As it turns out, the legend of a child who would call forth the "wind" and lead the second coming for both the Soryu family and Aqua Force clan was just a fairy tale made up by the Soryu chief only meant to provide (false) hope to the young Leon, Jillian, and Sharlene. Eventually, the Soryu and Aqua Force would be forgotten and die out. Desperate to find power to save both, Leon met Void, who offered him Psyqualia. He accepted the power, and thus Leon became that prophesied Soryu child, turning that fairy tale into a reality.

Back to the cardfight, Kai, who is furious at Leon's selfish actions of betraying the 3 clans, rides Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion and announces that he will defeat him. 
102 "Judgment of the Wind"
"Kaze no Shinpan" (風の審判) 
December 16, 2012

Kai and Leon continue their cardfight with each side using their respective vanguards' Limit Break abilities. After he insults Leon by calling him a pawn to Void, Kai crossrides his new trump card: Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion "THE BLOOD". He activates its Ultimate Break to give it extra critical value and power, forcing Leon to use his few remaining cards to defend. Kai manages to deal 2 more points of damage, presumably ensuring his victory, but Leon gets a heal trigger to stay in the game. On the following turn, Leon also crossrides his new ace card: Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstrom. Its Ultimate Break also makes Kai use the last of his cards to hopefully block its attack. However, Leon drive checks a critical trigger, thus plowing through Kai's guardians and winning the match. After Glory Maelstrom's attack, the dust settles and reveals Leon standing over the fallen Kai.

Just arriving to the scene, Aichi runs towards Kai and picks him up. Weakened, Kai apologizes to Aichi for not being there with him throughout the entire journey and then tells him to continue down his path for both of their sakes. New Team Asteroid is transported back to Earth due to Kai's loss, so now it's up to Aichi to defeat Leon. 
103 "Light and Nothingness"
"Hikari to Kyomu" (光と虚無) 
December 23, 2012
The final battle between Aichi and Leon begins, with the latter predicting via Psyqualia that he will win when his Glory Maelstrom attacks Aichi's Blond Ezel. Signs show of the nothingness that is Void slowly destroying the dimension and creeping its way to Aichi. The darkness eventually affects Aichi as he falls unconscious and loses the will to fight. However, he remembers his loved ones and then hears a familiar voice, both of which help Aichi to stand up and continue the battle. He activates the Limit Break of Blond Ezel to superior call an astral form of his original avatar card: Blaster Blade Spirit. But even with that, Leon withstands Aichi's attacks and then crossrides Glory Maelstrom... 
104 "Whereabouts of the Wind"
"Kaze no Yukue" (風のゆくえ) 
January 2, 2013

The fight between Aichi and Leon reaches its climax. After Leon uses the Ultimate Break of Glory Maelstrom to increase its power and prevent Aichi from guarding with grade 1 or higher units, Aichi attempts to guard with two grade 0 units. However, Leon drive checks a heal trigger, which gives Glory Maelstrom enough power to penetrate Aichi's defense. Aichi survives the attack thanks to his own heal trigger. Leon slowly grows weakened after absorbing Void's power as Aichi crossrides Platina Ezel and activates its Ultimate Break to overpower and finally defeat Leon.

Void leaves Leon's body, and Takuto opens the path to the planet Cray, declaring that Aichi's Gold Paladin clan is the rightful leader of Cray. Aichi holds up his deck, and with a reformed Leon's help, the Gold Paladins and Aqua Force units dispel Void's darkness from Cray and free the sealed Royal Paladin, Shadow Paladin, and Kagero clans. Aichi then faints and has a vision of Blaster Blade and the other Royal Paladins appearing before him. Takuto telepathically informs him that he is now able to use Royal Paladins again. While Aichi is glad to hear that, he does not want to part with Gold Paladins after fighting alongside them for so long. The Royal Paladins fade away, as Blaster Blade tells Aichi that they will forever be with him.

Everyone is then transported back to Earth. The next day, the finale of the VF Circuit takes place, and Team Q4 is crowned the winning team of the Circuit. Afterwards, Aichi and his friends return to their daily lives, with Aichi deciding to continue using Gold Paladins, now including a Gold Paladin version of his avatar card, Blaster Blade

Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker

The third and currently ongoing season begins with Aichi's enrollment in high school at Miyaji Academy, where he tries to establish a Cardfight Club, despite the general student body's disinterest and the obstructions of the Student Council.

Opening theme

  • "Vanguard Fight" by Psychic Lover (from episode 105 onward)

Ending themes

  • "Endless☆Fighter" by Ultra Rare (Suzuko Mimori, Yoshino Nanjō, and Aimi Terakawa) (eps. 105-119)
  • "Yume Yume Express" by Milky Homes (Mimori, Kitta, Tokui, and Sasaki) (eps. 120-present)

No. Title Original airdate
105 "Stand Up the High School!"
"Sutandoappu za Haisukūru!" (スタンド・アップ・ザ・ハイスクール!) 
January 13, 2013

Months after the conclusion of the VF Circuit, Aichi enters high school as a freshman at Miyaji Academy. However, he has trouble adjusting to his new school life due to the academy's heavy emphasis on studies. After school, Aichi goes to Card Capital while being tailed by a classmate, Naoki Ishida. There, he sees the many customers playing Vanguard, which Naoki has no knowledge about. He spots Aichi conversing with Team SIT Genius in the back of the shop. Curious by how different Aichi's behavior is in the card shop compared to how he acts at school because of a card game, Naoki becomes intrigued to Vanguard. And so, Aichi teaches Naoki about Vanguard through playing an actual match, with the latter being lent a new Narukami trial deck to use from Shin. As they cardfight, Naoki slowly gets immersed into the game. After Aichi eventually wins, Naoki buys the trial deck and hastily leaves in a frustrated manner, which worries Aichi. But he is later comforted by Kai who tells him that Naoki has in fact taken an interest in Vanguard.

The next day at school, Aichi is shocked when his class gets a new transfer student: Kourin Tatsunagi from Ultra Rare. 
106 "Catching a Break"
January 20, 2013

The news of Kourin transferring into Aichi's class becomes a hot topic, especially when the male classmates start talking to Aichi to get closer to her once they learn that the two know each other. Then, Aichi gets an idea on how to promote Vanguard at his school. Because there is no Cardfight Club, Aichi decides to make one himself. The next day, he tries to recruit enough members to officially start the club (needing a minimum of five people, including himself) by handing out leaflets in front of the school. His pleas fall on deaf ears until Kourin agrees to be a member. Her enlistment is followed by several other boys who want to join (only to be with Kourin), but she proposes that anybody who wants to become club members will have to defeat either her and Aichi in cardfights before they can enter. The two easily beat all of the challengers, but then Naoki steps up to play against Kourin with honest feelings of wanting to join the club.

With a new Jewel Knight Royal Paladin deck, Kourin battles Naoki, who uses the Eradicator Narukami trial deck he bought a while ago. In the middle of the fight, Naoki reveals that he knew Aichi from when he was in the elementary school division of Miyaji Academy and how he felt guilty for not doing anything to help Aichi who was being bullied at the time. Naoki further explains that seeing how much Aichi has changed because of Vanguard motivated him to find something to be passionate about and ultimately change himself. In the end, Naoki defeats Kourin with the Break Ride ability of Eradicator, Vowing Sword Dragon. With that, Naoki is initiated into the newly-formed Cardfight Club, and Aichi's life in high school truly begins. 
107 "Targeted Idol"
January 27, 2013

Aichi's Cardfight Club is attracting attention all around the school as male classmates (who are mostly interested in being with Kourin) have him teach them the rules of Vanguard and again attempt to play against Kourin in order to be inducted to the club but to no avail. Additionally, the female students gossip about a rumor that claims Aichi only started the club to get close to Kourin, which makes Misaki worry. Aichi tries to ask Misaki to join the club, but she declines because of her job at Card Capital.

Kourin gets an unsettling feeling that there is someone watching her, with Naoki suspecting that it could be a stalker. Naoki eventually confronts the stalker who turns out to be a classmate, Shingo Komoi. Naoki threatens to beat him up, but Shingo suggests to settle things with a cardfight instead. Despite modifying his Narukami deck, Naoki's inexperience at Vanguard causes him to struggle against Shingo's Murakumo deck. After some taunting from Shingo, he reveals that the one who he has been watching is not Kourin, but it is actually Aichi, who he highly admires. Shingo defeats Naoki, who recommends for him to become a member of the Cardfight Club. Aichi and Kourin let Shingo join, thus bringing the total members to four. Unbeknownst to Aichi and his friends, another student observes them from afar and then walks away with the intention of reporting the Cardfight Club's disruptive behavior to the student council president... 
108 "The Football Team's Assassin"   February 3, 2013

The student council president of the Miyaji Academy High School Division deems Aichi's Cardfight Club to be unnecessary for the school and orders the vice president, Suwabe, to devise on how to abolish it. Elsewhere, the Cardfight Club finds an empty classroom to serve its official headquarters. Then, the school's American football team, the Miyaji Vipers, barges in and takes the club outside to the academy's sub-ground where the Vipers' quarterback/captain, Ikki "the Catapult" Kongou, challenges Aichi to a cardfight, with the former appropriately using a Spike Brothers deck. This is an elaborate plan set up by Suwabe to have Ikki defeat Aichi and thereby crush the Cardfight Club members' spirits into not wanting to continue the club.

Ikki uses strong Limit Break effects of the latest Spike Brothers to push for victory, but Aichi successfully defends and makes it to his next turn. Aichi then utilizes both the Break Ride of Solitary Liberator, Gancelot and the Limit Break of Liberator of the Round Table, Alfred to overpower and beat Ikki. This loss causes the football team's female cheerleaders to dump Ikki and the Vipers, which devastates them. Later, Naoki asks Ikki's motive for challenging the Cardfight Club, to which he answers that while he was bribed by the student council with a bigger budget for the football team, he mainly did it for the sake of playing against a strong cardfighter like Aichi. The Vipers then take their leave, and the Cardfight Club is more motivated to find a fifth member to have the club become official before the student council acts again. 
109 "The Birth of the Cardfight Club!?"   February 10, 2013

After Aichi tells his friends at Card Capital about how his school's student council is causing problems for the Cardfight Club, he repeatedly requests for Misaki to join as the fifth member. However, she still turns him down, having mixed feelings on the matter and being insulted by Kourin for not being serious on becoming a member. Then, to quickly shut down of the Cardfight Club, the student council creates a deadline for all potential clubs with at least five members to report to the council, or else they will not be officially recognized by the school. At the last second, Misaki declares herself as the Cardfight Club's fifth member after resolving her feelings of earnestly wanting to join the club. As an initiation test and to prove herself to Kourin, Misaki cardfights Aichi.

With her new Genesis deck, Misaki uses the Limit Break abilities of both Eternal Goddess, Iwanagahime and Battle Deity of the Night, Artemis to eventually defeat Aichi and becomes a proper member of the Cardfight Club. However, when Aichi and his friends go to the student council to gain official status, the council denies them because the club does not have a faculty advisor. Nonetheless, the student council president proposes another method for the club to be recognized: produce results by winning against other high schools' cardfighting teams. Aichi agrees to the terms, and so the president arranges for the Cardfight Club's first opposing team, which has familiar-looking members... 
110 "First Match! Miyaji Academy vs. Hitsue High School"   February 17, 2013

Miyaji Academy's unofficial Cardfight Club is set up to have an intramural match against Hitsue High School's Vanguard Club, in which Kai, Miwa, Morikawa, and Izaki are members. The two teams play in a best-of-5 match, and opponents are randomly selected. Under the conditions that the Miyaji Academy student council president created, if the Cardfight Club loses this match, then it will be dissolved.

In the first game, Naoki fights Kai, with both using Eradicator-themed Narukami decks. Naoki combines both the Break Ride of Eradicator, Vowing Sword Dragon and the Limit Break of Eradicator, Gauntlet Buster Dragon to retire Kai's units and gain more critical value and power, but Kai manages to survive the assault. Then, Kai uses a similar devastating combo with Vowing Sword and Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant. Although Naoki blocks his first attempt, Kai activates Descendant's Limit Break to have it stand up, gain another critical, and attack again. Unable to defend this attack, Naoki loses, thus putting Hitsue High up 1-0. For the next fight, Kourin is chosen to battle Izaki (which leaves Morikawa extremely envious). 
111 "The Ringer is a Middle School Student!"   February 24, 2013

Kourin defeats Izaki, which ties the score 1-1. The third game pits Misaki against Hitsue Vanguard Club's ringer and old Q4 teammate, Kamui Katsuragi. Although Kamui gets an early lead, Misaki mounts a comeback with Battle Deity of the Night, Artemis. Kamui then combines the Break Ride of Beast Deity, Ethics Buster and the Limit Break of Ultra Beast Deity, Illuminal Dragon to stand four of his rear-guards to launch multiple attacks in one turn. However, Misaki protects herself, only taking one point of damage from Kamui's five attacks. In what seems to be a hopeless situation, Misaki rides Eternal Goddess, Iwanagahime and uses its Limit Break to retire Kamui's front-row units. Weakening Kamui's defenses, Misaki wins and puts Miyaji Academy up 2-1.

In the fourth game, Shingo is selected to fight against Miwa. Before the fight, Shingo underestimates Miwa, which ends up being his undoing when Miwa demolishes him and evens the score 2-2. So, it's Aichi vs. Morikawa in the fifth and final game that will decide the fate of the Miyaji Academy Cardfight Club. Given Morikawa's reputation, Misaki thinks that this will be an easy win for Aichi. However, after the two fighters reveal their first vanguards, Aichi is surprised to see Morikawa using Kai's Kagero deck (although Morikawa is not particularly glad about this). 
112 "Kai's Shadow"
"Kai no Kage" (櫂の影) 
March 3, 2013

Aichi faces Morikawa in the last fight of this intramural match. Although initially mad with using Kai's Kagero deck and not his own, Morikawa nonetheless puts a great amount of pressure on Aichi. All the while, Kai watches the fight as an opportunity to see if his Kagero deck is strong enough against the current Aichi, who strikes back with the Break Ride of Solitary Liberator, Gancelot to empower itself and his rear-guards. Morikawa defends and makes it to his next turn, in which he rides Dragonic Overlord the End. Pairing its Personablast with the Break Ride effect of Dauntless Drive Dragon, Morikawa attacks Aichi with the End three times in a row. Determined to win for the sake of the Cardfight Club, Aichi withstands the onslaught and then uses Gancelot's Break Ride again on the following turn to land a final blow. Aichi emerges victorious over Morikawa, meaning that the Miyaji Academy Cardfight Club wins the intramural match. Aichi and his friends are then congratulated by Hitsue Vanguard Club, with Kai coming to the conclusion that Aichi has indeed grown stronger, perhaps moreso than himself.

In spite of being irritated by the Cardfight Club's victory, the Miyaji student council president allows the club to become official and also provides the club with a faculty advisor: Mr. Nakamurabashi, who is clueless about Vanguard. Nevertheless, now that the Cardfight Club has been made official, Aichi and his fellow members look forward to what the future holds for the club. 
113 "Who's the Vice-Captain!?"   March 10, 2013

Now that the Cardfight Club has become official, the new faculty advisor Nakamurabashi has the club decide on a captain and vice-captain for the club by order of the student council president. Since Aichi was the person who started the club, he reluctantly accepts the position of captain. As for vice-captain, Shingo is the only person who honestly wants the job while the others are apathetic on the matter. Not wanting to make a hasty decision, Nakamurabashi recommends to hold off until tomorrow on who to elect for vice-captain. After school, Misaki is convinced by her friend Akari to try out for vice-captain. The same happens with Kourin being persuaded by Takuto.

The club meets the next day, and when Nakamurabashi asks again for who wants to be the vice-captain, Shingo, Naoki, Misaki, and Kourin all raise their hands. To finally settle things, the four cardfight each other with the overall winner becoming the vice-captain. Misaki defeats Shingo, but Naoki suffers a terrible loss against Kourin. Before the final faceoff between the two girls, Naoki expresses his frustration by saying how bad he feels after finding a passion in Vanguard and yet not initially caring for becoming vice-captain of the Cardfight Club. However, he soon gets over his mortification with a smile. Noticing his strong enthusiasm, Misaki, Kourin, and Shingo (much to his chagrin) agree to have Naoki be the vice-captain. As the club walks home from school, Naoki impulsively runs towards a riverside, followed by Aichi and Shingo, where Naoki and Shingo scuffle a bit in the river before all the boys let out one big yell at the sunset. 
114 "Miyaji Academy, Middle School Division"   March 17, 2013

Shingo tells Naoki about a Cardfight Circle formed in the middle school division of Miyaji Academy. Shingo suggests that the two of them should pay a visit to the circle and build a relationship between it and the Cardfight Club. Naoki agrees, but he is unaware of Shingo's scheme; he plans to use this as his chance to impress the underclassmen and take them under his wing, thereby raising his status over Naoki. The two go to the Cardfight Circle's clubroom where they meet Emi and Mai, who are two of the three members of the circle. Naoki and Mai play a friendly match, in which Naoki shockingly loses to Mai's Bermuda Triangle deck. After the game, he asks her for advice in a somewhat intimidating fashion. But this earns him to be reprimanded by Misaki, who later enters with Aichi.

Not knowing that Aichi and Emi are siblings, Shingo gets offended when he hears Emi talking to Aichi in a casual manner, which causes her to get mad with Shingo. This leads to a cardfight pitting Emi, using a PR♥ISM-themed Bermuda Triangle deck, against Shingo, who is using a Narukami deck this time. Although Shingo deals 5 damage to her, Emi nonetheless uses the Break Ride of PR♥ISM-Image, Vert to empower her vanguard PR♥ISM-Promise, Labrador and then returns three of her rear-guards to her hand. She then activates the Limit Break of Labrador to call three rear-guards from her hand to the field, which gives Labrador more power and critical value. Along with getting a critical trigger, Emi thoroughly defeats Shingo. Just as he requests for Aichi to avenge him, Ultra Rare's Rekka Tatsunagi appears in a Miyaji Academy uniform. 
115 "Idol Fight"
"Aidorufaito" (アイドルファイト) 
March 24, 2013
Rekka, the third member of Miyaji middle school's Cardfight Circle, enters the clubroom and is followed by Kourin. After Shingo informs Naoki on who Rekka is, she then challenges Aichi to a Vanguard fight. As the two battle, Rekka shows off her charm as an idol, which infatuates Shingo into becoming her fan. Rekka uses the various effects of her Celestial-themed Angel Feather deck to move cards in and out of her damage zone to her advantage. She gets a copy of Solidify Celestial, Zerachiel into her damage zone which, via the Limit Break of her vanguard Zerachiel, empowers all of her Celestial Angel Feather units. However, Aichi withstands Rekka's assault and uses his Gancelot/Alfred Limit Break Ride combo while also superior calling Blaster Blade Liberator from the soul to finish the game and defeat her. Afterwards, the two clubs give their thanks to each other before Shingo offers to become a member of Rekka's fan club. 
116 "Reunion with the Wind"   March 31, 2013

The Cardfight Club receives an invitation to and then registers for the upcoming Vanguard Fight High School Championship, a tournament that will feature high school Vanguard teams from all over Japan. Naoki suggests to check out some of the competition, which leads to the club visiting Fukuhara High, an elite private high school that is associated with Team Asteroid. The club is greeted by Tetsu Shinjou, who leads everyone into the school where they watch a cardfight between Asaka Narumi and Leon Soryu, much to Aichi's surprise. Asaka tries to end the game by using Starlight Melody Tamer, Farah's Personablast and the Pale Moon strategy of superior calling units from the soul during the battle phase for additional attacks. Despite the multi-pronged assault, Leon defends himself and then rides Last Card, Revonn on top of Blue Flight Dragon, Trans-core Dragon. This activates the latter's Break Ride effect, forcing Asaka to discard a card from her hand. He then utilizes the Limit Break of Revonn to gain more power and critical value. Also getting a heal trigger, Leon plows through Asaka's defenses for a comeback victory.

Afterwards, Leon gets reacquainted with Aichi, telling him that he and Team Dreadnought are now enrolled in a high school at Hong Kong; they have also been invited to participate in Japan's VF High School Championship. Then, Tetsu offers someone from the Miyaji Cardfight Club for a match. Ever eager to play, Naoki accepts, and Tetsu arranges for his opponent to be Ultra Rare's Suiko Tatsunagi, who is revealed to be a student of Fukuhara High. But when Naoki comments that Suiko's sailor uniform does not suit her, she gets peeved as the two begin their battle. 
117 "Powerful Fighter at Fukuhara High"   April 7, 2013

After Naoki makes another offhand comment towards Suiko, the two start their cardfight. Suiko criticizes Naoki for being a good but uninteresting fighter. He tries to prove her wrong when he activates the Limit Break of his new ace card: Armor Break Dragon. At the cost of discarding three cards from his hand, Naoki not only eliminates Suiko's front-row rear-guard units, but he also increases Armor Break Dragon's power and critical value to unbelievable heights. Despite this, Suiko defends against Naoki's attacks with almost all of the cards in her hand. On the following turn, Suiko wins the game with Chief Nurse, Shamsiel by moving cards to and from her damage zone thus increasing most of her units' power.

Afterwards, Naoki apologizes to his friends for his loss and realizes how weak he actually is. Shingo cheers him up (although with some harsh choice of words) and says that he'll train Naoki to become stronger. Then, Ren Suzugamori appears and is revealed to be the captain of Fukuhara High's Vanguard Club. Ren suggests to have a match with Aichi, showing him a glimpse of his reversioned Shadow Paladin deck. But this turns out to be a tease from Ren, who retracts his match request and dismisses everyone. As the Miyaji Cardfight Club and Team Dreadnought leave Fukuhara High, Leon tells Aichi that if he wants to fight Dreadnought at the VF High School Championship, then he will have to first defeat Fukuhara High at the regional qualifying tournament. 
118 "Exciting School Festival"   April 14, 2013

The Cardfight Club is forced by the Miyaji student council to take the main stage on the day of the academy's upcoming School Festival. The student council hopes to use this chance to embarass the club and tarnish its reputation. Despite the daunting task, the club decides to do a stage play using one of Shingo's prewritten scripts and with costume help from Emi and Mai. The script is loosely based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter but with Vanguard units; Aichi is given the role of the bamboo cutter (Little Sage, Marron), Misaki is the heroine (CEO Amaterasu), Naoki is the villain (Eradicator, Vowing Sword Dragon), and Kourin is the hero (King of Knights, Alfred). Although Kourin is seemingly busy with her job as an idol, Misaki notices that she is in fact preparing for the play. However, on the day of rehearsal, Kourin does not show up, which leads the club (except Misaki) to think that she is not serious about the play and that Aichi should take the role of Alfred.

The day of the School Festival finally arrives, and all of Aichi's friends have come. Unfortunately, Kourin is not at school. To make matters worse, the club is informed by Suwabe that the club's time of performance is actually an hour earlier than scheduled. As the club hastily sets up for the play, Misaki learns from Akari why Kourin did not show up for rehearsal. The play then goes underway with Shingo narrating the story. But when the time comes for Kourin's scene, Naoki accidentally destroys the set and his costume, causing the audience to grow angry. Before the play is totally ruined, Kourin appears in her costume and saves the show when she declares a new adversary for her to face: the legendary fighter Daigo. 
119 "Legendary School Festival"   April 21, 2013
The sudden appearance of Daigo surprises everyone and also attracts more students to watch the Cardfight Club's play unfold. Posing as the "real" villain of the play, Daigo is challenged by the hero Kourin to a cardfight for Misaki's freedom. Although Kourin applies a lot of pressure to him shortly into the fight, Daigo eventually gets a heal trigger and deals 5 damage to her, putting her in a tough situation. However, she is cheered on by Misaki and subsequently the audience to not give up. Kourin regains her composure and tries to end the game with the Limit Break of Leading Jewel Knight, Salome. Unfortunately, she does not do so. Daigo then uses White Dragon Knight, Pendragon's Limit Break to superior ride his new ace: Sanctuary Guard Dragon. He activates its Limit Break to overpower and defeat Kourin. Although the hero Kourin loses, Misaki, Aichi, Naoki, and Shingo all step up to challenge Daigo for their fallen friend. Daigo fakes being weakened by the club's strong bonds of friendship and then takes his leave. With that, the play ends with a happy ending and a round of applause from the audience. Aichi expresses his thanks for Daigo as a montage of Misaki's pictures (taken by Shin) during the play is shown. 
120 "Hidden Fighting Spirit"   April 28, 2013

The Vanguard Fight High School Championship finally begins with the Miyaji Cardfight Club having to attend the Kanto regional qualifiers. In the waiting room, the club sees Fukuhara's and Hitsue's Vanguard teams. In particular, Hitsue's team has a surprisingly strong look of determination to win the entire tournament. The first round pits Miyaji Academy against Hitsue High in a best-of-3 match. In the first game, Kai defeats Shingo, which puts Hitsue up 1-0.

The second game features Miwa vs. Misaki. For the sake of his teammates, the typically-carefree Miwa goes all out with the Limit Break of Hellfire Seal Dragon, Blockade Inferno to retire all of Misaki's grade 2 rear-guards and gain a significant amount of power. Misaki completely defends herself, but she is left with a weakened battle formation. Nonetheless, on her next turn, Misaki rides Goddess of Good Luck, Fortuna and reassembles her forces. She also activates Fortuna's Limit Break to perform three drive checks and manages to get two drive triggers to increase her overall power, ultimately winning the game and tying the score 1-1.

For the third and final game that will decide which team will advance through the tournament, Aichi and Izaki must fight each other. 
121 "A Man's Guts"   May 5, 2013

The decisive fight between Aichi and Izaki ensues. Although Izaki is underestimated by the majority of the people watching, he nonetheless is serious about wanting to catch up to Aichi's level of strength. Aichi notices his fighting spirit and the two continue to play to the best of their abilities. Despite the large amount of pressure from Izaki's Ancient Dragon units, Aichi pulls off a comeback victory. Izaki sheds tears of frustration over this loss, but his effort is rewarded with applause from the crowd.

The regional qualifier progresses to the final round, in which the Miyaji Cardfight Club will face off against the Vanguard Club of Fukuhara High. 
122 "Challenger Naoki"   May 12, 2013

The members of the Miyaji Cardfight Club draw lots to decide who will play against the Fukuhara Vanguard Club in the final round of the Kanto regional qualifier. Naoki is selected to be first, Kourin is second, and Aichi is third. After some pre-fight conversations between Miyaji and Fukuhara, the two teams send their fighters for the first game.

Naoki once again fights against Suiko. Unlike what happened in their previous encounter, Naoki chooses to not preemptively use the Limit Break of Armor Break Dragon in order to maintain the cards in his hand. He survives Suiko's Break Ride combo attack, but he is left in a tough situation and begins to question himself. With some encouragement from Aichi, Naoki trusts his instincts and activates Armor Break Dragon's Limit Break, climactically winning the game and putting Miyaji up 1-0.

For the second game, Miyaji's Kourin will face Fukuhara's Asaka. 
123 "Feelings About Victory"   May 19, 2013

Kourin and Asaka fight each other in the second game of the final round with both of them having their own reasons to win. Kourin hopes to win for the sake of her teammates while Asaka fights for Ren. The cardfight is a seesaw battle until Kourin deals 5 damage to Asaka. However, this allows Asaka to use a Limit Break Ride combination move with Miracle Pop, Ava and Nightmare Doll, Chelsea. She superior calls more of her units to the field to launch multiple attacks, which gives her the win over Kourin. Although frustrated by this loss, Kourin is comforted by her teammates that they will win in the end.

The last fight is coincidentally a rematch between Aichi and Ren, who reverts back to his Shadow Paladin deck but themed around the Revenger archetype. With both players stronger than before and Ren showing signs of his former sinister self, who will emerge victorious in the Kanto regional qualifier? 
124 "Showdown at the Summit"   May 26, 2013

Aichi and Ren face off in the third and last game of the Kanto regional qualifier. As the fight unfolds, Kai watches and is concerned about them. Despite Aichi's best efforts to land a final attack with Blaster Blade Liberator, Ren survives and finishes the battle with a final blow from his reborn avatar: Blaster Dark Revenger. With that, Fukuhara High wins the regional tournament and therefore moves on to the VF High School Championship. Aichi apologizes to his teammates, but they are not upset by his loss and instead cheer him up. During the awards ceremony, Kai leaves after coming to the conclusion that both Aichi and Ren have become too strong for him.

As the Kanto regional qualifier comes to a close, the Miyaji Cardfight Club looks forward to more cardfighting in the future. However, unbeknownst to the club, the Miyaji student council continues to scheme for the club's abolishment... 
125 "A Windy Day"   June 2, 2013

After reporting to the student council president about the Cardfight Club's loss at the Kanto regional tournament, Suwabe moves on to his next plan of terminating the club. He gets the Paranormal Power Research Society, a group of delinquent-looking students who are interested in supernatural forces, to challenge the club to a cardfight on the rooftop of the school. However, instead of the Cardfight Club, Leon and Team Dreadnought appear and accept the challenge. Nonetheless, Eru Nakagami, the leader of the Research Society, engages in a Vanguard fight with Leon. Nakagami uses his Dark Irregulars deck and also unleashes his sealed paranormal powers to push for victory. Regardless, Leon defeats Nakagami by putting him in a no-win situation with Last Card, Revonn.

All the while, the Cardfight Club enjoys lunch along with Takuto. 
126 "Mystery Dragon"   June 9, 2013
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