Update: Cardfight!! Vanguard: Stride to Victory!

It has not been too long since the previous update, but how has everyone been? Josephine here again with yet another update for the Cardfight!! Vanguard: Stride to Victory game!

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Cutting to the chase, we will be covering content related to the story this time! As of this writing, the section on the official site has yet to be updated. Instead, I will be covering content released in the January 2016 issue of the Monthly Bushiroad magazine. In addition, I will include my own speculations based on information previously released.

Disclaimer: Note that we had to scan pages of the magazine to use for this update and are unable to post up the full pages here due to copyright. We do not own any of those images that we have included here.

But before we start, there is something important I believe we have yet to cover: how to transfer your card library from Cardfight!! Vanguard: Lock on Victory if you owned a copy. I will go through this step-by-step, following the instructions provided on the official site.

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1. Make sure you have your SD card slotted into your device before you start. If you do, load your Lock on Victory game. From the main menu, select 「オプション」 (“Options”).

2. Select the button at the bottom at the list that reads 「SDカード」 (“SD Card”).

3. When you do, the game will ask if you would like to back your data up onto your SD card. Select the button on the left that indicates “Yes”.

4. When your data is successfully backed up, you will receive the confirmation message. Simply press the “A” button or tap the screen to dismiss it.

Once you have done that, you can now begin playing your freshly-bought copy of Stride to Victory! You should be able to retrieve the data once you load the game and reach the main menu or the options section.

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First things first, let’s get to the original story, set in the world of Cardfight! Vanguard G. At the beginning the game, you would have to choose a protagonist to play as. As covered in one of our previous updates, you have ten wonderful and unique characters to choose from.

From the preview of the character screen, it seems that the point-system, featured in the anime, would be implemented in this game. If it is not obvious, points will be earned from completing quests and perhaps missions as the story progresses.

Once you have chosen your in-game avatar, it is time to raise the curtains on the story!

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At the beginning of the story, the protagonist would bump into Ibuki Kōji. This encounter starts our protagonist’s journey into the world of vanguard, as Ibuki had accidentally dropped a card which the protagonist picks up. The only lead that your protagonist has to be able to return this card to Ibuki was the address of Card Capital 2.

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At Card Capital 2, it seems that the protagonist will get roped into playing vanguard: something that he or she has never done before.

As shown in the preview, Kamui will assist the protagonist in selecting a trial deck to begin with. This is done with a quiz of sorts, similar to a personality quiz on social media sites if you have done one before. This has been done before in Lock on Victory, and is mostly for people who have not played vanguard before in real life or in the two previous games.

However, if you already have some experience and do not agree with the trial deck recommended for you, you are free to select the one you want from the selection made available to you.

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If you may have realised, this game treats all its players as beginners. After all, your protagonist him or herself are beginners in the game. If you are one or are not familiar with the way the game is played on console, fret not. There is a tutorial provided for you to get you familiarised with the game itself: the flow of the game, card mechanics (including new ones), rules and other important aspects will be covered.

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And once you are ready to go, you will have your first fight! In the previous two instalments, you would have your first fight with Morikawa Katsumi. However, because he is not featured in this part of the story, your first opponent would be your ever helpful senior and ultra-dedicated part-timer of Card Capital 2: Katsuragi Kamui.

Of course, Kamui being Kamui, you will be facing a Nova Grappler deck. To make things easier, he would most likely be playing either the in-game trial deck “Challenger of Fighting Machines” or a watered-down version of his “Exxtreme Battler, Victor” deck.

That is all that had been covered in the article thus far that was not included online. Before I move on to the second part of the article, allow me to recap what has already been covered and include my own guesses and predictions.

According to the official website, the main aim of your protagonist in the game is to fight along the members of TRY3 and claim victory in the national championship.

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However, from the television commercial, we see that Shinonome Shōma and Asukawa Taiyō are included in the character line-up. This also hints that characters like Hashima Rin or even branch chief Kanzaki will be included in the game as antagonists. This hints that the plot may be similar or even in parallel to the story of the anime: the only difference is the inclusion of your protagonist in the plot. Like I mentioned, these are simply my own speculations: we would not know the full details until we play the game or if the official website releases more spoilers.

Moving on, I will cover the second part of the article: the original story revolving around Aichi and the previous generation of characters. This can only be played once you clear the Vanguard G side of the story.

This story centers on a “VG (Vanguard) Festival” located in the town Aichi and the rest of his friends (or should I say mates?) live in. This is set between the end of Legion Mate arc and the grand finale of the first series.

From the previous generation, we have nine characters returning from the previous game and one new addition, making it ten in total. These character are Sendō Aichi, Kai Toshiki, Suzugamori Ren, Sōryū Leon, Katsuragi Kamui (back when he was still in middle school of course), Tokura Misaki, Miwa Taishi, Ishida Naoki, Mitsusada Kenji and, the most anticipated new addition, Olivier Gaillard.

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Apparently, it seems that you can play this from the perspective of these ten different characters. You will start from the six in the picture above. I suspect the other four need to be unlocked, which may be done after clearing the story at least once.

Well, this is the end of this brief update. For more information, do pick up a copy of the latest issue of Monthly Bushiroad from a card shop or Japanese bookstore near you! Alternatively, you can keep updated by checking the official website or by following the official twitter account for the game.

Until next time; happy fighting!

–Josephine

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Update: Cardfight!! Vanguard: Stride to Victory!

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