Cardfight #103: Leon’s Descendant Narukami Deck Profile

Hey, Rear-guards!

Cardfight #103 sees us pit Leon’s Descendant Narukami deck against ZaCaptain’s Duo Bermuda Triangle deck.

Click here if you want to check out what’s in the Duo deck!

First Vanguard:-
Hardrod Dracokid

Triggers:-
3 Ionization Eradicator, Capnis (Critical)
1 Sacred Spear Eradicator, Pollux (Critical)
4 Storm Eradicator, Shiva (Critical)
4 Eradicator, Sharp Impact Dragon (Stand)
4 Worm Toxin Eradicator, Seiobo (Heal)

Grade 1s:-
1 Red River Dragoon
2 Fire Pillar Eradicator, Castor
4 Eradicator, Strike Slasher Dragon
3 Eradicator, Demolition Dragon
4 Dragon Dancer, Anastasia (Sentinel-PG)

Grade 2s:-
1 Eradicator, Thunder Boom Dragon
2 Eradicator, Spark Rain Dragoon
3 Demonic Dragon Berserker, Chatura
3 Eradicator, Dragonic Deathscythe
3 Shutdown Eradicator, Dokukakuji

Grade 3s:-
3 Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant
4 Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant “Sigma”

Strides and G Guardians:-
2 True Eradicator, Dragonic Descendant “Zillion”
4 Conquering Supreme Dragon, Dragonic Vanquisher “VBUSTER”
4 Conquering Supreme Dragon, Dragonic Vanquisher “VOLTAGE”
1 Conquering Supreme Dragon, Closer Dragon
1 Sky Guardian Supreme Dragon, Bulwark Dragon (G-Guardian)
2 Sky Guardian Supreme Dragon, Impede Dragon (G-Guardian)
2 Spiritual Wisdom Creator, Brahma (G-Guardian)

As always, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, feel free to let me, Dempster or Leon know here, or on our Discord server, which you can find the link here. If you would like to see more Vanguard content that we have come up with, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us here on our blog. You can keep up to date on all of our releases on Twitter @CrossboneVGs, and on our Facebook page. If you like what you see here and want to support us directly, you can do so over at our Patreon.

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– ZaCaptain

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Cardfight #103: Leon’s Descendant Narukami Deck Profile

Cardfight #103: ZaCaptain’s Duo Bermuda Triangle Deck Profile

Hey, Rear-guards!

Cardfight #103 sees us pit ZaCaptain’s Duo Bermuda Triangle deck against Leon’s Descendant Narukami deck.

Click here if you want to check out what’s in the Descendant deck!

First Vanguard:-
Duo Cotton Sleeper, Ichika

Triggers:-
4 Duo Love Joker, Chulym (Critical)
4 Duo Night Wing, Tangariro (Stand)
4 Duo Morning Charm, Liffey (Draw)
4 Duo Tropical Healer, Medjerda (Heal)

Grade 1s:-
4 Duo Happy Diary, Sheryl
4 Duo Gorgeous Lady, Kazuha
1 Talent of Perseverance, Shandee
4 Mermaid Idol, Elly (Sentinel-PG)

Grade 2s:-
4 Duo Beloved Child of the Sea Palace, Minamo
4 Duo Lovely Devil, Vepar
4 Duo Stream Showtime, Paytonia

Grade 3s:-
4 Duo Lovely Angel, Nemuel
4 Duo Sprinkle Light, Priani

Strides and G Guardians:-
1 Legend of the Glass Shoe, Amoris
1 Chouchou, Lillinel
1 Legendary PR♥ISM-Duo, Nectaria
2 Duo Idol Emperal, Kuna
1 Perfect Performance, Ange
1 Festal Finale, Final Priscilla
4 Duo Everlasting, Reit
1 Highest Society, Citron (G-Guardian)
1 Chouchou, Palffy (G-Guardian)
1 Blessed Sparkle, Sandy (G-Guardian)
1 Sailor’s Medley, Nasha (G-Guardian)
1 Hand in Hand, Leona (G-Guardian)

As always, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, feel free to let me, Dempster or Leon know here, or on our Discord server, which you can find the link here. If you would like to see more Vanguard content that we have come up with, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us here on our blog. You can keep up to date on all of our releases on Twitter @CrossboneVGs, and on our Facebook page. If you like what you see here and want to support us directly, you can do so over at our Patreon.

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– ZaCaptain

Cardfight #103: ZaCaptain’s Duo Bermuda Triangle Deck Profile

Cardfight #102: Dempster’s Oracle Oracle Think Tank Deck Profile

Hey, Rear-guards!

Cardfight #102 sees us pit Dempster’s Oracle Oracle Think Tank deck against ZaCaptain’s Chronofang Gear Chronicle deck.

Click here if you want to check out what’s in the Chronofang deck

First Vanguard:-
Deity Spirit Loyalist, Ikutsu-hikone

Triggers:-
4 Divine Sword, Kusanagi (Critical)
4 Efficient Carp (Stand)
4 Bell-ringing Miko, Ouka (Stand)
4 Lozenge Magus Fine (Heal)

Grade 0s:-
1 Deity Spirit Loyalist, Ikutsu-hikone

Grade 1s:-
3 Rapport Miko, Nazuna
3 Divine Sword, Ame-no-Murakumo
3 Weather Girl, Lassi
4 Higher Deity Protecting Official, Amatsu-hikone (Sentinel-PG)

Grade 2s:-
2 Deity Spirit Loyalist, Ame-no-oshiho
4 One Advantage Miko, Nanase
2 Rigid Crane
3 Weather Girl, Shake

Grade 3s:-
4 Spiritual Sword of Rough Deity, Susanoo
4 Goddess of Astrology, Yasaka

Strides and G Guardians:-
2 Lord of Guidance, Wakahirume
1 State Affair Subjugation Deity, Kamususanoo
1 Spiritual Deity of Benevolence, Ame-no-sagume
1 Cheif Deity of the Heavens, Amaterasu
2 Dragon Destroyer Battle Deity, Kamususanoo
4 Still Water Festival Deity, Ichikishima
2 Sun of Eternity, Amaterasu (G-Guardian)
2 Excite Battle Sister, Bavarois (G-Guardian)
1 Preserving One, Lozenge Magus Apex (G-Guardian)

As always, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, feel free to let me, Dempster or Leon know here, or on our Discord server, which you can find the link here. If you would like to see more Vanguard content that we have come up with, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us here on our blog. You can keep up to date on all of our releases on Twitter @CrossboneVGs, and on our Facebook page. If you like what you see here and want to support us directly, you can do so over at our Patreon.

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– ZaCaptain

Cardfight #102: Dempster’s Oracle Oracle Think Tank Deck Profile

Cardfight #102: ZaCaptain’s Chronofang Gear Chronicle Deck Profile

Hey, Rear-guards!

Cardfight #102 sees us pit ZaCaptain’s Chronofang Gear Chronicle deck against Dempster’s Oracle Oracle Think Tank deck.

Click here if you want to check out what’s in the Oracle deck

First Vanguard:-
Gunnergear Dracokid

Triggers:-
4 Night-barking Gear Tabby (Critical)
4 Pulsar, Thruster Bison (Critical)
3 Pulsar Tamer, Mara (Stand)
1 Steam Battler, Ur-Watar (Stand)
4 Time Etching Maiden, Uluru (Heal)

Grade 1s:-
2 Pulsar Tamer, Hegardo
3 Pushing Advance Gear Tiger
2 Pulsar, Revolver Dracokid
3 Steam Lynx, Enme
2 Steam Maiden, Sanilar (Sentinel-PG)
2 Steam Scalar, Emellanna (Sentinel-QW)

Grade 2s:-
4 Steam Lynx, Adad-apra
3 Steam Tamer, Nanni
3 Steam Lynx, Nadin
2 Pulsar Tamer, Manish

Grade 3s:-
4 Chronofang Tiger
1 Chronofang Tiger G
2 Quick-accel Dragon

Strides and G Guardians:-
2 Metapulsar, Altered Dragon
2 Interdimensional Dragon, Bind Time Dragon
2 Chronotiger Rebellion
4 Chronotiger Gear Glare
1 Metapulsar, Mystery-freeze Dragon
1 Interdimensional Dragon, Beyond Order Dragon
1 Highbrow Steam, Raphanna (G-Guardian)
2 Retroactive Time Maiden, Uluru (G-Guardian)
1 Time Maiden of Eternity, Uluru (G-Guardian)

Notes:-

  • First off, the aim of the deck is to rack up the binds so that you can get Chronotiger Gear Glare’s GB3 fully online as soon as possible. The neat thing about a Chronofang Tiger deck is that through Chronotiger Rebellion and Gear Glare, you have, at maximum guarantee, 6 chances to perform Quadruple Drive, so being able to take advantage of that by getting the binds up as early as possible would only benefit you for the mid-late game, especially if you have Rebellion available after burning through all of your Gear Glares.
  • But of course, your battle instincts should not be ignored for formulaic turns. If you are short on the bind, going up to Rebellion or Bind Time Dragon first before Gear Glare is no problem, if you want to force your opponent to guard off a potentially dangerous Vanguard attack.
  • Resource-wise, GBT12 did a lot to help give Chronofang a lot of recovery options, with Hegardo being one of the best for Counter Charging and Pushing Advance Gear Tiger for the Soul Charging. Not only that but if you get your binds going, units like Nadin and Adad-apra will reward you with draws and counter charges, respectively.
  • I understand that this build includes a couple of promo cards like Altered Dragon and Quick-accel Dragon. They both help with building up the number of cards in your bind zone. (I managed to get 7 in the bind using both of their skills on my first stride)
    • An alternative unit I can suggest in replacing Quick-accel Dragon is Chronofang Tiger G to fully guarantee you ride to a Chronofang Vanguard. Alternatively, any Grade 3 that can perform Time Leap from the rear-guard circle will work as well, especially if you have Ur-Watar or Night-barking Gear Tabby on the field.
    • Metapulsar, Split Pegasus can effectively replace Altered Dragon. While I used to use Interdimensional Dragon, Warp Drive Dragon to help build up the bind count, Split Pegasus can help you out better with setting up your field on the first stride. Chronofang still suffers a bit with rear-guard presence, and with your new units from GBT12 making it easy to rack up the bind count on their own, you can easily reach 9 in the bind in time. While there isn’t a lot of them in this build, there are a good number of Zodiac Time Beasts in each grade that you can call out using Split Pegasus’ skill, some of which can help with the bind count, like Manish or Mara, or resource recovery like Hegardo.
    • And while I’m on this topic, your Perfect Guards can be replaced with Pulsar Tamer, Arka. The fact that only half my triggers are Zodiac Time Beasts in this build is what’s making me weigh my options considerably.
  • Metapulsar, Mystery-freeze Dragon may be situational at best, and at times you can’t really guarantee its Quadruple Drive, but what you can hope to count on is that you can stop your opponent’s hand size from guarding, especially if you know there’s Perfect Guards in there to stop and heal triggers to burn out his G-Guardians.
    • And Interdimensional Dragon, Beyond Order Dragon, is just there to mess around with your opponent for some good fun.
  • And yes, this is the exact same deck I used to fight Ishii Mark, the voice actor for Shindou Chrono in Cardfight!! Vanguard G, at Charaexpo 2017. If you wanna try it, it’s a fun deck I would recommend to anyone looking to have fun figuring out how to make a deck work and putting it in action.

As always, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, feel free to let me, Dempster or Leon know here, or on our Discord server, which you can find the link here. If you would like to see more Vanguard content that we have come up with, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us here on our blog. You can keep up to date on all of our releases on Twitter @CrossboneVGs, and on our Facebook page. If you like what you see here and want to support us directly, you can do so over at our Patreon.

Stand up, my Vanguard!
– ZaCaptain

Cardfight #102: ZaCaptain’s Chronofang Gear Chronicle Deck Profile

CHARA EXPO 2017 – INTERVIEW WITH POPPIN’PARTY

Lastly, our interview with Poppin’Party!

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(From left to right) Nishimoto Rimi, Ohashi Ayaka, Aimi, Itou Ayasa & Otsuka Sae

Poppin’ Party is a band from the All Girls Band Project series BanG Dream!, and consists of the voice actors of Toyama Kasumi (CV Aimi), Hanazono Tae (CV Otsuka Sae), Ushigome Rimi (CV Nishimoto Rimi), Yamabuki Saaya (CV Ohashi Ayaka) and Ichigaya Arisa (CV Itou Ayasa). In addition to providing the voices for these wonderful characters, the voice actors also play their respective characters’ instruments while performing live, with Aimi on guitar & vocals, Otsuka on lead guitar, Nishimoto on bass, Ohashi on drums and Itou on keyboard.

Having performed in a band before as a drummer (of which I mentioned to Poppin’Party and in Japanese, no less), I do understand the challenges of picking up an instrument from scratch and working together as a band, so BanG Dream! as a whole is something that I can relate to.

The interview between us and Poppin’Party was largely nerve-wrecking, but still fun nonetheless. However (again), due to her busy schedule, Ohashi could not come down to Singapore for Chara Expo and thus was not present for the interview.

As the interview was conducted in a group with other media personnel as well, our article will only feature the questions we asked.

CV: What are the biggest challenges you face when learning your respective instruments?
Aimi: Because I’m the lead singer and the rhythm guitarist, it’s very hard to play the guitar while singing. And also because I’m the centre of the group, I have to be very cautious about how I perform.

Otsuka: This is my first time being the lead guitarist in a band, and because I mostly played the acoustic guitar before this, so performing in front of people and making sure the audience enjoys it is a challenge for me, but it is something you will get better at if you keep practicing.

Nishimoto: As a bass guitarist, the role is more of a supportive one, so it’s a challenge to support the band while trying not to make any mistakes at the same time and not create trouble for the band.

Itou: I started learning the piano when BanG Dream! started, so everything is very difficult to me, especially since the melody that each hand plays is completely different from one another. The keyboard is also very different from the piano in that the keyboard produces different sounds, so figuring out which sound flows well with the band is also a challenge for me.

CV: What other instruments would you like to learn?
Aimi: I would like to learn the drums! When Hasshi (nickname for Ohashi) was playing the drums, she looked like she could lead the band, so I want to be as cool as her and bring everyone together as a band.

Otsuka: I want to learn the keyboard. I was in the light music club in high school playing the piano and other instruments, but never actually played the keyboard. I find that it’s easier to arrange songs on the keyboard as well because it can produce a lot of different sounds.

Nishimoto: I would like to play the contrabass. During our live performances, we try to do an acoustic section where I play a more classical bass instrument because I like the low pitched sounds that it can produce.

Itou: I want to be a guitar vocalist! I find girls who play the guitar while singing really cute. I also look up to people who can play the guitar bridge-mute style while singing, and because of that I want to learn how to do that.

Thank you for your time, Poppin’Party!

And with that, we’ve posted all of our interviews conducted at Chara Expo 2017. We couldn’t have done it without you guys, so thank you all for making this happen! We hope to be able to do even more next year, so we hope you can keep supporting us!

– Dempster

CHARA EXPO 2017 – INTERVIEW WITH POPPIN’PARTY

CHARA EXPO 2017 – INTERVIEW WITH MILKY HOLMES

Our next interview in Chara Expo 2017 was with Milky Holmes!

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(From left to right) Top row: Sasaki Mikoi, Kitta Izumi, Bottom row: Tokui Sora, Mimori Suzuko

Milky Holmes is a voice acting unit established in 2009 and consists of the voice actors of the characters from the series Tantei Opera: Milky Holmes, namely Sherlock “Sheryl” Shellingford (CV Mimori Suzuko), Nero Yuzurizaki (CV Tokui Sora), Hercule “Elly” Burton (CV Sasaki Mikoi) and Cordelia Glauca (CV Kitta Izumi).

The interview between us and Milky Holmes was largely casual and very fun overall. However, due to her busy schedule, Mimori could not come down to Singapore for Chara Expo and thus was not present for the interview.

As the interview was conducted in a group with other media personnel as well, our article will only feature the questions we asked.

CV: Seeing that Milky Holmes are in the world of Vanguard as cameos, if they are actual Cardfighters what clans do you think they will play?
Tokui: Nero, which is the character I portray, loves animals a lot, so I think she’ll play something like Great Nature.

Sasaki: To me, Elly is the kind of character that likes really cute things, so I think she’ll play Bermuda Triangle or something like that.

Kitta: I think she would have played Bermuda Triangle as well because of the general swimsuit theme, but (since it’s already picked by Mikoron) I’ll go for Royal Paladin, since they have the cool image that the Cordelia in the game would have gone for.

CV: Which World in Buddyfight do you think you will fight for?
Tokui: I will fight for Danger World, since I like something that’s more wild.

Sasaki: Divine Guardians! I actually came in second place with it in our in-house Buddyfight voice actor tournament.

Kitta: Ah, I wanted to pick Divine Guardians too! In that case, I’ll fight for Hero World! I want to be able to say “I’m a hero!” or something like that.

CV: Do you have any messages for your fans in Singapore?
Tokui: Singapore is like a second Yokohama to me with so many people here knowing about Milky Holmes. The food here are really delicious, and we find ourselves wanting to do a live in Singapore more and more. We’ve performed a lot here in various events, but we want to do a 2-hour long live here in Singapore.

Sasaki: I’ve come to Singapore a lot of times, like once every year, and I’ve come to like Singapore a lot. It really is heartwarming to know that there are many people here who know about Milky Holmes and like their songs, and I look forward to coming to Singapore even more, be it for live in the future or even during our 10th anniversary.

Kitta: The first time I came to Singapore was 9 years ago for card games, before Milky Holmes even began. Then Milky Holmes started a year after and every time we come to Singapore, more and more people come to know about Milky Holmes. I really wish that we can go on more tours and I would like to be an ambassador to Singapore so that I can broadcast to Japan about Singapore.

Thank you all for your time, Milky Holmes, and we look forward to seeing what you have in store for us for your 10th anniversary!

– Dempster

CHARA EXPO 2017 – INTERVIEW WITH MILKY HOLMES

Chara Expo 2017 – Interview with Knitemaya & YUI

Chara Expo 2017 just ended, but our memories and experience still stay really fresh. This year is yet again a step up from last year as we managed to score not one interview, but THREE! THREEEEEEEE!!!!!!! (if you guys get all the reference in this one line, you’re awesome)

Our first interview was with two well known cosplayers – Knitemaya and YUI – from Australia and Hong Kong respectively.

knitemaya
Photo by pireze

Knitemaya is a Greek cosplayer residing in Australia with 7 years of make-up, sewing and crafting experience. She is well know for her bishounen cosplays from various anime series and video games.

Knitemeya’s page: https://knitemaya.wixsite.com/knitemaya

YUI
Photo by RU

YUI is a cosplayer from Hong Kong and has made multiple appearances as a special guest and a cosplay judge for several events. She is very passionate about making cosplay costumes, and pays very close attention to the finest details.

YUI’s page: https://www.facebook.com/yui930/

We got the chance to sit down and conduct an interview with them. Because this is the first interview that we’ve conducted with guest cosplayers, needless to say we were still very inexperienced, so we got Leon to lead the interview for us since he’s also a cosplayer himself and thus is more knowledgeable than ZaCaptain and myself when it comes to cosplay.

CV: What is your usual cosplay budget?
Knitemaya: It depends on the costume. My basic budget is around AUD 200 (SGD 216), but for more extravagant costumes it’ll be more than that.

YUI: For me, I make the costumes myself and I have high standards for the quality and the a keen eye for detail, so I will purchase a more expensive type of cloth. So a set consisting of the wig, the costume itself and the shoes will usually be around HKD 1000 (SGD 172).

CV: Who is your favorite cosplayer and character cosplay?
Knitemaya: Reika is someone I really look up to, because she was one of the first cosplayers that I found, and that’s how I got into cosplay. Reika is a very big influence to me because she makes her own costumes, and I find that to be very admirable. She’s been cosplaying for so many years that it’s just nice to see how she’s progressed over time. As for character cosplay, I like Genos from One Punch Man because I met the director for One Punch Man and also the voice actor for Saitama (Furukawa Makoto) and they both said that my cosplay is very nice and Genos would have looked like me in real life, so it’s something special to me.

YUI: Because I am a costume maker, I find myself following other cosplayers who also make their own costumes. The one cosplayer I like is Lenneth she puts in a lot of effort for every single costume that she makes, and she makes it stays true to the original character as much as possible. As for male cosplayer, I like KANAME☆ from Japan. As for characters I like to cosplay, other than Noctis from Final Fantasy XV it would have to be Ayanami Rei from Evangelion and Kusanagi Motoko from Ghost in the Shell.

CV: What do you feel is the most challenging part of making your costume?
Knitemaya: I think the most difficult part of making armour or sewing is making the patterns for a costume and also making sure that the costume is realistic and fits (to your body). For armour making like robotic arms, it’s very hard to make it movable and you have to figure out how to make the pattern will look like through a lot of trial and error, because what may seem nice on the character in the anime may not work as well in real life.

YUI: When I start making costumes from scratch, inevitably I will come across certain costumes that I have never done before because my costume making skills are self taught, so I would try to figure out how to work on the things that are new to me. But most of my challenges come from wigs. When I encounter characters whose hairstyles are more difficult, I will do some research online or ask more experienced people on how to better style the wigs. Another challenge that I’ve faced is during the photoshoot because you have to consider how to do the right pose and be able to capture the feeling of the character at the same time, so for that I feel that it’s important to be able to work with a photographer that we can both agree on when it comes to taking photos.

CV: This is not cosplay related, but have you guys tried chicken rice?
Knitemaya: I came to Singapore two years ago and that was the first time I had chicken rice, so this time when I’m back here I told myself that I need to eat the chicken rice here. We do have chicken rice in Australia, but it’s very different if it’s not made with the Singaporean recipe.

YUI: When we first landed in Singapore, the first thing Knitemaya asked me during dinner was if I wanted to eat chicken rice, and it was so good! We have chicken rice in Hong Kong too, but the taste is different because it is made by the local people there, and the soy sauce used in Singapore is very delicious and different from Hong Kong, so it’s still better to eat chicken rice here in Singapore.

CV: What are some of the anime or video games that you’re into currently?
Knitemaya: Persona 5!

YUI: Definitely Final Fantasy XV!

CV: Do you have any tips or advices for cosplayers who are just starting out?
Knitemaya: My advice is to never give up and continue doing what you love to do, and not to compare yourself with other cosplayers, especially when you begin because at the start you won’t be good so you have to keep practicing. I used to do this a lot when I first started cosplaying. I would look at other popular cosplayers and told myself that I wanted to be like them but I’ll always make myself look bad in a way because I’m not good enough, and that’s something a lot of younger cosplayers tend to do. You will make mistakes and you won’t get it right on the first try, but if you keep going, you can improve and have fun with it.

YUI: When I first started out cosplaying, I’m still new to costume making, so what I did was to take apart my old clothes and analyze how they are like since your clothes can fit you. This makes learning how to do everything from scratch a lot easier and more convenient than going for lessons since that takes time and money.

Thank you Knitemaya and YUI for your time!

The interview with Milky Holmes and Poppin’ Party will be up soon, so follow the blog if you want to be notified of it!

– Dempster

Chara Expo 2017 – Interview with Knitemaya & YUI