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Cardfight!! Vanguard, Volume 1 (No playing Cards) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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Akira Itou is a writer, gamer, and international best-selling comic artist. Over the last decade his work has been associated with some of the world's most popular trading card games - YuGiOh and Vanguard.
Raised in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Itou cut his teeth as an assistant for Studio Dice and YuGiOh creator Kazuki Takahashi. After working as an assistant on the original YuGiOh comic, Itoh would evnetually come to draw the YuGiOh sequel YuGiOh R. The series was a regular feature in Shonen Jump Magazine for four years and significantly expanded the brand from comic for teens to full-blown gaming narrative. After working with the YuGiOh franchise for nearly a decade, Itoh would pair up with Japanese trading card leaders BushiRoad to develop a new card game - Vanguard. Vanguard would premiere as a serialized manga in 2010 to lay the foundation for a TRPG which would debut globally February 2011. The brand has spun-off a weekly prime-time animated TV series, which is currently available globally in English on YouTube, with Itou as part of the production team.
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It comes with a Blaster Blade card attached on the inside of the back cover. Be careful peeling it off. It's attached with that rubbery-sticky stuff so it comes off pretty easily, just be slow or you might warp the back cover or tear the paper inside off a bit. It does leave a little spot where the sticky stuff was but it's nothing too bad. (I know some of us are picky about our books and like to have them in the best condition possible so I just thought I'd mention it's pretty minor and nothing that ruins the look of the book.)
There is a box wrapped up with the book that contains the flash decks and rule sheets. Even though mine was new, the box was warped and kind of beat up at one side. I guess because the shrink-wrap was a bit too tight there. (The book was fine though; maybe a little wear to the top of the spine but nothing really noticeable.) The box doesn't matter to me though; the important thing is nothing inside the box was messed up or bent.
I got this for around $6 so I think it was a really great deal! Definitely recommend it to Cardfight Vanguard fans or anyone who is interested in the game.
I was excited after reading this book because it is not exactly like the anime. I didn't see a rating on the book, so I would say it around teen age, for mild violence and slight mild language.
Within this book you get a Blaster Blade Royal Paladin, and if you order this one (special edition) you also get fifty cards, two paper place mats and two set of rules. It's for quick battles, you get 25 royal paladin and 25 kagero.
Royal Paladin cards are: stardust trumpeter, weapons dealer govannon, bringer of luck epona, starlight unicorn, little sage marron, knight of silence gallatin, knight of the harp tristen, stardrive dragon
Kagero cards are: lizard runner undeux, embodiment of spear tahr, dragon dancer monica, embodiment of armor bahr, wyvern strike jarren, wyvern strike tajas, dragon knight nehalem, crested dragon
The story itself teaches you the game if you don't already know how to play. Also there are a set of rules, frequently asked question and answers, and descriptions of card abilities in the back of the book (so you still get rules-and blaster blade- even if you don't get the special edition). There is also a little quiz in the back to help determine what your clan could be.
As for the product itself it was definitely a surprise to see how different the first few episodes are in the anime when compared to the manga. Also, the art direction is a little different too. However, at it's core the show and manga are the same. I loved reading this, it was an easy read. Also, in both trial decks there are four cards with alternate art which is very cool. Perhaps they will be worth something one day. This is a must-have especially at it's price.
If you enjoy the anime you'll love the manga. Give this one a look, you won't be disappointed.