Cardfight Vanguard 24 – Misaki
June 25, 2011
Episode 24 of Cardfight!! Vanguard turns out to be very different than I had anticipated. Apparently they are continuing with the series, and this episode only starts a new, non-tournament-based arc, instead of wrapping up the series.
You know, I could complain about how the cat (the assistant manager) doesn’t act like he is at least ten years old, but I am pretty happy that we are finally digging into Misaki’s character. I thought it was odd that she was in almost every episode, but barely had a line, until she won a place on Team Q4, then I expected her to have a more prominent role, but she ended up sitting out the entire regional tournament. It’s about time that they did something with her character, so even though it isn’t subtle, I’ll take it.
It hadn’t really been explained before, but Misaki knows Vanguard cards quite well, despite having only played a handful of games. In this episode we find out that she has an excellent memory, perhaps a memory that is a little too good. BTW, her signature card, Amaterasu, is a Shinto sun goddess, who was said to have been the founder of the line of Japanese Emperors.
It was a very sad background story for Misaki. I think there were parts that didn’t quite work for me, such as Misaki’s disappointment at not having been taught how to play by her parents. I certainly wouldn’t call this subtle writing, but, as I said above, I appreciate the fact that we are finally getting some insight into Misaki’s character. I also have to admit that this takes the story in an unexpected direction, and it is nice to be surprised. This is probably the most serious this series has been since Emi saw that her brother had grown by playing Vanguard with his new friends (about twenty episodes back). I hope Misaki will also get an opportunity to grow, and overcome the painful memories that are holding her back. She has always seemed like a character with more potential than was being put to use. Now that they have opened a window onto her character, it would be great if they could bring her on as a real member of Q4.