Cardfight Vanguard 41 ~ no place for losers
October 22, 2011
Episode 41 of Cardfight! Vanguard was the best episode in a while. Kyou is one of the crazier opponents that Team Q4 has met, and he has a real grudge. In addition, Aichi is going over the edge as well. His friends are all starting to notice that his personality is changing, and this more confident personality gives Aichi’s seiyuu an opportunity to shake up the way he is played. The result is a much more tense and exciting match than I would have imagined.
In addition to playing off Kyou as an over the top villain, we get some unexpected insight into Team Foo Fighter. Unlike most teams that hang out in a card shop, the Foo Fighters have a high tech training facility in a steel and glass sky scraper. Due to his loss against Kai, Kyou’s ID badge is destroyed, and he is thrown out. Unfortunately for him, nobody will take him in, no matter where he goes. In the end, his desire for revenge takes him to some other former Foo Fighters, and they form Team Avenger.
Kyou wants a rematch with Kai, but Aichi says he will play. Kyou starts his maniacal laughing until Aichi declares that he will will, and selects a grade 1 card that he says he will use in his victory. Aichi has always been timid, so his bragging comes as a shock to everyone, except Kai, who seems to suspect that Aichi is becoming possessed by the power of the cards. Lucretia has a detailed theory about this.
I must say, the combination of Kyou’s maniacal laughter and Aichi’s turn to the dark side really made for an entertaining episode. Now I’m looking forward to seeing what exactly happens. Will Aichi win, but at the cost of being consumed by the beast of Cray?