a Japanese multimedia franchise created in collaboration among Akira Itō (Yu-Gi-Oh! R), Satoshi Nakamura (Duel Masters), and Bushiroad president Takaaki Kidani. It currently consists of multiple anime television series, an official trading card game, a manga series, and a anime/live action film.In July 2010, an anime television series was green-lit by TMS Entertainment[2] under the directorial supervision of Hatsuki Tsuji. Music is composed by Takayuki Negishi with character designs provided by Mari Tominaga. The series began airing in Japan on TV Aichi beginning on January 8, 2011 and rebroadcast by AT-X, TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, and TV Setouchi systems. The media-streaming website Crunchyroll simulcasted the first season to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.[3] Crunchyroll began streaming the second season to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on June 30, 2012[4] and continues to stream the series. It was announced on November 17, 2013 that Hanabee Entertainment has licensed the anime[5] and released it on March 5, 2014 in Australia and New Zealand.[6]

The series continued for three additional seasons: Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit, which began airing on April 8, 2012; Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker on January 13, 2013;[7] and Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate on March 9, 2014.[8] An anime/live action film was released on September 13, 2014 in Japan.[9]

Cardfight!! Vanguard G ran from October 26, 2014 to October 5, 2015.[10] It was followed by Cardfight!! Vanguard G: GIRS Crisis on October 11, 2015.[11] Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Stride Gate aired from April 17, 2016 to September 25, 2016.[12] It was followed by Cardfight!! Vanguard G: NEXT from October 2, 2016 to October 1, 2017, which OLM, Inc. started producing the series. It was followed by Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z, which aired from October 8, 2017 to April 1, 2018.[13] It is the last series in the original chronology as the next series Cardfight!! Vanguard (2018) is a