Move over, solitaire! Cardfight Vanguard is the card game that all the kids these days are playing. Using carefully prepared decks, players battle it out for fame and glory – the first to receive six damage points loses. After a bully takes Aichi's special card, the boy learns Vanguard to win it back and finds himself inexplicably drawn into the sport. Now determined to prove his skills to himself, as well as to the legendary player Toshiki Kai, Aichi climbs the ranks of Vanguard, making new friends and challenging fierce competitors along the way.
At the island-based Duel Academy, young potential duelists gain the skills they need to become a top notch duelist. The students are divided into three classes named after the three Egyptian god cards: the top ranked Obelisk Blue, average Ra Yellow, and beginner Slifer Red. Jaden Yuki is currently a student at the academy, and is a huge fan of the famous Yugi Mutou. Though Jaden must start off slowly in the Slifer Red class, his goal is impressive: to become the next King of Games! Together with Syrus, Chumley, and Bastion, their dueling matches will draw them into the shadow realm, and into trouble. Jaden and the gang must do the only thing possible: get their game on!
I've admittedly only seen YGO GX in the YGO franchise, but both it and Cardfight are quite similar. Players battle it out with cards, the difference being that in YGO actual monsters are summoned, while imaginary creatures are shown in Cardfight. Still, you watch the hit points rise and fall and there's a typical shounen feel to both.
Another card game Anime about childeren and their dream to win in the big tournaments. Both GX and Vanguard are decent card game anime, though nither are as good as Yu-gi-oh! 5d's.
It's the same idea, fights with card games are involved in the plot as a main concept. Although Cardfight!! Vanguard is not focus on supernatural powers (like the realm of darkness in yugioh series) instead this anime is focused in card battling game.
Both of these animes are closely related through the cards they are based upon for example this two animes both battle with cards. Both of the main characters may have different personalities but the both love to use their deck and battle with others.
Asai Mugi's everyday life is very much impacted by a singular problem: she suffers from extreme shyness. Her sole friend Touyama Kayo would like to help her out as they've just entered high school, but Mugi's shyness is the sort that steals her voice entirely. It is too bad for Mugi that a freak shout on her part attracted the attention of Nono Ichinose. Nono is on a mission to save her Drama Research Society, and she isn't prepared to accept shyness as excuse from on-stage performances! With a small group of close friends to encourage and educate her, Mugi will be given a chance to be more than she is now. But, can someone so terribly shy really become a stage actress in just a few short months?
It's strange recommendation, I know. Hitohira has none of the cool fight scenes that Vanguard has, nor is it related to card games in any way, but the main character and internal struggles kept reminding me of Aichi. The entire plot of Hitohira is centered around a club/hobby that gives the main character confidnce, she reminded me of the early Aichi. There is also an aspect of clubs and fighting to keep them alive that was similar to the begining of the Link Joker arch (if you've seen it). So if you liked watching Aichi grow and find something to fight for, I would check out Hitohira.
Welcome to the game of Live On! In it, people known as Cardlivers use collectible cards to summon mysterious creatures for battles. One such Cardliver is Kakeru, an elementary school student who wants nothing more than to beat his friend Ai in a game. During a stroll through a park Kakeru runs across a hurt puppy named Petal and, using a card that it gives to him, transforms into a wondrous wolf and defeats the dog's would-be and sinister captors. Alongside Petal, Kakeru sets forth with his new cards to become the best Live On player around!
While Live On is more fantastical with monsters, both it and Cardfight revolve around card battles and are aimed at a younger shounen crowd. If you like the 'I can't lose!' attitude of one, try out the other.
The National High School Mahjong Tournament has finally arrived, and Nodoka, Saki and the rest of the gang are eager to prove themselves in the arena! But winning it all won’t come easy, with fierce competitions on all sides from a variety of other Mahjong clubs, including Ako and her friends from Achiga High. Let the games begin!
While Vanguard definitely has a more shounen/kiddy feel, both of these titles have an extremely similar format, and will likely appeal to the same kind of person. Each watches a group of students take on others in a tournament setting, with a single match usually drawing out over multiple episodes, with plenty of commentary from a pair of announcers.
[note: I usually don't recommend a later franchise title as a two-way rec, but I haven't seen the original Saki series, just Nationals]