Cardfight!! Vanguard

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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

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!

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Renegadefalls Renegadefalls says...

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.

Bismut91 Bismut91 says...

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Ever since Yugi Mutou completed the Millennium Puzzle his life has changed; he's made friends, learned how to play the card game Duel Monsters and has gained more confidence in himself. After his grandfather is beaten in a duel he is challenged by Seto Kaiba, ranked number two in the world, but Yugi beats him regardless. Now, as a result of his victory, Yugi has attracted the attention of the game's creator, Pegasus. Yugi is then challenged to a dual in an alternate reality where magic brings the monsters to life, but is beaten and his grandfather's soul is taken. In order to retrieve it Yugi must now participate in a tournament against the best duelists in the world, defeat the game's creator, and learn more about the secrets within his Millennium Puzzle!

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Drahken Drahken says...

Cardfight is nearly identical to duel monsters. Going beyond the elemental fact of both revolving around a card game, they both feature a meek boy who owns a card which is precious to him for reasons having nothing to do with the game, and who then has said card stolen by an obnoxious punk, then must go on a card dueling adventure to try to get his special card back. Even the special cards themselves are very similar, with both being very powerful cards and having very similar looking white armor. If you wanted more yu-gi-oh, then cardfight is for you. If you can't wait for more episodes of cardfight, yu-gi-oh will keep you happy.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime involve card games.  Some of the characters in Cardfight Vanguard are similar (personality wise) to those in Yu-Gi-Oh.  While Yu-Gi-Oh embaces the supernatural/fantasy stuff from the get go, Cardfight Vanguard starts off a bit more realistic/grounded (though supernatural/fantasy stuff do get introduced later).  In any case, both are decent card game anime and those who like one may like the other (though keep in mind that it takes Cardfight Vanguard a bit longer to get epic than Yu-Gi-Oh).

Rijen Rijen says...

They're both cardgames that revolve around the young protagonist and his adventures. Good introductories into the actual trading card games

Live On Cardliver Kakeru

Live On Cardliver Kakeru

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!

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Battle Spirits Brave

Battle Spirits Brave

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Yvienne Yvienne says...

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.

Hitohira

Hitohira

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?

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closetanimefan closetanimefan says...

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.