SSBS – Cardfight!! Vanguard Episode 19: Showdown! Nova Grappler!

SSBS - CFV EP19

Plot: The finals are gearing up, and the long awaited Cardfight between Kamui and Goki is about to start. Until, that is, a last minute change shakes up everything. Kamui will actually be fighting Nagisa! And she claims he’ll have to marry her if he loses! Can Kamui manage to defeat Nagisa and get her out of his life for good or will she wrap him up in the binds of marriage?

Breakdown: Hey, Cardfight!! Vanguard! Long time, no see!

I forget why I stopped watching you for a wh–

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Oh…..right….I forgot about her. I thought the world looked a little brighter since I stopped watching this. Well, let’s at least hope the battle is interesting, but considering I know the outcome and….this is Nagisa, I’m guessing no.

*One viewing later*

Yup. This episode was just as obnoxious as I feared, if not moreso.

The entirety of it, everything, is just obnoxious. Nagisa’s obviously the main source of obnoxiousness, but so are Team Handsome with their gushing over Nagisa and encouraging her bullshit, Morikawa and his ego and also cheering on Nagisa to take down Kamui because he supports ‘love,’ Taishi and whatever the hell he’s doing egging on Morikawa, Kamui with his constant back and forth between sighing over Nagisa’s antics and Emi believing he and Nagisa are dating, and even Emi is being irritating with how oblivious she is.

Not to mention that the first five minutes of the episode is explaining how and why Nagisa is suddenly a part of Team Handsome. She was devastated when she heard Kamui would never visit Card Shop Handsome again once he beat Goki, so she took up Vanguard to be in his life as much as possible. Until one day, I guess, she got to a point in skill where she decided to make this marriage bet.

The fact that she’s basically a champion-level Vanguard player fueled purely on her drive to trap Kamui into marriage (of which she’s already bought the dress for) is embarrassing. I know she’s a little girl, but it’s already hard enough to find strong female characters in shounen gaming anime without one of the only competent ones being so stereotypically moe. She is the epitome of ‘notice me, senpai!’

Also, this first five minutes drag so long and are made so irritating by Nagisa that even Morikawa and Taishi are complaining and telling them to start the match already. Pointing out that something you’re writing is annoying and a slog to sit through doesn’t make it any less of a chore, writers.

I thought the Cardfight might be some solace, but no. Nagisa in her endless ability to annoy, somehow even ruins that. First off, because she loves Kamui so much, she uses nearly an identical deck to his with only a few (girly card) variations, so it’s already boring.

Second, she has to chime in all the time explaining his moves as he makes them.

Finally, she has to interrupt the match several times for her lovey-duvey shtick.

My mind just went numb during the entire match. I couldn’t care less.

Thank god it’s over, though. Hopefully it will be a long time before she’s the focal point again. Can we please get back to the fun?

Next episode, while they initially teased it would be Aichi vs. Goki in the next episode, apparently it’s Kai’s turn next so…..while I imagine it will at least be a much less irritating and more interesting fight, I’m already bored because I know Kai won’t lose. He never loses to begin with, he’d never lose to one of the randoms of Team Handsome, and now their team is down one match, meaning they’d lose the whole thing if he did.

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SSBS – Cardfight!! Vanguard Episode 18: White-Hot Tournament!

SSBS CFV Ep 18

Plot: They basically skip through every match until we get to the finals, then we break for lunch and that’s pretty much it.

Breakdown: This episode is a gigantic mess. It is, by far, the worst episode I’ve seen.

I’d like to apologize to anyone who read my last CFV review because I was wrong about the next episode. The preview made it seem like we’d see Goki and Kamui fight, at least in separate matches, but no.

First half, we rush through all of the remaining matches for the tournament so we can quickly get to Team Q4 vs. Team Handsome, which is kinda pointless because we don’t even get to see the start of that match in this episode.

I like tournaments because, even if they’re battling people who will obviously lose, it gives the writers the opportunity to get creative and introduce us to some interesting one-off characters. CFV doesn’t seem like they want to bother with this.

If you need more evidence, just look at the brief glimpses of the teams as they whiz by in the montage of defeat. If you thought Team Handsome was a stupid name, try Team Martial Arts, Team Chemistry Club or even Team Hot Noodles….And, yes, Team Martial Arts is filled with martial artists (whose only saving grace is giving Q4 their dojo signs after they lose. That was a little funny.) Team Chemistry Club is, well, duh, and Team Hot Noodles…is a bunch of ramen cooks. How did these people even get here?

The only other team is Team Nadeshiko, who are alright in name, and their shtick is that they’re…super respectful and traditional?

Oh and yeah, people are still creaming their pants over Kai. Because that never gets old.

They also jam in the backstory of Kamui and Goki. Kamui was bullied as a kid because he was so small, but he saw Goki beat an adult at Vanguard and he was inspired by that, so Goki became a bit of a mentor to him, I suppose. Kamui wants to prove to Goki that he can fight on his own.

It’s….not a good backstory, if you ask me.

Beating an adult at a children’s card game is not akin to beating someone twice your size in a physical altercation. Besides, Goki is clearly a teenager here and he’s a pretty big muscular guy. He’s nearly as tall as the adult he’s battling, and he’s definitely bigger than the kid we see beat up Kamui.

The logic doesn’t click. It would’ve made more sense if Goki was younger and smaller like Kamui and he took down someone twice his size at Vanguard. It’s still not the same, but at least it would make more sense. Maybe it would show Kamui that he can come out on top in certain things despite his small stature.

But at least we got to see the origins of Goki’s bandanna…..That was something weighing on your mind, wasn’t it?

Second half, lunch time. You heard me. They’re pulling this shit again. And, like last time, this part of the episode is filled with Kamui gushing over Emi, who arrives late to get some lunch to Aichi and his friends.

Ooh, but wait! There’s more! Remember, Nagisa, the human cheese grater for the ears, is here, so she’s also filling up this half of the episode with gushing over Kamui and getting in poor Emi’s face for ‘stealing her man.’ I am developing a massive pile of hatred for this little brat. I hope to God she just fades into the background more and more as time goes on, because I can’t stand much more of her.

Misaki arrives after lunch with no explanation as to where she’s been this entire time. They keep bringing up that Aichi ‘had’ to fight the first match of the tournament, even though, like Shin points out, the teams are the ones who choose the order of their participants, so Aichi never really had to fight at all other than to give him some screen time.

Dash your hopes for seeing her fight in this tournament, though, because she passes the baton to Aichi since he’s been doing so well…..Then why even show up at all?

Shin references Larry the Cable Guy by saying ‘Let’s get ‘er done!’………….That was a thing that happened.

So the finals st—nope. We have to interrupt our tournament for a random song number by the Ultra Rares – the pop group made up of the girls from the card shop PSY. The song’s not good, though they keep the Japanese version for it, which is nice, and it’s a completely unwelcome intrusion that’s accompanied by another unwelcome intrusion – a random unnecessary clip show to the episode in PSY so we can….remember who these girls are? I dunno.

Just when you finally think they’ll start the finals, you look at the time stamp and realize the episode is very nearly over. Kamui’s first up, itching to take on Goki when –

Goki’s not fighting! But wait! Who’s taking his—Nagisa….Nagisa’s fighting Kamui. And she’s added the stipulation that, should she win, she and Kamui will get married. She’s also wearing pink Vanguard Fight Gloves…because of course she is.

Which means….next episode is chockful of Nagisa. The only thing I might find more enjoyable than that is shoving a swarm of angry wasps into my eye socket.

Oh and since this is the last round of the regional qualifiers and I can’t see Kai the VanGod losing his match, I assume Kamui must lose his match in order to have Aichi be the crux match in the finals. I care so little about this next match that I’m going to cheat and peek at the end of the next episode.

Yup, he friggin’ loses. Which also means Nagisa will never shut up about the marriage thing, right? Let me cheat again! To the Wiki!

Yup, even after a time skip, she’s still trying to force him into marriage. Lovely.

I’m going to take a break on this series for a little bit since…I just really don’t want to watch the next episode right now. The show’s not falling to pieces or anything, but this episode is so sloppily done I’m almost angry at it. Not to mention, I need to charge up if I’m going to watch an entire episode centered on Nagisa.

For now, I’ll switch to Tokyo Mew Mew for my regular updates.

Next episode, Nagisa gets locked in a box and never appears in the series again so Twix can refrain from ripping the screen off of her laptop.

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