TCG Review: Cardfight!! Vanguard G-title Booster 1: Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-

As many of you know, there is a special clan booster set for the trading card game, Cardfight!! Vanguard that has been recently released and it’s none other than the G-Title Booster 1: Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-, a collaboration between Cardfight!! Vanguard and the popular DMM online browser game, Touken Ranbu.

Unlike previous expansion sets, this set is the only booster set based entirely on the franchise. Furthermore, Touken Ranbu is the only clan without any Legion units and have the Limit Break 3 ability, which makes the clan unique from the others.

For readers who do not understand what Touken Ranbu is, Touken Ranbu is the second most popular online game in DMM.com, featuring all the historical Japanese swords that take on the forms of handsome young men called Touken Danshi.  The objective of the game is to bring the swords to life, create an army of them, and defeat the enemies.

There is no distinct playstyle for this clan. In fact, Touken Ranbu is a very random clan, having a lot of effects from all of the clans. There are some units which requires two or more supporting units for the maximum use of their effects, such as Ichigo Hitofuri. To make use of Ichigo Hitofuri, 2 of the units, Namazuo Toushirou and Honebami Toushirou are required to be in the rear guard to maximise Ichigo’s card effects. This is done intentionally to keep its capabilities as a clan in general to a limit, or else there will be complaints about ruining the original characters in other “real” Vanguard clans.

Furthermore, the name for the effect “Limit Break” is changed into “Shinken Hissatsu“, a mechanism in the game which allows the sword to enter an Awakened state signalled by a cut-in screen with a unique CG sprite when the sword becomes moderately or severely damaged.

The booster was originally teased as an April Fools’ joke as it is announced on the 1st of April and many people were not expecting a collaboration between Cardfight!! Vanguard and another game but after many details of the units were announced, we have witnessed the first ever collaboration booster in the Cardfight!! Vanguard series.

Cardfight!! Vanguard G-Title Booster 01: Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- was released on Friday, 17 July 2015. The booster set features 42 cards and 5 SP(Parellel) cards signed by the voice actors of the respective following characters, Mikazuki Munechika( CV: Kousuke Toriumi), Kogitsunemaru(CV: Takashi Kondou), Hotarumaru(CV: Yuuichi Iguchi), Shishiou(CV: Ryouta Osaka) and Kousetsu Sanmonji(CV: Takuya Sato). Each box contains 12 packs and each pack contains 7 cards, with 2 cards being R and above. The English version is announced to be released on 30 October 2015.

-Tatsuya

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