Tuesday, July 14, 2015

News: Neo Nectar Revival Legion, Touken Ranbu Cardfight Featured in Special

In today's weekly broadcast, host Doctor O commemorated the upcoming Japanese launch of Title Booster 01: Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- by livestreaming a match between seiyuu Enoki Junya (voice of Horikawa Kunihiro) and Hama Kento (voice of Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, as well as of Cardfight!! Vanguard Legion Mate's Olivier Gaillard). A complete recording of the stream is provided below. Doctor O also unveiled several cards from G-BT04: Soul Strike Against the Supreme. Maiden of Rambling Rose is a revival legion for Neo Nectar's original boss card from BT05: Awakening of Twin Blades, Maiden of Trailing Rose. The card breathes new life into Trailing Rose by attaching her on-hit skill to a high power center lane, and automatically searching for copies of either half of the legion.

Maiden of Rambling Rose
ACT (Vanguard circle): Legion 22000 "Maiden of Trailing Rose"
AUTO (Vanguard circle): [Choose a card from your hand, discard it] When this unit legions, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to two cards with the same name as a unit in your vanguard circle, reveal them to your opponent, from those cards, choose one card and add it to your hand, call the remaining cards to rearguard circles, and shuffle that deck.
AUTO (Vanguard circle): [Soulblast 2] When this unit is placed on a vanguard circle, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your grade 1 or less rearguards, search your deck for up to one card with the same name as that unit, call it to a rearguard circle, and shuffle that deck.

Functioning like Dragonic Overlord “The X,” Rambling Rose's skillset can guarantee a Trailing Rose in hand on-legion to secure her persona blast. Rambling Rose can also easily set up the drop zone for legion with her on-ride soulblast, and secure a cumulative +3 in a single turn when all her skills are used in tandem.

The second card revealed by the broadcast was Hollyhock Knight, a legion support grade 1 that powers up based on the number of rearguards with the same name as the vanguard. By using Hollyhock in combination with Maiden of Rambling Rose's ability to superior call copies of herself, and Maiden of Flower Screen's ability to take on the name of another unit, it's possible to make Hollyhock an 11000-power booster for a grade 3 rearguard, creating a rearguard lane exceeding 21000 power. Flower Screen is scheduled to be reprinted as a single rare in Soul Strike Against the Supreme, making this combo all the more accessible to Neo Nectar cardfighters.

Hollyhock Knight
CONT (Rearguard circle): During your turn, if your vanguard is in legion, for each of your rearguards with the same name as a unit in your vanguard circle, this unit gets Power +2000.

(Cardfight begins at 10:12, ends at 39:05, G-BT04 cards shown at 58:52)
In their match Enoki and Hama both played decks built exclusively from Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-, showing off the huge variety of skills available to the Touken Ranbu clan. Unlike other clans, which are generally confined in their specialties, Touken Ranbu makes use of a varied amount of draw, retire, power up, simultaneous attack, restanding, and guard restriction skills, all accessible through the unique conditions of Shinken Hissatsu and MVP. Shinken Hissatsu skills activate while there are three or more cards in the damage zone, and MVP signifies a skill that may only be used once per turn in total by all units--so two copies of a card with MVP cannot both use their skill in the same turn, restricting the ability to going off once in that turn, and also setting the Touken Ranbu cardfighter back considerably if they're unable to meet the conditions for an MVP while it's in play Because there are a finite number of turns to each game, each turn that an MVP skill is available but goes unused represents an unrecoverable loss for the Touken Ranbu fighter, balancing out the dramatic diversity of the deck's support cards compared to other clans.

The broadcast drew up a considerable amount of hype due to its celebrity guests, with over twenty-five thousand viewers tuning in live, and many more timeshifting the stream to watch later. In total more than six hundred thousand have either timeshifted or viewed the stream live. Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- will launch in English this October.

Bushiroad's weekly information bulletins air every Tuesday evening at 8:50 PM Japanese Standard Time. They first began in late January to accommodate a new information distribution model for Cardfight!! Vanguard G, as the amount of card information covered in Monthly Bushiroad magazine decreased and was redirected to other routes of distribution. The previous week covered Angel Feather and Machining support from Soul Strike Against the Supreme, while the week before showed off Omniscience Regalia Minerva's 1/8th scale figure release last month.

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