Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bushiroad putting up early chapters of the Vanguard manga online

Bushiroad has uploaded high-quality scans of the first four chapters of the Cardfight!! Vanguard manga to the Monthly Bushiroad magazine website as a free preview to promote the upcoming manga-inspired anime, viewable inside their own reader interface. This is only for the Japanese-language edition; users can select from chapters #001~004 using the four orange buttons below the volume 1 cover, and scroll from right to left using their arrow keys or the on-screen icons. Once the reader interface is loaded, the top right button zooms in on the page, while the top left button closes the reader.

The decision was likely motivated by the inclusion of fully colorized chapters in the magazine's most recent issues, which these uploads do not cover. The company probably intends users to preview the manga online, then want to see the color edition in Monthly Bushiroad.

The new anime series based on the manga, codenamed "Origin," will begin airing May 5th, 2018, on TV Tokyo and affiliated stations. It will be simulcast with English subtitles on YouTube and Crunchyroll, and unlike past seasons will be in a late night to early morning timeslot. V-Trial Deck 01: Sendou Aichi and V-TD02: Kai Toshiki will launch in Japanese May 11th, 2018, and in English June 8th, 2018. V-BT01: UNITE! TEAM Q4! will launch in Japan May 25th, 2018, and in English June 22nd, 2018. The first Extra Booster set, V-EB01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and in July for the English-speaking world.