Cardfight!! Vanguard is the latest from the creator of the best-selling comic and trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Vanguard skews toward teens, both male and female, and should be a pillar for manga sections as well as comic book stores and board game stores worldwide. The trading card game already has monthly tournaments across the US, Singapore and Southern Europe with more than a hundred-thousand active players.
Akira Itou is a writer, gamer, and international best-selling comic
artist. Over the last decade his work has been associated with some
of the world's most popular trading card games - YuGiOh and
Raised in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Itou cut his teeth as an assistant for Studio Dice and YuGiOh creator Kazuki Takahashi. After working as an assistant on the original YuGiOh comic, Itoh would evnetually come to draw the YuGiOh sequel YuGiOh R. The series was a regular feature in Shonen Jump Magazine for four years and significantly expanded the brand from comic for teens to full-blown gaming narrative.
After working with the YuGiOh franchise for nearly a decade, Itoh would pair up with Japanese trading card leaders BushiRoad to develop a new card game - Vanguard. Vanguard would premiere as a serialized manga in 2010 to lay the foundation for a TRPG which would debut globally February 2011. The brand has spun-off a weekly prime-time animated TV series, which is currently available globally in English on YouTube, with Itou as the writer.