In this article, we will take a look at anime based on card games. These anime showcase high-stakes battles and fantastical adventures.
The anime is about a shy boy, Yugi, who loves to solve puzzles. When his friends were threatened by a gambler's spirit, he became the host of that spirit. The gambler spirit wants to challenge their enemies to Shadow Games. The spirit is actually an ancient Pharaoh with lost memories. Yugi and his friends help him regain his memories while facing dangerous opponents with magical Millennium Items. The series is filled with exciting games and battles.
The anime is set in a unique school, Hyakkaou Private Academy, where wealthy students are taught regular subjects during the day and gambling skills at night. When a new student, Yumeko Jabami, enrolls in school, she decides to teach everyone a lesson on what a real high-roller looks like.
The story revolves around Chihaya Ayase, who always supports her sister in modelling, until one day, she meets Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player who sees her potential. Arata wants to become the best karuta player in Japan. Along with Chihaya's childhood friend, Taichi Mashima, they started playing together. As they grow up, she gets separated from her karuta-playing friends. But in high school, she continues to play in the hope of reuniting with her friends someday.
4. Cardcaptor Sakura
A fourth-grade girl named Sakura Kinomoto finds a magical book called The Book of Clow in her father's library. However, by mistake, she releases the powerful clown cards and keeps the wind card. Soon, she realizes her abilities and becomes the Cardcaptor. She must gather all the scattered cards back together.
The anime is set in the near future, where mysterious five points suddenly appear on Earth. These five points act as portals to parallel worlds. Creatures from different worlds started to emerge from portals. The Earth's inhabitants must join the battle to survive as the invaders clash for supremacy.
6. Selector Infected WIXOSS
One day Ruuko Kominato receives a deck of cards from the game WIXOSS, but she discovers a girl trapped inside her avatar card. She decides to become a selector and joins another special version of WIXOSS, where the winner gets to fulfill their deepest desires. However, losing three times destroys their lives. In this deceitful game, Ruuko and her friends must uncover WIXOSS's secrets and understand what truly matters to them before it's too late.
7. Duel Masters
It is the story of a boy named Shobu Kirifuda, who is determined to become a skilled Kaijudo master just like his father after he leaves. He meets Knight, who becomes his master. Shobu embarks on adventures to follow in his father's footsteps and become the greatest duelist in history.
8. Cardfight!! Vanguard
Cardfight Vanguard is a popular card game in which players called fighters battle each other in the card shop. Aichi Semdou, a quiet and timid boy, feels motivated to play this game. He has a rare card, Blaster Blade, which is taken away by a bully. Now, he must challenge the strongest card fighter to win his card back. Surprisingly, Aichi rises to the occasion, finding his way into the adventurous world of Cardfight Vanguard as he musters the courage to win the decisive battle.
9. Future Card Buddyfight
The anime is set in a futuristic world. A card game named Future Card Buddyfight connects parallel worlds in which cards act as portals. With the cards, they bring monsters to Earth and befriend humans. They have friendly, non-harmful competitions, also known as buddy fights. The main character, Gaou Mikado, also starts buddy fights. As the series unfolds, the fights become more intense and real.
10. Mix Master: King Of Cards
Once a scientist's invention goes wrong, creatures from the game enter the real world. A young boy named Ditt Lee must stop creatures from causing chaos. The anime shows cute little monsters.