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The title of the new season is カードファイト！！ヴァンガードリンクジョーカー編 in English, Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker. Much like the Asia Circuit before it, the Japanese title uses "Hen" to describe it as a chapter in the series. Link Joker is currently being symbolized by two overlapping red rings, but what the title actually refers to is unknown.
Sendou Aichi transferring back into Miyaji Academy for high school, and with Kourin joining his class. Kourin's surname has been confirmed both in writing and by her voice actor Mimori Suzuko as sharing the Tatsunagi surname with her manga incarnation. Aichi and his younger sister Emi will be attending school together, with Emi now in middle school.
Shortly after the broadcast began, a surprise airing of the third season's new opening theme, "Vanguard Fight" which was performed by the Japanese rock band PSYCHIC LOVER, impressed many viewers.
Misaki, Emi's friend Mai, the Sub-Manager, Doctor O and MC Miya, and the introduction of several new characters; retroactively it has been revealed that Misaki's first season outfit is in fact a Miyaji Academy high school uniform. Furthermore, Misaki and Aichi have both cut their hair, as in the manga.
Suiko and Rekka, as well as their close associate Tatsunagi Takuto, will be returning for the third season along with Kourin. Note that Takuto no longer has his Ezel-like forehead marker, possibly in relation to the Circuit finale. Furthermore, the new opening provides our first look into Miyaji Academy's inner grounds, as well as a group of new characters looking over the casts' photographs, speculated to be antagonists.
Suzugamori Ren and Narumi Asaka are also confirmed to be returning, in a setup that has been noted by viewers to resemble a couple but leaves open whether or not their usual teammate Shinjou Tetsu will be joining them for the season. It was left open whether or not they will be attending any of the schools featured in the season, or if they are still enrolled at all.
Katsuragi Kamui will be attending Hitsue Middle School instead of Miyaji, alongside his friends Reiji and Eiji. Miwa Taishi, Morikawa Katsumi, Yuuta Izaki and Kai Toshiki meanwhile, are attending Hitsue High, further diverging Kai and Aichi's paths.
Christopher Lo, Fajr Ali and Lee Hsien Loong are all shown in the new opening sequence as making appearances in Card Capital. Each member is now sporting new outfits, with Chris' being noticeably similar to the navy blue design originally previewed in ride 69, which had been changed to green by the time of the ride 70. How and why the Singapore natives are coming to Japan is currently unclear.
Triumphant Return of the King of Knights.
Souryuu Leon will be returning in the third season, although in what capacity was not described.
(Editor's Note January 2nd, 2013 - As there was no episode preview following 104 today but instead a plug for the third season on the TV Tokyo broadcast, and 104 was built as the end of the Circuit, there seems to be a change-up regarding the 105.)
Mr. Kidani mentioned his anticipation for the release of Blue Storm Supremacy Dragon, Glory Maelstrom, the Aqua Force crossride whose skills were leaked to the public earlier this morning. Mr. Kidani, who is a skilled Aqua Force cardfighter himself and used the deck in a side event at the North American National Championship, has apparently already preordered several boxes.
At its peak the broadcast attracted more than 18,000 viewers and 16,000 comments.