Team TRY3 participates in a tournament held at the United Sanctuary branch. The top three fighters will earn not only the right to be part of the branch's special selection but also the chance to fight against Team Demise. As the tournament progresses, TRY3 notices the peculiar behavior and "winning is everything" mentality of the United Sanctuary branch's fighters. In the final round, Chrono faces a familiar friend: Taiyou Asukawa, who has drastically changed from his former timid soft-spoken self. Unbeknownst to Chrono, Taiyou was subjected to a special strengthening program in which he fought against Chrono's Gear Chronicle deck in simulations, thus turning him into a cold calculating fighter. In spite of Taiyou predicting and countering Chrono's every move, Chrono turns the fight around in his favor and wins. After Taiyou is taken away by a security guard who suspiciously looks like Yuya Karasumori, TRY3 is appointed the winner of the tournament. However, the team feels that something is amiss...
During an intermission, Team TRY3 and Kamui sneak into the headquarters of the United Sanctuary branch. They are eventually caught and brought in front of Kanzaki, who reveals his true ambitions. Kanzaki has been using the branch to set up harsh regimens to train fighters who would wear special bracelets, which transfers a unique energy called "Stride Force". The gathered energy was supposed to be used to awaken the previously-mentioned miracle card, dubbed the "Depend Card", but Kouji had stolen it and escaped during the special match. After Kanzaki releases the group, Chrono is given the Depend Card by Kamui, who had received it from Kouji prior to the infiltration. With the card currently blank, Chrono regains focus on getting Taiyou back to his normal self in the upcoming final game of the special match. Elsewhere, Kouji is on the run but is confronted by Shouma. After recalling his encounter with the original owner of the Gear Chronicle deck who told him about the Depend Card, Kouji fends off Shouma and continues onward.
Surviving a devastating attack from Kouji's Genesis Dragon, Excelics Messiah, Chrono makes one last attack to win the fight. At that moment, Chrono sees a vision of a little dragon, and then Chrono's Depend Card turns into that dragon: Chrono Dran. After finally revealing his name to Chrono, Kouji tells all that he knows to him. He informs Chrono that the Depend Card allows its holder to call a unit from Planet Cray to Earth and manifest itself as that card. Kouji also reveals that there is another person like Kanzaki who already has many Depend Cards to fulfill his own ambitions: Ryuzu Myoujin, a former member of the Vanguard Association and former friend of Chrono's father, Ribe Shindou. After telling Chrono what happened to Ribe, Kouji takes his leave. In the end, Chrono discovers that it was Kouji who had been secretly giving him more Gear Chronicle cards all along.Watch Now:Amazon
Team Trinity Dragon stumbles upon a secret facility run by Wakamizu, and they challenge him. If any members of Trinity Dragon beat Wakamizu, then he will tell them his scheme. However, if Wakamizu defeats all of Trinity Dragon, then they will become guinea pigs for his experiments. Both Karl and Tsuneto lose, but Kei gathers information from their fights to finally defeat Wakamizu. As promised, he tells them that he has been using this facility to gather Stride Force to summon the last Zodiac Time Beast and open the Stride Gate. Wakamizu escapes by activating the facility's self-destruct mechanism. Team Trinity Dragon also escapes before the facility is destroyed, and the group tells Kamui what they have learned. After praising them, Kamui informs them about everything that has happened.
The G Quest ends after 3 months, and an award ceremony is held in honor of the teams, including TRY3, that have earned the title of "Generation Master". As a grand finale, there is a special match arranged for TRY3 to face a "dream team" selected by the Vanguard Association. During the time before the match, Shion tells his teammates that Am is Ace, which makes Tokoha want to learn why she is working with Myoujin. Later, the day of the special match arrives, and TRY3's opponent is revealed to be Team Q4, consisting of Misaki, Kamui, and Kai. Behind the scenes, Kouji and his comrades begin "GIRS Crisis", a plan that will ultimately locate Myoujin.
Jaime returns to Japan and gives Chrono a new Gear Chronicle card. Then, Chrono gets an idea to bring Taiyou along with his friends for a day of fun in an effort to have Taiyou smile again. Near the end of the day, Doujima, a top-ranked Dog Trainer from the United Sanctuary branch, appears to take Taiyou back. Chrono decides to fight Doujima, using the new Gear Chronicle card, Chronodragon Nextage, to win the long and difficult battle. However, Taiyou still feels the need to become stronger and returns to the branch with Doujima. Although Chrono failed to change Taiyou's perspective, he stays determined to show him how fun Vanguard can be. But unbeknownst to Chrono, Taiyou is selected to undergo a special training program...
Following Taiyou being revealed as the newest member of Team Demise, the first game of the special match between TRY3 and Demise begins with Tokoha facing off against Rin. Like the last time they fought, Rin tries to taunt and irritate Tokoha. However, Tokoha instead remains calm and has fun with the battle, which infuriates Rin. After realizing how much Rin is stuck up on Mamoru, Tokoha wins the fight with her new G unit Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha. Soon afterwards, a disgusted Rin quits Team Demise, and the special match moves on to the next game, which will be between Shion and Shouma.
The epic battle between Chrono and Kanzaki begins. If Chrono wins, then Kanzaki must admit that his elitist philosophy is wrong. But if Kanzaki wins, then he will take Chrono's Gear Chronicle deck. Learning from his prior defeat to Kanzaki, Chrono puts up a close fight while carrying the feelings of all his friends. However, Kanzaki soon strides his true trump card: the fearsome Supremacy Black Dragon, Aurageyser Doomed...
Tokoha invites Chrono and Shion to a special Vanguard quiz competition event, which is split into three phases. Shion easily wins the first phase, a game in which players are given a picture of a card and must buzz in and call the card's right name as fast as possible. In the second phase, a scavenger hunt, Chrono wins due to Shion prioritizing to help an injured boy. The boy has a pessimistic attitude, but Shion tries to cheer him up by vowing to win the entire event. In the third and final phase, Chrono and Shion race through an obstacle course. Despite some mistakes and with some unexpected help from Chrono, Shion barely manages to reach the goal and win the event, thus fulfilling his promise to the boy.
After learning from Mikuru that his father was a cardfighter and died while on Vanguard business, Chrono feels lost on what he should do. He tries to talk to Shin about it but decides not to. Sensing Chrono is troubled over something, Shin proposes to have a fight with him as a way to find the answer for himself. Shin shows that despite his appearance, he is a highly skilled fighter as he counters Chrono's tactics with his Murakumo deck. At the end of this fierce battle, Chrono manages to win on a gamble. Afterwards, Shin deduces that Chrono was asked by a family member to stop playing Vanguard, and Chrono realizes that he loves the game so much that he cannot quit. So, Chrono eventually confronts Mikuru and tells her his true feelings about Vanguard. Revealed to be acquainted with Shin and hearing from him about how much Vanguard changed Chrono's life, Mikuru now understands Chrono's feelings and allows him to continue playing the game.
The final game of the special match commences as Chrono fights Taiyou while trying to convince him that his current mindset is wrong. Unfazed by Chrono's plays and words, Taiyou calmly counters his moves and takes control of the fight. However, Chrono is cheered on by his friends and is reminded of the connections he made through Vanguard. Hoping to convey the message that Vanguard is more about fun and friendship to Taiyou, Chrono strides Chronodragon Nextage and wins the game, thereby winning the special match for Team TRY3. Before he and Taiyou could talk more, Kanzaki suddenly announces that he will fight against Chrono.
Despite the overwhelming power of Kanzaki's Aurageyser Doomed, Chrono still has fun with the fight as he manages to completely protect himself from Kanzaki's assault. This leaves the audience in awe and Taiyou realizing the error of his ways. As he and the crowd start to liven up, Chrono makes one final attack with his Chronojet Dragon on Kanzaki. The force is so great that it destroys the GIRS system. Mysteriously, the attack makes it through and hits Kanzaki, which makes him come to a realization. In the end of the arduous fight, Chrono defeats Kanzaki, who suddenly declares that he will resign as manager of the United Sanctuary branch. Afterwards, Chrono and Taiyou reconcile, and Kouji pays a visit to Shin...
After Kanzaki's resignation, the United Sanctuary branch was left in disarray with many of its staff members and fighters leaving. Fortunately, Kouji temporarily returns to revise the branch and make it more hospitable than before, thus bringing back the lost staff and fighters. Later, Kouji calls out Chrono to tell him about the Depend Card. However, Chrono insists on cardfighting Kouji and finally settle the score with him. Meanwhile, Shin meets with Mikuru to talk about Chrono's father...
While Shion continues his search for Ace and Chrono visits various card shops for special training, Tokoha feels left behind. While wondering what to do, Tokoha ends up helping Misaki run a tournament at Card Capital 2. After the tournament ends, Misaki decides to have a cardfight with Tokoha. Misaki sympathizes with her after having experienced the same feelings that Tokoha is going through. When Misaki was pondering what to do with her life after graduating from high school, she saw an event where two boys have a touching reunion through Vanguard. It was that moment in which Misaki knew what she wanted to do: to watch over Card Capital, believing card shops are precious places of chance meetings where people can become friends and continue to build relationships. After the fight, Tokoha now realizes what she can do, learning from Misaki to just be herself.
Shion finally manages to call out Ace and challenges him to a cardfight. While battling, Shion reveals all he has learned about Ace, including that the mastermind behind everything is Ryuzu Myoujin. But before Shion could get Ace to confess (to a hidden camera), a biker rides in and escapes with Ace. During the escape, Shion sees that Ace's true identity is Am.
Kouji leads an elite team, including TRY3, on a mission to infiltrate Ryuzu's lab to retrieve both his Depend Cards and the units that he had summoned from Cray. There, the group is separated due to the efforts of Ryuzu's security robots led by a young boy named Hiroki Moriyama, a member of the "Company". Chrono and Kouji are furthered separated from Kamui, Tokoha, and Shion; those three wind up in battles against the other Company members, which consists of the enigmatic Sousuke Wakamizu, the Dark Zone branch chief Satoru Enishi, and Shouma. Meanwhile, Chrono and Kouji come face-to-face with Ryuzu. He reveals his ambition to gather specific units called the Zodiac Time Beasts to open the Stride Gate, which he believes will perfect the world. Ultimately, the Company successfully stalls for enough time to transport the Time Beasts to another location and escape. However, due to the accumulative side effects from summoning the Time Beasts, Ryuzu dies but not before giving his last words: "For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again."
While working with Chrono in setting up for a Vanguard tournament for children, Tokoha reunites with a woman named Akane Kiyosu. The two have known each other since their youth and have a sister-like bond, but they have grown distant as time passed. One day, when they were young, Tokoha and Akane buried a time capsule in a park; they both put one present into the capsule that they kept secret from each other to this day. When Tokoha sees that the same park is now undergoing construction, she learns that Chrono had dug up the capsule as part of a quest from Akane, who then takes that capsule. Tokoha later learns and is distraught from the news that Akane has taken a post overseas and will be leaving Japan tomorrow. The next day, during the children's Vanguard tournament, Tokoha resolves to see Akane at the airport and have one more cardfight with her as a farewell gift. As they both recall their memories from the past, Akane reassures Tokoha that her departure is not the end but rather a new beginning. After Tokoha wins the fight, Akane gives her the present that she placed in the time capsule: a gold medal. Akane then leaves, and while on the plane, she opens the gift that Tokoha had left in the capsule: a special card of herself drawn by a young Tokoha.
Chrono and his friends watch Jaime fight and subsequently defeat Mamoru in the interleague match. A day later, feeling anxious after watching that battle, Chrono tries to accept a quest that would award him with enough points to increase his grade. However, he ends up foregoing the quest in order to help a lost Jaime. Together, they travel to the orphanage where Jaime was raised as a child. Once there, Jaime plays with the orphans while Chrono converses with the owner Emilio. Afterwards, while walking home, Jaime shows Chrono his most treasured card, which was given to him by Emilio. The card flies out of his hand, and Jaime manages to save it but then falls into a river. So, Chrono takes Jaime to his home where he washes and cleans himself. To repay Chrono, Jaime decides to make a special quest for him, in which Chrono and Jaime will fight each other tomorrow. If Chrono wins, then he will gain the points needed to level up his grade.
Chrono and Jaime have their cardfight as their friends (including Kouji, secretly) watch the match unfold. Jaime does the same Aqua Force combo he used to defeat Mamoru, but Chrono retaliates by striding Chronoscommand Dragon and then sending Jaime's rear-guards back into his deck. However, Jaime calls more rear-guards and continues his unrelenting assault on Chrono. In a last-ditch effort, Chrono strides Mystery-flare Dragon and activates its risky skill; by revealing the top four cards of his deck after a successful attack, if all those cards are of different grades, then Chrono gets another turn. He manages to get the right cards and ultimately wins the fight with his additional turn. This victory means that Chrono has fulfilled Jaime's quest and thus is awarded enough points to increase his grade. Finally, Jaime takes a flight back home and bids "adios" to Chrono.
To celebrate Chrono's ascension to grade 2, Kamui, Team Trinity Dragon, and Shin throw a surprise party for him at the shop. After inviting Tokoha, Kumi, and Shion, everybody enjoys eating stew, playing table tennis, going out for ice cream, and playing in the park, except for Shin who fears Misaki's reaction to having a party in the store. After Kamui tells Chrono about the benefits that await him at grade 3, the group is motivated to play Vanguard for the rest of the night. Later, while Kamui and the others sleep, Chrono and Tokoha draw funny pictures on their faces and coax Shion to join them. The next morning, Misaki arrives and wakes up everyone, who have all had their faces drawn on. In contrast to Shin's worries, Misaki is happy after noticing how much fun everyone had.
After receiving another new Gear Chronicle card from an anonymous person, Chrono comes across and helps a young man named Takeru Baba who collapses from hunger. He is a Vanguard fighter who has been traveling across the country and constantly training to become stronger. Takeru offers to repay Chrono, who declines. However, insistent in wishing to repay him, Takeru follows Chrono around but faints from hunger again. Chrono takes him to a nearby card shop where Takeru refills his stomach and Chrono spots Shion fighting other players. Finishing his meal, Takeru comments that he had fought Shion before and noticed that a certain encounter has changed him. After Takeru explains his belief that every meeting has meaning, Chrono decides to fight him. The two have such an intense cardfight that it attracts all of the other players' attentions away from Shion's battles. In the end, Chrono wins, and he and Takeru swear to meet again in the local qualifiers of the upcoming Vanguard National Tournament.
After attending a party and getting reacquainted with an old friend, Yuya Karasumori, Shion overhears rumors about the Masked Ghost, a mysterious fighter who has been challenging other players and taking their avatar cards. One day, after he and Yuya spar in a fencing match, Shion is told that he will get special training from a professional fencing representative in a few days. Later, Shion receives a tip from Ryota, the boy who he befriended at the Vanguard Quiz Competition, that the Masked Ghost has been spotted. Shion tries to confront the Ghost, but he escapes. Some time later, after hearing more info about the Ghost from Ryota, Shion awaits training from the fencing representative. Just as Shion realizes the true identity of the Ghost, he receives a message that tells him that Ryota is fighting the Ghost at a warehouse and rushes over there. He arrives soon after Ryota loses to the Ghost and has his avatar card taken. Shion challenges the Ghost, who enforces a unique condition to their cardfight; Shion must play with 12 triggers taken out of his deck, but if Shion wins, then the Ghost will return all of the stolen cards. Shortly into the battle, Shion exposes the Masked Ghost's real identity: Yuya, who reveals his true motives to why he has been doing this. Nonetheless, despite the large handicap, Shion defeats Yuya, who runs away after leaving all of the stolen cards. In the end, Shion loses his chance to receive professional fencing training, but he has no regrets and believes he will get another chance.
Tokoha gathers Chrono and the rest of the gang for a meeting to brainstorm ideas on what they can do for an upcoming regional Vanguard festival. When Chrono suggests a takoyaki stand, everyone agrees to do it. The festival eventually begins, and the takoyaki stand turns out to be a success. The others let Chrono, who has surprisingly been working hard this whole time, go enjoy the festival for himself. In the midst of the festivities, Chrono sees Mamoru hard at work himself, doing tasks such as helping attendees, advertising other booths, and cosplaying as Vangaro. Chrono asks why a famous fighter like Mamoru would have festivals and do grunt work when there can instead be tournaments. Mamoru responds that festivals are great in gathering people together and teaching them about Vanguard, which he feels is more important than tournaments. The festival's main event starts, in which players line up, form a group of three, and then simultaneously battle against Mamoru before the next group steps up to fight him. As reward for their work, Chrono and his friends are given special privilege to participate in this event, except Tokoha, who opts out of it. However, Kumi gets an emergency call and rushes back home while requesting Tokoha to take her place. Subsequently, it is time for the trio of Chrono, Shion, and a reluctant Tokoha to fight Mamoru. Nonetheless, like the other fighters before them, they are defeated but given a round of applause from the audience for their efforts. As the festival comes to a close, Chrono and Shion are glad to have fought Mamoru despite losing, and Tokoha invites them to folk dancing around a campfire.
Tokoha puts on a smiling face, but she has grown frustrated and despondent by people referring her as "Mamoru's little sister", having high expectations of her for being related to a pro cardfighter, and not seeing her as an individual. She has also refrained herself from entering competitive tournaments as a result. After finishing a quest with Kumi, Tokoha tries to cheer herself up by getting her favorite croquette bread, but Chrono buys the last batch. So, she challenges him to a fight with the winner acquiring the bread. Chrono inadvertently irks Tokoha when he mentions she is Mamoru's little sister, which causes her to get angry and make a crucial mistake in the battle. He apologizes and explains what he really meant was that he acknowledges Tokoha as a strong fighter like her brother. Despite Chrono winning, he decides to give the bread to Tokoha, who now feels more confident in herself.
One day, a socially awkward teenager named Ogawa had a cardfight with a girl who he fell in love with at first sight. Unfortunately, the girl accidentally left behind an Angel Feather card (Battle Cupid, Nociel), and having never learned her name, Ogawa has not been able to find her or give the card back to her. One month later, he eventually makes a quest that Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha accept to locate that girl and return her card. With little information to go on, the trio nonetheless searches for her. After much investigation, they eventually track the girl, Hinako, at her school. Shion and Tokoha feel that Ogawa should personally give her card back, but he is too scared to see her. Then, Chrono decides to shuffle the card amongst four others and has Ogawa draw one of them. If Ogawa picks the Nociel card, then he will be the one to return the card, but if not, then Chrono will. Ogawa gathers his courage, draws the right card, and returns it to her. For completing this quest, Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha are given an equal amount of points. Afterwards, Shion and Tokoha suspect that Chrono had actually shuffled the Nociel card amongst other copies of it so that Ogawa would pick it no matter what. To their surprise and disappointment, Chrono reveals that he did not do so.
Kamui gives Chrono and Tokoha each a DVD movie starring Team Caesar for them to watch. In the film, Kenji, Yuri, and Gai are members of Earth Defense Squad Caesar; they pilot their own giant robots and protect the world from alien monsters. They seemingly destroy one named Zeal, but when they return to the scene, Gai sees that Zeal has shrunk itself and tries to shoot it but catches Yuri in the crossfire. Zeal takes slight control over Yuri's mech and attacks Gai, causing further mistrust. It is then that Zeal appears as an evolved form, attacks the team, and changes into its final form. To retaliate, Team Caesar combines each of their robots into Great Daikaiser. Gai wants to go for the finishing blow quickly, but Yuri tries to stop him for fear of collateral damage to the city. Their infighting causes a misfire that grazes Zeal which escapes. Frustrated, Gai leaves the team. Later, after discovering that Zeal was what caused Yuri's robot to attack Gai earlier, Zeal appears once more. With Gai gone, Kenji and Yuri attempt to stop it by themselves. They are almost defeated until the timely arrival of Gai. After the team reconciles, they combine into Great Daikaiser again and chase Zeal into outer space, where the team is surrounded and assaulted by a Legion of Zeals. Although heavily damaged, Caesar remains undaunted. Suddenly, the legendary robot Super Cosmic Hero, X-tiger appears before them. With its aid, Team Caesar wipes out the Legion of Zeals, thus saving the Earth. Although Tokoha did not like the movie, Chrono however loved it and becomes ecstatic when he meets the actual Team Caesar at the card shop.
For the upcoming regional Vanguard tournament, Kamui decides to have Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion form an unlikely team together. He tests their teamwork through a variety of exercises, but the trio exhibits no sign of team harmony whatsoever. Then, Kamui has the three play against Team Trinity Dragon in a special cardfight in which each team member will switch with another after each turn. Throughout the fight, Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion constantly argue with each other about their playing methods. With excellent synergy, Trinity Dragon wins, leaving Kamui to believe that there is no hope for Chrono's team. Desperate to prove Kamui wrong (although he was really faking it), Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion become determined to make their unnamed team successful.
Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion enter a team tournament in which the winner will gain enough points to ascend to grade 3. Things go swimmingly for them until Chrono spots one member of Team Trick Trick cheating and tries to call them out on it. However, Trick Trick's leader fakes getting hurt by Chrono and interrupts another cardfight in progress. Believing that Chrono resorted to violence, a judge tells him that he is to be stripped of his grade and banned from the tournament. After Chrono angrily leaves, Shion manages to expose Team Trick Trick's cheating methods. Ultimately, in a FIVA meeting led by Kouji, it is decided that Trick Trick will be banned from entering official tournaments for five years, and Chrono is penalized by losing all of his fighter points.
After the incident at the team tournament, Chrono decides to leave his deck at the card shop and quit playing Vanguard, despite encouragement from his friends. However, after passing by many children happily engaging in Vanguard, Chrono rushes back to the shop, only to see Kouji there with the deck in his hands. Kouji reveals that he had previously met someone who had used the Gear Chronicle deck and notes its special power. Not wanting Kouji to have the deck, Chrono challenges him to a fight with the winner getting the deck. As he battles Kouji's Link Joker Messiah deck, Chrono realizes that while his fighter points are gone, the fond memories he has with his friends through Vanguard are still with him. Nevertheless, Kouji wins the fight, who decides to leave Chrono with the deck.
After Chrono makes amends with Tokoha and Shion, the three take on a quest that will award Chrono enough points to return to grade 2. In this quest, the trio faces unusual challenges such as standing on top of a stack of pillows, cosplaying, and traversing a maze. They eventually reach the end where Chrono engages in a cardfight with the quest giver, an eccentric man referring to himself as "Vlad III". After winning a long hard-fought battle against Vlad's Dark Irregulars deck, Chrono gains not only the points to reach grade 2 but also the title of "Vlad IV" (much to Chrono's disapproval).
Mamoru invites Kouji for dinner where they play a game of Vanguard while discussing about Chrono, the incident at the team tournament, and their different beliefs in Vanguard; Mamoru believes in having fun while Kouji is more focused on winning. Meanwhile, with only a week until the regional tournament's entry deadline, Tokoha and Shion help Chrono complete as many quests as possible to gain the necessary amount of points to reach grade 3. However, Chrono ends up missing out on a lot of quests in order to help a young lost boy. All hope seems lost until Mamoru, knowing Chrono's circumstances, creates a special quest, which Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion immediately accept, that will award enough points for Chrono to level up to grade 3.
The special quest that Chrono, Tokoha, Shion, and many other fighters are participating in is a survival game/scavenger hunt on a mountain. Teams must find star coins scattered across the mountain, pass obstacles, and bet the coins in cardfights against other teams. Upon reaching the goal line, the coins will then be converted into points towards a fighter's grade. As Chrono, Tokoha, and Shion fight and gain coins, they come across many of their friends and have a fun time together. Near the finish line, Chrono defeats Tsuneto and acquires all of his coins, thus giving Chrono enough points to reach grade 3. Now eligible to enter the regional tournament with Tokoha and Shion, Chrono officially names their team "TRY3".
Shin has Chrono teach a young shy boy named Taiyou Asukawa on how to play Vanguard. In the midst of the teaching fight, Taiyou explains how lonely and depressed he felt before getting into Vanguard, which Chrono can relate to. Although Chrono wins, Taiyou nonetheless feels more confident in himself, and Shin is inspired to play Vanguard again.
After much preparation by Team TRY3, the regional tournament finally begins. It opens with an exhibition match between last year's national champion Toyoyama and Yuichirou Kanzaki, the director of the United Sanctuary region and the man in charge of this tournament. Toyoyama seemingly has the upper hand until Kanzaki brutally retaliates and finishes the match. After Kanzaki gives a speech of elitism, the regional tournament starts as Team TRY3 makes it past the first round.
TRY3's opponent in the second round is Team Wanderers led by Takeru Baba, which leads to a rematch between him and Chrono. As they have another intense cardfight, Chrono learns that Takeru fights for the sake of his sickly younger brother Hayato, which causes him to falter. But with some encouragement from Tokoha, Chrono regains his fighting spirit and wins the battle, thus advancing TRY3 to the third round.
TRY3 makes it past the qualifying rounds into the top 16 of the tournament. Their upcoming opponent is Team Demise, which is coached by Kouji. While Chrono faces off against Demise's Sugiru Kariya, Shion reminisces about the time when he first got into playing Vanguard. In spite of Kariya's expert and ruthless plays, Chrono pulls off a comeback and wins the game.
While Kamui fights Kouji to determine his intentions, Tokoha battles against Team Demise's Rin Hashima, a girl with a sadistic personality and a grudge against Mamoru. Throughout the cardfight, Rin taunts Tokoha by bringing up Mamoru into the conversation before finally defeating her. As Shion prepares himself for his next fight, Tokoha is left feeling depressed.
While Tokoha's friends cheer her up after her loss to Rin, Shion tries to gain details about his upcoming opponent: Team Demise's Shouma Shinonome. However, he has an accidental encounter with Shouma himself, which leaves Shion with no time to look up any more information about him. Then, the decisive cardfight between Shion and Shouma commences. Although acting gentlemanly and knowing Shion's background, Shouma questions whether or not Shion is taking Vanguard seriously, causing him to slightly waver. Even though Shouma efficiently blocks most of Shion's attacks, Shion gets a chance to win the match but fails to do so. In the end, Shouma wins, meaning that Team Demise advances through the regional tournament and TRY3 is eliminated. Elsewhere, Kouji reports to Kanzaki about Chrono...
To cheer up the depressed pair of Tokoha and Shion, and to repay them for helping him return to grade 3, Chrono prepares a trip to a beach with amusing activities planned for the day. Unfortunately, the bad weather and other accidents ruin most of the fun that the three hoped to have. Chrono eventually reveals that he originally wanted to show a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower to Tokoha and Shion. After he reassures Tokoha and Shion of their abilities, Team TRY3 is then treated with a fireworks display from a nearby festival. But later, Shion declares to his teammates that he will be quitting Vanguard.
Chrono and Tokoha attempt to convince Shion to continue playing Vanguard. However, being a member of the prestigious Kiba family, Shion claims that he has other duties to tend nor does he want to play Vanguard with half-serious feelings as he has already been doing. So, with help from the Kiba family butler Iwakura, Chrono sneaks into Shion's home where he challenges him to a cardfight. As they battle, Chrono accuses Shion of running away from the fact that he lost to Shouma. Remembering to believe in his own possibilities, Shion manages to attain his long-awaited victory over Chrono. In the end, Shion decides to continue playing Vanguard and rejoin Team TRY3.
TRY3 attends a special concert featuring Saya Yatomi, a popular idol from the Magallanica region and daughter of a former idol, Hitomi Kouzouji. They reluctantly become part of the event staff, and Tokoha finds herself fulfilling Saya's diva-like demands. Nonetheless, Tokoha realizes that she and Saya are alike in that they both want to be recognized as individuals and stop living in their idolized relatives' shadows. After a last-minute stage show in which Tokoha and Saya get in a pie fight, the two have a cardfight to settle the score. Then, when Chrono arrives home, he is told by his aunt Mikuru Shindou to stop playing Vanguard...
Chrono, Shion, and Tokoha teach a girl named Luna Yumizuki how to play Vanguard. After the teaching fight, Luna departs but accidentally leaves behind one of her cards. Later, TRY3 watches the announcement of the special Generation Quest. This quest will involve all 6 branches while reuniting fighters from the past and present, and the winners will become clan leaders. As TRY3 gets excited to take on the G Quest, they also learn that Luna is actually part of an idol group, Rummy Labyrinth, and has a partner named Am Chouno. Elsewhere, Kouji initiates Plan-G...
Team TRY3 heads to the Magallanica Branch for their first venture in the G Quest. After learning more details about the G Quest, they partake in the branch's quest, a team tournament in which the winning group will face the Special Aqua Force team, composed of Jaime and Team Dreadnought. TRY3 makes it to the finals with Tokoha facing Jaime, Shion against Sharlene, and Chrono fighting Leon, the Aqua Force clan leader.
Chrono withstands wave after wave of Leon's onslaught and mounts a comeback victory. Tokoha and Shion then win their fights, meaning that TRY3 has conquered their first G quest.
Shion is officially named the Kiba heir and given the family heirloom, an ancient sword that supposedly glows when held by the true Kiba heir. Shortly after, he is challenged by a young boy named "Ace". Not only is Ace's corporation trying to take over the Kiba foundation, but he has also tricked Shion's uncle Utsugi into stealing the sword for him. With much at stake, Shion cardfights Ace, both using decks made out of cards pulled from random booster packs. When Shion sees the sword shining in Utsugi's hands, he loses both his fighting spirit and the battle. Ace later reveals that their fight was captured on video to smear Shion's credibility as Kiba heir, the glowing sword was a mere trick, and Utsugi was working with Ace all along. In the end, Ace's takeover of the Kiba company is successful, which forces Shion to start living by himself while his parents and Iwakura seek help elsewhere. Nonetheless, Shion vows to get revenge on Ace.
TRY3 helps with preparations for a G Quest event to be held in the Dragon Empire branch. They meet, work with, and learn about the members of Rummy Labyrinth throughout the day. When Am's most prized possession gets lost in the trash, TRY3 and Luna desperately search and retrieve it to Am's joy and gratitude. As the friendship between Luna and Am grows, TRY3 briefly meets Kamui's old friends: Naoki, Miwa, Shingo, and Kai. At the end of the day, Shion, who had been putting up a brave front over the Ace takeover incident, is revealed to truly be depressed over it. Then, he encounters Kai...
On a stormy night, Shion cardfights and loses to Kai multiple times. This makes Shion feel helpless and powerless but eventually realize that he can do more, thus gaining more confidence and determination. The next day, the Dragon Empire branch's G Quest begins. It is a city-wide treasure hunt with participants trying to gather as many treasure points as possible, but there are "chasers" who will impede them along the way. After TRY3 splits up, Chrono and Tokoha cardfight and defeat two chasers: Naoki and Shingo, respectively.
While Shion fights as many chasers as possible, Chrono and Tokoha end up imprisoned after they each fall for some of the G Quest's traps. To rescue them, Shion must defeat the "prison guard" Miwa. Shion has a tough time due to Miwa's Seal Dragon deck benefiting from his normal tactics. Nevertheless, with new-found resolve to change himself, Shion sticks to his strategy and ultimately wins the fight. Soon afterwards, the quest ends with Shion having gained the majority of the points and thus making Team TRY3 the winner.
TRY3 and the unlikely team of Naoki, Shingo, and Luna take part in the Zoo Branch's G Quest. The preliminary round of this quest has teams cooking a dish that must have one specific ingredient (pineapple). Teams can search for ingredients in the branch's natural farm, but they must fight guards cosplaying as Megacolony units to obtain them. At the end of the round, TRY3 emerges victorious, meaning that one of their members will face the special guest, Christopher Lo. Before the last fight, Naoki tells TRY3 that the Planet Cray really exists and to ask Kamui for more information. Full of confidence after finding a new goal to achieve, Tokoha fights and defeats Chris in the final match of the quest. However, at the awards ceremony, more Megacolony units appear and say the true G Quest of the Zoo Branch has now just begun.
To truly clear the Zoo branch's quest, TRY3 goes through more challenges. First, they defeat a hundred Megacolony soldiers in a short amount of time (using toy weapons). Then, while forced to cosplay as Card Warriors Vangamen, they face off against Team Trinity Dragon in a battle of wits. Finally, Chrono cardfights the "final boss", Daigo. Learning from Daigo's words, Chrono regains his resolve and wins against him. With that, TRY3 officially completes the Zoo branch's G Quest.