INTERVIEW: Shōta Aoi on VANGUARD overDress

Bushiroad recently held an interview with Shōta Aoi, the voice of Yu-yu Kondo in CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress. The voice actor shared his experience from recording for this anime series, touching on the characters, relationships, and the game of Cardfight!! Vanguard as a whole. Anime Trending had the opportunity to ask an exclusive question of our own, which Aoi answered below. 


To start off, could you introduce yourself? 

Nice to meet you, everyone! I’m Shōta Aoi, voice of Yu-yu Kondo! Thank you for having me here!

What is the relationship between Yu-yu and Danji? 

This could be said for any of the characters in overDress, but I think Yu-yu himself especially doesn’t have the courage for many things. In the first episode, he was forced by his sisters to crossdress and thought “why couldn’t I say just one word ‘no!’” However, as the story progresses, he meets different people and gradually gets a better sense of himself. He starts to think for himself about what should be done and becomes able to voice his opinion.

I think the first episode really conveyed how he was too timid to express himself. He resigned himself to eating the food even though he preferred soy sauce over ketchup, and he couldn’t say that he is a boy while he was crossdressing because he couldn’t interject the conversation the people around him were having. 

But I think he started to change from the second episode through his encounters with the other characters. He showed his courage by saving Megumi in episode 1, but it ended up bearing no fruit due to how everyone saw him as a cute girl. (Laughs) However, this can be seen as an instance when his deeply buried desire to change himself managed to surface, and I can relate to that.

While what episode 2 portrayed was Megumi’s misunderstanding, Yu-yu does hold a great deal of admiration for Danji. The scenes in episode 1 with crossdressed Yu-yu may make it seem like it could be the “L-word,” but what I think Yu-yu and Danji actually have is a special trust that goes beyond that of ordinary friendship.

Danji and Yu-yu also relate to each other as the leader and newest member of Blackout, of course. Something like a mentor and pupil perhaps? With Yu-yu, on one hand, thinking that watching Danji’s cardfights lights a fire within him to play as well, and Danji thinking of Yu-yu as having a special something within that he wants to nurture within the other, the pair are connected by such thoughts that are more instinct than certain beliefs. I believe their encounter has changed both of them.

Have you played Cardfight!! Vanguard before?

I’m building my deck right now! I’ve also had the chance to try out the Start Decks that have been released. I really love card games, but I’m still studying Cardfight!! Vanguard, so I have Shūta Morishima (voice of Masanori Iseki) as my capable backup to teach me as I build my deck. 

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to play with others face to face nowadays, but I’m waiting for my debut cardfight. If possible, I want to play with Amane Shindō (voice of Megumi Okura) or Yūki Ono (voice of Danji Momoyama), just like we do in the anime! By the way, I’ve always had really bad luck in draws, so I need to deepen the trust with the deck before my debut cardfight. 

This anime is the newest series of Cardfight!! Vanguard. What should new viewers expect? 

I think this is something that both those who started watching from this series and those who have watched the older series have realized, but I personally think that one of the major themes in this whole new world of Vanguard is how people have different natures of themselves.

I think many people would agree that as we go through life, there is a side of us that we show to others, a side that we only show when we’re alone, and maybe even a side that we never knew we had. Each character in CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress carries these as they go through their cardfights, confronting the sides they’d never seen, the sides they’ve been showing to others, the side of themselves that is troubled, and possibly learn to accept and love themselves through this. This series is packed with such examples of this, and I think that’s one of the reasons to watch it. 

And for those who have never touched Cardfight!! Vanguard before, I hope you will learn from the cardfights about how interesting it is, and maybe draw out something you never had too.

Anime Trending: What do you enjoy most about voicing cardfights? Do you have a favorite line or catchphrase your character says when playing?

Of course, watching my characters in motion is one of my greatest joys as a voice actor. For overDress, I also enjoy the character design by CLAMP, the different settings expressed in the card illustrations, and how the things we used to dream of as youths have been brought to life in the anime.

I got goosebumps from how the first battle between Touya and Danji, and the battle between Danji and Yu-yu — both evoked memories of the world of imagination I would escape to on trips, staring out of the window as I imagined how I would move if I could fly through the sky. It’s really enjoyable to remember the time that I had such escapades of imagination.

My favorite line is Yu-yu’s “I can keep going! Even further!” from the scene in the world of imagination during his battle with Danji. It was when I just started to voice Yu-yu, but that was the moment I wished to voice Yu-yu forever. 

Is there anything you would like to tell the overseas fans?

For those who have never touched this series and for those who already know this series, I would like to thank all of you for meeting this series. All the characters in this series have their own lovable qualities, and I’m sure you will be able to find something in common with them. I hope this series will become something that can support you at some point in your life. 

The fight scenes are really exciting, and there are so many cool card designs, so I would be happy if you would give it a try. I believe you will see how Yu-yu and the other characters grow as the story progresses, so I hope all of you will watch over their development and enjoy! Thank you all for your support!


All 12 episodes of the CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress Season 1 are free to watch on the CARDFIGHTVanguard Channel.

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