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Vinland Saga (Manga)

Vinland Saga

Alternative Titles

English: Vinland Saga
Japanese: ヴィンランド・サガ


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jul 15, 2005 to ?
Authors: Yukimura, Makoto (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


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Thorfinn is son to one of the Viking's greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears his intent to have revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd's group in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England.


Vinland Saga won the 13th Japan Media Arts Award Grand Prize in the Manga division and the 36th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga.

The series has been published in English by Kodansha Comics USA in 2-in-1 hardcover omnibuses. The release includes Makoto Yukimura's Sayonara ga Chikai no de (titled For Our Farewell Is Near).

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Jan 24, 2009
Revenge, compassion, humanity, love. Pointy weapons making minced meat of people.

Vinland Saga almost has nothing in common with Makoto Yukimura's previous much praised work, Planetes, except for his passion for technical realism. He grounds his work with research, yet at the same time leaving it open for creative exploration. It’s not dry and lifeless, and at the same time it’s not completely in the realm of fantasy. Vinland saga walks the thin line well. Razor blood soaked thin.

This manga is brutal. More brutal than Berserk, Vagabond or anything of that ilk. Not to slight those manga, but one read more
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May 20, 2013
“A true warrior needs no blade” – Thors

Mix the tragedy of a Shakespearean play and badass Vikings and you have Vinland Saga. There are very few mangas that can transcend the medium of manga as a whole; Vinland Saga is one of the few elite mangas that do that with ease. Makoto Yukimura is able to tell a captivating emotional tale about revenge and power, grounded in extreme realism, something that most mangaka simply cannot do.

Vinland Saga starts with an epic prolong that takes up about the first 54 chapters of the manga. I don’t mean epic as in cool fights and read more
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Jan 7, 2009
Looking for an intelligent manga with intense violence, action, complex character development with a little bit of viking touch? If you answer yes then this epic manga is a must read.

The story is set during the golden age of the Vikings (11th century) particularly during the invasion of England. The main story is about Thorfinn's quest to avenge his father's death by defeating Askeladd (his father's murderer) in an honorable duel and he plans to accomplish this by working for him and doing whatever Askelad asks and in return he is granted a chance to kill him in an honorable duel. The story however is read more
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Apr 28, 2015
"God's divine creation is so brimming with love... and yet there is no love in the hearts of men." -Canute

I believe this work to truly be the best manga series currently running, and believe I can back this assertion with valid examples. 'Vinland Saga' is available from Kodansha Comics USA in 5 double-sized volumes (containing the first 10 Japanese volumes), with the 6th and 7th double-sized volumes scheduled to come out later in 2015.


This series is brutal and it's mature, but those two things are not the same. There's no shortage of graphic carnage and gory battles, but any mangaka worth his or her salt read more
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Both are violent and got nicely done action scenes and interesting flashbacks. Berserk is set in a more fantasy medieval world while Vinland Saga follows the life of Danish Vikings. Berserk Golden age part is very similar to Vinland saga, both is about a strong young boy who is a part of a mercenary group and got full respect from the leader who gives him the most important missions. The art in the two are very close, tho Vinland Saga is a more clean while Berserk is more sketchy and more detailed. 
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Both are historical mangas with a great focus on the details to each titles respective eras, the detail is so good that sometimes it will make you wonder if these titles were produced and or directed by members of the history channel, discovery channel or national geographic. Both titles show considerable amount of action and violence and both titles don't make use of super powers or special moves but rather focus on technique to keep the action going (although vinland saga has some characters that posses super human strength)  
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Both have a historical context. However while the focus in Historie is more on the intellect of Eumedes and the historical context, Vinland Saga focusses more on the battles, suffering and development of the main character. However if you like either one I am pretty sure you will find the other one entertaining as well :-) 
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