Vinland Saga

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Japanese: ヴィンランド・サガ


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2019 to Dec 30, 2019
Premiered: Summer 2019
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:10 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.731 (scored by 470786470,786 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #113
Members: 923,897
Favorites: 25,343

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In both anime there are: * Brutal worlds where characters have to kill to stay alive. * Revenge for the lost ones. * Beautiful visuals (same studio). So if you like the elements mentioned you should definitely check them out. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Both shows that are very serious, gritty and down to earth and based on somewhat classic manga series. Berserk in particular was a huge trend setter and has had a major influence on the 'dark fantasy' genre.  
report Recommended by HaruHaru304
Looking for more angst-ridden protagonists that are out for revenge? Excellent, because these are two of the best. Both are about characters that have had something taken from them, and are out to get them back (Dororo) or get revenge (Both). Great action scenes, beautiful worlds, and enjoyable characters to follow. In both of these series, you often end up rooting for the side characters just as much if not more than the main characters. This is nothing against the main characters, but rather an applause of actual development of the supporting cast.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
both are historical and has one purpose, in vinland saga the protagonist father killed by a viking on the other hand 91days his father killed by the mafia  
report Recommended by vgodzxc
These are two medieval war stories about politics, heritage, and beliefs. They have believable and distinct characters, most of which go through lots of character development throughout the story. They also both, unfortunately, do not yet have animated endings, as the source material is not finished. However, the journeys that are here are meaningful and enjoyable. Lots of well animated battles that feel impactful, as well as plenty of slice of life moments for contemplation. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Just gives off a very similar world building via superb visuals. The main character are also alike, although they fight for different reasons. Its hard to explain why both of thm give such a similar vibe as VS is not an Isekai but once you have watched either one of them and the first episode of the other you will know what I mean 
report Recommended by AnarUto4
Stories about revenge, as after a loss of parental figure the protagonist trains under the villain in order to be able to exact revenge on said villain, becoming extraordinarily physically strong in the process. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
While Golden Kamuy is much more comedic (Vinland Saga has basically no comedy at all) they are both great adventure tales about burly men in the snow. If that sounds appealing to you, then either show will probably feel right at home on your completed list. They both have fantastic and interesting characters, and both feature lots of moments where you aren't quite sure who you should be cheering for. I found myself rooting for both the protagonists and antagonists in both series. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
If you're looking for another action packed historical seinen with war and bloodshed revolving around royalty for the sake of land, power or ect, then look no further. Both of these series have likeable and distinguishable characters that stand out out from the rest for us to get attached to. Each have their own type of "OP" or stronger characters that clearly stand out from the rest of foot soldiers and make each of the battles so enjoyable to watch, vikings in the case of Vinland saga or war generals for Kingdom. So if you want to see some strong muscle boys duking it out  read more 
report Recommended by S-RankShinobi
- Both focus on tragic cruelty of war - Both has the same serious/dark tone through out the whole story - Both the narrative is as good - Both focus on character development. - Both has good pay off moments - Both has a very human characters - Both leave cliff hangers at the end of each episode. 
report Recommended by chansport
-Both feature a group of rogues as main characters who don't shy away from hacking and slashing their way to victory -Both deal with the corruption and toppling of an empire -Both have the main character adapt to the atmosphere around them, and we see them stripped of their childlike innocence from the first few episodes 
report Recommended by thelectricow
These are two shows that have lots of similar story elements and themes. Both are about people trying to survive and fight a war in a land that is not their home. Battles between armies, warships, sword-fights, and tactics. I would argue that everything Angolmois does, Vinland Saga does better, especially when it comes to characters, but both are still enjoyable if you are looking for a historical war series.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both Thorfinn and Casval serve the murderers of their fathers, making a name for themselves as skilled merciless warriors on the battlefield in the hopes of an opportunity to take revenge upon their own leaders. Thorfinn lived humbly with under a caring father Thors, a Jomsviking war hero. We see his childhood as having fun, enjoying a naïve conception of fighting and war. They are forced to leave their life of peace and this impacts Thorfinn the most. Eventually, he joins Askeladd's band of Vikings to fight the Saxons, yet retaining his vengeful agenda. Casval, on the other hand was the son of a powerful political figure  read more 
report Recommended by Fortress_Maximus
Both depict the horrors of war and how it affects the young generation that isn't used to such violence. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
The theme of honor is quite frequent in both series, treated by warriors, both swordsmen and giant Vikings. Even the latter believe in the god Elbaf, whom they pray before the battles, in their own "little garden" arch. 
report Recommended by hardyvark
Both have a medival badass rampaging around, they also both contain alot of blood and violence. Both are a good watch and share common links 
report Recommended by Absolute_Unit_69
1.Both main character are nice from start but after time passed both become badass. 2.Both anime have out-standing fights,animation and character development. 3.Both anime told us what a "human" Is. 4.Now what,watch anime 
report Recommended by Dinorexy007
I enjoyed both of these series significantly. While Vinland Saga has countless differences from Demon Slayer, including genre (historical), violence level (far more violent than Demon Slayer), and protagonist personalities, one will likely enjoy both as: - both are shonen (to my knowledge) - both protagonists are talented in combat - both are motivated by their family relationships in the main plot. In Demon Slayer, the protagonist is motivated to save/work with his sister despite her inhuman nature, and Vinland Saga was born out of the protagonist's desire for revenge for his father. - There are quite a few combat scenes in both. - Both are newer shows, so they  read more 
report Recommended by Pearlicous
-Both place a major emphasis on travel and exploring new places -Both also place major focus on politics, though Magi's kingdoms are fictional -Both focus on corruption, though Vinland Saga has a more direct approach to it -Both feature similar character development 
report Recommended by thelectricow
Both anime contain brutal battlegrounds where the fighting is portrayed with immense bloodlust. Unsettling situations are shown by beautiful artwork and animation. A child is the main character in both of these shows. 
report Recommended by Crystaldragon36
In both anime there are: * Brutal worlds where characters have to kill to stay alive. * Revenge for the lost ones. * Beautiful visuals. So if you like the elements mentioned you should definitely check them out.  
report Recommended by Shivam_Tayal
if you like the end of naruto(the war arc I mean) then you might like Vinland Saga, A whole anime about war. It has a lot of cool characters and a lot of characters with different opinions about life, killing and war. Vinland in my opinion has one of the best character development for the main character and the side character. 
report Recommended by Yan-AnsonI
Both MC’s are subjected to experience some pretty sad shit. they are both based in a historical setting, focused around a revenge story of sorts. If you can handle its cgi, mind me it’s awful, then I would suggest trying it out. It’s just a mere 7 episodes overall so nothings stopping you. Ok, it has Cgi tiddies. 3D tiddies I’m talking about, god bless those fat milkers. 
report Recommended by Mo168
Now, before I start, let me put a disclaimer that the shows are inherently different. However, if you love the adrenaline-rushing fight scenes in AOT, I am positive that Vinland Saga will NOT let you down in those regards. Vinland Saga has superb animation and a deep message that lies underneath the badass fighting, tying in interesting perspectives on religion and what it means to be a "true warrior." Also, Vikings! 
report Recommended by Kool-Kaa9
Warriors. Yasuke and Vinland Saga follow warriors who were taken in by a foreign party, made to fight affairs, reloving the newly joined team. The two anime go around this slightly different. With Yasuke doing so with Yassan living as a samurai, having a somewhat decent life, being loyal to the people who took him in and do well with him. Vinland does this with Thorfinn being out for revenge against those who took his father from him. Yasuke's general reception isn't high, but you still may find it enjoyable to sit through. Vinland Saga however is a great story of what it means to be a  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
The setting is European and the story is totally grounded to reality with no fantasy elements just like Vinland Saga. A 10/10 classic anime that is a must-watch for every anime fan. 
report Recommended by Nafee_Ahnaf
Both about boys who were forced into a situation where they have to kill mercilessly. They both constantly switch between cold unfeeling killer and just a regular boy.  
report Recommended by joqette
Fighter. Vinland Saga and Dorohedoro both follow strong protagonists, on the level of natural-born warriors. Vinland Saga follows Thorfinn in his revenge against Askeladd, growing along the way to get stronger and stronger. Dorohedoro follows strong fighter Kaiman in his journey to take back his head and find out more of who dwells within his body. Both are good anime featuring the same amount of action on every detail. With Dorohedoro being slightly comedic, Vinland Saga is based on history.  
report Recommended by NextUniverse
These are both dark anime that have some gore, both have great psychology ingrained in the story, both have heroes you can questions the morals of and villains you can question the morals of. Not saying the stories are similar, but both have characters that you can understand, rather than the generic shounen, "My mother has been killed, but the killer should just go to jail, no need to be drastic." 
report Recommended by Wallodoom22
A story about revenge, both protagonists have their lives consumed by it, and both are dark anime 
report Recommended by Furo6448
Both are historical epics with Great protagonists who after a life of killing live to redeem themselves.Vinland Saga is like Kenshin in Europe,of course with the necessary changes.Vinland is in Medieval Europe and Kenshin in Feudal Japan.Both respectively focus on the European Vikings and Japanese Samurai culture.Both have real life historical characters in them and what makes Kenshin and Thorfinn stand out among other redemption characters are the unique way in which they go about earning their redemptions. 
report Recommended by Grey_Day
Both are historical epics with Great protagonists who after a life of killing live to redeem themselves.Vinland Saga is like Kenshin in Europe,of course with the necessary changes.Vinland is in Medieval Europe and Kenshin in Feudal Japan.Both respectively focus on the European Vikings and Japanese Samurai culture.Both have real life historical characters in them and what makes Kenshin and Thorfinn stand out among other redemption characters are the unique way in which they go about earning their redemptions. Here's the main thing now.The Kenshin OVA and Vinland Saga season 1 focus on Kenshin and Thorfinn's past lives.Unlike the OG Kenshin Anime which has comedy the OVA  read more 
report Recommended by Grey_Day
Both have thrilling moments that will give u chills Their antagonists are also well written i love their characters tho And most of all my fav is their op and ed songs<3 
report Recommended by naim_nakano
Both are emotional stories with great characters and a lot of thrilling character development. 
report Recommended by Ach1ll
Don't know if it counts as spoiler but as far as the Tv series goes, -The main character is on a quest to seek revenge on a person -They are tormented and have psychological damage -They wield blades/katanas 
report Recommended by Dreddpaul
Both are anime from fighters from ancient times, Drifters in an Isekai context and Vinland Saga in the Nordic context. 
report Recommended by Thakamura
-Both feature distinct and well defined characters -Both have a band of adventurers on a journey, though the Jojos have significantly less company -Both have settings based on the real world, though of course Jojo's is much more exaggerated than Vinland Saga's 
report Recommended by thelectricow
They have similar themes like revenge for father by joining the killer. Each have their own good plot!  
report Recommended by iamKetranLang
It's becoming rare to find series that respect their characters as much as these two do. They are believable, well written, enjoyable, and most importantly they are very human, full of flaws and room for growth. The stories themselves, while they do involve lots of travelling, differ quite a bit, though the mood is similar throughout. Excellent immersive world building, fantastic animation, and constantly engaging stories make these two excellent recommendations for any action/adventure fan. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
cruelty of war,awesome tactics on how to get a upper hand in war,ways to win your enemy's trust - all are pretty nicely presented in the two animez. to be honest,these two are literally gems in the war genre. [P.S. if you liked the character solark of alderamin, then you'll be fascinated by the characterization of askeladd - that i can ensure you] 
report Recommended by yabuki-kun
Epic characters, historical drama (VS being set in 11th century and LOTGH being heavily inspired by political and social history), mind numbing violence, realistic (flawed) characters, war and misery while being anti violence and anti-war. Political intrigue and military/battle tactics is an important feature in both shows (its one of the primary focus of LOTGH, but imo secondary in VS). There are so many things in VS that reminded me of LOTGH at a micro level. While VS lacks the scope, it has the same attention to detail and realism, similar themes regarding the human condition, the greed and senselessness of war, exploitation, discrimination,  read more 
report Recommended by eyerok
Both shows are about enacting revenge. 
report Recommended by Cozye
A different genre for sure, but if you liked the idea of character's choices heavily affecting their future, Vinland Saga and Fune wo Amu use this idea very effectively as a main plot device and make seeing the difference later on very amusing. 
report Recommended by Ritinal
Both anime follow a young protagonist with combat capabilities, Jormungand following a modern child soldier while Vinland Saga follows a teenage viking. The deuteragonists of both stories also have some similar character traits such as being cunning and in charge of a military force. Also it should be mentioned that the name Jormungand comes from a Norse mythology which many of the characters from Vinland Saga believe in. 
report Recommended by drag0n_rage
Not entirely similar but they're both action packed and show a strong dynamic relationship between male characters. Both anime are in my top favourite anime as the plots are amazing and show a clear structure. The main characters are strong and independent and work hard at surviving in completely different worlds. Banana Fish is set in New York, America around the 90's, whereas Vinland Saga is set during the Viking Era in England. Check both of them out if you haven't already done so 
report Recommended by salt-bae
Despite heavily contrasting in tone, both shows show pretty accurate (and vastly different from Hollywood) portrayals of medieval times during wars  
report Recommended by Short_Circut
The hatred and rage one bares within them is not to be underestimated, all is known too well for the characters Lucy and Thorfinn. Both Vinland Saga and Elfen Lied give a story of someone whose life when they were younger tell them the horrible truth of the world and how it takes away from you or gives you the worst. The two grow up to become killing machines in their respective anime, sometimes being exploited when they are at an intense state of destruction. Both are good action stories of fighting what the world has given, with Vinland Saga being historical, Elfen Lied being psychological and  read more 
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