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Vinland Saga  
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As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery... the land Leif called Vinland.

Note: Was nominated for the 2008 Manga Taisho award. Won the Grand Prize in the manga division of the Japan Media Arts awards in 2009. Won the 36th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga in 2012.


Related Series
Ganso Ylva-chan (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Сага про Вінланд

Groups Scanlating
Anonymous Spore
Colony Drop

Latest Release(s)
c.148 by MangaStream 29 days ago
v.21 c.148 by Hox 29 days ago
c.147 by MangaStream about 1 month ago
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
Vinland Saga by canucks

7 topics, 75 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1594 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 26th 2018, 1:30pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)
Shuukan Shounen Magazine (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #265 decreased(-21)
Monthly Pos #234 decreased(-130)
3 Month Pos #112 decreased(-14)
6 Month Pos #77 decreased(-24)
Year Pos #53 decreased(-5)

List Stats
On 6347 reading lists
On 1921 wish lists
On 113 unfinished lists
On 605 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Vinland Saga gets TV Anime by Wit Studio about 1 month ago
Where is this going? about 1 year ago
Discussion up to ch.56 over 6 years ago
Farmland Saga over 7 years ago
1st topic over 7 years ago

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It survived !   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sighing
August 29th, 2012, 12:37am
I loved Vinland Saga from the start, and I still do. But I honestly had some worries about the way it became. Some will say it changed, some, that it lost its charm, some even that it's downright depressive as of now but I just think it evolved. Of course I miss the fighting and the war and the awesome characters from before. But it's an historical manga, not just some action manga about blood and guts and all that. As it gained depth, it strayed from the bloodstained path, and just as confused as I was at first, I understood it was needed because life is not about war. Thorfinn needed to understand that for this manga to be a complete manga from this Yukimura Makoto, known for his realistic art and psychological style.

Still, I think we're not through with the war. It's coming back. This was an Thorfinn goes farm big awesome arc. That or he'll die before becoming a warrior again
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by mercio
July 25th, 2012, 9:53pm
My type of manga!! The art,the story and the character's are awesome!! If you only read typical shounen type manga stay away from this.Seriously it's only going to make you write and stupid @ss comment like -->>>k.bell11
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by k.bell11
July 3rd, 2012, 7:46pm
i wouldnt recommend this manga. I dropped it about halfway through because i didn't care about the characters and the plot is really slow, i mean there's a 20 chapt flashback right at the beginning, before i was even wondering about the backstory. Thorfinn is a bit annoying and everyone else is basically an idiot, there was no emotion, the characters felt forced and the battles were mediocre. Read Ares instead.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
April 29th, 2012, 7:45pm
It really is a extraordinary series. Unique, engaging, badass, with a solid comfortable blend of drama, good quality humour, amazing action/war scenes and true real life gritty realism. You might think the plot would just be the usual revenge story, but it turns out to be a lot more than that, with plenty other directions being involved. It's pleasantly unexpected. The art, of course, is very well drawn, detailed and overall great.

The characters are also remarkable. They are quite real, with great interactions and very complex in many ways - not just the usual black and white. Also, they can get dirty, they can be affected by the stresses and brutality of daily life, or they can actually die. No more perfect unhindered hair or porcelain skin and clothes as emphasized in everything else, which just adds to the authentic intensity. In general you will definitely have at least one genuinely favoured character (Or one you love to hate). And for the ladies, if it matters: there are some really good looking men!

It really stands out against SO MANY other mangas out there. In retrospect, if you are a fan of the "Song of Ice and Fire" novel series by George R.R Martin (Like I am) you would likely enjoy this manga. And overall, works for an older audience who might feel weary/uninterested with other typical mangas and their themes.

And yes, after all the Viking travels, battles, great dramatic moments, and the rise and fall of certain princes/kings who are fighting amongst one another, there is a Farmland/slavery bit that has offput some people (And I can understand why, it can feel slow, considering how long it takes for updates to occur. I was lucky enough to not have to wait at that time since I got into the series only a couple months ago, and just read through easily). But one has to comprehend the importance of journey, realization and personal will, instead of everything that are just handed over to characters or having the story depend only on constant typical action scenes. Everything in this series is so much more deeper and meaningful. The Farm chapters also offer a whole new other buildup for the next dramatic segments, as is tension of a ruler desiring to come in and take over everything through force, and there are other inner conflicts growing within the dwelling. Besides, during the farm era segment, you also get inbetween chapters that follow another main character who is going through the process/stress of being a rising and conquering king.

The only downside is sometimes the chapter updates can be a tad bit of a torture to wait, with cliffhangers of course existing in a healthy amount. But, considering the intricacy of the whole thing, I reckon it is better to get slower updates in order to obtain quality instead of faster updates and have everything rushed or poorly done.

It's not historically perfect of course (I mean, it's rare that anything is anyhow) but it is nevertheless quite satisfactory - it still does it's job. I'm Viking descent myself afterall, so it pleases me well enough. There are a lot more worse books, movies and whatnots out there that totally butcher history.

Anyhoo, definitely a recommended read. It's a gem, and a top personal favourite.

... Last updated on April 29th, 2012, 8:11pm
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It lost it's charm   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by lilyann1984
January 26th, 2012, 6:35am
Oh, people will not like what I say now, but IT REALLY LOST IT'S CHARM FOR ME. It's not because there isn't so much action at the moment or because Thorfinn became the violence-is-bad type of guy, no, it's because everything what made this manga great somehow... disappeared. I LOVED the characters: Thorfinn, the young berserk type, clueless, full of hatred and just instinct, Askeladd, incredibly smart and cruel at the same time, Thorkell, who was always good for a laugh, young Canute and his very interesting character developement - pure greatness we had there. Especially the interactions between all of them were something I never read before. So what we have now? Snake, a character I cannot say much about, Thorfinns friend... ugh, Arneis... ugh... Ketil... well... People always complain about Naruto and such, because the characters get new powers in every new arc - it's not so different here. I always thought Askeladd must be one of the most powerful people in the world and at the end it seems even on a farm somewhere in nowhere there are much stronger people than him.

Don't get me wrong. I love Vinland Saga and I will read it until the end. It just became like Vagabond or Historie: I don't care much about the characters anymore. Everything became so serious, almost depressing. The first part was sometimes really funny - despite the very (!!) cruel moments. Now... I don't laugh anymore and I'm not excited about it either. When I download the new chapter I sometimes forget to read it and remember it hours later. I cannot blame it on the author. Every story has its great moments, the one arc which surpasses everything and lets the story shine in all its glory. And Vinland Saga had this special moment long time ago.
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Yes. Yay.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
December 27th, 2011, 12:56pm
Ah, the Viking manga. Fantastic.
Of course, as a purely historical manga, this has some failings. The ideologies and way of speaking of the Vikings (and their contemporary European neighbours) in this manga are Japanese, pure and simple. It's a failing I feel Japanese entertainment achieves every time it portrays a foreign culture.
Nevertheless, a truly minor flaw. The characters are strong, the fight scenes brutal and bloody, the plot follows the characters closely, and the art is superb. Many have argued that the post-time-skip switch to a mostly peaceful manga has robbed this battle manga of its fire, but I think the core of this manga is about the main character's struggle with revenge for his father's death, and dealing with it when that possibility is taken away from him. The fighty-fighty bit is just flesh around the skeleton, and the 'Farmland Saga' arc provided some of the main character development for Thorfinn.
It's nice to see some proper research done into the period and geography as well, everything looks authentic from that age and the art depicting the landscape was very well done. When the story passes through Wales, I could certainly say 'Yep, that's my country all right'.
Overall, a great battle manga with fantastic character development throughout and we are currently approaching what seems to be the last lull of peace before sh*t happens again. XD
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A series never seen before!   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by strixflash
December 19th, 2011, 10:04am
An excellent series which has a good plot,good story telling medium and a good amount of characters. Art is unique on its own way. Consider it as a 'Masterpiece'. You will surely enjoy it.
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Love it   
Rating: N/A
by crynet
November 20th, 2011, 6:26am
One of my favourites. I hadn't heard about Yukimura Makoto until I came across this manga. The Story is so captivating along with the brilliant artwork that keeps you wanting more. Too bad it's a bit slow on the releases, but I can I understand that a lot goes into making this.
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One of my favorites.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by musimusimu
October 7th, 2011, 5:38am
This is absolutely one of my favorite mangas. I really like that there is finally a manga that has Iceland as a setting, as propably any other Icelandic person...

A little minus for me though is the spelling of the names as Thorfinn should be Þórfinnur or Thorfinnur also Thorfinns father Thors's name should be Thor or Þór the s in the end is the names Genitive case (Eignarfall)
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A True Work of Art   
Rating: N/A
by JosephCurwen
June 7th, 2011, 12:50am
Excellent visual artwork, great character growth, great plot, and it's about vikings. There's so much that goes into this historical manga; it's one of the best that I've read thus far. Historical mangas are, for whatever reason, few and far between, but the level of detail and character development that go into them is usually superb. That said, Vinland Saga goes beyond many of these mangas.

I wouldn't recommend it to those who just want an action-driven manga. Vinland Saga has a lot of that in it, but in the end, that's not what it's about (the last few chapters make this very clear).
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