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FOR HONOR AND VENGEANCE
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 Throfinn 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.
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Very good and engaging story!
I am a fan of history and historical stories and Vinland Saga is very very good. For a manga, which by nature has usually limited ability to round out characters, this one breaks that trope. I found the characters to be very 3-D in personality and the story flowed well. Of course some of the action scenes were a bit over the top, but not by too much, based on how battle was fought back then. For the people complaining about all the gore and blood, well what do you think a broad sword was for? It wasn't designed for fencing, it was to inflict the most damage in the quickest manner. Beheading, limbs and torsos hacked off and through really did happen. War and battle back then was a nasty brutish thing and a lot of blood was spilled.
Now I do doubt one man back then killed quite as many other men in one battle as some of the protagonists do in this story, but it's just a small exaggeration. Half the number was probably pretty accurate. So IMO, the battle scenes are relatively realistic.
Except for maybe, that horse getting punched out. Yeah... that was pretty funny!
Over all I would highly recommend this manga.
... Last updated on May 25th, 2009, 12:24pm
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Man, I thought Prince Canute was a girl!!, Really he hoped he was a girl oh well lol, and yeah his change was amazing in mere few chapters from a whimp to Aji Tae(ruthless killer from shin angyo onshi). Thorfinn reminds me of Kenji from Eden manga, I bet he will grow even stronger, can't wait for next chapters!!
Well i gotta say, i havent even started reading this manga yet, but after reading that description i just gotta do it. I'm from Norway, and the tales of the Vikings are just ordinary here. + Askeladd(en) is a guy from a folktale, my fathers name is Thorfinn. gets me laughing i wont submit a rating ofcorse, until after i've read it
this is surely one of the best mangas i've ever read. the art is just amazing, story is undeniably neutral and if i ever start to try to describe the epic feeling this manga's characters give, i won't be able to stop. =P anyway, enough fapping, if you like historic mangas, this is definitely for you; even if you don't like them, you should try this one. =P
I just can't describe it properly. It's amazing how one guy from Far East can relate such intricate knowledge of Dark Ages period through manga. Not only historically, but action-wise Vinland Saga is exceptional. All fights and battles are done in a way that takes my breath away. I lack words to recommend it, just try it yourself. And if you like Vikings, you're definitely in for a treat
Clichéd settings on a new turf? Huh?
I can understand why someone might dislike Vinland Saga, which features a potentially unsympathetic anti-hero, his Machiavellian contemporaries, and plenty of emphatic gore. However, any criticism regarding the mangaís originality, or lack thereof, deserves a response, particularly when the so-called clichés are fundamental plot threads found not only in most shonen/seinen manga, but in film and classical literature, as well. Why not accuse Shakespeare of being uninspired for incorporating Greek mythology in his work? My point is that Yukimura Makoto is in good company, and it seems a bit churlish to fault him for the few unavoidably familiar elements in an uncommonly intelligent plot. The political intrigue is well crafted, and Thorfinn and Askeladdís relationship is more complicated than any simplified notion of the formerís vengefulness might imply. Also, the oft-lamented flashback is interesting (in my humble opinion) and essential to the story for introducing Thorfinnís suitably iconic fatheróa multi-dimensional legend worthy of his sonís admiration and ours. Many popular titles are redundant in their mindless and melodramatic application of manga tropes and conventions. Vinland Saga is not one of them. I think fans of the genre would actually appreciate the degree to which the story does embody certain recognizable traits. I would hazard to add that, contrary to BimboSillyís assertions, one does not have to be new to historical action adventures or a Norse fanatic to enjoy the series. Even if the plot is not to your taste, the art and exposition are laudable and hardly worth the lowest rating possible.
... Last updated on July 3rd, 2009, 9:57am
cliched settings on a new turf for manga
idolizing father- check, parent's death - check, revenge - check, 1+1/2 volume flash back- check, Exceptionally talented fighter on his path to become the greatest- check.. Trust me, if you a> have a fascination for vikings b>are or know about Vikings c> havent read that many historical war mangas/comics or just have a fascination for such mangas/comics d> all of the above Then you will love this manga otherwise its not something that you have never seen before... I prefer the english movies though- they have the funny parts...
... Last updated on November 11th, 2008, 7:00am
great manga. nice clean artwork and GREAT story, some nice twists. definately worth following. IMO this is one of the best ongoing seinens right now, and probably ever.
... Last updated on December 2nd, 2010, 3:12am
I'm a viking myself lol. It might be a bit slow, but I wouldn't take away a single panel. This truly is a masterpiece. Recommended to everyone. Both artwork and plot are magnificent. One of those few 10/10 mangas out there (perhaps I'm being this generous 'cause I love vikings though ).
I wish this was a Weekly!
I was really hesitant to read this Manga because I Studied the Vikings in College. I figured this series was just some cheap "Vikings are Bad, Grrr" kind of Manga. It's not. I was Pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed every minute of reading this series (as I write this its not complete yet) and look forward to reading even more as its Scanlated. The Art is Top notch, absolutely Gorgeous in its Execution. The Story is Based on the REAL occurences in the 11th century, Down to the Feelings of the Christians towards the "Heathens" and the way the Vikings felt to toward the "Cowardly Christians". This story has it all, in all one of the Best Manga I have EVER read.