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Vinland Saga  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Ganso Ylva-chan (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Сага про Вінланд
ヴィンランド・サガ
海盜戰記

Groups Scanlating
4chan
Anonymous Spore
Binktopia
Colony Drop
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Latest Release(s)
c.146 by MangaStream about 1 month ago
c.145 by MangaStream 3 months ago
v.20 c.144 by 4chan 4 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
Vinland Saga by canucks

Forum
6 topics, 74 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (1589 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 12th 2017, 8:14pm PST


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Year
2005

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #226 increased(+16)
Monthly Pos #236 decreased(-36)
3 Month Pos #126 decreased(-60)
6 Month Pos #53 (No change)
Year Pos #52 decreased(-4)

List Stats
On 6288 reading lists
On 1911 wish lists
On 111 unfinished lists
On 600 custom lists

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Forum Posts
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
Thank You Anonymous Spore! over 9 years ago

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Surprisingly good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by vkoi
November 8th, 2009, 10:40pm
I anticipate upping my ranking to a ten by the finish of this one. Yet another manga for which I breathlessly await the next release.

I'm going through a Viking phase right now. So my preference for this manga is probably a little biased. I don't know much about the actual history of the Viking invasions of England, but the clothing, ships, housing, weapons, and details of day to day life have been rendered with fair accuracy in Vinland Saga.

The fighting, maybe a little over the top, yeah, especially the horse punching episode. Still, I didn't find the gore to be excessive. When I picked this book up my biggest worry was that it would be one long slaughterfest full of lovingly drawn images of blood pumping from cloven torsos. When it comes to Vikings, it's especially easy to glorify the violent aspects and gloss over the reality of such acts with a load of heroic pap. Vinland Saga doesn't do that. Many battles are portrayed as are heroic intentions. I think what balances it out is that all the battles arise out of strategic context, and motives from greed to stupidity to nation building, to ideology, to revenge are portrayed. The characters fight for good and bad reasons, and the characters are rounded enough so that you can really sympathize with their choices.

I've read a lot of shounen/seinen where the young warrior character gets idealized as some pinnacle of manhood and the reader gets a load of poorly supported philosophizing that comes across as justification for being a thoughtless brat who "solves" complex problems with violence. I also worried that Vinland Saga would follow this formula. Fortunately, this story is nothing like that. Yukimura Makoto philosophizes about war in a mature and complex way. He does not beat his reader with a moral hammer or dissolve into sentimentality. He is building a construct of a "true warrior," but he's been adding layers for 58 chapters now, I don't quite know where he's going with it, and I remain immensely engaged with his ideas.

There's also plenty of between battle content that fleshes out the political situation of the time as well as the various cultures of Iceland, Denmark, England, and Wales. Yukimura handles pacing fairly well, interspersing these scenes with the battles in a way that keeps the story flowing evenly. The plot moves along nicely but never feels so rushed that you can't take in the scenery.

I picked up Vinland Saga with a lot of reservations, all of which have proven baseless. This is a really engaging story, and I think it will appeal to more than just history nerds. Read it through that first long flashback and see if you can resist getting hooked.
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I'm quite surprised   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by intemango
October 11th, 2009, 9:01am
This is probably the only series about Norsemen I could think of, and actually does them justice. And the war was depicted in full color, with no atrocities being spared, exaggerated just for the hell of it, or turned into a long moral lesson/tearjerker .
Those proud warriors, who almost live exclusively for battle, valor and honor, and dream of being allowed by Odin into Valhalla after dying on the battlefield, so that they can continue to fight and party for eternity. It is a mindset that is almost incomprehensible to any of us today. It was a time full of endless battles, political scheming, genocides and terror, pure heroism, and stark beauty. This epic tale of a young fighter is but a single piece dedicated to those people.
The artwork is excellent, the fighting scenes are fluid, distinguishable, detailed and original. This is more than anything I could ask for. This is something that I would really like to be turned into a movie. But alas, some manga series can never be showed on TV, 'won't someone please think of the children', Askeladd has without a doubt become my favorite character. Crowning moment of awesome.

... Last updated on October 11th, 2009, 9:05am
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Startlingly Engaging   
Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
July 29th, 2009, 2:40am
Vinland Saga is a violent, meticulously orchestrated tapestry of characters that, it seems, is truly only beginning to flourish. At the time I began the manga, I could scarcely believe that someone who created Planetes could possibly produce something like this as well, but I'm quite glad I was proven wrong. Vinland Saga, although I truthfully can give no credence as to its historical accuracy, is one of the best-told period pieces out there, settling among the ranks of titles like [m]History[/m] and Cesare. I feel confidant that my opinion will only improve in the future.
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Very good and engaging story!   
Rating: N/A
by umami
May 25th, 2009, 12:22pm
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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Vinland Saga   
Rating: N/A
by GodOfMadness
April 30th, 2009, 1:09am
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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!!
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names   
Rating: N/A
by zevz
March 18th, 2009, 9:36pm
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 wink i wont submit a rating ofcorse, until after i've read it
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amazing!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by zoff
March 3rd, 2009, 8:57am
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
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superb   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GuardianPL
January 16th, 2009, 2:26pm
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 biggrin
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Clichéd settings on a new turf? Huh?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by OppKnox
November 30th, 2008, 2:31pm
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
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cliched settings on a new turf for manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by BimboSilly
November 7th, 2008, 11:04pm
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
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