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Vinland Saga   
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Type
Manga

Related Series
Ganso Ylva-chan (Spin-Off)
Animal Land Saga (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Saga Winlandzka
Vinland Destanı
Vinrando Saga
Сага про Вінланд
ヴィンランド サガ
ヴィンランド・サガ
海盜戰記

Groups Scanlating
4chan
MangaStream
Project Vinland
Hox
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Latest Release(s)
c.211 by Project Vinland 16 days ago
c.210 by Project Vinland about 1 month ago
c.209 by Project Vinland 3 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
28 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (S1) Chap 1-2 adapted in EP 7-8 / Vol 8, Chap 55 (S2)
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 54 (S1) / Vol 14, Chap 100 (S2)

User Reviews
Vinland Saga by canucks

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9 topics, 77 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1944 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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Year
2005

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
INKR
Kodansha Comics (13 Omnibuses - Ongoing | Premium Collector Hardcover 3-in-1 - 2 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #389 increased(+40)
Monthly Pos #451 decreased(-89)
3 Month Pos #447 decreased(-15)
6 Month Pos #436 decreased(-31)
Year Pos #404 increased(+37)

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On 2353 wish lists
On 170 completed lists
On 176 unfinished lists
On 818 custom lists

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One of my favorites! (Been following for years)  
by crazyazn69
February 20th, 2023, 7:36pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The story has continued to evolve far beyond my imagination. I highly recommend it.

The art is great.

The characters are deep and interesting and there are many of them.

The characters have meaningful interactions.

The plot devices make sense.

The story highlights some fascinating facts about history that are fun to look up.

The philosophical moments are meaningful and deep. There is no superficial good or bad guy. The MC's worldview, while beautiful, is always tenuous. That is to say that you never know if his dreams for the future can really come to be. So, the story carries a wonderful tension that keeps readers engaged.

I highly recommend this to everyone!

... Last updated on February 20th, 2023, 7:38pm
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Devolves into TRASH  
by ciel_bleu
May 8th, 2022, 12:01am
Rating: N/A
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
This manga is over-hyped. Story would have been half way decent if it didn't go and kill the only interesting character (Askeladd) and then devolve into some lame moral preaching that doesn't even make sense. The sudden character "developments" are way too contrived. Canute went from being a bumbling idiot whose only redeeming quality was being able to cook a decent stew- to being an authoritative prince plotting to overthrow his father- all because of the empty words of a drunk priest and a half baked epiphany? REALLY? Just like that? He got high on some words? The guy who got high on berserker shrooms made for a more compelling plot device.

This story is just a bunch of needless war, gore and some mild nudity. Do not mistake that for realism, because people seem to be getting stabbed, shot by arrows, having their fingers cut off- without incurring any tetanus. It's just incredibly fantastical and silly when we know simple flesh wounds could kill people during that time.

As for the MC, what a wasted potential. He loses a man he was supposed to hate but had come to see as a second father. He lived from fight to fight, simply to duel him and win in an honorable fight for...revenge? He lived with Askeladd's troupe for years, knew they worked for money, and never questioned why they chose to kill his father? Never even thought about "WHY"? In the end he couldn't seek revenge against a man who wasn't even the person who conspired to kill him in the first place. He remains blissfully ignorant of the reality of that day. OKAY At this point i should probably confess i dropped the series at chapter 122 so I don't know if he found out later, and frankly I just don't care.

He's basically now haunted by the deaths he caused and thinks that by being a pacifist he's somehow redeeming himself. His moral platitudes about the "futility of revenge" doesn't even make sense within the story. First of all, its the dark ages, where death and destruction are normal. He feels responsible for the people he killed but we all know he was a mindless killing machine for someone else. If he didn't do the killing, someone else would've. The people he killed would have died even if he wasn't the one to do it. Second, Askeladd had a very satisfying story of revenge against his own father and breaking free. So where does he get off, preaching about the benefits of pacifism? And not seeking revenge? In fact, his moral preaching gets in the way of actual justice. The slave master Ketil rapes and impregnates his slave Arnheid. When Ketil is branded a traitor and has the king come after him, he feels powerless to do anything. He becomes unhinged when he realizes that Arnheid tried to escape, and sought to "punish" her. It's simply a way to get back his agency and get rid of his own feeling of powerlessness- by exerting power over the powerless slave and take back the feeling of control. He beats her with enough force to kill her and the unborn child. He was stopped from killing her on the spot because others intervened. She died later due to the injuries. So he's basically committed needless homicide. Our dear Thorfinn stops Einar from killing the slave-master because "revenge wouldn't do anything". Except, it wasn't revenge, but repurcussion and justice for Einar who sees the love of his life get killed brutally. The Ketil slave master was already branded a traitor and it wouldn't have made a difference if he was killed. But instead, he gets to live, eat the fruits of slave labour and live a comfortable life while reminiscing about the slave he raped and killed. Great going. IF the moral of the story was that he lived his life in regret- that's bull.

Life itself is a precious privilege. Ketil Slaver got to enjoy his. While Arnheid didn't. There's no justice in the path Thorfinn has chosen. His pacifist lifestyle depends on the generosity of his opponents. Another person in his position would have died a long time ago. Hell, he would have died if his opponents used the sword instead of the fist. His pacifist morality is simply a veneer for self gratification, and a way to soothe his own nightmares and live easier with his past. That's him being selfish in his own way. Maybe Einar would have felt better after meting out his own justice. We'll never know because the story has devolved into some pompous self righteous sermonising. BLEH. I need a palette cleanser after this.


... Last updated on January 26th, 2023, 10:59am
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I like the storyline  
by poien
March 30th, 2021, 7:55pm
Rating: N/A
The story line is great.I really like this one, even though sometimes the story can be confusing for me i still enjoy it a lot.
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The Gold Standard  
by firefox1234
December 24th, 2019, 3:22pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Compelling plot? Check.

Dynamic characters? Check

Fleshed out main and secondary characters? Check

Arguably the best manga of all time? Check

If you have any doubts about this manga, throw them away. I would suggest reading the manga over the anime(which is also good)because the source material has more details and is put together better.
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One of the best  
by Sburator
July 30th, 2019, 8:13pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I really enjoyed every page.
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On the summit!  
by Jiambi
February 6th, 2018, 10:30pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Clearly one of the best, more mature and developed mangas there is! the art!!! every panel has so much input it hurts!!

Character development is profund, intrincate, layered and realistic!

The whole story has an impecable historical setting with lots of cool references. Lastly battles are as good and bloody as it gets!! if you liked mangas in the vein of Berserk, Historie or Vagabond dont think it twice!

(also, just to be clear, imho this manga has a lot of points in common with berserk, a tragic main character, a party journey in a huge world, extremly detailded artwork, extremly bloody battles, scarce comedy relief... not fantasy though, and main character motivations are diferent, but i can see why people who like one of them would definitly like the other)

... Last updated on February 6th, 2018, 10:38pm
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Still have way to go  
by wansmor
March 7th, 2016, 2:27am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I don't understand why people relate this series to Berserk, Vagabond maybe but not Berserk. Berserk's headline is a fight between monsters and humans. This is not the case with VS, which headline the journey of Thorfin, a Viking boy who's seeking a mean to his life after his father was killed in front of his very eyes.

Naturally, gore scenes is plenty on VS early on, because of the rough life style of the vikings, but there's more depth to it. While it's true that the viking lives from one battles to another, this series also shows that there are those who fights with wits among them. This made VS shows more than just gore from one chapter to another, but also tactical maneuvers.

VS then made brave turn, when Thorfin lost his revenge target and went into a slump. The author showed that he intended VS to be a whole story, not just a simple war seeking Viking lifestyle, but instead the Story of Vinland itself. And because we have yet to see the actual Vinland, it is safe to say that this series, as of the time this review was written, is still far from over.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 2:29am
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Not Berserk  
by DrManga
August 16th, 2015, 2:55pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I do not see why people compare it to Berserk. Berserk became extremely shallow and it was being milked by extending the number of volumes and not getting anywhere for a very long time. It just kept repeating the same shallow formula over and over.

For the people who complain about the farming arcs, Seriously go reading berserk if you want constant fighting. It only adds to the manga quality.

It goes on full retard on volume 16 (The hunter and the hunted) with just absurdity (circular saw?) and full on feminism. It seemed to be heading that way for the last few volume, but still. Hope this arc finishes soon.

This is not Berserk. Nothing like Berserk. This has a lot of depth and intrigue. Only problem, I do believe it gets released once a month. Maybe one should wait until it is finished before reading ^_^

... Last updated on August 16th, 2015, 10:01pm
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Terribly Underrated but Only for the Mature Reader  
by taichokage
June 4th, 2015, 7:41am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
So to be straight to the point, if you favorite series include the likes of Naruto, Bleach Fairy Tail, or mainstream Shounen, there is a fair possibility you will not enjoy this series.

If your favorite series are Ecchi or Comedy based, there's a high possibility that this series will just be meh for you.

But if your favorites include the likes of Vagabond, Berserk, Ubel Blatt or Wolfsmund, you will most likely enjoy this series a great deal.

It is not as action packed as the aforementioned series but is not without it's battles scenes. Without spoiling, thus far in the manga, there are 3 distinct periods in the series, the 3rd being relatively new on the block. This is a story about 1 man's development primarily, but later molds into that man's quest and desire.

It's a tale of revenge and repentance in one taking place in the early 1000's. There are many complex factors to this series. But please do yourself a favor and begin reading this.
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you decide..  
by LockONN
February 21st, 2014, 8:39am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I normally wont bother with ratings, and they generally tend to annoy me whenever I read them, People writing what is just opinion but, is spelled out as if it were fact always gets me. I will say that I think that the story is excellent regardless of preference, I liked the the way it was told and the amount of depth in many aspects of the story to say the least. I feel that is always important to see and decide for yourself whether you will like something or not. Instead of believing what is only someone's opinion which is faultless ignorance it is better to know, and decide for yourself. In my opinion the story is at the least worth a glance. I feel that its is by no means a superficial story only interested in characters that look cool, but an earnest read to say the least.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2014, 8:46am
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