Vinland Saga’s Second Season

Carter Zyskowski, Journalist

Courtesy of Crunchyroll
Courtesy of Crunchyroll

Vinland Saga’s second season was recently released on January 10th of this year and is still releasing episodes for the season. As of writing this article, ten episodes of season two have been released. Fans of season one of Vinland Saga were excited for more of this beautiful anime returning for a second season. The main protagonist of Vinland Saga is Thorfinn, a warrior who was born in Iceland. 

The Vinland Saga manga, released in 2005, sold over seven million copies. 14 years later the first season of Vinland Saga anime was released, airing from July to December of 2019 for 24 episodes. Season one was met with massive success, inevitably season two was released. Season one was animated by WIT studios, the studio responsible for popular anime like Spy×Family, the first three seasons of Attack on Titan, Bubble, and more. Season two, however, was animated by MAPPA, which was responsible for popular anime like Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and the final 4th season of Attack on Titan.

Vinland Saga’s first season focuses on Thorfinn traveling with Askeladd and his crew. They travel through many places in Europe in 1013, all while Thorfinn does Askeladds dirty work to duel him and avenge his father. Though Askeladd is able to manipulate Thorfinns short temper and causes him to continuously lose the duels, eventually leading to a loop in Askeladd’s benefit.  The scenery is one of my favorites out of all of the anime I have watched thus far, from the sunrise above a farm to a bloody battlefield, everything feels like it has a purpose. The blend of action and storytelling, and the characters are amazing and bring a whole new perspective to the way anime can be set in olden times.

Thorfinn and Askellad meet plenty of interesting characters, but I would have to say that my favorite character is Thorkell, a 7’5 Viking who is incredibly strong. He is considered to be one of the strongest Vikings of Vinland Saga. From the moment we are introduced to him he immediately shows his incredible strength by hurling boulders and massive spiked logs at his enemies.

I really recommend watching “Vinland Saga.” It is a beautiful anime with amazing storytelling set a thousand years ago. I recommend this anime to anyone looking for a more “actiony” anime because this anime seriously doesn’t hold back on the violence but the action doesn’t hold back the overall story as a whole which I really love. Season 2 has been absolutely amazing so far and I can’t wait for more episodes to be released.