The release date and international streaming partners for season 2 of the Viking anime series Vinland Saga season have just been confirmed.
Cast your mind back to 2019; an incredible year for anime fans that featured one of the best new series to launch worldwide in recent years – the epic Viking tale of Vinland Saga.
The series had almost everything that fans of action anime could hope for: well-choreographed fight sequences, superb character development, and possibly one of the best-written villains of all time – not to mention an incredible opening song by Survive Said The Profit.
Now, more than two years later, we finally know Thorfinn’s fate and what the future holds for Vinland Saga as the release date and streaming platforms have now been confirmed for season 2.
A cryptic Viking renewal in Nordic runes
On September 22, 2020, the director of Vinland Saga Shuhei Yabuta tweeted three images of the main characters and asked fans of the series to decipher “a small easter egg.”
In the bottom corners of each image, there are Nordic runes and fans quickly figured out that each rune, when translated to English, said “Sea-Son-Two.”
There was also some Japanese text from a conversation between the characters, with Thorfinn asking “How long must we wait?” to which Askeladd replies “That’s why I hate kids…” with Canute adding, “It’s soon…I guess…”
The series’ official Japanese Twitter page then shared the news on July 7, 2021, that the hit anime had indeed been renewed for season 2 with the first teaser trailer, see below.
Whilst the official confirmation was welcomed by the Vinland Saga community, very few fans were surprised by the show’s continuation. Not only was the first season incredibly popular, scoring 8.8/10 on IMDB and 8.73/10 on MyAnimeList with over 660,000 users and over 1 million members, but there is still plenty of source material from the manga left to adapt.
According to Anime Geek (formerly Monsters and Critics), episode 24 ended by adapting up until chapter 54 of volume 8 in the manga. The good news is that as of October 2022, 197 chapters across 26 complete volumes have been published in Japan – see the end of this article for where to read the manga in English.
“A new millennium begins in the southern part of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. After the death of his longtime enemy, Askeladd, Thorfinn lost his purpose in life. He was bought by the landowner Ketil as a “slave” and engaged in land reclamation work on his farm. Thorfinn meets a young man there, Einar, who was also a slave like him. The encounter of Einar led Thorfinn to face the sins he had committed and began to find meaning in life. On the other hand, Canute, who became the King of England, attempted to extend his territory for the establishment of “the promised land”. This is “The Story of a True Warrior (Saga)”. “The story of Atonement and Salvation (Saga) “that lies beyond the prologue.” – Vinland Saga season 2 preview, via Crunchyroll News.
Vinland Saga season 2 release date and streaming confirmed
As confirmed by the official Twitter page and in a brand new teaser trailer, see below, season 2 of Vinland Saga will premiere on January 9 in Japan.
The series will be simulcast streamed on Crunchyroll, as confirmed in a press release and blog post, for North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS-based viewers.
Netflix Asia will also be simulcasting the series’ second season; specific release dates for these platforms have not yet been confirmed, although expected for January 9 as well.
In addition to the confirmation of the Q1 2023 return, it was also revealed that Studio MAPPA would be taking over from Wit Studio with the key staff from the first season set to reprise their roles in the upcoming second season.
“Showy events will decrease and the pace of the story will slow down. However, the emotions of the characters move more greatly and fiery. I promise that there is a unique experience like no other. I hope you all enjoy season 2!” – Shuhei Yabuta, via Twitter.
A video from the Twin Engine YouTube channel with the Vinland Saga team confirmed that season 2 would be 24 episodes in total.
In February, director Shuhei Yabuta actually revealed that the team had experienced an unexpected hiccup in production. In a Twitter post, Yabuta said that “We have been hit by an unexpected situation. But now, we are concentrating on our work in a stable environment thanks to the support of many people.”
Addressing fan speculation on Twitter that 24 episodes may not be enough, Yubata said that “Season 2 plays a very important role in Vinland Saga. So it is expected that enough number of episodes can be secured to depict emotions of characters carefully.”
“Some people might think that the story of this season isn’t suitable for anime series, but I don’t. Certainly the storytelling is unique. But there is an important phase of the whole story in this season. And I believe it will make this anime special.” – Shuhei Yabuta, via Twitter.
Where to read the original manga in English
The English version of Vinland Saga is being released in a slightly different format than typical manga, launching two volumes at the same time.
Whilst a total of 26 volumes have been published in Japan, the English release is lagging slightly behind with only 24 of those volumes being launched internationally.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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