Since its premiere in 2019 Vinland saga, based on the manga of the same name by Makoto Yukimura, is a phenomenal anime. The series won Best Anime of the Year at the 6th Anime Trending Awards and has long been a fan favorite with an impressive MyAnimeList score of 8.73. The first season, which aired from July 2019 to December 2019, has 24 episodes and considering how it adapts the slave arc after the war arc in season one, we can expect another 24 episode series.
MAPPA Studio gave the green light for production of the second season Vinland Saga 2nd Commemorative Film in July 2021, although Wit Studio produced the first. Vinland saga is a story that draws on the history of the Vikings and presents it with deep meaning, as we saw in the first season. While there’s still a lot to discover in the story and many new characters to meet, here’s everything we know about it Vinland saga season 2one of the most anticipated anime of 2023.
Vinland Saga Season 2: The Storyline
In the first season we watched as the honorable Jomsviking general Thors was killed in an unfair fight by Askeladd, the leader of a gang of mercenaries. Thorfinn, his son who witnessed everything at the crime scene, vowed to avenge his father in a fair fight against Askeladd. However, after years of growing together with Askeladd and eventually seeing his death, he destroyed the vengeful Thorfinn within and lost the will to live.
The first season serves as an epilogue to Thorfinn’s character development, and as manga readers claim, the real saga is only beginning. Season 2 of Vinland saga follows the manga’s Slave arc, commonly known as Ketil’s Farm arc. Thorfinn is enslaved as punishment for attacking Canute, the new king, for stealing his purpose for existence with the execution of Askeladd at the end of season one. Thorfinn only saw war as a killing machine, fighting under Askeladd, but Season 2 will reveal a new side of him and share the torment of an enslaved individual.
We’ll likely see a reformed version of Thorfinn with a renewed will to survive. Canute, on the other hand, aims to make Earth a paradise in his own terms, and while intending to build a peaceful world, he can negatively impact the story.
Vinland Saga Season 2: The Characters & Crew
Although the first season of Vinland saga contained a significant number of characters to advance the story, most of them killed. Season 2, on the other hand, features even more intriguing characters like Einar, who will play a pivotal role in Thorfinn’s character development.
The cast of Vinland saga Season 2 includes Shunsuke Takeuchi as Einar, Yuuto Uemura as Thorfinn, Mayumi Sako as Arnheid, Kensho Ono as Canute, Youji Ueda as Leif Erikson, Hideaki Tezuka as Ketil, Yuu Hayashi as Olmar, Fuminori Komatsu as Snake, Mugihito as Sverkei, Taiten Kusunoki as Thorgil, Akio Ootsuka as Thorkell and many more.
Shuuhei Yabuta, who directed the first season of Vinland saga, will return for the second season. Among his other notable works are attack on Titan, No game, no life, overlordand Parasyte: The Maxim. Takahiko Abiru is the Chief Animation Director and Character Designer, having previously worked on Hunter X Hunter, Red lineand paprika. Hiroshi Seko is in charge of series composition, while Izumi Hirabayashi and Kentarou Oonuki are the art directors. Yutaka Yamada, known for his work on anime series such as Tokyo Ghoul, Great Pretenderand Vinland saga Season 1, returns to compose the music.
Vinland saga Season 2, one of the most anticipated historical anime, is coming to Netflix and Crunchyroll on January 10, 2023.
Everything else we know
Although the anime’s first season was released in 2019, it took almost three years to renew. The main reason for the longer delay is that the animation studio switched from Wit Studio to MAPPA. Naokado Fujiyama, the producer of Vinland saga, spoke about how the anime has transformed the studio for the upcoming season in an interview with Anitrendz. He explained:
“We decided this time to switch studios from WIT Studio to MAPPA. I think that surprised a lot of people from the Season 1 staff to create Season 2. We are working hard to produce Season 2 that will be fun for everyone, so please look forward to it. When we released the Season 2 trailer, we released it in a way that shows the continuity from Season 2 to Season 1, and I hope that’s something that fans will appreciate and a positive. We are looking forward Vinland saga season 2.”
Wit Studio lived up to the manga adaptation with animations that exceeded anime fans’ expectations, but MAPPA never disappoints. With consistently successful anime projects like attack on Titan, Jujutsu Kaisen, Inuyashiki, kakeguriand many more over the years, MAPPA has emerged as one of the rising giants of the anime industry.
With the manga story still more to discover, the second season will bring fans plenty of action and heartfelt interactions. Combined with MAPPA studio’s outstanding visual appeal, it will surely surpass the previous season.