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Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga

NHK G 2019

For a thousand years, the Vikings have made quite a name and reputation for themselves as the strongest families with a thirst for violence. Thorfinn, the son of one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, spends his boyhood in a battlefield enhancing his skills in his adventure to redeem his most-desired revenge after his father was murdered.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga - S1E24

#1 - End of the Prologue


Season 1 - Episode 24

Askeladd comes forth before King Sweyn and implores him to halt his invasion of Wales. Meanwhile, Thorfinn decides to return home at Leif’s urging. However, the moment before he boards the ship, Thorfinn catches a glimpse of a single tern taking off into the sky...

The episode was rated from 210 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E4

#2 - A True Warrior


Season 1 - Episode 4

Thors and his men fall for Askeladd's trap and faces a dangerous situation, but Thors defeats many of Askeladd's men with his overpowering strength. However, Thors knows that it will be difficult to save everyone, including his son, who've been living in a peaceful village their entire lives, and makes a tough decision.

The episode was rated from 237 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E19

#3 - United Front


Season 1 - Episode 19

Thorfinn suffers a serious injury in his fight against Thorkell. Thorfinn is told to think about what he has to do to beat Thorkell. Askeladd treats Thorfinn’s wounds so that he may fight again someday, and proposes a joint strategy to help the two of them survive longer.

The episode was rated from 185 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E17

#4 - Servant


Season 1 - Episode 17

Askeladd's men continued their march to escape Thorkell. However, Torgrim and his friends were hatching a plot to switch sides and join Thorkell, taking Canute with them. Torgrim finally launches his rebellion and corners Askeladd, negotiating with him to hand over Canute, then Thorkell arrives in the midst of the confusion.

The episode was rated from 195 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E22

#5 - Lone Wolf


Season 1 - Episode 22

Thorfinn begins his duel against Askeladd with Canute and Thorkell as witnesses. However, Thorfinn is unable to strike as he stands overwhelmed by the extraordinary mood that overtakes Askeladd after Bjorn's departure. Having noticed Thorfinn's hesitation, Askeladd lays down his sword and provokes Thorfinn into an unarmed fight, which incites Thorfinn's fury.

The episode was rated from 180 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E6
#6 - The Journey Begins
Season 1 - Episode 6

Thorfinn kills his first man. As more time goes on Thorfinn kills more men and becomes more skilled. One day when Thorfinn is in battle he gets shot with an arrow and ends up unconscious. An English woman and her daughter help him recover.

The episode was rated from 215 votes.
Vinland Saga - S1E7
#7 - Normanni
Season 1 - Episode 7

Askeladd withdraws temporarily from the war against England. While searching for a new source of income, he encounters a skirmish among the Franks and hatches a plot to steal their treasure. Askeladd sends 16 years old Thorfinn, who has grown up into a cold-hearted Viking, ahead as a messenger.

The episode was rated from 217 votes.
Vinland Saga - S1E21
#8 - Reunion
Season 1 - Episode 21

Canute’s party arrives in York to attend the Imperial Council. Although Canute had wanted to strike out against King Sweyn, the King was being guarded by the most powerful Jomsviking unit in the Northern Sea while keeping a close eye on Canute. With the situation strained to the breaking point, Askeladd comes up with a plan. Meanwhile, Thorfinn is reunited with a person who knew his former self.

The episode was rated from 176 votes.
Vinland Saga - S1E18
#9 - Out of the Cradle
Season 1 - Episode 18

Thorfinn and Thorkell agree to have a duel over the fate of Askeladd. Thorkell looks forward to facing off against Thors’s son, Thorfinn, and asks him what a true warrior really is. Meanwhile, Canute is suddenly ambushed while he attempts to escape, and has a dream about a certain individual.

The episode was rated from 192 votes.
Vinland Saga - S1E3
#10 - Troll
Season 1 - Episode 3

Askeladd, the leader of a Viking army of a hundred men, receives orders from Floki of the Jomsvikings to kill Thors, who was once known as the Troll of Jom. However, the villagers, completely unaware of the order, buzz with excitement as they prepare for their first battle. Thorfinn also joins in the excitement. Thors and his men are about to embark on a difficult sea journey to England.

The episode was rated from 231 votes.

Last updated: jan 18, 2022



The best anime of the season, no isekai-vikings, beautifully animated, solid storytelling, character behavior looks realistic, and not exaggerated as in typical anime. The only weak spot so far is OP (which bad only at the start because it doesn't match visuals with warships and stuff).


I had high hopes for this series, but it was a bit of a let down. It lacks grounding. The fights aren't really that exciting and rely on certain characters having superpowers that allow them to survive despite their stupidity. In fact, it's almost like they're powered by their stupidity. Like Thorkell, who fights for the sake of fighting and says he likes being on the "losing side" for a challenge. The philosophy is broken. And the plot moves very, very slowly.


The story is intriguing and it's well laid out. However, the main character Thorifinn is slowly reduced to an annoying side character with little value, and other characters are of more interest. The ending was really weak, and my rating is between 6 and 7.


Overrated TBH, I had high expectations but the plot moves very slowly in midseason (about 8 episodes of nothing), the fights (when happens) are good when the characters have "powers" but with normal people aren't exciting. Sorry about my english.


One of the best Animes I've ever seen :heart: Great characters that I loved so much and with endings equal their greatness. soundtracks and photography are Wow. The story is marvelous and promising :heart_eyes::clap: Looking Forward to season 2


watch it. please. really, you won't regret it. also you're going to cry and make friends with the villains. hate yourself for falling in love with the man you're supposed to hate, and end up crying over them anyway


I started the series because of the good things I heard about the manga source material and Wit Studio's involvement. I didn't care much about vikings and it took me several episodes to warm up to the series. After a while, I realized the story was going somewhere meaningful and started to love the plot and character development. With the market being saturated with shonen like MHA, it's a breath of fresh air to get something new with a complex and unpredictable story. Be warned that you might spoil yourself if you take to Wikipedia and read about some of the historical events the anime is based on. This is an easy recommendation from me and it's probably one of my favourites.


Holy Shit. Finished the first season and I am floored. I can whole heartedly recommend this show.


Looks like the 2nd season is gonna be phenomenal ! I shall patiently wait for it to arrive.

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