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Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga

NHK 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 Worst Episodes of Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga - S1E13

#1 - Child of a Hero


Season 1 - Episode 13

Askeladd crosses the river and escapes from Thorkell into Wales with Canute. However, Askeladd’s men are ambushed by a group of soldiers hiding behind the boulders at the border of the kingdom of Brycheiniog. Askeladd attempts to negotiate with their messenger and reveals his plan.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 163 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E10

#2 - Ragnarok


Season 1 - Episode 10

Askeladd's army separates from the army of Denmark and attacks a village 100 km to the west. Thorfinn leaves the soldiers behind in disgust and climbs up a hill overlooking the village, where he pledges revenge for his father. However, he encounters Askeladd sitting in the darkness, who tells him about "Britannia", the aging of the world, and Ragnarok, the final battle.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 181 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E12

#3 - The Land on the Far Bank


Season 1 - Episode 12

Askeladd and his men continue their march to escape from Thorkell. However, their march comes to a halt at the Severn River. Askeladd hands a letter to an old man operating a ferry across the river and tells him to deliver the letter to the other side immediately. As soon as he hears the addressee’s name, the old man sets off in his boat.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 180 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E16

#4 - History of Beasts


Season 1 - Episode 16

Askeladd and his men are attacked by the English army in the village where they had planned to camp during the winter. Askeladd captures their captain and interrogates him to find out how the English knew where they were, and discovers that Thorkell is fast approaching. The news of Thorkell's arrival sends waves of shock among Askeladd's followers.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 154 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E23

#5 - Miscalculation


Season 1 - Episode 23

After the assassination attempt on Canute’s life, rumors spread through York saying that the king is trying to kill Canute. As a result, the king is unable to issue any orders that would put Canute in harm, and Askeladd is pleased that everything is proceeding as planned. However, the tables turn when King Sweyn speaks. Meanwhile, Thorfinn is sent to prison as punishment for disturbing the peace.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 152 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E11

#6 - A Gamble


Season 1 - Episode 11

Thorkell takes Canute hostage and follows after the main army of Denmark. Ragnar objects to Thorkell’s plan to take on the entire army of Denmark, boasting 16,000 soldiers, with only 500 men. Thorkell then begins to tell Ragnar the story of Valhalla, the pride of Normans, a place where only those who die in battle can go.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 171 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E15

#7 - After Yule


Season 1 - Episode 15

After losing Canute, Thorkell decides to halt his advance in central England. Thorkell hears that the end of the war between Denmark and England is near, and bemoans the end of the war. However, he later gets wind of an interesting piece of news.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 163 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E2

#8 - Sword


Season 1 - Episode 2

In the year 1002, the war between England and Denmark was intensifying. One day, the Jomsvikings pay a visit to Thorfinn's village in order to bring back Thors, their former commander, to prepare for the impending battle. Thors is forced to join the war in order to protect the villagers from being taken hostage, and must face his accursed past in order to save his family and his village.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 208 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E1

#9 - Somewhere Not Here


Season 1 - Episode 1

Thorfinn, a boy living in Iceland, longs for adventure and is eager to know more about the world. He dreams of a land of paradise called Vinland that he hears about from the adventurer Leif, while he leads his peaceful life with this father Thors, a former warrior. One day, Thors saves a runaway slave and sets a series of events in motion. This is the story of a true warrior in an age of turmoil.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 242 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E14

#10 - The Light of Dawn


Season 1 - Episode 14

Askeladd and his men change course and decide to return to Gainsborough, by crossing through the Earldom of Mercia in the midst of a harsh snowstorm, where the main army of Denmark awaits. The men spot a small village in the blizzard and make their move.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 177 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E5
#11 - The Troll's Son
Season 1 - Episode 5

After Askeladd kills Thorfinn's father Thors, Thorfinn hides inside Thor's ship and bides his time until the opportunity to take revenge. However, life on the ship is harsh without any food or water, and Thorfinn grows weaker day by day. One day, Thorfinn, armed with his sword, attempt to attack Askeladd in his sleep...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 190 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E20
#12 - Crown
Season 1 - Episode 20

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 #2 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 143 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E8
#13 - Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Season 1 - Episode 8

After capturing the treasure from the Franks, Askeladd's men return to the village of Gorm on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark to pass the winter. Thorfinn challenges Askeladd to a duel as a reward for bringing him the head of the captain of the clan of Franks. Even though Thorfinn has grown in skill through his experience in battle, he is still no match for Askeladd.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 172 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E9
#14 - The Battle of London Bridge
Season 1 - Episode 9

In October 1013, King Sweyn leads a fleet of Danish and Viking ships in an attempt to take London Bridge of England. Askeladd's army, hired by the army of Denmark, was among them. However, after the betrayal of Thorkell the Tall, a Viking known for his overpowering strength, London Bridge has become impregnable. Askeladd tells Thorfinn he'll reward him with a duel if he's able to kill Thorkell.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 177 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E3
#15 - 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 #5 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 197 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E18
#16 - 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 #6 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 169 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E21
#17 - 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 #7 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 149 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E7
#18 - 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 #8 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 187 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E6
#19 - 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 #9 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 186 votes.

Vinland Saga - S1E22
#20 - 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 #10 Worst episode of Vinland Saga from 154 votes.

Last updated: jan 10, 2021



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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