“Vinland Saga” Season 2 Review


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Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association, a famous Japanese animation studio, finally released the long-awaited second season of “Vinland Saga.” Each of the 24 episodes are about 25 minutes long. “Vinland Saga” is about a boy named Thorfinn who sought out revenge for his father. His father, Thors, was tricked into rejoining a group of Vikings for war after his old friend tracked him down to ask to fight in battle one lat time. Unbeknownst to Thors, his friend Floki sends a contracted killer after his former friend, resulting in his death. 

The first season of “Vinland Saga” was about Thorfinn’s journey to avenge his father’s murder. After Thors died, Thorfinn vowed to seek vengeance on Askeladd, the man who killed his father. Thorfinn decided to become one of Askeladd’s men, intending to kill Askeladd in a duel. Despite knowing Throfinn’s intentions, Askeladd takes Thorfinn in. Over the years Thorfinn and Askeladd and his crew get involved in numerous battles which inevitably improves Thorfinn’s battle experience. After many years, Thorfinn becomes a great warrior just like his father. Askeladd takes advantage of this and gives Thorfinn brutal tasks such as assassinating people and bringing back certain things such as a head with a helmet on it. As a reward for completing these tasks, Askeladd accepts the duel with Thorfinn. Although Thorfinn is way stronger than before, he still is not a match for Askeladd and loses the duel. After his loss against Askeladd, Thorfinn continues to fight with Askeladd and his crew. 

In the second season of “Vinland Saga” we are introduced to a new character named Einar. At the beginning of the first episode, the Danish army attacks Einar’s village. During the attack of the Danes, Einar’s family is murdered. Einar is then captured by the Danish soldiers and auctioned off as a slave. Einar is bought by Ketil and is brought to Ketil’s farmland. Ketil introduces Einar to Thorfinn. Ketil explains to Einar that if he can clear up a part of the farmland and grow and sell crops he will be able to buy his freedom for the same amount he was bought for. After a couple days working on their farm Thorfinn and Einar meet the son of Ketil, Olmar. Olmar complains to his bodyguards that he is not respected because he is a kid. One of the bodyguards says that to become a man you need to take someone’s life and said that he knows the perfect people to kill, Ketil’s slaves. Fox and Badger go to retrieve Thorfinn and Einar. 

Even though season 2 of “Vinland Saga” is not fully out yet, it is pretty good, but it still is not better than season 1.