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Vinland Saga, Vol. 8

March 26, 2017 1 comment

Vinland Saga, Vol. 8Vinland Saga, Vol. 8
by Makoto Yukimura, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 416 pp
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

After a long, painful journey, Thorfinn is home. Unfortunately the family reunion is short lived as he sets out once to seek out his destiny and to make amends for his blood spattered past. With fellow freed slave, Einar and the legendary Leif Erickson, Thorfinn leaves to establish a peaceful society in Vinland. Before he can do that, he’ll need money, supplies and men. To this end he seeks out the wealth viking, Halfdan. What should be a simple yes or no proposal quickly becomes complicated with weddings, misunderstandings and more, as Makoto Yukimura’s viking epic continues, with Vinland Saga, Vol. 8!
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Vindland Saga, Vol. 6

October 11, 2015 1 comment

Sorry for the delay, but it’s better late then never, right? Plus, with NYCC going on, there’s plenty of news items out there as well! So enjoy a small news round up before taking a look at my thoughts on Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!

And now, onto this week’s review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 6Vinland Saga, Vol. 6
by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 400 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Makoto Yukimura’s viking saga returns with Vinland Saga, Vol. 6 and it doesn’t disappoint! After years of plotting, fighting and ruling England, King Canute’s plans near their end game as he finds himself mere days away from solidifying his rule of Denmark and England. Meanwhile back on the farm, Thorfinn and Einar find themselves nearing their own goal of attaining freedom, but an escaped slave throws that all into turmoil and Thorfinn finds his new pacifistic convictions put to the test.

This is easily one of my favorite manga series currently in print and this volume does wonders to show why that is. Between the absolutely gorgeous artwork and the themes of violence and vengeance, Makoto Yukimura has created an entertaining and engaging piece of work that fulfills all the eye candy and action needs, while also asking and taking a look at the cycle of violence and how realistic it is to believe that it can ever be broken.
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Vinland Saga, Vol. 5

January 29, 2015 1 comment

Before we get to my midweek manga review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5, have a few news items that caught my attention in what seemed like a rather slow news week.

And now onto this weeks review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5!

VinlandSaga5Vinland Saga, Vol. 5
by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 448 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga enters into a new phase as, what fans have dubbed, “The Farmland Saga” gets under way with volume five! Thorfinn, once a deadly and determined fighter driven by a need for vengeance is now a broken man, serving as a slave on a farm working day to day with nary a hope or dream to sustain him. Filled with Apathy, Thorfinn finds himself attracting some unwanted attention from the farm’s overseers, attention which forces him to confront his past if he has any hope of a future.
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Vinland Saga, Vol. 4

October 8, 2014 1 comment

It’s midweek manga time! With Vinland Saga, Vol. 5 hitting this week, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at Vinland Saga, Vol. 4. First though, some news…

And now, my review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 4.

Vinland Saga, Vol. 4Vinland Saga, Vol. 4
by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 432 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

In many series what happens the fourth volume of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga would be the big climax that we’ve been waiting for. Everything from the previous volumes has been leading up to the seismic events of this volume which promise to change the face of the series. Big boasts to be sure, but they’re absolutely and totally valid. Prince Canute confronts his father, King Sweyn, as his forces conspire to place him upon the throne so that he may create his dreamed of Heaven on Earth since God won’t. Caught up in the political machinations of the royal family, Thorfinn’s quest for vengeance seems like a small and nearly forgotten piece in a much larger puzzle. Will he ever avenge his father’s death at the hands of Askeladd?
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