The highly anticipated Season 2 of Vinland Saga has arrived, and it has brought a new perspective to the world of the Vikings. The first episode introduces Einar, a young Englishman whose life is upended when his family is brutally killed by Vikings and he is captured and sold as a slave. This shift in perspective allows viewers to see the Vikings as brutal pillagers and slavers, rather than the heroes they were portrayed as in the previous season.
Vinland Saga Season 2
Vinland Saga is based on the popular manga by Makoto Yukimura and was produced by WIT STUDIO for its first season. The anime received rave reviews and follows the story of Thorfinn, a young Viking warrior who becomes caught in a struggle for power among the heirs of King Sweyn. He is eventually sold into slavery and seeks revenge against the man who killed his father. Unlike many of his Viking comrades, Thorfinn fights not for love of battle, but with the goal of rising up in the ranks to challenge his father’s killer.
With the second season now produced by MAPPA, fans were concerned that the animation quality would suffer, but episode #1 proves that this is not the case. Just like in the manga’s second arc, the story takes a sharp shift in perspective. We are introduced to Einar, a young man from England who dreams of protecting his family and village. However, his dreams are shattered when the Vikings attack again, killing his family and destroying his home. Einar is captured and sold into slavery, where he meets Thorfinn.
One of the main themes of Vinland Saga is the characters’ struggle to break free from a life of violence. Thorfinn’s experience as a slave transforms him from a fierce warrior into a pacifist, and this shift in perspective will be a major focus of Season 2. To effectively showcase this change, it is crucial that the series accurately portrays the worst aspects of Viking society, and the first episode does just that.
While Season 1 of Vinland Saga did not shy away from depicting the Vikings as violent and bloodthirsty, it was primarily told from their perspective, focusing on their internal struggles. However, Season 2 shifts the narrative to show the perspective of a victim. Einar’s experiences as a slave highlight the brutality and cruelty of Viking society, adding depth and nuance to the story.
Season 2 of Vinland Saga is now streaming on Crunchyroll, and fans are eager to see how the story continues to unfold. With its new perspective on the Vikings and its exploration of themes of violence and redemption, the second season promises to be just as captivating as the first.