Crunchyroll has announced that the second season of the popular viking anime Vinland Saga is now available for streaming!
The events of the second season take place in the southern portion of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark as new millennium begins. After the death of his longtime enemy, Askeladd, Thorfinn lost his purpose in life. He is sold as a slave to the landowner Ketil and is engaged in reclaiming the farm. Thorfinn encounters a young man named Einar who was a slave just like him. Thorfinn is forced to confront his sins as a result of his encounter with Einar. Meanwhile, Canute, who eventually becomes King of England, makes an effort to expand his domain in order to find "the promised land."
The voice cast for Vinland Saga's second season includes Yuto Uemura as Thorfinn, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Einar, Kensho Ono as Canute, Mayumi Sako as Arnheid, Yu Hayashi as Olmar, Hideaki Tezuka as Ketil, Taiten Kusunoki as Thorgil, Fuminori Komatsu as Snake, Mugihito as Sverkel, Yoji Ueda as Leif, and Akio Otsuka as Thorkell. It is directed by Shuhei Yabuta, with music by Yutaka Yamada and animation by MAPPA.
The Vinland Saga anime is based upon the popular Japanese historical manga series of the same name. The manga is written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. It was initially serialized in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine. After that, it moved to the monthly manga magazine Monthly Afternoon.
The events of the Vinland Saga take place in an England ruled by the Danes at the beginning of the 11th century and focuses on the Danish invaders of England, the Vikings. The narrative combines a dramatization of King Cnut the Great's historical rise to power with a revenge plot that centers on the historical explorer Thorfinn, the son of a murdered ex-warrior who serves under a group of mercenaries responsible for the deed.
The first season of the anime television series, which consisted of 24 episodes and was shown on NHK General TV from July 2019 until December 2019, was animated by Wit Studio. MAPPA is responsible for the animation of the second season.
As of August 2022, there were more than 7 million copies of the Vinland Saga manga in circulation. The series was awarded both the Grand Prize at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival and the 36th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga. Both awards were presented in the category of "Best General Manga." The anime adaptation received a lot of positive feedback, with a number of commentators ranking it as one of the top anime series of 2019.