“Vinland Saga“It’s an anime whose story and characters enchanted me. Because yes, at first it grabs you with what amounts to action between Vikings, but little by little it shows you that what he really wants is to tell a story with meaning, and so Thorfinn’s journey through murder, revenge, and self-acceptance is one that can cause many people to worry. try to find other animes that come close to what this great job offers.
Shingeki no Kyojin
Yeah, maybe 95% of people who watch anime have seen it.”Shingeki no Kyojin” at some point, but otherwise it seems to me a very good suggestion if you are a fan of “Vinland Saga”. The reason? The two protagonists begin their journey with a clear goal of revenge in mind, but gradually they come to understand that the complexities of the world go far beyond what can be achieved with such a simple mission.. No, in “Vinland Saga” there are no titans or paranormal things, but if what interests you as such is the construction of the protagonist and his world, “Shingeki no Kyojin” is certainly one of the best recommendations to make.
Here I could recommend the “Berserk” Since Commemorative Edition recently issued or the classic 1997 anime that most fans loved so much. However, what is logical and sensible seems to me to say that you have to read the manga (mainly due to the anime being VERY incomplete when it comes to reading). I’m working on it myself and I think it’s inevitable to draw similarities between the two works: both deal with issues of loss, in addition to making revenge an eventual primary goal of the protagonists… to then completely reverse expectations. They also show a complex world full of characters with their own concerns that impact the protagonist in one way or another. These are essentially two action shows whose true value lies in the stories they tell.
- Release Date: The manga’s first release was in August 1989, while the first anime debuted on October 7, 1997.
- Number of Episodes/Chapters: The original anime had a total of 25 episodes, while the manga already has over 370 chapters.
- Where to watch/read: You’ll find the classic anime on Netflix, while the manga is sold in Spain by the Panini company.
“Dororo” is another anime that, again, deals directly with themes of loss and revenge. In the case of the protagonist of “Dororo”, it is really necessary, especially since he must recover the different parts of his “self” among all the demons he had left at the time. It’s interesting because “Dororo” and “Vinland Saga” are anime whose protagonist begins as a mere combat tool, and gradually progresses to become a truly living human being, with all the emotional concerns that entails. A highly recommended show which, moreover, is produced by MAPPA just like “Vinland Saga”.
- Release date: January 7, 2019.
- Number of episodes: 24.
- Where to see: First video.
Far from a fantasy world like the first suggestions were, “91 Days” is an anime that takes place during the U.S. “Prohibition Law” stage. Also, we find here a journey of revenge like the one that “Thorfinn” performs at the beginning of “Vinland Saga”. In the case of the protagonist of “91 Days”, however, he would only escape death at the hands of a mafia for, a few years later, change his identity and attempt to find and kill everyone involved in the murder of his family.
- Release date: July 9, 2016.
- Number of episodes: 12.
- where to see: Crunchyroll.
Why a boxing anime? Because the recommendation is based on how “Vinland Saga” And “Megalo Box” Make A 180 Degree Turn In Terms Of The Subjects They Cover Between Their First And Second Seasons. While both of the first season are action shows, in the case of “Megalo Box” aiming to become the best boxer, in the second season both are almost entirely focused on the psychological aspects of the main character. . Thorfinn, on the one hand, with how violence is not the solution, and Joe, on the other, trying to rediscover himself.
- Release date: April 6, 2018.
- Number of episodes: 13 (Season 1).
- Where to watch: Crunchyroll (only season 2 is available).
Like “Vinland Saga”, “Golden Kamuy” is also a historical anime (revolving around the Ainu tribe). In this case, it’s not so much a revenge mission that things begin, but the promise of finding a treasure of gold of immense value. Even though “Golden Kamuy” has A LOT of humor that “Vinland Saga” doesn’t, the anime is still recommendable for the part that both feature a cast of supporting characters full of motivation and with well-crafted logic. There are no clear villains, just characters with their own stories and desires that clash with those of others.
- Release date: April 9, 2018.
- Number of episodes: 12 (Season 1).
- Where to see: Crunchyroll.
It’s one of my favorite anime, mostly because I love it the era of Chinese feudal wars by the Roman of the Three Kingdoms (although the “Kingdom” story is set much earlier). Indeed, as in “Vinland Saga” we have here a anime historical cut where wars are the main driving force behind all action. Of course, unlike Thorfinn, the protagonist of “Kingdom” has a goal closer to “Naruto” (he wants to become a Grand General). Despite this, I highly recommend it too because “Kingdom” has a host of spectacular characters that make battles more than just gun battles (don’t let anyone bleed from the eyes of the season 1 CGI, it’s totally worth it).
- Release date: June 4, 2012.
- Number of episodes: 38.
- Where to watch: Crunchyroll (Seasons 3 and 4 only).
Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation
Yes in “Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation“This is an isekai-like fantasy anime that has NOTHING to do with the historical record of ‘Vinland Saga’. Why am I suggesting it as an alternative then? Well, because in both case we closely follow the long journey of two protagonists who will have to face all kinds of adversities. The two main characters are constantly changing, both physically and mentally, according to their experiences and the new faces they meet. If you want that feeling of accompany a character in constant evolution, of course “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation” gives pride of place.
- Release date: January 11, 2021.
- Number of episodes: 11 (part 1 of season 1).
- Where to watch: Crunchyroll.
And these are the best alternatives I think I can find regarding the “Vinland Saga” anime. Obviously some share more the historical element while others do the same with the idea of revenge, but in the end, they are all proposals that, in most cases, present a story that goes beyond their action. Personally, I gave the list a chance and, at least, I can say that I liked everything.
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