YMMV / Vinland Saga

  • Awesome Art: Especially once Art Evolution kicks in. Vinland Saga is sometimes compared to Berserk when it comes to its artwork, and while most would say that it doesn't quite reach its levels, that should still tell you something.
  • Broken Base: Fans are divided between that like Thorfinn change into pacifist and those that dislike it and wish he was back to his old self.
  • Crazy Awesome: Thorkell, Thrower of Logs and Puncher of Horses.
  • Critical Research Failure: There was viking women and women wasn't forced to be as submissive forced to be in the story. But then again, sensei probably couldn't have known, as it's first in 2016 Nordic historians has started admitting it and said they wrote wrong in the books as they couldn't believe it.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Happens at least once a fight scene, as there are a lot of fight scenes.
    • Three Words: "BOW BEFORE ME!"
    • Thorfinn finally getting angry again and punching one servant hard, all after he just told Einar to keep his calm. Followed by...
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "Oh Sh.." and the look on his face when he realizes he just broke his (technically) superior's chin.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Thorfinn's sister Ylva has her fair share of fans, despite barely appearing.
  • Fan Nickname: It's not uncommon to hear people refer to post-timeskip Thorfinn as Viking Kurt Cobain due to his appearance.
    • Much like how in Code Geass Suzaku would have several nicknames with "something"-zaku, most of Canute's nicknames follow the same pattern. Earlier Canute is referred to a Moenute, after his Rage Against the Heavens he's Garnute, and more recently he's become Jerknute.
    • The first post-Time Skip arc is called "Farmland Saga."
  • Growing the Beard: Canute, and boy does he. Then he goes and grows an actual beard to complete the image.
  • Idiot Ball: Gudrid, why did you stab your husband and then runaway without at least asking forgiveness?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Askeladd.
  • Memetic Badass: Thorkell!
  • Memetic Mutation: PUNCH THE HORSE!
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Svein, his Sadistic Choice to Askeladd of "Kill my son or I invade your homeland." Master Ketil crosses it with his brutal beating of Arneis
  • Wangst: Thorfinn gets called on this by some critics, but at least he has a legitimate reason for his bouts of depression and general surliness, but Ketil's son? A spoiled little rich boy who wants to be a warrior, always whining about how life is unfair. Here's hoping Thorfinn gives him the beating of a lifetime.
  • The Woobie: .........come on, Canute? I mean how can he not be after his "My Father harbors no love for me" speech in chapter 42? Not to mention Ragnar's death before that.
    • Arneis. Arneis. Losing her husband because he went to fight a meaningless battle for no reason, followed by losing her son when she was made a slave. She's sold to Ketil, and seems to do well on the farm but at the cost of being Ketil's bedwarmer. Then her husband comes back as an insane criminal who wants to save her and recover their son. Then he dies in her arms and Ketil violently beats her into a bloody pulp when he gets the news she tried to run away at just the wrong time. Then she dies of her injuries, pregnant with Ketil's child.
    • Thorfinn, big time. To say why would essentially mean summarizing the entire series.
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