Manga Vinland Saga Discussion

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12:06:16 PM Jan 4th 2011
Does anyone else think Thorkell qualifies as an Ensemble Darkhorse? He is the most memorably awesome character, for various reasons.
07:22:36 AM Mar 31st 2010
This series sounds somewhat interesting to me, and I'm considering checking it out. Before that, however, I have an important question. You see, I'm not really into anime, in general, although there are one or two exceptions. And what I want to know is this: are the creators really interested in telling a well-researched story about the Norse, or are they just using the setting as a gimmick for a generic shonen work? I'm interested in checking this out because of the Norse setting, not because it's an anime. Would I like it?
08:44:02 PM Mar 31st 2010
Kind of both, really. The setting is fairly accurate, and it's in no way "animeified" - though they do take a lot of liberties with the combat - and it's pretty brutal about the reality of Viking raids and exactly how sustainable they were. The story, however, really focuses on the characters more so than the setting, and in a little way, how the characters interact with the setting.

It's no Viking saga, but I would hardly describe it as "generic shonen".
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