Vinland’s story tells the story of a boy named Thorfinn, whose life is redefined by the death of his father. Raised among Viking mercenaries while seeking revenge for his father’s death, Thorfinn’s journey has not been easy. However, he has no choice but to win and sharpen his skills continuously, as the dangerous world he lives in leaves no room for peaceful days.
There are many reasons why Vinland Saga has become so popular, from the well-thought-out historical setting that showcases Viking life and wars to the deeply moving and realistic personal story. The film doesn’t shy away from nuanced action or drama. While there may be no other anime that perfectly fits it, there are plenty of great series that contain many of the key elements that make the series so special.
10 Attack on Titan
Given the sheer difference in length, it’s no surprise that Attack on Titan is much longer than the Vinland Saga anime. At their core, however, the two stories are surprisingly similar. Similar to Thorfinn, Eren is also driven by loss and revenge, which he chooses to deal with by joining the army and battling the Titans that threaten those around him. Furthermore, the supporting characters in both films get as much attention as the main character, which contributes to the complexity of the story. Perhaps the most important similarity, however, is the bold willingness to accept unbridled brutality and drama.
9 91 days
Like Vinland Saga, 91 Days revolves around dealing with loss and revenge. Angelo’s journey is quite similar to Thorfinn’s; Losing his family to the Vanetti mafia family, he eventually joins the same group to secretly seek revenge. Like the premise, however, the shows take quite different approaches overall, with Thorfinn’s story encompassing more elements of adventure and drama, while Angelo’s story is more realistic. Also, while both shows have a historical setting, the time period they choose to show is not the same (with 91 Days depicting a gangster story), so the personal relationship may affect personal preferences.
Berserk tells the story of Guts, also known as the Black Swordsman, who started out as a lone mercenary but eventually joined Griffith’s crew after losing a duel to him. While Band of the Hawk is undeniably powerful, Griffith’s secrets and ambitions seem beyond anyone else’s comprehension. Berserk is more thematically defined than the Vinland Saga, including elements of dark fantasy and even horror. However, both have similar historical backgrounds (Middle Age Europe), characters with real depth and development, and revenge motives, making them feel familiar despite their differences. clear difference.
While taking place in an entirely different historical setting, China’s Warring States period, Kingdom spares no effort to construct a realistic setting for its events. Protagonist Xin, driven by the loss of his best friend Piao, must grow up in a war-torn country and overcome difficult times as he seeks to fulfill his promise to his best friend. his best, become the greatest war general. Another interesting similarity, especially regarding the second part of the Vinland Saga, is that Xin and Piao met and befriended each other as slaves, as did Throfinn and Einar. Regardless of the circumstances, both of them do not give up hope, always wishing and striving for a better future.
The story of Claymore is set in a world ravaged by shape-shifting demons known as youma, who can only satisfy their hunger with human flesh. The only ones who can stand up to these demons are the Claymores, a human-demon hybrid specially produced to fight love. The story follows Clare, such a youkai, accompanied by Raki, someone she saved. Claymore’s dark fantasy/horror setting may be worlds apart from the Vinland Saga, but its story also places a lot of emphasis on revenge, perseverance, and characters with real depth. Moreover, the action scenes are also very lively and interesting.
5 To Your Eternity
Perhaps the most striking similarity that To Your Eternity brings to the Vinland Saga is how much it revolves around the idea of humanity. Vinland Saga is more focused on that aspect, as its scope is more limited, but it excellently presents the individual drama of the main characters. Meanwhile, To Your Eternity takes place in many different times and spaces. The story follows the main character Fushi, who comes to Earth as a mere sphere, with no thoughts or feelings. However, the more people he meets and the more he experiences, the more he learns what it really means to be human.
4 Heroic Legend of Arslan
Although The Heroic Legend of Arslan includes elements of fantasy not found in the Vinland Saga, the clear historical inspiration and constant war theme make these shows strikingly similar. Despite being the prince of the Kingdom of Pars, Arslan is young and unaccustomed to the battlefield he is forced to join when his once-prosperous kingdom is threatened when his father is betrayed. Then, like Thorfinn, Arslan must learn about war and find allies, preparing for a difficult, challenging journey. Furthermore, he also faces losses throughout his journey, reinforcing the severity of the situation he has to deal with.
3 Gold Kamuy
Golden Kamuy follows the journey of a pair of rather odd characters, Sugimoto “The Immortal” and Asipra, a young Ainu girl. Both are searching for gold, the former seeking to fulfill her friend’s dying wish, and the latter seeking to reclaim what originally belonged to her people. However, despite their skill, the journey is not easy, as they are not the only ones who know the map leading to the treasure. Despite the obvious differences in setting and tone (with occasional humorous scenes), Golden Kamuy’s story is also realistic, intense, engaging, and historically inspired.
Dororo’s eponymous protagonist is accompanied by Hyakkimaru, a powerful ronin whose body parts were offered to the devil by his father in exchange for great power. When Hyakkimaru discovers that his lost body parts were recovered when he slayed demons, he sets out on a journey of revenge to take back all that was taken from him as an object. sacrifice. Despite clearly different supernatural and mythological inspirations, in contrast to the actual inspirations of the Vinland Saga, Dororo also takes place in a historical setting. Furthermore, the story has a similar revenge motive, a war setting, and a common theme of resilience despite tragedy.
Unlike any other entry on this list, Drifters is the only one with an Isekai theme. The story begins when Toyohisa Shimazu, on the verge of death, suddenly finds himself dragged into an unrecognizable world. There, he befriends historical figures such as Nobunaga Oda and Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, and together they fight to protect goblins and demihumans. The similarities between the Drifters and Vinland Saga may be more superficial, as the former lacks the nuanced drama of the latter. Regardless, it’s a movie worth watching when looking for plenty of historical-inspired cartoons, large-scale wars, and good live-action combat scenes, all within the setting of a Original, engaging adventure.
Vinland Saga took the world by storm when it was first broadcast, instantly captivating viewers with its unique setting and storytelling. It tells a deeply personal story and takes the audience on a journey that includes both action and emotion. From world building to character development, every aspect of the show received the care it needed to create something truly special. No other cartoon can or should be exactly like Vinland’s storybut fans of the title will surely find these shows equally enjoyable.