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‘Vinland Saga’ Anime Gets A London Bridge Battle Storyboard Sequence

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The anime adaptation of the Vinland Saga manga from Makoto Yukimura is coming from WIT Studio and is getting some new promotion. We’ve had some fun behind the scenes pieces before and now the latest one focuses on episode nine with the London Bridge battle sequence. It’s just 80-seconds but it works a good look at the storyboard side of it with how that was put together – which is still more detailed than one might expect – showing how much goes into the slicker animation sequences.

The series has Shuhei Yabuta directing based on the series composition from Hiroshi Seko and Kenta Ihara. Animated at Wit Studio, Takahiko Abiru is handling the character designs for it.

The main cast includes Shizuka Ishigami as Thorfinn as a child, Yūto Uemura as Thorfinn, and Kenichirou Matsuda as Thors. The newly added cast includes Naoya Uchida as Askeladd, Kensho Ono as Canute, Akio Ohtsuka as Thorkell, and Hiroki Yasumoto as Bjorn. The supporting cast includes Atsushi Ono as Floki, Yōji Ueda as Leif Ericson, Ao Takahashi as Helga, Hitomi Nabatame as Ylva, Jin Urayama as Ragnar, Satoshi Hino as Willibald, Ryota Takeuchi as Asgeir, Takayuki Sugo as Sweyn, Hiroki Gotou as Torgrim, Shinya Takahashi as Atli, Makoto Furukawa as The Ear, Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Ari, and Yoshimitsu Shimoyama as Halfdan.

The manga has seen release in North America through Kodansha Comics, which has struggled in the omnibus hardcover format they were putting it out in to ensure it had a prestige feeling about it, but this is an adaptation that could really give it a huge and worthy boost. The manga has over five million copies in print across the twenty volumes released so far in Japan.

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Plot Concept: The Viking invasion of London has reached a fever pitch, and Askeladd and Thorfinn rush to take part in the carnage! Their goal is the capture of Cnut, the son of King Sweyn Forkbeard and heir to the throne of Scandanavia and the Danelaw. But standing in their way is Thorkell, one of the Viking world’s most daring warriors. The defeat of a living legend will be a formidable test of Askeladd’s cunning and Thorfinn’s ruthlessness, and of their ability to set aside personal grudges and fell a common enemy!


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