Vinland Saga Season 2 Review – living up to the expectations set by the first season

By Nubia Brice
Published: January 31, 2023 (Last updated: March 16, 2024)
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This slower-paced season is still just as good as the first, with solid animation, interesting new characters, and a new side to Thorfinn’s character that feels fresh without losing what made the first season so good.

We review the Netflix and Crunchyroll anime series Vinland Saga Season 2, which does not contain spoilers.

As one of the most anticipated sequels of the Winter 2023 anime season, Vinland Saga season 2 had a lot of hype to live up to. Luckily for fans, the new series has yet to disappoint, coming out of the gate with several amazing episodes. It almost feels like the series never left as they transition seamlessly into the next chapter of Thorfinn’S (Yuto Uemura)  life. It was hard to imagine what was next for Thorfinn when his life’s goal of getting revenge was shattered, but seeing his journey take new, unexpected turns has been just as entertaining to watch.

Vinland Saga Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

Vinland Saga season 2 continues to follow a young Viking named Thorfinn, who has recently started a new life after his previous revenge plot was foiled. Currently, he is a slave on a man named Ketil’s farm, where he meets another young man named Einar (Shunsuke Takeuchi). He and Einar are now working together to buy back their freedom. However, it hasn’t been an easy journey, as they find themselves targets of the guards and worse. It’s clear the story is still setting up, as it’s early on in this 24-episode season, but so far, it’s been shaping up to be a good one.

Is Vinland Saga season 2 good?

Although it’s still relatively early in the season, so far, season 2 of Vinland Saga has been quite good. It’s definitely living up to the expectations set by the first season, even with only a few episodes released.

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Although it’s still early in the season, the storytelling has been strong and well-paced. We have yet to see all of the characters from season one, but it’s clear the series is taking its time setting up the plot and really fleshing out the elements we do have. The slower pace has been paying off well, focusing less on the fights and more on the dramatic elements and emotional impact. The animation has also been gorgeous, only adding to the show’s overall experience.

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Sometimes adding too many new characters can feel overwhelming, but season two has been handling that well, giving us a few significant characters to focus on more than others. The change in setting has allowed viewers to see a new side of Thorfinn and the Viking world in general. It definitely feels like a more mature series, growing with Thorfinn as he does. Surely fans wondered if season 2 would hold a candle to the first, and despite only having a few episodes out, it’s proving to be a worthy successor to season 1.

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