Season 3 of Vinland Saga is back in full force with its second animated season. After a first season that, until the revelation of Askeladd, was mostly action-packed, this sequel focused on storytelling and exploring the psychology of the characters to perfection. Taking advantage of the current boom in Makoto Yukimura’s work, I decided to ask the following question: will there be a season 3 of the « Vinland Saga » anime?
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All you need to know about a possible season 3 of Vinland Saga
- season 3 of Vinland Saga Barring surprise, catastrophe or debacle, the only conclusion that can be drawn at this point in the story is that the Vinland Saga anime will get a third season. ?
- Despite the fact that some time ago Makoto Yukimura, the author of the original Vinland Saga manga, announced that the story was nearing its end, the reality is that as of today there is material to stop a train: 26 volumes published for a total of more than 200 manga chapters available. ?
- season 3 of Vinland Saga Of all this material, it is specifically known that the first season of the anime covered up to volume 8 of the manga, adapting the first 54 chapters of the story starring Thorfinn. ?
- Once the second season of the Vinland Saga anime has concluded, 2 of the 4 story arcs will have been completed. Although it seems that we have a short way to go, it is certain that we are assured of several dozen additional anime episodes. ?
What might be in season 3 of Vinland Saga ?
- As can be understood based on what I have explained about the Vinland Saga manga, the truth is that even if there is an announcement of a season 3 of the anime this will NOT be the end of the story. ?
- After the Slavery arc, which is what we are seeing in the second season of the Vinland Saga anime, it was followed by what is known as the Eastern Exploration arc, and this is by far the longest running arc to date in the entirety of Yukimura-sensei’s story. ?
- Added to this are two important details:
- In the first season of the Vinland Saga anime, the 54 chapters that the War Arc, the first of the manga, had were adapted by 24 episodes. This is interpreted as a rhythm of 2-3 manga chapters adapted for each episode of the anime.
- With the second season, the pace has slowed down: the Slavery arc had a total of 45 manga chapters (12 less than the first) and will still have 24 anime episodes to be adapted. This means that MAPPA has been working at a rate of 1-2 manga chapters adapted for each new anime episode.
- Why is this important for a future Vinland Saga anime season? Well because with 67 episodes behind it, the Eastern Exploration arc could force MAPPA to make its longest anime season to date. Mostly I see 2 possibilities:
- That despite the extended length they keep the pace of 2-3 manga chapters adapted into a 24 episode anime season (it would be possible, though stepping on the gas a bit at times).
- That they choose to split the Eastern Exploration arc into 2 different seasons, perhaps of about 20 episodes each, to properly adapt what for all intents and purposes will be the longest arc of the entire Vinland Saga.