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Vinland Saga manga ending soon? Chapter 184’s June 2021 announcement has fans guessing

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Vinland Saga’s ending is coming up now that manga creator Yukimura Makoto has begun drawing the final arc of the story. Pic credit: Yukimura Makoto

Is the Vinland manga ending soon? Series creator Makoto Yukimura has long told fans what to expect from his manga series and it’s inevitable that Thorfinn’s story will come to an end.

It’s been confirmed that the Monthly Afternoon September 2021 issue will make a major announcement concerning the series on July 26, 2021. The day also happens to be the Vinland Saga Chapter 184 release date.

Fans have been speculating over what the announcement could be about. Some fans are hoping the Vinland Saga Season 2 anime TV series will be announced since the production staff at WIT Studio have been teasing the sequel for a long time, but perhaps it could be the announcement of the climax to the current final story arc?

Warning: The following paragraph contains spoilers.

The story of Vinland Saga 184 will contain the first contact between Thorfinn and the indigenous people of North America.

Note: This news story will be updated over time with new information.

Vinland Saga’ story is bound by the history of Thorfinn Karlsefni

The Vinland Saga manga’s ending will be based on the actual real-world Icelandic Vinland sagas “Saga of Eirik the Red” and “Saga of the Greenlanders”, which were texts written in the early 13th century. They told different accounts of Norse voyages to Vinland, which literally means Wineland due to the grapevines found in North America.

The Vinland Saga characters are based on historical accounts of the period. However, it’s historical fiction since the author has taken many creative liberties in filling in the blanks in the historical record.

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The main protagonist Thorfinn based on real-life explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni, whose byname means “makings of a man”. Leif is, of course, based on the historical Leif Erikson, an explorer credited in modern times with discovering the North American continent where Vinland is located.

Other characters are based on legends or invented, with Askeladd’s name based on a Norweigan folklore character that was known for being clever.

Thorfinn Karlsefni
In 1920, a statue of real-life Thorfinn Karlsefni was placed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A second statue is located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Pic credit: Wikimedia Commons

The historical accounts actually differed on significant details including who named geographical features and when Eirik the Red died. The Saga of Eirik the Red notably boosts Thorfinn and downplays the role of fellow Norse explorer Thorvald Eiriksson. It even denies Thorvald ever voyaged to Vinland, relegating the site of Thorvald’s shipwreck to an an anonymous ship.

The majority of the manga story arcs leading up to the voyage to the west in the year 1010 were about fleshing out Thorfinn as a person. As such, the manga serves as a fictional prologue to the real story.

Warning: Reading or watching the history of Thorfinn will by necessity reveal some major spoilers for anime/manga fans.

Vinland Saga Volume 28 ending the manga’s story by 2024?

The Vinland manga series by writer and illustrator Makoto Yukimura started serialization in 2005 as a weekly shonen manga but eventually switched to a monthly seinen format by the end of the year.

Makoto has sometimes spoken about how he maintains a “leisurely style” in comparison to other manga creator.

“You just have to stay healthy and be careful not to die,” he tweeted in reference to how long it took for the Attack On Titan manga’s ending to come out.

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As of May 26, 2021, the series was up to Vinland Saga Chapter 183. As of October 2020, the tankobon books were up to Vinland Saga Volume 24.

Many years ago, the creator claimed he was targeting Volume 25 for the Vinland Saga manga’s ending. Manga creators are notoriously bad at estimating the length of their stories at it seems Makoto is no exception.

What we do know for certain is that Makoto stated that he plans on creating four major story arcs: War, Slave, Eastern Expedition, and the final Vinland arc. The final arc started with Volume 24: Chapter 167 so the Vinland Arc will be up to 17 chapters long when Vinland Saga 184 releases.

Coincidentally, Volume 25 should contain up through Chapter 184. It’s possible the June 2021 announcement could surprise everyone and announce the Vinland Saga manga’s ending is coming out sooner than expected.

Vinland Saga Thorfinn Wife
The Cover of Vinland Saga Volume 24 shows a happy Thorfinn with his wife Gudrid. The child is named Karli and he’s the kid of one of Thorfinn’s friends. Pic credit: Makoto Yukimura

But it seems more likely that the final chapter will be released years in the future. After all, Makoto promised in November 2019 that the final arc would be over 1,000 pages long and around 50 chapters.

“Vinland Saga is roughly divided into four parts. So far, I have drawn three parts, the war edition, the slave edition, and the eastern expedition edition. I’m starting to draw the last one,” Makoto tweeted. “I will draw over 1000 pages and over 50 chapters. Probably will take several years. If the serialization is not discontinued.”

(The last sentence’s disclaimer is worrisome. Let’s hope it has nothing to do with the June 2021 announcement.)

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The latest chapters have ranged from 19 to 25 pages in length. Assuming Makoto isn’t planning on dramatically shortening what’s arguably the main part of the story there should be easily over 50 chapters.

Therefore, Vinland Saga Chapter 184 is less than halfway to Makoto’s original plans for the final arc. The manga is released monthly, so Makoto could reach the Vinland Saga manga’s ending by 2024 at the earliest barring any hiatus or delays.

Since each manga volume has either 8 or 9 chapters the final volume could be Volume 28 or 29. The book would likely release in late 2024 or early 2025.

Let’s just hope that Vinland Saga manga’s ending is as epic as the rest of the manga series. Stay tuned!

Patrick Frye is Monsters and Critics' Anime Editor. He more

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