Vinland Saga turned a few heads last year with its gory and intense narrative of Viking times with an animation style that speaks true of WIT Studio’s quality.
It has even managed to win Crunchyroll’s Best Drama of the year 2019. Rightfully so!
But while the hype for Vinland Saga has just begun brewing in the anime-world – manga readers are confronted with the news of Vinland Saga entering its final arc. Is it going to end soon?
1. Quick Answer
Makoto Yukimura, the mangaka of Vinland Saga, announced on 10th November 2019 that the manga was entering its fourth and final arc. He announced that the final arc will consist of 50 chapters with 1,000 pages. He himself admits that this will take “several years.”
2. Is Vinland Saga Ending Soon?
Vinland Saga is not ending soon – with ‘soon’ being quite an ambiguous term within the mangaka world.
The manga has entered its final arc with the close of chapter 167. Makoto Yukimura has divided the story up till now into three arcs: War, Slave, and Eastern Expedition, but hasn’t revealed the name of the final arc.
Makoto Yukimura has established that the manga is in its fourth and final arc. He further clarifies that the arc will have 50 chapters of 1,000 pages, which will take several years to materialize.
As of February 2020, the arc has had three chapters. So if we calculate keeping in Monthly Afternoon’s publication schedule in mind – it is likely that the arc will finish in 5 years’ time barring any hiatus or delays.
So we can give Vinland Saga’s climax the window between 2024-2027.
3. Vinland Saga’s Last Volume
Mangakas are infamous for mistaking the estimation of their manga’s ending. And therefore, Makoto Yukimura is a mangaka in the most real sense. His original plan, several years ago, was that the manga would end by Volume 25.
Although the recent chapters are not in tankōbon format, it will be collected into the 24th volume of the manga. The latest few volumes oscillate between 6 to 7 chapters.
So if we go by Makoto Yukimura’s estimation of 50 chapters in the final arc – we predict that the story will go on for 7-8 volumes more.
Therefore, Vinland Saga won’t be ending anytime soon in real-time, but if you take its genre peers such as Berserk – it is relatively soon.
Reddit is buzzing with the fandom’s fear that five years’ time is too less for proper closure to the series and character development. But we can only wait and hope!
Meanwhile, it opens the possibilities of several seasons of Vinland Saga by WIT Studios – and that sounds delightful.
4. ABOUT VINLAND SAGA
Vinland Saga is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura.
The series is published under Kodansha in its monthly manga magazine – Monthly Afternoon – aimed at young adult men. It currently has 22 volumes in tankōbon format.
Vinland Saga is set within Viking times, where a young Thorfinn’s life goes astray when his father Thors – a well known retired warrior – is killed while on a journey.
Thorfinn then finds himself under the jurisdiction of his enemy – his father’s killer – and hopes to seek revenge on him when he grows stronger.