Vinland Saga is a story about Thorfinn, who is out for revenge against Askeladd, who killed his father’s death.
The story takes place when the battle between England and Danes is at its worst. Meanwhile, Vikings are making the most out of this war.
This is a story about revenge, war, and death that teaches you about the strength of forgiveness.
So, let’s begin with the top 10 list of anime that closely resembles Vinland Saga.
10Yona of the Dawn
Happiness comes to those who value the smallest things in life, Yona of the Dawn reminds us that.
Yona of the DawnAir Date: October 2014Status: FinishedStudio: Studio PierrotNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24
After the sudden murder of the King due to her cousin Su-won’s betrayal, Princess Yona’s luxurious life comes to an end. After being chased to death, she was forced to escape with her childhood friend and bodyguard, Son Hak.
The kingdom she envisioned to be full of happiness, turns out to be engulfed in poverty and corruption. Deciding to bring back happiness in this kingdom, Princess Yona sets off on a journey with a mysterious legend to guide her.
9Blade of the Immortal
Humans annihilate each other to gain supremacy is what Blade of the Immortal portrays
Blade of the ImmortalAir Date: October 2019Status: FinishedStudio: LIDENFILMSNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24
Manji is a swordsman cursed with immortality by a witch. After getting tired of all the death he has created, Manji decides to regain his mortality by killing a hundred evil men for each of the hundred good men he has killed.
On his journey, he meets a Rin who seeks vengeance against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin’s family. Rin and Manji set out on their adventure, hoping to find some kind of peace.
Golden Kamuy beautifully illustrates a melancholic story driven by vibrant characters.
Golden KamuyAir Date: April 2018Status: Season 3 UpcomingStudio: Geno StudioNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 24
In Hokkaido, after surviving the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era, Sugimoto was nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal.” To save his deceased comrades’ widowed wife, he was in search of gold.
During his hunt of gold, he finds hints of hidden fortune by corrupt criminals. Accompanied by Asirpa, an Ainu girl, they venture into an adventure to find the hidden fortune where survival is the key.
7Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan exquisitely depicts the survival of humanity against the Titans.
Attack on TitanAir Date: April 2013Status: Season 5 UpcomingStudio: Wit StudioNo. of Seasons: 5No. of Episodes: 59
Centuries ago, mankind was forced to live within defensive barriers in fear of Titans, human-eating monsters.
After centuries of peace, a colossal titan manages to breach the defensive wall and thus begins the survival against man-eating abominations.
Eren Yeager joined the Survey Corps to dedicate his life to revenge against Titans by eradicating each of them. In this brutal journey, he is accompanied by his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and childhood friend Armin Arlert.
6The Heroic Legend of Arslan
The Heroic Legend of Arslan is a story that perfectly balances betrayal and politics.
The Heroic Legend of ArslanAir Date: April 2015Status: FinishedStudio: SANZIGEN, LIDENFILMSNo. of Seasons: 2No. of Episodes: 33
After betting betrayed by a trusted official, the King and Army of Persia are devastated. With Ecbatana being besieged, Lusitanians are out to hunt down Prince Arslan.
With no one to save him, Arslan escapes with general Daryun on his side. The mastermind behind Lusitania’s victory is a silver mask clad man, who has a secret to stop Arslan’s right to the throne.
With hopes of regaining his kingdom, Arslan embarks on a journey to find allies who will help him to achieve that.
91 Days is a well-executed classic revenge story.
91 DaysAir Date: July 2016Status: FinishedStudio: ShukaNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 12
Angelo Lagusa, in his mere childhood, has witnessed his family being mercilessly slaughtered by the Vanetti mafia family. After that incident, he leaves everything behind, adopting a new identity of Avilio Bruno.
After seven years, he gets a mysterious letter asking him to return to his hometown Lawless which he left long ago.
On reaching there, he encounters the Vanetti don’s son, Nero, and befriends him using his newly-honed skills to take his revenge.
4Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes magnificently illustrates a duel between the heart and brain on the canvas of a galaxy.
Legend of the Galactic HeroesAir Date: January 1988Status: FinishedStudio: Artland, Madhouse, Magic BusNo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 110
The 150-year long stalemate between the interstellar superpowers, the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance comes to an end when the ideologies clash with the new generation.
While the idealistic military genius Reinhard von Lohengramm is fighting to save the Goldenbaum Dynasty, he has to free his sister from Kaiser and unify humanity under one genuine ruler.
Meanwhile, the FPA’s reserved historian, Yang Wenli, is fighting to stand firm in his beliefs and prove his strong democratic ideals to his pupil, Julian Mintz.
When they both clash head-on, the one question that arises is about the purpose behind their battle.
Dororo is surprisingly emotional instead of the bloodsheds.
DororoAir Date: January 2019Status: FinishedStudio: Tezuka Productions, MAPPANo. of Seasons: 1No. of Episodes: 24
To gain power, greedy samurai Lord Daigo Kagemitsu makes a pact with 12 demons, for which he pays the price with his first newborn son’s organs and limbs.
The child still alive was disposed of in a river where he was saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons to survive in this cruel era.
To get his body back to normal, Hyakkimaru must kill the demons with possession of those organs. After wandering for several years, one day, he meets with an orphan, Dororo, and befriends him. They set off on a journey in a demon-infested world.
Kingdom splendidly portrays one’s journey to the pinnacle of a dream.
KingdomAir Date: June 2012Status: Season 3 OngoingStudio: Studio PierrotNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 77
In the kingdom of Qin, Li Xin and Piao are best friends and fellow slaves who share the dream of becoming a Great General of the Heavens.
But soon, they were forced to part ways, as Piao was recruited to work by a retainer of the King.
After a fierce coup d’etat, Piao returns to Xin with a mission leading him to China’s young King, Ying Zheng, who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. And thus begins Xin’s journey of becoming a Great General of the seven warring states.
Berserk deals with Guts, whose monotonous life is filled with nothing but bloodshed.
BerserkAir Date: October 1997Status: FinishedStudio: OLMNo. of Seasons: 3No. of Episodes: 49
Guts, born from the corpse of his mother, survived by shedding blood on the battlefield. Soon after an encounter with a formidable group of mercenaries known as the Band of the Hawk, Guts was recruited by Griffith.
Griffith is the leader of the band. Making his name in the band, Guts soon realizes that the world is not as monotonous as he thought. He struggles to follow the path that will only bring him tragedy.
Some other series that contains some of the elements of Vinland Saga are:
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Rurouni Kenshin, Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion.