Vinland Saga Creator comments on his historical research process
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Vinland Saga Creator comments on his historical research process

The creator of Vinland Saga, Makoto Yukimura was in Toronto, Canada, as a guest at the Toronto International Authors Festival (TIFA) and an event organized by the Japan Foundation.

There, Yukimura said he felt honored and surprised by the comparisons with two great mangakas from Seinen, Kentaro Miura (Berserk) and Takehiko Inoue (Vagabond, Slam Dunk).

When artists create a historical fiction manga, as is the case with Vinland Saga, they usually visit museums, national libraries and the country of origin.

In an interview with Anime Trending, in addition to revealing that he had to change the beginning of the story to get approval from the publisher, the author described his research process.

“So actually, I did visit places that became settings in my story, like Denmark, Iceland, Norway, France and England. When I was traveling, I tried to use my senses like, ‘Is it a warm place? Is it a cold place? How does the wind blow? How cold is the water?” So, the feelings and sensations I experienced in these places would give me details to write stories about them.

However, the only place I had never visited was Canada. When I really wanted to get to know Canada it was close to when the covid-19 outbreak happened. All my plans had to be rescheduled. However, my story couldn’t wait until I came here to do the research. For the last three years, when I was writing the story about Vinland, I wasn’t confident about what this place would be like.”said Yukimura.

Regarding consulting historical material, he replied: “Maybe, I read the Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders. But it’s a lot of text and takes a while to read. As there weren’t many resources, I started looking for other materials where I could also find them.”

On the journey in search of Vinland, Thorfinn met the Mi’kmaq tribe in what is now known as Prince Edward Island. During his stay in Canada, the mangaka took the opportunity to get to know the province. Check it out below:

Vinland Saga is serialized in the monthly magazine Afternoon. The manga published in Japan by Kodansha since 2005 it has 27 volumes to date. In Brazil, the title was released by Panini.

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  • 25 November 2023

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