Vinland Saga is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. The anime adaptation of the series is produced by Wit Studio, the studio behind Attack on Titan and The Ancient Magus’ Bride and directed by Shūhei Yabuta. The series premiered on July 8, 2019, and ran for 24 episodes. The anime covers the first arc of the manga, which focuses on the life of a Viking warrior named Thorfinn and his journey to avenge his father’s death. The series features an all-star voice cast, including Yûto Uemura as Thorfinn, Naoya Uchida as Askeladd, and Akio Ohtsuka as Thorkell. Vinland Saga has been highly praised for its historical accuracy and attention to detail, as well as its compelling characters and story. Vinland Saga Season 2 Episode 1: Ketil’s Farm
Thorfinn and Einar are introduced by Ketil, who explains that as of right now, they will be buddies and work together. As he continues to describe what they will be doing, Ketil asks Einar what he thinks the forest looks like. Ketil corrects Einar and says that it will eventually be a wheat farm while Einar initially assumes it to be a woodland. The two can borrow the woodland, which belongs to Ketil. Ketil will pay them a reasonable price for the land when Einar and Thorfinn have cleared it, worked it, and harvested the crop. They can purchase their own freedom once the cost of doing so outweighs the cost of being slaves. Ketil confirms it, saying that if they put in a lot of effort, they might be free in three years. Einar realises that this means they can buy their freedom. Though astonished, Einar eagerly agrees. Ketil advises people to contact Pater if they have any issues or inquiries. Pater adds that he achieved freedom in a similar manner and wishes them well. Before departing, Ketil permits Einar to take the day off and watch how Thorfinn operates.
Thorfinn goes back into the woods. Because a slave is a slave for life in his native country, Einar follows Ketil and wonders what kind of man he is and whether what he stated is typical for Denmark. Inquiring about Thorfinn, Einar reveals he is from Northern England. After a brief pause, Thorfinn says he is from Iceland, but Einar has no idea where that is. When Einar sees the felled trees, he is amazed at how many Thorfinn had already removed and wonders how many are still standing. Thorfinn indicates the river and says that everything on that side of the river needs to be cleaned. Then Einar finds that there are still a good number of trees.
Thorfinn restarts his tree-cutting duties. Einar makes the decision to do it as well, but his axe becomes lodged on the tree after just one hit. Thorfinn points out that he was instructed to relax, but Einar insists that he wants to gain his freedom more quickly. Thorfinn instructs him to chop the trees so that they fall perpendicular to the river and to begin the process a little further away from him. Then Einar realised that they could float them down the river that way. Einar feels a little peckish as they work and wonders about lunch. The farmhands will bring them lunch when the time comes, according to Thorfinn. When Einar hears some voices, he assumes that supper will soon arrive.
When Einar first meets the men, he is surprised by how little food they have given him in a sack. He is a slave for the first time, according to the men, who also remark that he is fortunate to be fed at all. He must express gratitude to the free men who brought him lunch because they are. Thorfinn arrives, accepts the food, and thanks them while Einar becomes enraged. Thorfinn is instructed by the guy to teach Einar basic etiquette and to treat the horse gently. The four men then find a tree to sleep under. Thorfinn ties the horse to a tree and instructs Einar to push from behind as they pull together. When Einar asks if they may cut the tree down any farther, Thorfinn responds that their master owns it and that they are not allowed to do so. Thorfinn tells Einar to disregard his assumption that these four individuals are in charge of this. The two begin dragging the trees toward the river with the assistance of the horse.
Einar is irritated with the farmhands and is also hungry and exhausted in the evening. He surmises that farmworkers don’t have their own land and must work for their employer, and Thorfinn confirms his suspicion. Then, according to Einar, they are half-slaves who are only mistreating those beneath them in order to feel superior. Thorfinn doesn’t seem to mind if Einar is right or not. They are the master’s property, according to Einar, and should not be subject to directives from the farmhands. He wants to denounce them to Ketil, but Thorfinn warns him against doing so because it will just make them torment him more. Thorfinn being okay with that infuriates Einar. When Ketil arrives, he inquires about the group’s first day. After announcing that he has a report, Einar pauses talking after spotting a woman and becomes entranced by her attractiveness. Ketil assumes there is nothing to report because Einar isn’t replying and carries on his journey.
The following day, Ketil and his farm workers harvest wheat. After sipping some of the fresh water the youngsters brought, Ketil instructed them to finish this batch before midday. Ketil’s employment astounds Einar, who believed that the wealthy were exempt from employment. Then, Einar notices a young man who is obviously irritated about having to be on the field in the first place, struggling to correctly harvest wheat. Olmar is the youthful person. Ketil tries to assist Olmar, but Olmar responds that he is already carrying out his instructions. Ketil instructs him to cut below the knee using a hand sickle.
Olmar argues that it doesn’t matter because it’s still being chopped, but Ketil contends that because grazing occurs after harvesting, they leave long stumps that the livestock may eat. Olmar grows angrier as Ketil continues to describe how to harvest. When Einar inquires as to who that is, Thorfinn responds that it is Ketil’s son. Olmar loses his temper and declares he’s had enough. Once, he made the decision to assist, but Ketil wouldn’t stop whining. Olmar isn’t interested in carrying out tedious farm work, despite Ketil’s warnings that if he doesn’t pay attention, he will inherit the farm. Olmar tries to draw his sword from behind him, but he is unable to do so since the blade is too long. After returning it, he mounts his horse and declares that his goal is to become well-known for his sword in the future.
That evening, Olmar exercises his swordplay and announces that he will soon be travelling to England to join Prince Canute’s army. He notices a moth and makes an unsuccessful attempt to cut it. When asked when he’ll be departing, Olmar replies that he doesn’t know and that King Harald should be ordering troops any moment. She tells him she is worried about him and says she feels it would be better if he took over the farm. She then invites him back to bed. The woman’s mother and father are outside, listening, and they are hoping that Olmar would continue sleeping with their daughter so that their future is safe. The two start to worry if their daughter did something as Olmar storms out in anger moments later. They are being screamed at by Olmar, who claims that he knows they only want to join Ketil’s family and live in luxury. Olmar departs incensed, declaring that all women are rotten.
Olmar is irate while riding. When he encounters two inebriated farmworkers, they warn him that riding at night is risky. The two respond that they went to meet a woman, but other retainers arrived before them, so Olmar inquires as to their purpose in being there. They couldn’t engage into a brawl because doing so would land them in hot water. Olmar is fortunate because he is free to do as he pleases. Olmar is upset, so the two decide to bring him along so they may drink and talk while doing so.
Einar mumbled in his sleep that Olmar ought to inherit the farm. He has no experience with combat and likely believes that warriors are great, but everyone who fights in a war is a beast. He is advised to get some rest because they would be rising early, says Thorfinn. Soldiers twice visited Einar’s community, he says. The soldiers of the King of England arrived first and set fire to every home. Although he died, his father fought them. The Danes then arrived, pretending to be rescuing people from the tyranny of the King of England while plundering everything in their path. They are animals in human skin, in Einar’s opinion. Thorfinn is silent when Einar asks if he’s asleep as he thinks of comparable events in his own past.