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Vinland Saga Anime's 1st Animated Promo Unveils Main Cast, Additional Staff

posted on by Egan Loo

The official website for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga unveiled the anime's first animated promotional video and second anime visual on Wednesday. The website and the new video reveal the main cast and additional staff members.

The main cast stars:

Shizuka Ishigami as Thorfinn (childhood)

Yūto Uemura as Thorfinn

Kenichirō Matsuda as Thors

Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul, Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai) is composing the music. Ken Hashimoto is the color key artist, and Yūsuke Takeda is directing the art at Bamboo. Mayu Takehana is directing the CG, and Chiptune is charge of 3D CGI.

Yūki Kawashita is the director of photography, and Kashiko Kimura is editing. Shōji Hata is directing the sound at Sound Team Don Juan.

The anime's official Twitter account posted English translations for comments from the main cast and Yamada. People who follow the anime's Twitter account and retweet this post before February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Japan Time will enter a drawing for three posters, signed by the three main cast members.

Kodansha Comics began publishing the series in North America in 2013, and the 10th English omnibus volume, which includes the chapters from Japanese volumes 19 and 20, shipped in June. The company describes the story:

Thorfinn is son to one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears to have his revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd's band in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England. From the creator of the classic Planetes manga comes this epic, highly-anticipated tale.

As previously announced, Shūhei Yabuta (Inuyashiki Last Hero director, Attack on Titan 3D director) is directing the anime at Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus' Bride). Hiroshi Seko (Banana Fish, Ajin - Demi-Human) is supervising the series scripts and writing them with Kenta Ihara (Saga of Tanya the Evil). Takahiko Abiru (Hunter × Hunter animation director) is designing the characters. Bamboo is in charge of the art, and MADBOX is in charge of special effects.

The anime will air on television and stream exclusively on Amazon Prime both in Japan and overseas this year.

The tagline accompanying the second anime visual above reads, "Cast your sword aside." The visual shows the main character Thorfinn on a Viking ship in a raging snowstorm.

Yukimura launched the series in Japan in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2005, but Kodansha moved the series to Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine later that year. Kodansha published the manga's 21st Japanese compiled book volume on August 23. The series has more than 5 million copies in print. The manga received the Best General Manga award in Kodansha's 36th Annual Manga Awards in 2012. The series won the Grand Prize in the manga division in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs' 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2009.

Source: Vinland Saga anime's official website, Comic Natalie

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