Rock Band 'Survive Said The Prophet' to Perform Opening Theme for Vinland Saga Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official Twitter account for the television anime of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga revealed on Friday that five-member rock band Survive Said The Prophet will perform the show's opening theme song "MUKANJYO." The band previously performed an opening and ending theme song for Banana Fish.
The staff provided a comment in English from the band's vocalist Yosh (who is a native English speaker and is bilingual):
The director of Vinland Saga and their team really took the extra step to make sure this experience was enjoyable for us! I was struggling with the ideas surrounding revenge, because from my experience, revenge never gave me true satisfaction. So I think I was inspired by the idea of closure. I'm so proud of how fast and efficient we worked on this song. I hope everyone is stoked as much as we are!
The series will premiere on July 7 at 24:10 (effectively, July 8 at 12:10 a.m.) on the NHK General channel, except in the Kansai area, where it will start at 24:45 (12:45 a.m.). The anime will also stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video both in Japan and overseas, with the first episode streaming in Japan early on July 6 at 24:00 (July 7 at 12:00 a.m.). The show will run for 24 episodes.
The anime stars:
- Shizuka Ishigami as Thorfinn (childhood)
- Yuto Uemura as Thorfinn
- Kenichirou Matsuda as Thors
- Naoya Uchida as Askeladd
- Kensho Ono as Canute
- Akio Ohtsuka as Thorkell
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Bjorn
Shuhei 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. Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul, Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai) is composing the music.
Kodansha Comics began publishing the series in North America in 2013, and it 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.
Yukimura launched the series in Japan in 2005.