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I just heard something totally reminding me of Vinland Saga:
Lyrics of Rammstein - Reise Reise (a song about seafaring pretty much, "Reise Reise" is a German mariner wakening call. "Reise" usually has a different meaning, but this one is coming from a dialect and means the same as English "rise".
Der eine sticht die Lanz' im Heer (One thrusts the spear in the army)
Der andere wirft sie in das Meer (The other throws it into the sea)
Der Eine stösst den Speer zum Mann (One thrusts the spear to the man)
Der andere zum Fische dann (The other to the Fish)"
It's pretty much the same as Leif Eriksson said to Thorfinn; Than men don't have to fight other men, but can fight the sea as well.
I have one thing that's bothering me for a good while. Thors gave Thorfinn a weapon. Scanlation refers to it as "sword" but it looks much more like dagger. Even shortsword is longer than Thorfinn's weapon. So, it's translators mistake, Yukimura's mistake or it just depends on ones personal decision?
They look like daggers, not swords, to me too. Could be that Yukimura uses a generic term for sword if there isn't an exact Japanese word for western daggers. I'm really not sure. I did notice that too.
I think I didn't even notice it so far. If it was only when Thors spoke to young Thorfinn, then it would almost have some meaning again, as to such a small boy a dagger is just as huge as a sword to a huge man like himself.
In chapter 16, one of Askelad's underling said 短剣 (dagger) when they saw Thorfinn in the boat. So it is a dagger alright. I think when Thors asked Thorfinn if he wants a sword in chapter 7, it's not specifically refers to the dagger, but in a general terms.
In which chapter did Vinland Saga go from a weekly series to a monthly series?
According to Wikipedia: It started in 2005 and was published in Shonen Magazine from april to october 05. Beginning december 2005, it was published in Afternoon. I don't know the source, but Wiki states that the the reason for switching actually was because Yukimura wanted to publish monthly rather than weekly.
Of course that's not random though. A Shonen magazine wouldn't take a title like, let's say, Wolf Guy or Futari Ecchi. Although some magazines are pretty borderline, like Champion Red (Shigurui, Change 1,2,3) which displays nudity and severe violence and stuff and yet is rated Shonen.
Imo Vinland Saga is doing fine as Seinen. Yet, it's not as a level where I'ld consider it as totally out of reach of Shonen. It's still suitable for age 15-16 easily.
I'm having a hard time finding the moment when Vinland Saga switched. If that timeframe mentioned on Wiki is correct, then it should've been rather early. All I know that it definitly was Seinen by Vol. 05/Ch. 29.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM.
Hm, I see, I have started with the earlier chapters and the art really does not impress me that much aside form what I have seen in recent chapters which is pretty good. So I want to catch up to where the manga gets better art.
Hm, it is not long, I guess I can go with the series that long to get to where it is seinen, and by that I mean turning into monthly which thus comes the art being better as well.
I think it's even improving after that. It's already sweet around ch. 40 or so, but some of the latest arc panels (~70) are just mindblowing.
I wanted to try it because many say the art is similar to Berserk, though from the first chapters I was not impressed a bit. But then I learned of the whole change thing and everything began to make sense. Hm, ok I will give it a shot just for the sake of seeing the great art that comes afterwards.