The waiting is over, Mangastream released Vinland Saga 69 today.
Have fun reading if you didn't already
One thing I noticed is the author's attempt of showing Thorfinn beeing beaten down by some rowdies without questioning his badassness in combat, by having that guy hitting him from behind.
I really enjoyed that hit he landed in the first place. A nice presentation of "he didn't forget how to do it" And I'ld definitly enjoy him getting up again and teaching those guys what a real warrior fights like in next chapter. Though I could absolutely imagine that it doesn't come that way and either somebody interferes or he just gets beaten up even worse.
I wonder about the end... ok, it's a hint that we will soon learn what's behind the dream about the cliff. But what does that combinition of Thors and the old woman mean?
The woman might represent his regrets about his life as a warrior, as his actions in war killed this person he wanted to protect. So she might be a symbol of himself holding back because he doesn't want to become a warrior again. Just a wild guess though.
Thors could be a symbol that he reminds the sacrifice of his fathers to save his son, which would mean: He has to defend himself to survive and find a reason to live again, because if he would not do so, Thors sacrifice would've been in vain.
-> Although it's kinda counter-intuitive to me, but after writing this I come to think that these two characters might represent his inner conflict; Then Thorfinn's goal in life would be to combine these characters: Not bringing death and pain, but having a meaningful and positive life.
By the way it's the 69 discussion so you don't need to spoiler your answers in here, discussion implies that the people reading the thread have also read the chapter
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; December 01, 2010 at 10:13 AM.
^i agree about the end, i think it is trying to show that Thorfinn was knocked out, and maybe next chapter we will see the full dream and the meaning behind it.
i always felt like the old lady was crying out of pity for Thorfinn, so i think maybe her showing up means that she still feels pity for him cause he does not have the life he deserves. anyways, seems like the slave days are over. now they have no other choice but to run, or kill everyone they meet. and i think Einar will try to take Arneis with him.. i think the next few chapters will be very exiteing!
they will be taken to the master and his son will recognise Thorfin as old king's friend the one who wounded him
loved this chapter. the closeups of angry faces of both the characters really made the chapter for me. i could feel the hate for those other slaves increase in my heart on seeing them only because of the awesome art.
cant wait to see what direction it takes from here on.0
Lol guys you don't have to spoiler tag discussion over this chapter. This thread is made specifically for discussing it, if people don't wanna be spoiled they will avoid this thread.
Very good chapter. Thorfinn showed a lot of maturity but of course, maturity can only go so far before raw emotion takes over (as we saw). The most important thing that happened is clearly the last page where he starts to see his dream again. I think what his dream means will become more clear next chapter.
Oh, I really believe that this was not raw emotion by Thorfinn.
Ok, he really did look angry after beating down the first guy but my first impression was that he only did it to safe his friend from trouble; So he had just beaten that guy down to make sure that his friend does not.
The drawings and atmosphere were really intense and awesome in this chapter by the way... Did they possibly evolve a little during the course of the latest chapters where it didn't really come to such intense moments? I think in the "Prologue" part (up to the death of Askeladd) it was neither so detailled nor so dark.
Edit: Ok, his surprise was real that moment. It seems his warrior reflexes really did take over, without any thinking involved.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; December 01, 2010 at 03:56 PM.
i'm wondering with all these visions and stuff if thorfinn will get a transformation similar to that of canute very soon. he can't continiue the way he is now, he needs to have belief in himself and his abilitys and have a purpose. the story can't continiue before thorfinn gets a purpose for his life..
I think the visions are symbolic of what he has been through since the end of Askeladd Cycle. The cliffs represent his unconscious; fall to the bottom and the domesticity, fear, cowering, and emotional detachment of slavery overcome Thorofinn's true nature. Climb to the top and his true nature as a Viking recover. For one moment, when Einor was about to snap, the real Thorofinn emerged. As he began losing consciousness the passivity of captivity returned. Thors is standing at the top of the cliff calling him. If he can hear his father next chapter the old Thorofinn, hopefully wiser for his suffering, could reemerge.
The first two volumes were originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine. The art started getting more detailed once it moved to Afternoon.