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(Three episodes watched):|
I wish our introduction to Thors hadn't been by depicting him as an unstoppable, invincible, implacable killing machine. In a naval battle he never makes a mistake, never displays fear, and every blow he hurls kills an opponent (and his chainmail hauberk somehow doesn't drag him to the bottom of the sea when he falls overboard). But we had no idea at that point whether he would be a hero or a villain and I was not attracted to such a murderous person. Afterwards we get to know him a little better: he doesn't like slavery, apparently, and bristles under the repressive political system--it's odd that such a fearsome warrior doesn't hold a higher spot in the political system. The climate of Iceland is nothing to brag about, either. For various reasons, he decides to take his family and move to Vinland (North America). I felt that his motivations were vague and unfocused, and the time spent showing him in battle would have been put to better use in defining them better and getting to know him--or his son, who will be the main character--more thoroughly. Of course, slaughter is always good for ratings. So, I was not thrilled by episode one of Vinland Saga but having an interest in history I will undoubtably continue watching for now. I was surprised to read in the synopsis above that Thorfinn would somehow wind up involved in a power struggle in England, when the title of this anime implies that the story will take place in North America.
Episode two was better. Thors has had enough of making war, but is drafted to take part in a campaign in England. But it seems pretty clear that the real reason he was recruited was to assassinate him, thus creating a vendetta for Thorfinn to pursue. Who wants to bet that, while the plot is ultimately successful, Thors doesn't go easily and kills half a dozen or so of his would-be assassins? Still, I was fairly intrigued. In episode three he and his lads are lured into a trap. It was difficult to suspend disbelief enough to accept him knocking out numerous sword wielding opponents with nothing more than his fists and elbows, but the plot in general remained fun.
Last updated Thursday, August 22 2019. Created Thursday, July 18 2019.
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