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Vinland Saga 101 Chapters in One Day Binge (Summer 2013 Experiences)

Last night while I was studying for exam this week, I was looking at the weekly manga releases for this week. I work on a project to promote manga releases in the US. (see my last week one, Weekly Manga Releases: June 10, 2014). I notice Right Stuf was having a Kodansha special sale. It was going to end at 11:59 CT. I was going through what Kodansha titles I wanted to buy besides Attack on Titan. I saw Vinland Saga, and I was curious because I remember Ben Applegate, an editor I listened to during the Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013, was recommending this manga series along with Sankarea and Sherlock Bones. I told myself I'm going to preview one chapter to see if I like it or not. Then, buy the manga volume.

5 hours later

Okay, I just read 50 chapters or so illegally. (I'm a hypocrite, but I do buy manga volumes to support the industry). I ended up buying Missions of Love for little sister and Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1-2 and Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 1-2. I didn't get to buy Vinland Saga in time. I will buy key volumes of Vinland Saga that have explored a character and show their death in the future when Right Stuf holds another Kodansha special sale.

3:43 AM - June 17, 2014

Damn, I just read over 100 chapters.

In conclusion, I never read something so addicting in a long time since One Piece (see Summer 2012 Experience: Trying Some New Anime and Manga). I read One Piece at my public library. They had around 25 volumes, so I did spent one whole day at the library reading from volume 1 to volume 12 or so. I ended up checking out later volumes to read at home. For Vinland Saga, I wanted to see what happened next. I couldn't stop at the end of story arcs where the Viking invasion stopped. What happened to our hero after his quest of vengeance has ended?

Without Spoilers, here's my recommendation:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland.

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Vinland Saga is based on the history of the Vikings that invaded England from the perspective of our main hero, Thorfinn. It's a tale that emphasizes three core themes:

  • Revenge
  • War
  • Slavery

If you love reading about warriors and their tale of hardships during war and peace time, it's a manga series for you. The violence in this manga series is on par with Attack on Titan. It's jarring for me because you see humans killing humans brutally compared to Titans killing humans brutally. Lots of decapitation and female nudity. While it doesn't show rape explicitly, it does have scenes of implied rape. In war, the Vikings and other countries plunder villages, kill the men, and rape the women. Then, they sell some of the women and men into slavery. I would not recommend this manga to teenagers and younger unless you have a thick skin.

Related Manga Series to Recommend

  • Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Like Vinland Saga, this series has dark elements exploring war, slavery, and racism. Unlike Vinland Saga, Magi is more light hearted because there is no rape or really gorey violence. There was a decapitation scene once, but it was more watered down.
    Magi has fan service which Vinland Saga does not have. Expect lot of chibi and boobs in Magi.
  • One Piece - The series has emphasized slavery in two major story arcs late in the series: Sabaody Archipelago and Mermaid Island story arcs. Unlike Vinland Saga, One Piece is more about the adventure rather than war.
Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
Story revolves around Aladdin who finds a magic flute that houses a djinn name Ugo, a magical being that is similar to genie. The two travel together around the world to discover more djinns. Along the journey, Aladdin encounters and make friends as well as enemies, while discovering true purpose of his life.
via Anime Vice

Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Like Vinland Saga, this series has dark elements exploring war, slavery, and racism. Unlike Vinland Saga, Magi is more light hearted because there is no rape or really gorey violence. There was a decapitation scene once, but it was more watered down.
One Piece
One Piece
One Piece is an anime adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's manga. Following the adventures of Luffy and his mischievous friends out to find One Piece, and in their adventure they will find many enemies and friends that will help them in their journey.
via Anime Vice

One Piece - The series has emphasized slavery in two major story arcs late in the series: Sabaody Archipelago and Mermaid Island story arcs. Unlike Vinland Saga, One Piece is more about the adventure rather than war.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you try Vinland Saga. It's a good read.

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  • Producer: Studio Deen
  • Release Date: October 29, November 26, and December 24, 2014. Final episode will be on January 28, 2015.

*It's a four episode OVA series distributed episode by episode on those dates.

Plot:

The story revolves around a doll called "Hybrid Child" which grows reflecting the owner's affection. Kotarou Izumi, who is the 16th head of the noble Izumi family, found a hybrid child at the garbage disposal spot when he was eight years old. He has lived with the doll named Hazuki for 10 years since then. However, Kotarou learns Hazuki's life is close to the end.

Sources

For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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I know it's not Friday, but today is Father's Day. I got sidetracked due to work, school, and other businesses. Hey everyone, how was father's day? I spent the whole day working at the diner with my father. That was pretty much it aside from being shocked that he wanted me to take over the business.

Anyways, let's get started on this weird blog/project I started out on a spur of the moment a few months ago or so. Previous Fetish Fridays were done with comments from Twitter. I ask random Vicers and former Vicers about their fetishes. Sometimes, they found me crazy and ignored me. Others shared with me with some fun details. I share that with everyone after explaining why is this a fetish. Right now, I didn't had time to ask folks on Twitter. I would love to for next time.

Reasons Why Folks Love Dads

My brain is fried after working the whole day. I was reading the MILF and Mature Men and Women Fetish friday blogs to refresh my memory.

  • Like the mature women fetish, having the smarts, the fun, and the sexiness. He's dependable and reliable.
  • Some are doting while some treat folks with some tough love.

That's all I have for now. Here's a quick list of anime fathers I thought of a few minutes ago. I excluded deceased fathers.

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi
He's a proud superhero, Wild Tiger, who finds himself forced into a partnership with a new guy. He is a brash, reckless guy but good natured. He's on my list for being a cool dad.
Spirit Albarn
A womanizer and one of the Top Death Scythes in DWMA. For those who haven't seen Soul Eater, there are folks who protect others by becoming a weapon and joining a Meister, the person who wields the weapon. After a divorce with his wife, Spirit tries to make it up to Maka, his daughter. Despite being a bad dad and unfaithful to his wife, he's on my list for being one of the entertaining characters I grew to love along with Stein and Shinigami in the show.
Isshin Kurosaki
Father of Ichigo Kurosaki - a doting man who treats his daughters like princesses but roughs his son with tough love. He's a single father, raising three kids by himself after losing his wife. (Can't mention spoilers here for new folks who just got into Bleach)
He's on my list for being a fun character.
Joseph Joestar
When he was his own main character during Battle Tendency arc, he was nothing like his father who was a true gentleman. Joseph is arrogant and cocky in his abilities. Facing a strong opponent he cannot beat yet, he would cheat his way out. Now, in Stardust Crusaders, he plays the grandpa role to Jotaro and father role to Holy.

Thank you everyone for reading. What's your list of cool anime and manga dads?

Past Fetish Fridays

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  • Full Title: Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
  • Alias: Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

Plot:

In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.

Sources

For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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  • Full Movie Title: Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone
  • Release Date: June 21-27 (at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater)

Plot

In the film, Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to capture the secret treasure Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighboring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. The duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to take out Jigen during their getaway. Jigen faces a powerful foe named Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.

Sources

For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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