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Source Material #068 - "Vinland Saga" episode 1 (manga)

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Today we bring you the first in a series of what hopes to be many excursions into the world of manga.  Ronnie adams of the Screaming Boy Productions podcast joins me once again.   And making his first Source Material debut, a man I have done many a podcast with here on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network, the host of the Sentai rider podcast and co host of the Metal hammer of doom, Robert Cooper joins the show.

This is what I would like to call a primer episode.  Letting the listeners in on what brought us to this point.  Also Coop educates us on the world of manga and the wide variety that is out there.  The conversation then takes a turn from our experiences with manga to our familiarity with anime (something i have a little foothold in).

From the wiki:

Vinland Saga (Japanese: ????????? Hepburn: Vinrando Saga?) is a Japanese historical manga series written and drawn by award-winning manga author Makoto Yukimura. The series is published by Kodansha, and was first serialized in the youth-targeted Weekly Shonen Magazine before moving to the monthly manga magazine Afternoon, aimed at younger adult men. As of March 2013, the series has been compiled into twelve bound volumes. The series is also licensed in English by Kodansha Comics USA.

The title, Vinland Saga, would evoke associations to Vinland as described in two Norse sagas. Vinland Saga is, however, set in Dane-controlled England at the start of the 11th century, and features the Danish invaders of England commonly known as Vikings. The story combines a dramatization of King Cnut the Great's historical rise to power with a revenge plot centered on the historical explorer Thorfinn, the son of a murdered ex-warrior. The presentation and style of the series has been compared by reviewers to the more realistically grounded segments of Kentaro Miura's classic dark fantasy manga Berserk.

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