Attack on Titan, Vinland Saga Creators Discuss International Success & Anime Adaptations in Joint Interview

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To hype the upcoming season, Vinland Saga creator Makoto Yukimura and Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama recently held a joint interview where they talked about Vinland Saga Season 2.

The interview was published on Comic Natalie. There, the two talked about their thoughts on their respective series, though most of their conversation was centered around Vinland Saga.

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While they shared lots of interesting insights, the highlights of their conversation include a discussion about their respective international success and TV anime adaptations.

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Both Vinland Saga and Attack on Titan have European or European-style settings. Aside from having an international setting, both series are also big hits outside Japan. During the interview, Yukimura and Isayama shared their thoughts on their series’ international fame.

Yukimura remarked that the Vinland Saga manga’s popularity tripled following the anime series’ release. He also specifically mentioned how the series was well received in Iceland where the series is set.

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Meanwhile, Isayama mentioned that aside from its European setting, he was also inspired by international films and TV dramas, enough to influence Attack on Titan’s story.

Isayama also remarked how happy he was about the positive reception of the series outside Japan.

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The popularity of both works has been boosted massively by their respective TV anime adaptations. Because of this, Yukimura and Isayama have nothing but praise for the anime shows.

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Both creators mentioned how impressed they were with the animation team who worked on the first season. Isayama was especially blown away by the animation in the scene of Askeladd’s death.

Meanwhile, Yukimura expressed his own praise for Isayama’s work. He even mentioned a funny story of how he related to a YouTube video of foreigners getting shocked watching Attack on Titan.

Vinland Saga is an anime series that’s based on the manga of the same name by Makoto Yukimura. The manga is serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine.

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Season 1 of the anime was made by Wit Studio and aired from July to December 2019. Meanwhile, Season 2 is animated by MAPPA, and it’s set to release in early 2023