Vinland Saga author Makoto Yukimura gave an interview to AniTrendz while he was in Canada attending the Toronto International Festival of Authors. In the interview, the author talked about a lot of things, including the ending that Vinland Saga manga, especially Thorfinn and the characters would have.
When asked about what the fans can look forward to, as the manga approaches its ending, Yukimura initially hesitated to answer, saying it was “a difficult question.”
However, the author later responded that he still wasn’t sure as to what was going to happen in the manga’s ending. He acknowledged the readers’ desire to have a happy ending for the manga, but Yukimura pointed out that taking into account the historical facts, that happy ending was something very difficult for him.
“I actually don’t know what is going to happen at the end of this story! I believe that when the story comes to an end, everybody’s hope is to have a happy ending, but there are historical facts. That’s the part that’s really difficult for me right now,” Yukimura said.
According to history, Thorfinn and the other characters have a tragic ending. The expeditions of the Icelandic explorer which are documented, state that his dream of having a peaceful settlement in Vinland don’t work out, and they are forced to come back to Iceland.
However Yukimura said that he is working on not making the ending a complete tragedy.
“According to history, the ending of Thorfinn’s story is going to be tragic. Something really tragic is going to happen to the characters. “How could I make this not a complete tragedy?” That is something that I’m working on right now. What should I do?” Yukimura said.
The author also added that he will try his best to give Thorfinn a happy ending in the context that Vinland Saga is a fictional retelling of history.
Interviewer: I mean, give the man a happy ending! It’s fiction!
Yukimura: Okay! I’ll try to do my best to go in that direction.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1976, Makoto Yukimura made his debut with Planetes manga, which was serialized in Kodansha’s Morning magazine from 1999. The manga won the Seiun Award in the comic category in 2002, and received an anime adaptation in 2003.
In 2005, Yukimura began serializing Vinland Saga in Kodansha’s monthly magazine Afternoon. The work was highly acclaimed and won the Grand Prize in the Manga Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the General Division.