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Vinland Saga

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  • Vol: 14+; Ch: 105+
  • 2005 - ?
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4.506 out of 5 from 663 votes
Rank #100

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Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the Band of the Hawk, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Very soon, what seems like a straightforward march for conquest becomes a harrowing struggle for humanity and life itself. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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Mendo

Vinland reminds me of Berserk in a few ways. The art is very detailed, amazing shadowing as well. The character's facial expression are are also quite eye grabbing. You've got a troubled character out for revenge, with plenty of blood and guts along the way. There is also a parallel story here of the hero involved in a plot with a boy who would be king. Basically if you removed the fantasy element from Berserk you would have Vinland!

Although it has only been going for 5 years it's definitely made a mark for itself and is truly turning into an epic tale.

CAT

CAT

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TheMajor5

No matter how you slice it, the main characters of  Vinland Saga and CAT are assasins who go about their daily routine steathfully killing their target.  In Vinland's case, Thorfinn goes after the leaders in order to get something in return.  The Woman assasin, being her duty, mercelessly goes after her target.  While both series are in a totally different time period, the concept is the same.  Each of our main characters has nowhere to turn in the world.  Each character has a spiteful past, deadly reality and bleak future.  If your into the daily life of assasins then stealthfully choose your series then go for the other. 

Kingdom

Kingdom

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wolfbankai

Very similar atmosphere between these manga ,  Both MC at the beginning of series are looking for revenge and are in their teen years. Also both provides plenty of action , drama and gore.

Only difference is that Vinland Saga is based on Vikings but Kingdom is set in ancient China.

Vagabond

Vagabond

Following a horrific defeat at the battle of Sekigahara, two survivors, Takezo Shinmen and Matahachi Hon’iden, are deflated at having been unable to make a name for themselves and earn glory on the battlefield. But while Matahachi is anxious to go home, Takezo has vowed never to return and intends to become a vagabond, travelling the country polishing and testing his skills as a swordsman. With a beastial mercilessness when it comes to killing and a habit of cutting down all in his path, it doesn’t take long for Takezo to become a wanted fugitive. However, after being captured by a monk named Takuan and given a new lease of life, Takezo begins to live under the name of Musashi Miyamoto. Now, with a new view on life and death, Musashi continues to travel the nation challenging the most infamous fighters to achieve his goal of becoming the strongest samurai ever known.

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clem
Both of these series launch off with someone arriving from another kingdom to help out the main character. They are extremely alike in form (individual episodes), both very creative, and both will keep you laughing your head off. I would definitely recommend that if one series is seen, the other one is at least tried.
TheMajor5

Looking past the era and samurai aspect, VS and Vagabond follow the story of a man.  Vague, I know.  Each tell the story of a rabid boy as he embarks on a path to adulthood.  Both Thorfinn and Musashi started out as young killers.  As events unfold and time passes, our young protagonists grow up and find a certain peace within.  From there, Musashi becomes a renown warrior and Throfinn, well, we don't know yet.  The mood feels the same and the stories feel the same; a journey of a boy who has been through hell as he becomes a man.  If you like one, the other will be just as good.