Kensho Ono is the voice actor who plays Canute in Vinland Saga. Photo credit: @vinlandsaga.jp

Vinland Saga fans have been eagerly awaiting more news regarding the Vinland Saga Season 2 release date after production was confirmed and a trailer was released. The Vinland Saga crew is excited for Season 2, sharing specials and news while keeping fans updated on Season 2’s progress.

Takahiko AbirucThe character designer for Vinland Saga recently tweeted about how production is slowly but surely moving forward.

“Before I knew it, a month had passed since we announced the production of Season 2. We are still working on the anime production day after day, so we appreciate your patience a little more,” said Abiru.

Vinland Saga anime debuted in 2019 under Wit Studio (Attack on Titan season 1-3). Fans are hoping Vinland Saga Season 2 will air in 2023, but fans may have to wait a little longer.

Thorfinn from the upcoming Season 2 of Vinland Saga.
Teaser image of Thorfinn from the upcoming Season 2 of Vinland Saga. Photo credit: Takahiko Abiru

Kensho Ono reveals what it was like to bring Canute to life

Here are some highlights from a recent interview with Kensho Ono, the voice actor behind Canute.

Canute’s personality is shy and timid due to the fact that he is the second prince of Denmark and has had to grow up surviving bloody political disputes in court. Canute’s character evolves from a timid man to a ruthless king in episode 18 when Ragnar – who was a father figure to him – is murdered.

Screenshot of Canute from Vinland Saga anime.
Knout with a sweet expression on his face. Photo credit: White Studio

The interviewer posed the question, “After Canute woke up, his personality completely changed. What impression has this transformation left on you?”

Ono said: “After reading the scene, I thought he was a very rewarding person. If Canute remains weak, his only future is death. However, this event sparked the realization that ‘I have to change the world’. I felt that way, so it left a strong impression on me.”

“What do you consider a rewarding role to play?” the interviewer asked.

“After all, a person like Canute growing as a person is worth playing. I think viewers will be bored if there is no growth or change as they watch the happenings in the world through work. I always wish I could change and grow together in the roles I play.”

“Please tell us about your performance as Canute Awakens in Episode 18,” the interviewer asked.

“His awakening scene was also in my audition. At that time I did not understand the whole work in detail and I did not know if I could do it. But what I wish I could show here was his change, because what I believed was actually very different.”

“It’s a philosophy about love,” the interviewer noted.

Yes. Canute believed that ‘people can understand each other with love’ in the Christian mindset. However, in the circumstances of Ragnar’s death and his father’s life being targeted, he realized that ‘there is no love in the human heart” and that turned into a grudge against God. Ragnar, the only one he thought he really loved, died, but even that turned out to be discrimination, not real love, leading to a grudge that “God created a cruel world’. I wish I could play his set of steps firmly.”

Screenshot of Ragnar from Vinland Saga anime.
Ragnar, Canute’s father figure, in Vinland Saga. Pic credit: White Studio

“Duties of the king,” the interviewer noted.

“Canute goes beyond a mountain of awakening after realizing and becomes a person who attracts people like a worthy king. On the spot, Akio Otsuka said, “Hey, he’s changed.” After that, I was excited to see how the viewers who see it feel. What should I do if I am told ‘Oh, now someone else is playing the part’!” said Ono proudly.

Screenshot of Canute from Vinland Saga anime.
Canute transformed after Ragnar’s death. Photo credit: White Studio

The highlighted parts of this interview have been translated from Japanese to English. You can read the rest of the interview in Japanese here on the official website.

Yuko Uemura and Kensho Ono try out Viking cuisine

Yuko Uemura and Kensho Ono shared a special on the official website with a collection of Viking recipes for fans to try. I decided to translate one of the recipes that I think is easiest for fans to prepare and enjoy.

Roasted Chicken: Viking Style

Ingredients:

1 whole raw chicken

Salty

100 g bacon

1 boiled egg

Chopped green onions

2 cloves of garlic

2 onions

1 Carrot

3 turnips

Rosemary herbs

Instructions:

1. Fill a room temperature round chicken with 1 chopped boiled egg, chopped bacon, chopped green onions and chopped garlic, skewer and tie the legs together.

2. Rub salt on the surface of the chicken.

3. Cut onions, carrots, turnips and divide these vegetables in the bottom of a baking dish.

4. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and put the whole pan in the oven at 230 degrees for 75-90 minutes.

Yuko Uemura and Kensho Ono cook Viking dishes together.

Vinland Saga Season 2 story enters a new phase in Thorfinn’s life

If you haven’t seen Season 1, now is the time to watch it and get hyped for Season 2. In the story, Thorfinn was a Viking kid who grew up listening to wild tales of travel and adventure at the feet of Leif Ericson — a famous Viking explorer and sailor.

During a brutal mercenary, Thorfinn’s father was murdered and Thorfinn’s dreams were shattered. To one day avenge his father’s death by killing his killer – Askeladd – Thorfinn trained hard to become a deadly warrior despite his small stature.

By a strange twist of fate, Askeladd raises Thorfinn to adulthood, despite knowing that the boy would one day try to kill him. Thorfinn’s dreams that he would one day travel to a fertile land in the west without war or slavery, which Leif called “Vinland,” helped him endure many trials by keeping the hope alive in his heart.

Vinland Saga Season 2 will be a big transition for Thorfinn as he must lay a new foundation to move his life forward as revenge has been snatched by a cruel fate. Some manga fans have called the next story the Farmland Saga, as Thorfinn is in a much more peaceful existence, but you just know that silence won’t last as fate is calling him to a wild future.


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