Last September, Vinland Saga author Makoto Yukimura made his first appearance in Canada as an honored guest at the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Yukimura appeared at an event hosted by The Japan Foundation, Toronto: “The Pursuit of Purpose: Charting Vinland with YUKIMURA Makoto” as well.
There, Makoto Yukimura participated in a discussion with Miles Baker, managing director of the Toronto Comic Art Festival.
The two talked about Vinland Saga in-depth, where Yukimura talked about the “I have no enemies” dialogue becoming a social media trend.
Yukimura stated that the quote summarizes the point that he’s trying to make with the manga, and it makes it really happy when someone has “I have no enemies” written in their profile.
You can read his full answer here: “I always reflect how I truly feel in my stories, so the fact that people resonate with my expressions, I really appreciate that.
As a matter of fact, the quote “I have no enemies” is everything that I wanted to say through the story of Vinland Saga, summarized into this one phrase.
Every time I see someone changing their profile name to something like, “I have no enemies,” it kind of makes me feel really happy because I think this phrase reflects a stubborn attitude.
I think in our lives, we encounter somebody whom we avoid and call an enemy, and when we say “I have no enemies,” that is the stubborn attitude to hold onto.
I hope we’re not asking too much of those people who believe in those words. That’s the only concern that I have.
However, just by the fact that I believe “I have no enemies,” I think that encompasses all the fights that we don’t have to fight as well. ”
About Vinland Saga:
Vinland Saga Season 2 premiered on January 9, 2023, in Japan, and is now available for streaming on platforms like Netflix and Crunchyroll outside of Japan.
The second season has 24 episodes, and although the animation studio responsible for its production changed from WIT to MAPPA, the team working on the anime remains the same as in Season 1.
Crunchyroll describes the series as:
“Around the end of the millennium, Viking, the mightiest but atrocious tribe, had been out breaking everywhere.
Thorfinn, the son of the greatest warrior, lived his childhood in the battlefield. He was seeking the land of reverie called Vinland. This is the story of a true warrior in an age of turmoil.”