Shuhei Yabuta, the director of Vinland Saga, expressed regret on Twitter for not being able to carry out the intended plan of producing a series of brief tales that would delve into the personalities of the anime’s characters like Snake.
One of the tales was meant to explore Snake’s backstory. This suggestion was made by Mangaka Makoto Yukimura himself.
But due to certain circumstances, the director had to give up on the plan to focus on the production of the main story of the anime.
“I would like to apologize to all of you. I had hoped to create a short story that would delve deeper into the story and characters in addition to the main story for Season 2.
One of my plans was to create an episode about the past of Snake, which was given to me by Mr. Yukimura, but I have decided to abandon the plan in order to give priority to the production of the main story.“
In addition, Yabuta disclosed that some aspects of Snake’s backstory were integrated into episodes 16 and 17, and he had already created the storyboard and setting for it.
However, he admitted that his “lack of experience” prevented him from executing the plan. As a result, the entire crew will concentrate on the development of the main narrative instead.
He also apologized to all those who were looking forward to the original story.
“In both episodes 16 and 17, the premise elements surrounding this short story remained in the main story, and the storyboards and settings were ready, but this time I was not able to realize it due to my lack of ability.
I think there were people who were looking forward to it because the information had been out for a long time, but I am very sorry that it turned out like this.
All the staff will continue to put all their effort into the production of the main story, so please continue to support Vinland Saga in the future.”
Makoto Yukimura, the manga artist of Vinland Saga, responded to Yabuta’s tweet and apologized for unintentionally disclosing information regarding the backstory without being aware of the situation on the anime’s production team.
That’s right. Director Yabuta and I had a talk with everyone and we decided to do an old episode of “Snake” as an anime.
I’m sorry, I got ahead of myself and leaked a bit of information without knowing what was going on on the animation production side.
Yukimura mentioned that he had intended to illustrate Snake’s backstory for the episode, but due to the complexity of producing an episode, he was unable to do so.
Nevertheless, he vowed to share the story in some format in the future.
Yukimura also mentioned that the production team is working hard on the primary storyline of the anime and expressed concern for Yabuta, urging him not to overexert himself.
“The past of Snake. This is an episode that I had planned to draw, but never got the chance to do so. After all, it’s not easy to make an episode. The main story is really great, isn’t it?
I can tell that everyone at the animation production team is working with all their might. Director Yabuta, are you back home? Please don’t strain yourself.
But…! It might happen. Maybe in some form, somewhere, as an outside story. So I’m sorry, but please let me keep the origin of Snake a secret.”
Shuhei Yabuta had previously stated that Vinland Saga Season 2 would contain a few minor deviations from the manga.