8 Manga That Switch Things Up Like Vinland Saga Season 2

8 Manga That Switch Things Up Like Vinland Saga Season 2

A Journey Through Manga: Switching Things Up In Epic Tales

With the conclusion of Vinland Saga season 2 and the highly anticipated 3rd season on the horizon (fingers crossed), fans of the series have a bit of a wait ahead. But fear not, because there are plenty of other manga out there that can fill the void and keep you entertained. These series, just like Vinland Saga, undergo massive shifts in tone, storylines, and characters between arcs. So, let’s dive into some of the best examples of manga that shake things up and keep you hooked.

8. Berserk – A Dark Journey with a Glimpse of Hope


First up is one of the most iconic manga of all time, Berserk. The story of Guts, also known as the Black Swordsman, is undoubtedly one of the darkest tales out there. But it’s also surprisingly hopeful. For those who have only watched the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc film series, you may think it’s just a violent series without much darkness. But let me tell you, the Golden Age arc is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Black Swordsman arc that comes before the Golden Age introduces you to the true depth of Berserk’s story. And that’s not even mentioning the second major shift that occurs after the Millenium Falcon arc. Throughout its 40+ volumes, Berserk constantly changes the focus of the story, its direction, and even the rules of the entire setting. It’s a rollercoaster you won’t want to miss.

7. Vagabond – A Journey from Violence to Enlightenment


When it comes to renowned manga series over the past few decades, you’ll often hear the names Berserk, Vinland Saga, and Vagabond. Coincidentally, all three revolve around the journey of their main characters from a path of pure violence towards growth, empathy, and maturity.

Vagabond, just like Vinland Saga, takes a surprising turn with its farming arc, completely shifting the tone of the series. While the farming arc and Vinland Saga are vastly different, they both convey the message that true strength lies in nurturing and preserving life, rather than mindless killing. Mushashi and Thorfinn undergo personal transformations as they realize the value of creation over destruction.

6. Fire Punch – Burning with Brutal Brilliance

Fire Punch

Nowadays, everyone knows about Chainsaw Man, but did you know that its author, Tatsuki Fujimoto, had another action-packed series called Fire Punch before that? While both series delve into characters learning about the ways of the world, possessing superhuman abilities, and finding hope amidst despair, Fire Punch offers a unique and brutal story experience.

From the first chapter alone, readers can tell that Fire Punch doesn’t hold anything back. It takes a different approach from Chainsaw Man, exploring its own dark and violent themes. Fujimoto constantly switches the focus, goal, and tone of the story to match the narrative he wants to tell. Brace yourself for a wild ride with Fire Punch.

5. Reborn – A Mafia Boss with a Twist


This recommendation is more suited for anime fans, but manga readers can also enjoy Reborn (also known as Katekyo Hitman Reborn) and breeze through its so-called “slow start.” At first glance, Reborn appears to be a shallow shonen comedy with cute mascot characters and a predictable story structure. But fear not, because the series takes a sharp turn after a mere 20 episodes or 63 chapters.

Once Reborn fully embraces its shonen roots, the story and action escalate rapidly. The series revolves around a middle-schooler becoming the boss of a mafia family and being trained by the best hitman in the world…who is also a baby. It’s a ridiculous concept, but once the power system, world scale, and main cast are established, the fights and story become incredibly enjoyable.

4. Promised Neverland – Lured into a Tale of Tension

Promised Neverland

In the current landscape, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Promised Neverland. This gripping manga keeps readers on the edge of their seats with its masterful handling of dramatic tension, outsmarting, and shocking twists. Those horrified expressions when characters realize they’ve been deceived? Absolutely spot on.

Promised Neverland stands above other manga in the same genre, delivering an intense and engaging experience. If you haven’t embarked on Emma and her friends’ journey yet, it’s time to join the ranks of Promised Neverland fans.

3. Delicious In Dungeon – A Hilarious Feast of Fantasy

Delicious In Dungeon

With the upcoming Netflix anime adaptation of Dungeon Meshi, it’s a perfect moment to dive into this hilarious manga. It boasts a memorable art style, a creatively crafted fantasy setting, and a side order of dungeon exploration.

As the series progresses, the dungeon exploration becomes a central focus, introducing more characters, concepts, and unraveling the mysteries surrounding the dungeon. From cooking-comedy to epic dungeon adventures, Delicious In Dungeon serves up a unique and entertaining experience you don’t want to miss.

2. Helck – Comedy Shaded by Darkness


Imagine One-Punch Man, but make it darker. That’s essentially Helck. These two comedy series share the theme of an overpowered protagonist facing insurmountable odds. However, Helck takes it to a whole new level by introducing truly horrifying aspects that surpass even the darkest moments of One-Punch Man. Sometimes, individual human cruelty can be more chilling than wholesale destruction.

Helck manages to successfully blend heavy concepts and story beats with comedy, keeping readers entertained throughout. It’s not a competition between the two series, but it’s worth noting how Helck balances the light and dark elements with finesse.

1. The World After the End – Unveiling Secrets in a Towering Adventure

The World After the End

We wrap up our journey with a manwha inclusion, The World After the End. This vibrant adaptation of the fantasy web novel from the talented author Sing Shong introduces a tower that everyone else has abandoned. However, things take a sharp turn early on, and the story takes a major twist in every sense of the word. Brace yourself for constant shifts in story, tone, and setting as you navigate this captivating world.

With Redice Studios, known for their work on incredible series like Solo Leveling and Overgeared, backing The World After the End, you’re in for an immersive and thrilling experience.

And there you have it! A list of manga that take you on exhilarating journeys, constantly switching things up to keep you enthralled. So, grab your favorite series, embark on these unforgettable adventures, and let the magic of manga sweep you away!

Psst, there’s even more! Check out the strongest Apostles in Berserk in our article here.

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