15 Best Anime Like Vinland Saga [Adventure Epic Historical]

Anime like Vinland Saga

Whether you’re familiar with Vikings or Norse Mythology, Vinland Saga is an anime that you will enjoy. WIT studio has done a great job animating this series, but the non-linear storytelling is what truly makes this series shine. You might think this is another protagonist’s revenge story, but the main character rarely gets any screen time.

1. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

One of the few anime in History that has caused Crunchyroll to crash. After titans suddenly appeared, humanity was pushed to the edge of extinction. Their last hope was to build three large worlds around them, each 50 meters tall. Titans could never possibly breach that.

However, that day, a colossal titan appeared from nothingness, and his height towered the very wall humanity was dependent on for survival. Learn the tragic story of Eren and his friends against the titans and their cruelty.

2. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

An infamous assassin that goes by the name of Hitokiri Battousai had been feared across the country. He was infamous for his ruthless killing and unmatched talent. But by the end of the Bakumatsu era and the start of the Japanese Revolution, the assassin had just vanished.

However, after tens of years of not committing a single murder, we learn that the assassin has abandoned his former identity and wishes to live a peaceful life where he protects the weak, going by the name Kenshin Himura. Will he indeed keep his hands clean?

3. Berserk


Gore, Death, nudity, and much more mature events. Berserk is known for its dark theme and disturbing events. The story starts when a group of warbands finds a newborn baby under the corpse of his hanged mother. The name was Guts. This boy had no choice but to grow into a man at a young age.

Also known as the black knight later in the story, Guts is one of the most tragic anime characters in History. Although this manga can’t be continued due to the death of Kentaro Miura, it is still one of the greatest.

4. Yona of The Dawn

Yona of The Dawn

The one peaceful and powerful kingdom had suffered a major betrayal. Yona, the young princess, has been taken away by her royal guard to keep her safe. This act of treason has stolen everything Yona ever had. Having no choice, Yona must survive alongside her friend, Son Hak.

But after watching the consequences of this betrayal, Yona became determined to take back her birthright of being the Princess of Kouka. It will be a difficult journey, but Yona will do everything she can to dismantle her enemies.

5. Kingdom


China has been divided into seven nations after years of warfare. This period was called the Warring States. Kingdom follows the story of a young orphan named Xin. This young, determined slave is willing to become a powerful general after he witnesses a battle on the road to his village.

The beginning of Xin’s journey is harsh. Surviving was difficult, and luck played a major role in his story when the young King found him. After Xin was recruited by the young king, his dreams of becoming a great General were turning into reality.

6. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer

Goblins are known to be the filthiest creatures of all time. They lurk in the sewers, caves, and other hard-to-spot places. Those who adventure to find treasures or to complete guild quests are often found surrounded by Goblins. You might think the worst Goblins would kill another, but you’re mistaken.

Hideous unspeakable things are done by these filthy creatures. Because of that, one man dedicated his whole life to hunting down Goblins. Equipped with a short sword, a small shield, and steel armor, he calls himself the Goblin Slayer.

7. Dororo


To keep his lands wealthy, a ruler offers his newborn son as a sacrifice for the demons to prosper his country and stay in a position of power. This has cost the baby’s senses to be gone entirely along his limbs and other parts of his body.

However, when Hyakkimaru grew up, he learned how to fight. Each time a demon is killed in those lands, Hyakkimaru restores one of his body parts. Recovering his legs, his eyes, his ears, and his skin slowly allowed him to become human again at the cost of destroying what his father built.

8. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

Mushoku Tensei Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

Also known as Jobless Reincarnation, no anime has taken the “Resurrection into another world” genre to a new level the way this show did. An introverted, perverted loser has found himself hit by a truck. After waking up, his eyes looked upon no one but a new mother. He realized he had become a baby in a fantasy world. A new language must be learned, a new family will be met, and a new name will be held, Rudeus Greyrat.

9. Arslan Senki

Arslan Senki

Being honorable, just, and brave as a ruler isn’t enough to stop the act of betrayal. King Andragoras the third has been backstabbed by his trusted companions. This has caused the capital city of Pars Kingdom to fall. The surrounding empire Lusitania has taken control of the Ecbatana.

However, not all hope is lost as the young prince, Arslan, starts a new journey searching for new allies to retake his throne and win against the Lusitania empire and other marching foes from outside the country.

10. Youjo Senki

Youjo Senki

The story of Youjo Senki revolves around the main character, the Antagonist. This was made clear from the very beginning when a Japanese man was reincarnated as a young girl in a magical warfare world. Being a young child, she still fights as a soldier for the Germanian Empire.

Now known as Tanya Degurechaff, the young soldier aims to climb the ranks as her brilliant tactics and ruthless actions earn major renown. Eventually, Tanya aims to turn the Germanian Empire into the most powerful army in history.

11. Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill

The tyrannical empire is corrupted. The young, immature heir is being manipulated by his advisor. The royal soldiers are looting, killing, and torturing people alongside many nobles and lords. However, a group called Night Raid is willing to overthrow the King and his subjects and bring back peace to their territory.

Tatsumi, the main character, learns about this truth the hard way. The night he meets a girl named Akame, he decides to join the Night Raid group and seek justice against the cruelty of those nobles.

12. Fate/Zero

Fate Zero

The Fate series is a confusing series to watch. However, Fate/Zero can be your starting point. With an episode that is 40 mins long, the story explains the War of the Holy Grail, a powerful item that will turn all desires true. But to obtain this item, you must join the war and become a master. Once you become a master, a servant will spawn. This servant is a character taken from history. King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Alexander the great, and more.

13. Castlevania


Castlevania is a TV series based on a popular video game series. This dark fantasy and the medieval show revolves around a character named Trevor Belmont. After his clan had brutally fallen from their position of power, Trevor saved himself and became the only and last survivor.

Now, Trevor seeks to save Europe from a significant threat. Vlad Dracula Epese is a vampire that invaded the eastern lands of Europe along with tens of other vampires. Unlike the threat of other nations, Vlad has declared war on humanity, not just a nation.

14. Altair: A Record of Battles

Altair A Record of Battles

Normally, other anime series focuses on battles and the outcome for the soldiers and generals, but it rarely focuses on the benefits and politics of each ruler. Altair does just that. Rather than focusing on the war, it focuses on the consequences of each decision made.

The true meaning of losing a war is explained to the viewers by showing its effect on the economy and population. The main protagonist Tuğrul Mahmut however, seeks to keep his kingdom in peace from the approaching enemy. Will he succeed as he gets sucked deeper into politics?

15. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito Guardian of the Spirit

Balsa is a skilled spear-wielding bodyguard that lives to save others. Coming from a faraway kingdom, Balsa was tasked to protect Price Chagum. It has been claimed that the prince’s body was infused with a Demon. This demon is causing major starvation in the lands of Shin Yoga.

And the Empire claimed that his death would bring salvation to his country. With his life endangered, Balsa will stand in the face of danger to protect her prince from incoming assassins.

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