Vinland Saga director Shuuhei Yabuta has issued a public apology to fans of the popular anime series after receiving complaints that the latest episode’s animation quality did not faithfully recreate the scenes from the manga.

Following the October 4th premiere of the series 17th episode, ‘Servant’, some viewers took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the animation of the episode, believing that some scenes had lost their impact in the translation between the original manga pages and the anime adaptation:

Two moments in particular seem to have disappointed this small group of fans: Thorkell’s intimidating aura and a close-up of Thorfinn yelling:

Vinland Saga Director Apologizes After Viewers Criticize Animation Quality in Latest Episode

Vinland Saga Director Apologizes After Viewers Criticize Animation Quality in Latest Episode

In light of these complaints, Yabuta took to his personal Twitter account to apologize for the lack of quality, thanking fans for their “understanding and supporting” and noting his belief that “It is also unwilling for me to make a film that is unsatisfactory for viewers”:

He then proceeded to thank fans for their “concern and a lot of kind words,” noting that he hopes that this feedback and discussion “will be a good memory for everyone to be involved with this title and the community.”

Vinland Saga is available to stream on Amazon Prime. It releases weekly on Mondays.

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