What is it about?
Solo Leveling is a fantasy manhwa that takes place in Korea today. It follows the story of Sung Jin-woo, one of the weakest hunters, which are humans who possess magical powers. Hunters can enter a special gate to another dimension to slay monsters and bosses and, every time they clear out a gate’s dungeon, they get rewards that can be used in the real world.
Hunters usually work in parties and, during a double-dungeon run, Jin-Woo decides to sacrifice himself to help his party members. As he was about to die, he accidentally completes a hidden quest and becomes a “player”, which means that he can now complete quests by himself and level up.
What’s so special about it?
What differentiates Solo Leveling from many other series is the fact the original story was a Graphic Novel that later on got adapted into a manhwa, which is a Korean comic, similar to Japanese mangas if not for the fact that the comics have a totally different style, graphics and they’re colored! As for the status of the manhwa, it was officially completed on December 19th, 2021 with a total of 179 chapters.
Production and changes
Solo Leveling will be animated by A-! Pictures, the same producer of some very well-known animations such as Erased and Sword Art Online, but that’s not all, the composer for the anime’s music is none other than Hiroyuki Sawano, who’s also composed for Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist.
Since the animation will be adapted following the Japanese version, some minor details will be done to the story, for instance, the protagonist’s name won’t be Jin-woo but Shun Mizushino, and the facts will take place in Tokyo instead of Seoul.
Release date and seasons
Although no date has been released yet, Crunchyroll has confirmed that the anime will air in 2023 with their official trailer and poster. There hasn’t been any confirmation about the number of seasons that will eventually come out, but fans are speculating that it definitely won’t be possible to animate 179 chapters in just one season, so be prepared to follow this new series for some time.
Some news and curiosities
Many people have been wondering who’ll play the main character, there have been many speculations that suggest that the one voicing Jin-woo will be none other than Mamoru Miyano who’s mostly known for his interpretation as Light Yagami in Death note. As for the English voice actor, some rumors have been pointing out that Johnny Yong Bosch will probably take the job, he’s very famous for voicing some popular anime characters such as Ichigo from Bleach and Sabo from One Piece. But these are all speculations from fans and rumors that have been going around the internet, as for now, we can only wait for an official confirmation.