In recent years, the lines between manga and manhwa have become increasingly blurred, as fans from China and South Korea are becoming increasingly involved with the webtoon/novel genre. In particular, web novels or manhwa have been steadily receiving adaptations in various forms, namely live-action and anime adaptations. Unlike the usual shonen or shoujo genre, Japanese animation houses are taking keen interest in popular works from South Korean, including the recently hyped webtoon: Solo Leveling.
Solo Leveling is a recently-concluded South Korean web-novel written by Chugong that has taken the internet by storm after the conclusion of its 179th chapter. Also referred to as Only I Level Up, the web-novel was published on Kakao’s digital comic section KakaoPage in 2016 and later by D&C Media the same year. The webtoon version of the story was illustrated by Jang Sung-rak, also known as Dubu.
The story is set in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and needs the help of hunters, with magical abilities, to save them. Sung Jinwoo is a particularly weak hunter, who is endlessly struggling to ensure the survival of those around him, as well as himself. One narrowly escaped mission later, Jinwoo is approached by a mysterious entity called ”The System”. Jinwoo is elected as their solo player, which gives him the ability to upgrade to any known level beyond limits. Armed with a new set of abilities, it is up to Jinwoo to fight against the evil in the world, be it human or monster. Embarking on a journey to cleanse the world, Jinwoo must learn to cooperate with other hunters and people with abilities similar to him.
Viewers are highly anticipating the hyped anime that is set to be released in 2023. To quench the curiosity for fans, here are some of the things that viewers should really look forward to from the anime:
8 The Production Team:
Director Shunsuke Nakashige is the name that everybody knows for delivering suspense, emotion, and action-packed scenes. Such a talented director will be responsible for directing the Solo Leveling anime. Some of his remarkable works include Re:Zero and Sword Art Online. Noboru Kimura is a writer and actor who is known for his script writing in the phenomenonal Mai-HiME and Princess Principal Crown Handler Chapters 1 and 2. He will be taking part in the script writing of the anime adaptation. Additionally, the character designs will be handled by Tomoko Sudo, whose previous work includes The Blue Exorcist and Alice in Borderland.
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