Solo Leveling fans, arise! Finally, the world will witness Sung Jinwoo’s best level-up yet.
This record-breaking manhwa will, at long last, grace the world of anime in 2023 as its adaptation was announced during Crunchyroll’s Anime Expo 2022 Industry Panel early on July 2022.
An official teaser key visual and an English-subbed teaser promotional video were also revealed during the announcement, with A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Kaguya-sama: Love is War) at the helm.
- January 13, 2023: Complete rewrite for improved readability.
- November 22, 2022: Added new info about Solo Leveling’s game by Netmarble under news.
- November 16, 2022: Added a release date section.
- September 5, 2022: Initial publishing.
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Solo Leveling Release Date
Solo Leveling Release Date
Countdown to March 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM (UTC)
Anime bloggers suspect that Solo Leveling should see a release no later than March 2023.
Sundays during early 2022 had some of the top, most breathtaking anime action, and if this trend is replicated, a Sunday slot in March 2023 could be possible.
This article will be updated immediately when A-1 Pictures releases news about the official dates.
There’s just no stopping Solo Leveling’s momentum.
Fans have already begged for this to come to fruition, even attempting to have Netflix do the anime through a Change.org petition.
Solo Leveling Anime Trailer
Fans were treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming anime’s vibes with the gorgeous teaser PV above, which Crunchyroll released during the said industry panel.
Jinwoo’s transition from weak to strong was also cleverly shown in the key visual, as most eagle-eyed fans observed.
The Crunchyroll teaser was shared by the official Solo Leveling Twitter account and some notable anime sources on social media.
Crunchyroll posted the PV on their Youtube channel, but it was not available anymore for unspecified reasons.
Where To Watch Solo Leveling Anime
Solo Leveling will premiere on Crunchyroll, although sources confirmed no definite time slot or frame. We’ll update this article once the relevant information has been released.
Despite A-1 taking the wheel for Solo Leveling, fans are still anxious about how the anime will turn out.
It could be recalled that many fans were dissatisfied with the pacing and story done for the Big 3 manhwa (Noblesse, God of High School, Tower of God), which Crunchyroll co-produced.
Fans feeling this way is understandable, seeing that Solo Leveling has been topping Crunchyroll’s poll of the top 10 mangas fans want to see animated for two years.
But, the burgeoning excitement drives the anticipation forward as fans place their hopes on the production staff.
Still, it would be best if you don’t sleep on this ensemble of anime veterans.
Solo Leveling Anime Production Staff
While the trailer was a bit too bare regarding clues about the upcoming series’ plot, it did shine a spotlight on the creative minds behind the production.
A-1 Pictures is climbing the ranks towards the top and has been consistently churning out great titles these past few years.
Apart from Sword Art Online, the studio was also known for Black Butler, Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, and the widely-acclaimed Your Lie in April.
A-1 surely brought out the big guns this time, hiring key staff responsible for SAO and the popular Attack on Titan.
It’s just fitting that the people behind the previous generation’s beloved gaming anime will also welcome the coming of gaming manhwa’s overlord.
Director Shunsuke Nakashige is known for directing the best episodes of both SAO and AoT. At the same time, Composer Hiroyuki Sawano is responsible for AoT’s iconic music.
The cooperation between these two, with A-1 behind them, has already stoked the fans’ excitement.
With the addition of head writer Noboru Kimura and character designer Tomoko Sudo, you know Jinwoo and his shadow army are in good hands.
Solo Leveling Story
Solo Leveling has the makings of a great story: an underdog protagonist who went from being the weakest hunter to becoming the world’s strongest; a lengthy storyline with intricate lore; and an addictive modern retelling of a popular fantasy subgenre.
The underdog protagonist is Sung Jinwoo, a rank-E hunter deemed as “humanity’s weakest.”
In a world where hunters are humanity’s heroes against the invasion of monsters coming out of ‘Gates,’ Jinwoo’s fate seems grim.
But, as luck would have it, Jinwoo is presented with a fortuitous encounter: a rare double dungeon with deathly rewards. Left for dead, the weak Rank-E hunter somehow survives.
Jinwoo has become the mysterious System’s Player. Finally, Jinwoo’s fate turns for the better, but he has to fight for it.
Gaining newfound abilities and powers, Jinwoo embarks on an arduous quest to find the secrets behind the dungeons and their unfathomable source.
Solo Leveling News
Along with the announcement for the anime, the visuals also showed messages from Solo Leveling author Chugong and manhwa artist DUBU.
When the Solo Leveling author confirmed the news about his work’s animation, “he is feeling excited and thrilled these days.”
“I’m still half-doubting that this is real; I want to see Jinwoo and the other characters get animated soon and feel relieved,” Chugong added.
DUBU of REDICE Studio, who created the manhwa’s ubiquitous top-tier artwork, thanked the fans who loved and supported Solo Leveling.
He remarked that getting the offer for the adaptation felt like yesterday. “I feel so overwhelmed when I think that the anime is really being created right now,” DUBU added.
Sadly, DUBU, whose real name is Jang Sung-Rak, passed away mere weeks after the announcement due to a cerebral hemorrhage at only 37 years old.
Although he will not see A-1’s version of his artwork, the Solo Leveling manhwa will forever be his legacy.
Earlier this year, popular South Korean mobile games developer Netmarble announced that they are creating an RPG based on Solo Leveling.
The game was revealed to be called Solo Leveling: Arise, and its official website held a pre-registration event for South Korean users that has long since ended.
Solo Leveling: Arise was one of the four new games Netmarble unveiled during the G-STAR 2022 held on November 17, 2022.
It was described as a game where users can “fight as webtoon characters and create their own action style with various skills and weapons through leveling up.
The same day, Netmarble released the game’s new trailer featuring Sung Jinwoo’s fight against fan-favorite Blood-Red Commander, Igris.
The video also teased a 2023 release year.
In the following days, the game’s Twitter account released a series of videos depicting Solo Leveling: Arise’s gameplay and fight trailers.
Some of the most notable ones are the trailers for Sung Jinwoo’s memorable fights against Blue Venom-Fanged Kasaka and Steel Fang Raikan.