The anime adaptation of popular Korean manhwa Solo Leveling will be streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll starting January 6, 2024. The anime adaptation was originally announced during Anime Industry Council Expo 2022 of Crunchyroll with an expected air date of 2023. This revised launch date shifts that slightly to Winter 2024. Asa Suehira, Chief Content Officer at Crunchyroll, expressed excitement about the project:
“At Crunchyroll, we’re always looking for creative ways to connect audiences with compelling stories from around the world. Solo Leveling is a groundbreaking series that has captured the imagination of fans across the globe, and we are excited to be part of the journey to turn this exceptional manhwa into an anime. Our partnership with Aniplex symbolizes our commitment to delivering high-quality, diverse content that resonates with our viewers.”
Solo Leveling started out as a best-selling Korean web novel written by Chugong. The novel was later adapted into a webtoon in 2018 with illustrations by Chugong, h-goon, and Jang Sung-rak (aka DUBU), CEO of REDICE Studio, who passed away tragically in July 2022 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The webtoon adaptation originally started on KakaoPage in Korea in 2018 and ended in 2021 after 178 episodes and 3 years of publication. The webtoon is published digitally in English by Webnovel, PocketComics and Tappytoon and has been licensed in English by Yen Press.
As revealed in the initial announcement and PV teaser premiere, the Solo Leveling anime is animated by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online), with motion graphics by Production IG (Attack on Titan). The film is directed by Shunsuke Nakashige (Sword Art Online). Additional staff credits include music by Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan) and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (K-pop band), character design by Tomoko Sudo, and monster design by Hirotaka Tokuda. The Japanese voice cast includes:
Sung Jinwoo voiced by Taito BanYoo Jinho voiced by Genta NakamuraSung Jinah voiced by Haruna MikawaCha Hae-voiced by Reina UedaChoi Jong-in voiced by Daisuke HirakawaBaek Yoonho voiced by Hiroki TouchiGo Gunhee voiced by Banjo GingaWoo Jinchul voiced by Makoto Furukawa
The English voice cast includes:
Sung Jinwoo voiced by Aleks LeYoo Jinho voiced by Justin BrinerSung Jinah voiced by Rebecca WangCha Hae-in voiced by Michelle RojasChoi Jong-in voiced by Ian SinclairBaek Yoonho voiced by Christopher R. SabatGo Gunhee voiced by Kent WilliamsWoo Jinchul voiced by SungWon ChoLee Joohee voiced by Dani Chambers
The Solo Leveling anime will be produced and dubbed in languages other than English, and details and release dates for those anime versions will be announced at a later date. Crunchyroll describes the plot as follows:
More than a decade has passed since a path called a “gate” connecting this world to another dimension suddenly appeared, and people with superhuman powers called “ hunter” has been awakened. Hunters use their superhuman strength to conquer the dungeons inside the gate to make a living, and Sung Jinwoo, a lowest-level Hunter, is considered the weakest Hunter in all of humanity. One day, he encountered a double dungeon, a high-level dungeon hidden inside a low-level dungeon. In front of the seriously injured Jinwoo, a mysterious quest window appeared. On the brink of death, Jinwoo decided to go on a mission, which made him the only one who could level up.
Ahead of the global launch of Solo Leveling, you can read it on Tappytoon here and watch the third official anime trailer below.
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Source: Press release
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