Solo Leveling

Solo Leveling

Action fantasy meets MMORPG in this edgy, highly anticipated anime adaptation

7.1

TV Show

Japan, South Korea
Japanese
Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2024
Daisuke Hirakawa, Genta Nakamura, Haruna Mikawa
24 min

TLDR

So that’s where they got that Worship the Lord meme…

What it's about

Multiple portals opened up around the world, unlocking the monsters from other dimensions, but also granting some people with powers to fight them in dungeons. After being brutally killed by monsters, the world’s weakest hunter Sung Jin-woo comes back with the System, a program that gives him valuable information only he could see.

The take

Slaying monsters online is definitely more exciting than typing on a computer all day, but having to do so in real life might be a different story. The highly anticipated anime adaptation Solo Leveling depicts a world where those online adventures are a mundane but dangerous day-to-day gig for some people with unique abilities set in stone, but with a twist– every player doesn’t have the video game information, stats, and structured quests, except for the world’s weakest hunter Sung Jin-woo. It’s an intriguing world that brings up themes such as gamification and inherent talent versus acquired skill, and it’s one that’s matched with great animation, thrilling fight scenes, and gory deaths.

What stands out

Anime adaptations of manga tend to stick to the same scene-by-scene sequence, but Solo Leveling changes up the order of some of the original manhwa’s scenes in order to build up the world first. It helps introduce the world and the show’s themes better for viewers new to the story.

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