A-1 Pictures has decided to adapt Chugong’s popular Solo Leveling series into a beautiful animated series with Shunsuke Nakashige as director. The 12-episode anime will be based on the first volume of the novel with action and fantasy themes.
The plot of Solo Leveling takes place in a world where monsters run freely and pose a dangerous threat to humanity. Those who possess the power to hunt these heartless creatures are called “Hunters” and are tasked with destroying all monsters that enter the human world.
Sung Jinwoo is an E-rank hunter who cannot fight any powerful monsters and spends most of his time in lower dungeons, collecting whatever money he can find with how to kill less powerful monsters. Things became more drastic when Jinwoo received a mysterious power that allowed him to level up as a Hunter.
Solo Leveling chronicles Jinwoo’s journey from an E-rank hunter to an S-rank hunter respected by everyone around him. With strange new monsters, formidable enemies, and interesting friends, Solo Leveling will be an exciting anime that has much to look forward to.
Sung Jinwoo will be voiced by Taito Ban, Yoo Jin Ho by Genta Nakamura and Sung Jin Ah by Haruna Mikawa. Taito Ban has previously voiced famous characters such as Nagahiro in Pretty Boy Detective Club and Akira in Yakitori.
Introduction to Anime
Humanity experiences a tragedy after a mysterious portal opens and allows all sorts of monsters to enter Earth. Soon, those skilled enough to fight these creatures began calling themselves Hunters and were tasked with protecting others.
Their only job is to destroy stubborn and dangerous monsters and prevent humanity from becoming extinct. Sung Jinwoo called himself a hunter but was ranked E, meaning he didn’t have any skills to fight these bloodthirsty murderers.
He spent his days fighting in low-ranked dungeons and lived off the little money he earned by working all his life. Jinwoo may have a reputation for being weak, but after falling into a double dungeon and nearly dying, he was given strange powers by a program called “The System”.
The system chose Sung Jinwoo as the only player in their program who would be able to level up much faster than others and even turn those he killed into his loyal minions. Jinwoo could see the list of tasks he would have to do to increase his rank in a short time.
With this new power and friends on his side, Sung Jinwoo begins to fight exciting new monsters and other cruel humans trying to bring him down. Jinwoo also tries to find out who the System is and why he is the only one to receive this strange but very influential power.
When Jinwoo became strong enough to become a Great Hunter, he realized that monsters were not the only threat to humanity. Two groups of humanoids known as Rulers and Monarchs also played a huge role in the chaos that humans experienced.
A new web novel spin-off titled Solo Leveling: Ragnarok is also in the works, giving the anime more plot to develop beyond the first season.
Solo Leveling will be broadcast on Japanese television on the day January 7, 2024. Brand new episodes of the action anime will air on the day Sundaywith each episode lasting a total of 24-25 minutes.
- Episode 1: January 7, 2024
- Episode 2: January 14, 2024
- Episode 3: January 21, 2024
- Episode 4: January 28, 2024
- Episode 5: February 4, 2024
- Episode 6: February 11, 2024
- Episode 7: February 18, 2024
- Episode 8: February 25, 2024
- Episode 9: March 3, 2024
- Episode 10: March 10, 2024
- Episode 11: March 17, 2024
- Episode 12: March 24, 2024
Online streaming guide
Japanese networks such as Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11 and CBC will air Solo Leveling episodes on their platforms at 09:00. Viewers outside of Japan will be able to watch episodes of Solo Leveling on Crunchyroll.
Solo Leveling episode release times in other countries:
- UK: 12:00 am, Sunday
- Australia: 11:00 am, Sunday
- United States: 7 p.m., Saturday
- Philippines: 8:00 a.m., Sunday
- Canada: 7 p.m., Saturday
Solo Leveling has become a popular novel since it first began appearing on sites like Kakao Page and Piccoma in 2018. With Shunsuke Nakashige (Sword Art Online, Re:Zero) as director, it will It’s very exciting to finally watch fascinating characters come to life in anime.