The popular Solo Leveling anime has faced heavy criticism after bringing a controversial studio into its production, causing it to be completely removed from the credits.
Studio PPURI, the studio responsible for the animation of the well-received Solo Leveling opening theme, has been pulled from the anime’s credits following backlash from Korean fans. As a post on the Naver Blog notes, this only affects domestic distribution of the series, and the decision to do so may also have been motivated by a drop in shares of Solo Leveling publisher D&C Media . Studio PPURI has gained a bad reputation in some areas of Korea due to ‘anti-men’ gestures in its works and its connection to the feminist group Megalia.
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Megalia has attracted attention in South Korea in part for its strategy of exposing misogyny by doing the opposite in online communities. The movement’s symbol, “????”, especially attracted backlash due to its reference to Korean penis size. Studio PPURI has been accused of sneaking this gesture into many works, including MapleStory. Some even claim that the opening of Solo Leveling is referential. However, News Tomato agrees that the decision to drop Studio PPURI from the credit was likely motivated by concerns about the stock, reporting that D&C Media’s stock price on January 15 was down more than 6% compared to with the previous trading day, also seeing a 10% gain. % decrease during the day.
Naturally, this came as a disappointment to Studio PPURI after the grand opening reception. The video currently has over two million views and was a widely discussed topic in Japan and abroad this month, along with the premiere of Solo Leveling, which many compared to the success of the beloved Gear 5 episode Liked by One Piece. An anime insider’s detailed statement on how the Japanese anime industry discriminates against Chinese animators notes that many foreign outsourcing companies, such as South Korea’s Studio PPURI , was on par with major Japanese animation studios.
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The unaltered Solo Leveling anime is streaming on Crunchyroll in both subtitled and dubbed versions. The platform describes the series: “It is said that whatever does not kill you makes you stronger, but that is not the case with the world’s weakest hunter Sung Jinwoo. After being brutally slaughtered by monsters in a high-level dungeon, Jinwoo returned to the System, a program that only he could see, helping him level up in every aspect. Now, he is inspired to discover the secrets behind his powers and the dungeon that gave birth to them.”
Level up alone
In a world of talented hunters and monsters, weak hunter Sung Jin-Woo gains extraordinary powers through a mysterious program, making him one of the strongest hunters and conquers the entire world. the strongest dungeons.
Source: Naver Blog, News Tomato