Updated on April 3, 10:55 a.m. (GMT+8): Added season 2 information.

Daggers up, hunters! The hit manhwa Solo Leveling is finally getting an anime adaptation.

Unlike the destined power fantasies of Goku and Naruto, the Solo Leveling anime tells the story of a lowly hunter named Jinwoo who accidentally finds a new source of power during a failed dungeon run.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Solo Leveling, including its story, VA cast, release date, and status of the manhwa.

What is Solo Leveling all about?

All Solo Leveling episodes and where to watch them
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All Solo Leveling episodes and where to watch them

Solo Leveling is a Korean web novel series written by Chu-gong and illustrated by Jang “Dubu” Sang-rak of Redice Studio. The story takes place in present-day Korea with MMORPG elements.

Humans who possess magical powers can take on the job of a hunter, a person who enters gates to another dimension to slay monsters and bosses. If the hunting party clears out the gate’s dungeon, their rewards can be used as money in the real world.

The main character, Sung Jinwoo, is known as the world’s weakest hunter. Despite such a reputation, he continues to participate in dungeon raids as a way to pay for his mother’s hospital bills.

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During a double-dungeon run, Jinwoo sacrifices himself to allow the rest of his party to escape. On the verge of dying, the hunter accidentally completes a hidden quest and becomes a “player”, a special role that allows him to complete quests and level up by himself through a game-like system.

Status of the manhwa

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The Solo Leveling manhwa was first published on March 4, 2018, and the series released its final 201st chapter on May 31, 2023.

Production details of Solo Leveling anime

A-1 Pictures, known for its animation work in Sword Art Online and Erased, will be producing the anime with Shunsuke Nakashige as the director and Noboru Kimura as the head writer. Tomoko Sudo will be the head of character design.

The anime’s music will be composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who’s also worked on other popular anime titles like Attack on Titan, Blue Exorcist, and Kill la Kill.

The anime will likely adapt the Japanese translation of the manhwa, which changes a few details of the story. For example, Jinwoo is now Shun Mizushino, and the setting changes from Seoul to Tokyo.

Solo Leveling characters and seiyuu (voice actors)

Jinwoo SungTaito Ban
Hae-In ChaReina Ueda
Jinah SungHurana Mikawa
Gun-Hee GoBanjou Ginga
Jinho YooGenta Nakamura
Joohee LeeRina Honizumi
Jongin ChoiDaisuke Hirakawa
Yoonho BaekHiroki Touchi
Jinchul WooMakoto Furukawa
Byunggyu MinJunya Enoki

Solo Leveling release date

Season 1 of Solo Leveling, encompassing 12 episodes, aired from January 7 to March 31, 2024.

On March 31, 2024, Crunchyroll officially confirmed that Solo Leveling season 2’s release schedule in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Solo Leveling official trailers

Where to watch Solo Leveling

The anime is broadcast on multiple Japanese stations and channels. The anime is available online on Netflix and Crunchyroll.

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