In an exclusive interview with L’Internaute on Thursday, Heaeun Kwak, the creative director of D&C Webtoon, unveiled exciting news. It was disclosed that a live-action Korean adaptation is currently in development for the immensely popular Solo Leveling manhwa, originally created by writer Chugong and the late artist DUBU (REDICE Studio).
The manhwa, an adaptation of Chugong’s Solo Leveling novel series, featuring exquisite illustrations by DUBU, first made its debut on Webtoon services back in March 2018 and concluded its riveting narrative in December 2021. English-speaking audiences have been able to enjoy both the manhwa and the original novel series thanks to Yen Press’s dedicated efforts.
For Japanese readers, Kadokawa has published the manhwa under the title “Ore Dake Level-Up na Ken” (I’m the Only One Who Has Leveled Up), with the 14th volume having graced the shelves on September 22.
Notably, this beloved manhwa has also sparked immense anticipation by inspiring an upcoming anime adaptation set to premiere in January. Crunchyroll, which thrilled fans by announcing this adaptation during its Anime Expo industry panel in July 2022, offers an enticing glimpse into the story:
Over a decade has passed since the enigmatic emergence of “gates”—portals connecting our world to an alternate dimension. This extraordinary event awakened a select group of individuals with supernatural abilities, aptly named “hunters.” These remarkable individuals make their livelihood by harnessing their powers to conquer the mysterious dungeons hidden within the gates.
Amidst the relentless competition in this unforgiving world, Jinwoo Sung, a low-ranked hunter, is known as “the weakest hunter of all mankind.” However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he sustains life-threatening injuries while exploring a low-rank dungeon that conceals high-rank double dungeons.
In his dire moment of peril, a mysterious quest window materializes before him. On the brink of death, Jinwoo makes a fateful decision to accept the quest, embarking on an extraordinary journey of relentless leveling up, unlike any other.
Excitingly, Crunchyroll will be the exclusive platform for streaming the anime adaptation, offering it to viewers worldwide, except in Asia.