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Why Jinwoo’s Shadow Iron had to abandon him in Solo Leveling

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2023)

Fans of the hit manga Solo Leveling were thrilled to see beloved shadow soldiers Beru and Igris make a triumphant return in the recent side stories. These powerful beings fought alongside their leader, the Shadow Monarch Sung Jinwoo, for an impressive 27 years. However, one member of Jinwoo’s loyal army was noticeably absent.

Iron, a shadow extracted from the body of A-Rank Hunter Kim Chul, did not make an appearance in the latest battles. As it turns out, Iron was left behind when Jinwoo used the powerful Cup of Reincarnation to turn back time. Fans were disappointed to hear this news and couldn’t help but feel sad for the missing member of Jinwoo’s once-unstoppable army.

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Unleashing the Power of the Cup of Reincarnation

Imagine having the power to turn back time by 10 years with just a single cup, but with a catch – each use decreases its effectiveness. That’s the Cup of Reincarnation, and it played a crucial role in the finale of the popular manhwa series, Solo Leveling. In the last chapter, the main character, Jinwoo, used the cup for the final time, knowing that it would break after he activated it. This would mean that the people he turned into shadows, like his trusted comrade Iron, would cease to exist in the new timeline.

However, in a recent release of Special Episode 5, fans were delighted to see Iron make a return in some form. He now goes by the name of Kim Chul, a high school track-and-field athlete. Back when he was Iron, Kim Chul was a cocky and aggressive Hunter who was constantly trying to prove his worth to Jinwoo. But in his new life, he’s transformed into a lovable giant who exudes a much different vibe. The episode left fans wondering just how much of Iron’s personality transferred over to the present Kim Chul. So, the big question remains – what kind of role will this new and improved Iron play in the Solo Leveling universe?

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Solo Leveling Takes on a New Chapter Without Dubu

From its humble beginnings as a webnovel on KakaoPage, Solo Leveling has captured the hearts of fans worldwide with its thrilling plot and captivating characters. The story centers around Sung Jinwoo, the world’s weakest Hunter, who finds himself blessed with an extraordinary opportunity to level up through a mysterious System that allows him to defeat monsters and complete tasks without limits.

The webcomic adaptation, drawn by the talented Dubu, brought the story to life in March 2018, earning rave reviews and legions of fans. However, tragedy struck when Dubu, who had been battling a chronic illness, passed away before he could witness the success of his work.

In honor of Dubu’s legacy, REDICE Studio has announced plans to launch a set of side stories featuring a team of artists who worked with Dubu to complete the artwork. Meanwhile, fans can still enjoy the entire Solo Leveling series, including ongoing special episodes, which are available to read on popular platforms like Tappytoon and Tapas.


And the excitement doesn’t stop there! An anime adaptation of Solo Leveling, produced by A-1 Pictures, is also in the works, bringing the beloved characters and their thrilling adventures to the small screen. So whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the series, there’s never been a better time to dive into the world of Solo Leveling!

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Arjun Arya
You have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don't leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.
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