Is Solo Leveling insanely good? I recently decided to start trying to read more manhwa again and I have been really enjoying myself getting immersed in the worlds and the characters. There is definitely a different feel of reading it than watching it in its anime form.
Solo Leveling has been bookmarked in my to-read list for a while now and with my younger brother’s constant recommendation of it, I decided to crack it open and give it a try. And see if Solo Leveling is worth all the hype about it.
Chapter 110 + | Published March 4, 2018 | Author Chu-Gong (Story) Jang Sung-rak (Art)
10 years ago, after “the Gate” that connected the real world with the monster world opened, some of the ordinary, everyday people received the power to hunt monsters within the Gate. They are known as “Hunters“. However, not all Hunters are powerful. My name is Sung Jin-Woo, an E-rank Hunter. I’m someone who has to risk his life in the lowliest of dungeons, the “World’s Weakest“. Having no skills whatsoever to display, I barely earned the required money by fighting in low-levelled dungeons… at least until I found a hidden dungeon with the hardest difficulty within the D-rank dungeons! In the end, as I was accepting death, I suddenly received a strange power, a quest log that only I could see, a secret to leveling up that only I know about! If I trained in accordance with my quests and hunted monsters, my level would rise. Changing from the weakest Hunter to the strongest S-rank Hunter!
I saw this manhwa in 2019, the summary and art definitely caught my attention so I bookmarked it and it’s been sitting quietly in my to-read list since then, till now…
What did I think?
Solo Leveling is definitely different from what I am used to reading (Japanese manga black and white) it’s a Korean Manhwa that all its scenes are in colour.
Solo Leveling takes the usual plot of an MC becoming overpowered and completely makes it their own. We follow the journey of Sung Jin-Woo who is nicknamed the worlds weakest hunter, fighting his way through many life and death situations to become stronger.
I know it sounds like every other generic RPG/MMO style, where the overpowered main character does what he wants but Solo Leveling does everything it tries to do just right.
The setting was done well and the plot was simple, straightforward and easy to follow. It starts off slow but we learn a lot about our character who he is, why he does what he does and how he interacts with the world around him. And if you are patient and read on, it quickly becomes more than just another generic Shounen but a page-turner.
The world-building is done with well-written character development, assisted by very good character interactions. The MC and supporting characters can be somewhat annoying and uneventful but it quickly changes as the character is thrown into the thick of it, leaving you at the edge of your sit. This situations changes his personality and his position in the world around him.
Solo Leveling is definitely something all action and fantasy lovers will enjoy.
In the words of one of my amazing blogger friends;
I like how the artist drew lineart thickness. Dude is good. And the girls are cuteNabe-Chan from geeknabe.com
The ART IS AMAZING, Solo Leveling is one of those beautiful manhwa you don’t find too often. It has a lot of pretty effects, its detailed but not too detailed and is absolutely astonishing.
Especially how blue and black flame are used. And I just love the glow they give his eyes when he’s about to do something cool.
The art is definitely one of the appeals and another area were Solo Leveling shines.
Characters are unique and relatable. And feel like real people with their own thoughts on the world and their own story to tell. So it’s easy to understand them and the actions they take.
There was good character development with our main character Sung Jin-Woo throughout the series and the way new characters were introduced was always done at the right time and perfectly.
For me, one would be starting from chapter 3 where Sung Jin-Woo and his party meet the monster called the Lord. Without spoiling it too much I will just say those chapters with the Lord felt like a scene from a horror movie. It felt very intense.
Other moments I liked was when Sung Jin-Woo would get serious and we would get these scenes where his eyes would glow and everything would be shadowy those moments always got me excited.
Least favourite moment?
I felt sad for Kim Sang-Shik. He wasn’t able to completely go down the path he wanted for himself. Things took a turn for him, it was really sad and relatable, being so close but yet being so far.
Kim Sang-Shik character to me reminds me that we are all human we make mistakes, but it’s how we learn from them, admit our faults and make amends for them, is what really matters.
Sung Jin-Woo shadows those guys are adorable and silly when they aren’t helping him fight. I found myself laughing by there silliness and cluelessness to certain things.
Least favourite character?
Hwang Dong-Su, it seems his bark his much worse than his bite so far.
I was expecting him to be this obstacle that comes and pushes our Sung Jin-Woo to his limits like the Lord monster, that I would be scared for Sung Jin-Woo. But nothing happened and it was a letdown.
Would you read more?
Is Solo Leveling over-hyped in the community? Yeah. Maybe a little. But it is definitely fun and worth a read.
The story flows well and reminds me of some of my favourite manga like One Punch Man and Bleach. Solo Leveling has become one of my favourites and I urge you to give this manhwa a fair chance, you will not be disappointed.
When is Solo Leveling Season 2 Release Date?
Solo Leveling Season 2 was going to be released early this year 2020. But unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation, it’s production is on hold, but thankfully the 2nd season starts this August 2020.
So that all from me would love to read your thoughts on Solo Leveling if you have read it or started reading it because of little old me, in the comments section below.
Till next time I leave you with this new AMV I got recommended that is one of my favorites now.