I Read Solo Leveling and Found It Boring, but the Anime Can Fix It

Warning: Comprises manhwa spoilers for Solo Leveling.


  • The manhwa loses momentum after the Jeju Island Arc with uninteresting and complicated plot developments.
  • The rushed pacing results in underwhelming story arcs, significantly within the latter half of the sequence.
  • The anime adaptation of
    Solo Leveling
    is fixing the manhwa’s main points and has the potential to be even higher.

Solo Leveling is little doubt one of many hottest anime of the year thanks drastically to only how in style the manhwa was to start with. Nevertheless, regardless of its international recognition, Solo Leveling‘s manhwa is definitely removed from good, a lot in order that I dropped it the primary time round, however possibly the anime can repair a few of its greatest evident flaws.

Regardless of its preliminary attract, Solo Leveling‘s manhwa didn’t hold me hooked past the Jeju Island Arc. The chapters following the Jeju Raid mark the start of season 2 of the manhwa and depict the so-called calm earlier than the storm which is Solo Leveling‘s remaining battle in opposition to the Monarchs. Nevertheless, this stretch of chapters makes for one of many dullest, most complicated moments in your entire sequence.

Jinwoo looking down looking thoughtful in Solo Leveling

Solo Leveling was lastly inching in direction of its finale and, ideally, I ought to have been unable to place the sequence down. Nevertheless, the introduction of too many new characters and complicated subplots without delay, coupled with poor pacing and an eventful but uninteresting fundamental plotline, meant I as a substitute discovered myself rising bored and pissed off. Finally, I dropped the sequence, forgetting to ever choose it up once more and skim the ending (which was equally disappointing).


Solo Leveling Fails To Develop The Original Appeal Of Its Prologue

Solo Leveling appears to have left behind probably the most fascinating parts seen in its prologue to depend on the traditional tropes of the style as a substitute.

Solo Leveling Goes Downhill After the Jeju Arc

The Manhwa’s Poor Pacing Ruined What Might Have Been Nice Arcs

Jin woo from solo leveling with a panel of jinwoo surrounded by monster ants in the background

The primary time I used to be uncovered to Solo Leveling was across the time the manhwa was gearing up in direction of its remaining massive battle. On the time, I did not even know what manhwa was, however I had definitely heard all about Solo Leveling, which solely goes to indicate simply how in style the sequence was even in a tiny nook of India.

Solo Leveling
had a novel attract that even I, a religious shoujo shopper, couldn’t resist.

Regardless of being always pestered to learn it by folks round me, it would not be till over a yr later that I really dove into the sequence. Secure to say, Solo Leveling enchanted me with its brilliant, stunning artwork, intriguing premise, and thrilling pacing. I cherished even the supporting characters like Yoonho, Beru, and Woo Jinchul, and although I had by no means been drawn to shōnen motion sequence previously, Solo Leveling had a novel attract that even I, a religious shoujo shopper, couldn’t resist.

Nevertheless, this pleasure surprisingly wore off shortly after the Jeju Island Arc, which is unanimously agreed to be one of the best arcs in Solo Leveling. The climactic battle in opposition to Beru had set the bar as excessive because it may get, however the manhwa’ second season by no means fairly managed to stay as much as the identical heights. Till this level, Solo Leveling by no means had a single uninteresting second. The pacing was at all times good and saved me scrolling to the following web page with out a second thought. Nevertheless, the arcs main as much as the ultimate battle between Jinwoo and Antares had been largely underwhelming save for the Double Dungeon Arc.

a ruined city with a gate in the distance as seen during the japan crisis arc in solo leveling

Consequently, these new plotlines had been extremely complicated and virtually not possible to make sense of or hold observe of.

The Japan Disaster Arc was by far the worst of the lot, regardless of being a quite thrilling arc within the gentle novel which fits to indicate that the principle perpetrator behind Solo Leveling‘s issues within the latter half of the manhwa was certainly the rushed pacing. The manhwa swiftly launched the varied Monarchs in addition to perplexing new plot parts just like the Fragments of Gentle, making an attempt to put out numerous items of the story in a really quick period of time. Consequently, these new plotlines had been extremely complicated and virtually not possible to make sense of or hold observe of.

Solo Leveling’s Ending Was Simply As Atrocious

The Rushed Last Battle Makes for an Anticlimactic Ending to an In any other case Nice Collection

Nonetheless, after I heard that Solo Leveling was getting an anime, I lastly resolved to reread and end the manhwa this time round. Very like the primary time, the primary half was spectacular and whereas I made it via the second half of the story this time, I used to be as soon as once more let down by the ending. Certainly, it was stunning to see these numerous items of foreshadowing throughout the sequence lastly come collectively to disclose Solo Leveling‘s superbly crafted lore.

That mentioned, the lore is not the place the issue lies however quite the ultimate battle itself, which was extremely quick and anticlimactic. Antares, who ought to have been Jinwoo’s most difficult opponent and Solo Leveling‘s final antagonist, left a lot to be desired ultimately. Add to this the truth that the second half of the battle that takes place within the dimensional hole is totally off-screened and there are only a few redeeming qualities about Solo Leveling‘s ending.

The Anime Is Already Fixing Solo Leveling’s Greatest Points

Solo Leveling‘s Anime Might Finish Up Being Extra Loyal to the Gentle Novels

Sung Jinwoo holding up a weapon with his past weak self to his left surrounded in orange flames and his new strong self to his right surrounded in blue flames in solo leveling
Customized Picture by Merlyn De Souza

Regardless of my gripes with the manhwa, Solo Leveling‘s anime adaptation has reignited my love for the sequence and has the prospect to be even higher than the manhwa in lots of regards. Season 1 of Solo Leveling‘s anime has additionally already begun fixing most of the manhwa’s main points and has the proper likelihood to flesh out the ultimate battle in opposition to the Monarch of Destruction in addition to the arcs main as much as the finale.

The early introduction of the S-rank hunters in season 1 suggests the anime can also do the identical with the Monarchs which may assist make the latter half of the story much less complicated. The anime may additionally give the Japan Disaster Arc and the Worldwide Guild Convention Arc the main focus they deserve, making for a extra loyal adaptation of the sunshine novel.


Solo Leveling Season 1 is Incredible, But How Does It Compare to the Manhwa?

Whether or not Solo Leveling’s anime lives as much as the manhwa is debatable because it executes some features flawlessly however leaves extra to be desired in different areas.

Total, Solo Leveling is little doubt an excellent story, and it’s simple to see why the manhwa grew to become as in style because it did. The sequence little doubt holds a particular place as one of many first few manhwa I ever learn, however having explored the medium extra since then, I can confidently say that Solo Leveling is much from good, however merely one of many few manhwa on the market that is not outright dangerous.

The truth that I dropped the sequence halfway does not essentially imply the entire sequence is dangerous, as everybody enjoys this kind of product in another way in keeping with their very own tastes, however that there’s positively scope for the anime to drastically enhance on the supply materials, which is why I merely can not wait to see what Solo Leveling‘s anime has in retailer for the longer term.

Solo Leveling is accessible to learn from Pocket Comics and TappyToon.