With Solo Leveling topping the ‘Manga We Want to see Animated’ poll last week, we breakdown how likely an anime series and when it could release.

For almost every single fan of anime and manga, the past few months have been nothing short of exceptional.

Classic manga series like Black Clover, My Hero Academia and One Piece have been blowing up again. Whilst Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer: Mugen Train have dominated the anime world.

However, there is one person who is missing from the anime world, Jin-Woo.

The protagonist from the hit web novel ‘Solo Leveling’ is yet to make his anime debut, but will he ever get a chance to appear in a TV series and if so, when could fans see Jin-Woo in an anime?

Solo Leveling anime…

  • At the time of writing, no production company has confirmed that they will produce an anime adaptation of Solo Leveling, but it’s only a matter of time before Jin-Woo hits the TV screens.

Despite there not being any confirmation that Solo Leveling will receive an anime, this series is almost guaranteed to get an adaptation at some point in the future. The reason for this is quite an obvious one, popularity.

Solo Leveling is arguably the most popular web novel in the world right now and trends on social media with every new chapter.

In fact, Solo Leveling is the most requested anime adaption out there; topping AnimeJapan’s recent ‘Manga We Want to See Animated’ poll and receiving over 186,000 signatures on a Change petition.

The large, dedicated core fanbase that Solo Leveling has cultivated could serve as an excellent platform for an anime adaption to start from.

This could work in a very similar way to that of Chainsaw Man, another (relatively) niche series with a large core fanbase that has just been confirmed to be getting an anime series.

However, at the time of writing, nothing has been confirmed regarding a Solo Leveling anime adaption.

Issues with animating Solo Leveling…

Whilst an anime would undoubtedly be a global success, there may be a slight caveat with adapting the Solo Leveling series; specifically, regarding Japanese production studios.

As YouTuber ‘Yiman’ pointed out in a recent video, Japanese society is not necessarily depicted in a favourable manner in certain arcs of Solo Leveling.

He suggests that this could mean Japanese animation studios may not want to adapt the series, unless they were willing to change specific aspects of the story.

One potential solution would be to have either a South Korean or American animation studio produce the series such as Studio Mir, or even streaming platforms such as Crunchyroll and Funimation making it an original production.

Although, considering the incredible artwork in Solo Leveling and seeing the outstanding visuals from other anime, in an ideal world the series would be adapted by either MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen) or Ufotable (Demon Slayer).

Solo Leveling: Anime release date…

Unfortunately, predicting a potential release date for a Solo Leveling anime adaptation remains dependent on several factors; when production is announced, the number of episodes and the animation studio.

The announcement of a Solo Leveling anime could come at any point, but anime adaptations typically take between 7 and 13 months to premiere after an official reveal.

Then we have the number of episodes; if Solo Leveling season 1 consisted of 12-15 episodes, then it would air one slate earlier than if it consisted of 24-25 episodes. However, this would likely involve a split-cour production, which could speed things up in terms of the animation time.

Finally, we have the animation studios. This may be a fairly obvious statement but the bigger the studio, the more resources they have at their disposal to speed up production.

Overall, if an anime adaptation for Solo Leveling is announced in the next six months, fans can expect it to premiere in Summer 2022. However, if production on a series is confirmed in late-2021, season 1 may not debut until early-2023.

This article will be updated if any new information regarding a potential Solo Leveling anime adaptation is revealed.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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