A Solo Leveling anime adaptation has just been officially confirmed to be in production at A-1 Pictures, set to release worldwide in 2023.
2022 has already been an exceptional year for anime fans with the return of Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan in Q1, the domination of Spy x Family in Q2 and the upcoming Chainsaw Man series in Q3; the latter is certainly set to break the internet when it premieres in the Fall.
However, there is one person who is missing from the modern anime world, Jin-Woo; the main protagonist from the hit Webtoon series ‘Solo Leveling’ is yet to make his anime debut.
Following several months of rumours online, it has finally been confirmed that Solo Leveling will be getting its own anime adaptation – here is everything you need to know.
Solo Leveling anime confirmed to be in production, new trailer premieres
It is a historic day for fans of the fantastic Solo Leveling series, as just hours ago it was revealed at the Crunchyroll Panel at AnimeExpo that a Solo Leveling anime was finally in production – with the first teaser trailer being subsequently shared on YouTube by Crunchyroll.
A-Pictures will be animating the series, the Tokyo-based studio has helmed the likes of Black Butler, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, The Seven Deadly Sins, Kaguya-sama: Love is War and 86 Eighty-Six amongst many others.
Directing the series will be Shunsuke Nakashige (Sword Art Online), the series composition is Noburu Kimura (Mai-HiME), character design by Tomoko Sudo (The Seven Deadly Sins) and music will be composed by Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan).
“About six years ago when I was writing the very beginning of Solo Leveling, if someone had said to me, “The novel you wrote will become a comic,” I bet I’d have told them to stop pulling my leg. But now, I’m told that it’ll be animated?! Seriously, stop pulling my leg!… But these days, I’m feeling excited and thrilled. Since I’m still half-doubting that this is real, I want to see Jinwoo and the other characters get animated soon and feel relieved. I’ll keep working diligently while looking forward to that day. (lol)” – Chugong, sololeveling-anime, via Crunchyroll.
“Solo Leveling is finally making its anime debut. It feels like only yesterday that we got the offer for the anime adaptation. I feel so overwhelmed when I think that the anime is really being created right now. This is all thanks to you fans who love and support Solo Leveling. I’m filled with gratitude. Thank you very much. Also, please support the animation production team. If this anime gives new enjoyment to the readers, I’ll be very happy.” – DUBU, sololeveling-anime, via Crunchyroll.
Whilst the entire Solo Leveling community will be celebrating the new trailer and announcement, this is news that we have all been waiting some time for. Only last month, fresh rumours about an anime adaptation circulated online following reports that a Solo Leveling anime website domain had been recently registered.
According to Anime Senpai, on June 6th “The Solo Leveling anime website titled “sololeveling-anime.net” has been registered by a Tokyo (Japan) based company, GMO Internet, the same company is also responsible for Sword Art Online anime website.” Today, one month later, that very same website went live, which currently only has a limited amount of information on the anime series, but is worth checking back in on every few weeks.
One thing is for certain; Solo Leveling will now become one of the most highly-anticipated anime of 2023 and the reason for our optimism is quite an obvious one, global popularity en-mass. Solo Leveling has arguably been the most popular web novel in the entire world for a number of years and consistently trended on social media with every new chapter until its 2021 conclusion.
In fact, Solo Leveling is the most requested anime adaption out there; topping AnimeJapan’s ‘Manga We Want to See Animated’ poll last year and even receiving over 215,000 signatures on a Change.org petition. The large, dedicated core fanbase that Solo Leveling has cultivated could serve as an excellent platform for a TV series to launch from, but how long will we have to wait for the Solo Leveling anime to release?.
Solo Leveling anime will release in 2023
As part of the anime adaptation announcement and reveal trailer, it was confirmed that Solo Leveling would premiere on TV in 2023.
Crunchyroll will be simulcasting the series in America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS.
Sadly, a more specific release window has not yet been shared. However, we do know that pre-production had already started at least several months ago because of the leaked website domain registration previously mentioned.
New anime adaptations typically take between 7 and 13 months to premiere domestically in Japan after an official reveal. Assuming that Solo Leveling will be on the latter end of that prediction, due to the high fidelity to the animation required to adapt the Webtoon properly, this would put a potential premiere window as early as July 2023.
Albeit a more realistic expectation would be for October 2023 as part of the Fall slate as the standards are already set so high, let’s give A-1 Pictures the chance to do the Webtoon justice.
The number of episodes in Solo Leveling season 1 has also not been shared, but fingers crossed for a 24 episode broadcast over two cours.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]