Solo Leveling topped the 2021 “Manga We Want to see Animated” poll, but new rumors of an animated series have been spurred by the release of a new OST.
2021 has been nothing short of exceptional for fans of anime, manga, and Webtoons.
Various manga series like Chainsaw Man, Spy x Family and Tokyo Revengers have become modern icons. While My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and Demon Slayer have dominated the anime world.
However, there is one person missing from the anime world, Jin-Woo. The protagonist of the hit web novel “Solo Leveling” has yet to debut in the anime, but will he ever get the chance to appear in a TV series and, if so, when fans could- do they see an anime adaptation?
Rumors of a The Solo Leveling anime broadcast online …
As of this writing, no production company has publicly confirmed that an anime adaptation of Solo Leveling is planned. However, social media has been inundated with rumors and theories about a potential Solo Leveling production.
This is because the official DNC Webtoon Twitter page recently share a teaser for an upcoming OST (Original Sound Track), see below.
Subtitled “Solo Leveling x THE BOYZ”, the new song will be Release in February 2022 and fueled speculation that it was part of a larger promotional campaign for an anime.
While official confirmation of a TV production remains unannounced, it surely is only a matter of time before Jin-Woo appears on our TV screens.
The most obvious reason for our optimism is quite obvious, popularity. Solo Leveling is arguably the most popular web novel in the world right now and the trends keep going on social media with every new chapter.
In fact, Solo Leveling is the most requested anime adaptation; Accompaniement AnimeJapan’s “Manga We Want to See Animated” poll earlier this year and received over 212,000 signatures on a Change petition.
The large, dedicated fan base that Solo Leveling has cultivated could serve as a great platform to start an anime adaptation. It could work in a very similar fashion to Chainsaw Man, another unique series with a large fan base that just saw its anime adaptation revealed.
Problems with the animation of Solo Leveling …
While an anime would undoubtedly be a worldwide hit, there may be a slight caveat with the adaptation of the Solo Leveling series; specifically, concerning the Japanese production studios.
As YouTuber ‘Yiman‘Underlined in a popular video, Japanese society is not necessarily favorably represented in some arcs of Solo Leveling.
He suggests that this could mean that Japanese animation studios may not want to adapt the series, unless they are willing to tweak specific aspects of the story.
One potential solution would be for a South Korean or American animation studio to produce the series such as Studio Mir, or streaming platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation which make it an original production.
Although, given the incredible illustrations from Solo Leveling and the outstanding visuals from other anime, in an ideal world the series would be adapted by either MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen) or Ufotable (Demon Slayer).
When the Solo Leveling anime released?
Unfortunately, the prediction of a potential release date for a Solo Leveling anime adaptation remains dependent on several factors; when the production is announced, the number of episodes and the animation studio.
The announcement of a Solo Leveling anime could come at any time, but anime adaptations typically take between 7 and 13 months to release after an official reveal.
Then we have the number of episodes; If Solo Leveling Season 1 consisted of 12-15 episodes, it would release a roster sooner than if it consisted of 24-25 episodes – which itself would likely use a two-part production.
Finally, we have the animation studios. This might be a pretty obvious claim, but the bigger the studio, the more resources it has to speed up production.
All in all, if an anime adaptation for Solo Leveling is announced in the coming months, as rumors suggest, fans can expect it to air in the winter of 2022. However, if the production of d ‘a TV series is not confirmed in late 2022, Season 1 may not debut until at least summer 2023.
This article will be updated if new information regarding a potential adaptation of the Solo Leveling anime is revealed.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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