Solo Leveling started running on Crunchyroll January 6. It’s the first Japanese anime based on a Korean manhwa (their version of manga). Up to this point we knew nothing of any plans for an English dub, but Crunchy revealed all today.
The dub version of Solo Leveling will premiere its first episode January 20. Sung Jinwoo will be voiced by Aleks Le (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba), his sidekick Yoo Jinho will be voiced by Justin Briner (My Hero Academia), his sister Sung Jinah will be voiced by Rebecca Wang (Aether Gazer), the deadly S-rank hunter Cha Hae-in will be voiced by Michelle Rojas (Hell’s Paradise), Choi Jong-in will be played by Ian Sinclair (One Piece), Baek Yoonho will be voiced by Christopher R. Sabat (Dragon Ball Z), Go Gunhee will be voiced by Kent Williams (Dragon Ball Z), Woo Jinchul will be voiced by SungWon Cho (Ranking of Kings), and Lee Joohee will be voiced by Dani Chambers (The Ancient Magus’ Bride).
And here’s what it sounds like!
Created by author Chugong, the world of Solo Leveling is one that has been transformed by a portal to another dimension. The anomaly gave certain people superhuman powers, who are now referred to as “Hunters” because they make their living venturing through dungeons, slaying monsters that threaten humanity.
You’ve seen a shonen or two before, so you can probably guess the protagonist of this story wishes he was a good Hunter but is incredibly weak, UNTIL he discovers a unique ability only he can possess. It’s the ability to “level up,” which means Sung Jinwoo can increase his power through fighting experience, just like in a video game. Thus, the meaning of the title.
The sub version of Solo Leveling debuts new episodes every Saturday on Crunchyroll; the dub version will premiere around the same time, a few episodes behind, starting January 20.