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.
Tomorrow marks the day something different comes to Crunchyroll, though you may not realize it at first glance. The new anime Solo Leveling premieres in just a few hours — the first Japanese animation based on a Korean manga (which they call “Manhwa” over there).
It’s not often that Japan adapts an anime from a KOREAN comic, but that’s what’s happening with Solo Leveling, the series Crunchyroll has announced for its service next month. The anime is based on the hit manhwa (Korea’s term for manga) by author Chugong.
Lookism was a hit Korean Webtoon/Manhwa that became a hit in 2014. Fans had fantasized about seeing this popular web-comic animated. Sadly it is not a manga, and mostly manhwas and webtoons get live-action adaptations. A webtoon got a Japanese Anime adaptation before, the Webtoon Tower of God. Netflix made the impossible because the Webtoon Lookism became Netflix’s first Korean Animation. Netflix is no stranger to adapting non-Japanese materials into Animation. They first did it with the Filipino graphic novel Trese. I am unsure if this will count as Anime despite the art style because this is a 100% Korean production. Let’s invent a new term for this new media. I am going to call it K-Nime.