Did Solo Leveling Anime fail before it even began?

Did Solo Leveling Anime fail before it even began?

The fervor surrounding the Solo Leveling anime release has reached a pinnacle, with fans eagerly awaiting the adaptation after a year of anticipation since its announcement in July 2022. While this is an exciting prospect for those unfamiliar with the Solo Leveling Manhwa, dedicated readers like us express concerns about potential changes in the adaptation and whether it will live up to the high expectations set by the original work.

Changing the characters name

A still from Solo Leveling anime
A still from Solo Leveling anime (Image via Studios A1 Pictures)

One of the pivotal elements that made Solo Leveling attractive was the relatability of Sung Jin Woo as a character. However, due to localisation of Manhwa in the anime adaptation, Jin Woo’s name will be altered to Mizu Shinu Shun. This change, presumably for cultural reasons, has left us disappointed. The familiarity and impact of Sung Jin Woo’s name may be lost in the transition, which raises questions about the adaptation’s faithfulness to the source material.

Localization of Manhwa

A still from Solo Leveling anime
A still from Solo Leveling anime (Image via Studios A1 Pictures)

The root cause of the pre-release discontent seems to be the substantial changes to the original story. From changing the country of origin to rewriting key plot points, the Solo Leveling anime adaptation is poised to deviate significantly from the Manhwa. The implications of such changes, especially concerning the portrayal of Japanese characters, raise concerns about disrespect to the late artist and potential compromises in storytelling quality.

Potential plot alterations in Solo Leveling anime

A still from Solo Leveling anime
A still from Solo Leveling anime (Image via Studios A1 Pictures)

Beyond the name change, there are concerns about the potential alterations to the setting and fundamental plot points as well. The Jeju Island arc, has been one of the best arcs of Solo Leveling Manhwa, could face changes if the story is shifted to Japan. This alteration could undermine the impact of crucial moments of the plot, akin to disappointments experienced by fans in other anime adaptations, such as The Promised Neverland. 

Problem with pacing

A still from Solo Leveling anime
A still from Solo Leveling anime (Image via Studios A1 Pictures)

Another problem that may arise with the anime adaptation is pacing of the story. unless the anime has 24 episodes in the first season like Jujutsu Kaisen, it will not be able to cover the most significant/interesting parts of the manhwa. A1 Pictures can also release the anime in two cours having 12 episodes each. However, if the anime is launched with only 12 episodes in the first season, it will turn out to be the most boring adaptation of manhwa and harm the ratings for the subsequent seasons.

Studio choice 

A still from Solo Leveling anime
A still from Solo Leveling anime (Image via Studios A1 Pictures)

A1 pictures has been chosen for the production of Solo Leveling anime also creates some uncertainty regarding the anime adaptation. While A1 Pictures has a commendable track record, questions linger about the choice. Speculations arise on why Crunchyroll, the producer, did not opt for a more specialized studio like Ufotable, known for their expertise in CGI and 3D work. The need for extensive CGI and special effects in Solo Leveling raises concerns about whether A1 Pictures can meet the demands of the detailed visuals of the Manhwa

In the end, the question remains: Did Solo Leveling fail before it even began? The verdict lies in the hands of the creators, the adaptation’s ability to honor the source material, and the audience’s reception once the anime hits the screens.

Conclusion

In conclusion, as the release date approaches, we hold a mixture of anticipation and concern. Valid worries about changes to character names, plot settings, and potential pacing issues are on the table. However, the excitement stems from the possibility of witnessing Solo Leveling’s epic battles and character development on the screen. Only time will reveal if the anime will successfully navigate the challenges and deliver a faithful rendition that satisfies the expectations of devoted fans.

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