This isn't your typical "MC becomes crazy OP" story where the OP MC becomes absolutely boring af.
This story is a fucking masterpiece.
You may be skeptical about reading it, perhaps you think it will end up trash like many generic RPG/MMO style anime/manga.
I assure you that that opinion is completely wrong.
The Story: 10/10
Absolutely solid, it flows extremely well and is probably one of the best adaptions of a LN into a Manhwa I've ever seen.
The story is filled with plots that make sense, flowing with extremely well written character development, assisted by very good character interactions.
Of course, like many stories, it starts out slow. When I
first started reading this story definitely pissed me off to the point that I was like "Does this even get better."
Yes, yes it does.
You may be annoyed with the MC and many supporting characters in the beginning but that quickly changes as the character begins to go through a change no one in this fantasy world has experienced before. He is able to level up his rank. Through that experience he drastically changes in personality and is able to experience much more action than previously before, at the bottom of the barrel. This manhwa quickly becomes exciting to read and you'll continuously be asking for more after finishing each chapter. Give it a chance and run through the chapters, I'm sure it's something all action and fantasy lovers will enjoy.
It's really hard to not love the art style honestly, it's beautiful and clear, well drawn, and definitely adds to the appeal of reading this.
I cannot get enough of how amazing each character is in their own way.
This being a fantasy, theres a loott of things we can't relate to in this story, but even with that the characters are easy to understand, or relate to.
The choices each characters make make complete sense based on our understanding of their personality, or their history.
We aren't stuck with any characters that have overly unrealistic personalities, which makes reading this all the better.
I have reread all the chapters available many times and it really doesn't get old.
You definitely may not see this as a Masterpiece like I do, but it is definitely a minimum of a 7/10.
If you love fantasy... action... adventure.. then this is for you.
Give it a chance and run through all the chapters available, I'm sure you will see the beauty in it.
Overall, I give these 86 chapters currently available to us a 10/10.
"This isn't solo leveling anymore!"
- Solo Leveling, chapter 46
Ah yes, the highly praised webtoon, Solo Leveling. Now that it started being released physically too, it's finally added to MALs database. Does it live up to expectations? Not really, no.
Solo Leveling is pretty much your typical "zero to hero" story, despite what fans might claim. Protagonist is weak, encounters trouble and is handed down some op abilities out of nowhere. Yes, he technically has to do quest to earn progress, but just the ability to do quests itself is unique to the world and is given to the protagonist with no explanation as to why. (Also
the starting quest is ripped straight out of One Punch Man). This "underdog" is now stronger than almost everyone else, yet still has tendency to try to hide his abilities, for no apparent reason. I guess him being shown as strong all the time would hinder self-insertion.
The story is fine, more or less what you would expect from the genre, not great, not terrible. It's still a fun read, don't get me wrong, but it's hardly something I would call great. The greatest weakness is the repetitiveness. All the arcs after the first one go like this: MC enters a dungeon, something "unsusual" and "unexpected" happens, the expected difficulty increases, everything looks dire and unbeatable, MC starts doing stuff, the threat turns to be irrelevant as MC triumps over it relatively easily. More and more easily with each arc.
In fact, there is just no thrill anymore. Which is why the first few chapters were the best. You were worried about the protagonist as there was no telling whether he'll make it out arive. But at the current point of the story, the threath is there no more. It's just a massacre of obstacles.
The MC himself went from likeable underdog that works hard despite being the weakest to help his ill mother to not really giving a heck and having no problem straight out murdering someone. And this substory about ill mother? You would would expect that to get attention right after the protagonist gets strong and loaded, right? Nah, it doesn't get mentioned until much later when the author remembers that they made this substory in attempt to make the MC more likeable.
With this are tied the "edgy spikes". I'm not that fond of using the "edgy" buzzword in a review, but in this case it fits as the description perfectly. Most of the time the manhwa is fine, but from time to time the edginess spikes out of nowhere, probably in an attempt to make the comic more interesting, but the result is exactly opposite.
The best part of Solo Leveling is undoubtly art. It's full colored, atmospheric, and the action is well drawn. On the other hand, it's not that's much different from most of webtoons of similar genres.
Overall, Solo Leveling is a fine read, but certainly nothing revolutionary.
Solo Leveling does everything it tries to do goddamn right.
You may think the setting has been done a million times and it's just another generic overpowered main character doing what he wants, it's exactly that, but executed absolutely magnificently in every regard.
The setting is quite simple, one day gates start appearing all over the world out of nowhere and people start awakening magic abilities in order to close these gates. Our main character is a man dubbed "The Worlds Weakest Hunter", Sung Jin-Woo, who joins these raids in order to pay for his comatose mothers treatment and his younger sisters education. After a raid
gone horribly wrong, Sung Jin-Woo awakens an ability that enables him to level up his abilities, which is unheard of. The story follows Sung Jin-Woo's growth as a person and a hunter. The mystery and high-stakes in this manhwa make it an enticing story to follow.
This is where Solo Leveling shines above all it's competitors.
What starts off as mediocre art suddenly improves drastically to become pure joy to look at, I've never seen manhwa done so beautifully.
It's so unique you can't really compare it to art you see from something like OPM for example. Each panel is a sight to behold and truly makes you appreciate it on a whole other level. Keeping in mind it's released on a weekly basis which is unbelievable.
Unique characters with good character development throughout the series. For most of the series the way they introduce new characters at the right rank milestones for Sung Jin-Woo is executed very well and at multiple times in the series will you go like: Whoah, holy... what a badass character.
In every aspect this is a masterpiece to behold and I urge you to give this a fair chance, you will not be disappointed, I guarantee it.
Hands down one of my favorite reads ever, it's captivating and you may find yourself re-reading the series over and over again without even giving it another thought. There are quite a few minor and somewhat major changes done compared to the light novel, but in my opinion most of them have been positive changes.
Solo leveling is a super fun read, where the MC is pretty much op but it never ceases to be boring. The story flows well and is a straightup an upgrade from the LN. Combined with the godly artist every page is just a feast for the eyes. This manhua is an example of op done right.
Story : 9.5
somewhat generic isekai power fantasy but that doesn't really affect the story.Starts off slow but quickly turns into a ride you can't get off. World building is done well in both the LN and manhua.
Most likely one of the best looking manhua/manga I've read besides
berserk, being a manhua the colors just give that extra kick to make this an eyegasm
MC goes from 0 to 100 real quick, many scenes where I just think damn, thats a fucking badass mf if I've ever seen one.
I really can't get enough of these new chapters, one of the few things I look foward to during the week.
I don't understand why this superficial manhwa is so hyped
Solo Leveling tells the story of a mary sue named Sung Jin-Woo who tries to mimic a random isekai plot in search of a hollow character development, it's a kpop version of the Arifureta, but Arifureta can be funny for involuntary moments, but here, the things are they're stupids in a raw way, it's the kind of manga a person would make just to satisfy fetish self insert of a cool edgy guy in another world.
This story has a terrible worldbuilding, I thought it would show you at the beginning of your journey how
the world works, but it did not this it at some point (even later), just leaves it to the reader to understand in such a flawed way, and when it suits, it's done in an expository way over and over, it's just "only talk, dont show'', it doesn't fully justify how the world occurs or at least sets a time for readers to be more immersed in him, that's the proof. How lazy you have to be to make a story.
The protagonist is the most uninteresting being here, I imagined that in the first chapter there would be a construction of all your motivation, but then it ends up being foul so you don't care anymore. He thinks he has been betrayed, as people worry about their lives, they are afraid, they have a family to come back to, but no, he needs to contradict himself later with stupid thoughts, the same one who decided that someone else should flee. And when we have a development, everything about it is simply empty, there is no consequence (maybe one, but not enough) to his life, he is a wind head, who only uses a self head when in a dungeon, and only the the most predictable answers at all times, in fact all this adventure is predictable without guaranteeing a moment of real distress or difficulty for the reader.
The narrative is lazy, bad and highly expository in the action scenes, as I had said: monologues that only focus when the MC is in the dungeon, we never see that anymore, the dialogues are horrible, I seem to be reading a story where each the characters is deaf and needs to repeat the same thing all the time, when he doesn't, have it, the whole dialogues are empty that don't complement much on the journey, and the author has the audacity to insert a totally random Nietzsche text, that doesn't fit the situation was only played because the author thinks the phrase is cool, and many people consider it deep.
The characters are all bad that we can sum up in 2 words: uninteresting and unimportant, I think only 2 characters I could care about, one of them is dead because they performed properly, and their last scene was a moment of construction, the another was only shown in different environments, I doubt the author will use it again, the antagonists are bad, only 1 of them has a plausible motivation, the rest is just bad for being purely bad, the author only knows to do this idea because he needs to satisfy The fetish of seeing a cool edgy guy killing someone.
Not even the flashback moments here work for anything, it's always something expositive, and the only thing shown is the first dungeon the protagonist had, basically every conflict for MC, they insert this flashback, jesus this manga not only be without creativity but disrespectful to the reader himself, insisting on something we already understand, because this universe is so empty that he at least has no courage to show anything else, not even a memorable memory at least as interesting as possible, not even his mother dear, who is informed in the first chapter, which has become a lousy excuse for you (the reader) to care about him at the first point and then forget about her, seriously how badly written this it and often lazy again.
The development of the protagonist in the general context is acceptable, but scumbag and continuing with shallow labels, I have never hoped for a comic moment to appear in the midst of such a tense scene. I currently arrived midway through the work, the protagonist does not show an interesting image, he is totally one-dimensional that not even his relationships with secondary characters strengthen him, not even in a "melancholy or mental" situation the author can humanize the character, he repeats the same flashbacks, give the impression that this is not a story of someone who fights for the people around them, but of someone who needs to satisfy the faster leveling fetish, he seems more like a character for fujoshi to fall in love with because he's so hot and uhh so much badass.
The most positive thing I leave is cap55, the first chapter that made me laugh without being stupid about this narrative, but it's still a bad and foul story. And I don't think that can change enough, even if he does, his first part has rotted just like the protagonist's will, it's just an amateur story that doesn't even show courage in his actions, I feel like I'm seeing a bootleg of a Izumi Shinichi just repetitive, I wanted to talk more about this journey, but this empty story keeps me, that's why i don't classify this Manhwa as a good thing, and I don't think I'm just the only person thinking differently.
This isn't your average mediocre manhwa about some guy who becomes overpowered, everyone thinks is week but is super strong, and gets all the girls! This is about a guy who is overpowered and everyone thinks is weak (Only in the beginning arcs) but is done PERFECTLY. The arcs just keep getting better and is very difficult to find any major flaws. In my opinion i think the description of the manhwa is more than enough to get you to at least check it out.
The art is the second best part about this manhwa. The art is absolutely beautiful, the
colour goes perfectly with the story and the drawings. Its not the realistic type of beautiful but more like it feels animated and its definitely one of the most beautiful art in all of manga, manhwa, and anime out there.
The MC is one of the most interesting characters in all of Manhwa. He's not one of those overpowered MC who purposely hide there power for no apparent reason and will gladly show off but in a way doesn't brag about it. The shift between when he was weakest to strongest is so very satisfying. The only reason I rated it 9/10 is because of the lack of other main characters even though all the side-characters are perfectly placed
You know those stories where its so good that you can't stop reading and that you must finish that arc (E.g: I think the best example for this is kind of series is one punch man) but on steroids. The arcs are always better than the last and its sorta depressing after you finish the series in one day and have to wait the next week to continue.
Definitely should give it a try for at least 10 chapters. if you dont enjoy it then its probably not for you. I did my best to convince whoever is reading this to read this Manhwa without giving out any spoilers so i hope you find a chance to read it. If you want even more after finishing the latest chapter then i recommend reading the novel that came before this that is actually completed
OH boy. Its finally here. The most hyped webtoon currently airing. In the sea of straight 10s this is about to receive, I just wanna say if this really deserves it.
First of all, if you aren't in the mood to read a complete zero to the absolute hero story then don't bother. In terms of story, Solo leveling doesn't do things that are too different or too unique but has enough fresh elements to keep the reader engaged. Our MC is very close to being the generic cool and overpowered light novel protagonist that we have come to accept. What makes him stand
out is that we get to experience his growth in an RPG like system.This is what makes it automatically better than something like SAO which also has an OP protagonist but Kirito is so devoid of any personality and we have no believable information on how kirito attained the godlevel skills he has. It is very different in this as we see almost step by step the growth and evolution of our MC.Its nothing unique, but goddamn is it amazing.
OMG the art is absolutely freaking amazing. This is without a doubt top 10 in the art department and can hold its own again mangas like sunkenrock. Its all in colour which adds to the badassery. This is the main source of enjoyment for me. The colouring is so amazing as the colour are so vibrant and breathe life into what is still images.
This is without a doubt the most hype i have had reading a manhwa. The hype here is equivalent to one punch man and kingdom.
Honestly, the characters aren't anything special but they are extremely entertaining. Most characters are sidetracked to make our MC more cooler. We are too early in the story for me to actually talk about certain characters that i find interesting.
The fights is where the manhwa truly shines. As the art feels top notch and the flow from one panel to other is absolutely crisp. Honestly, it feels like reading something animated. The only mangas that have given me something like this is probably Blade of the immortal or One punch man.
The opening arc might just be one of the best intro arcs i have ever read. It was genuinely creepy and so interesting and sets the stage of whats to come perfectly.
One of the issues I have with this is the repetition that plagues the story. Almost every dungeon raid is miscalculated.
I cant help but binge this. This manhwa has almost perfect pacing and doesn't feel like its slogging in certain areas or going too fast.And when i started reading this, every other manga was on hold for me. I had so much fun binging this its probably my favorite thing i did this summer.
Is this over-hyped in the community? Yeah. It is. But it is definitely worth a read.
There isn't really anything deeper to this conceptually. And this is intended for a younger audience as story is pretty basic. The thing most people praise it for is it being bad-ass. And that is pretty much the only reason why most people should read this. It doesn't deserve a 10 as it still is pretty basic and quite generic in certain areas.
This Manhwa is only on top manga board because it was doing all the cliche, plot point of all the other shounen, OP main character trope from all the trend Sao, One punch man, Overlord,Moon light sculpture very well and all the new reader who was not feed up or familiar with the older would not understand how much this Manhwa suck dick. This Manhwa is just stalling time bomb, the MC keep getting stronger with little to no risk or stake, and the MC is just a cookie cutter guy with no trait worth noting, it just to make us feel like the
MC so we can live out the fantasy of getting stronger easily and all the women just wet seeing us for no decent reason. It has biggest problem of shounen battle manga of just keep upping the scale (lazy writing) plus all the character all just foils for the MC and the setting wasnt entirely Inspiring or even felt real at all, like how can the government control all the volatile of power human running around, why haven't power human take control of the world, because Country paid them money to be law abiding citizen? because they will overlook their crime, bitch, the government was clearly demonstrated to not even compare to all the private own Groups? Why the government even allow private group to use the portal for grinding xp and item for levels and money anyway, China would fuck them all to death or nuke the whole country before it allow non regulated group to control them and tip the power scale, so i imagine, US, Korea should do their best to control all the gate and take all the power it can to compete. Like it so stupid to even allow a group to even have the opportunity, the chance to have the even more power than the government, not the people but private own group.
Overall Solo leveling is just copying all the trend without adding any unique twist, charm or even character to the genres, it just do all the old thing really well, that why the story is Pathetic, the character is poor but the art is very good lift up the whole Manhwa, the only reason it not getting 9,10 from art is because it's Manhwa, wasting paper POS format plus the design most of the time is only decent. It's still enjoyable cause the formula work but the OP power scaling Formal clearly have Aged A LOT especially if you are as generic as Solo Leveling so i'm not in good conscious give this anymore than a 5.
It's a simple story and executed in a very average manner. A classic zero to hero and not much more to say about it. There are some plotholes especially in the world building but none of them are really that damaging on thier own though.
The art is good, having it colored makes it way more lively and for the action scenes, which after al are one of the strong points of the manhwa, it does work well. But it's no more than that, good, do not expect beautiful art pieces you can simply sit there
and admire. The art is streamlined for action, made to be scrolled through quickly.
The characters are shallow, to feel empathy towards them is hard, borderline impossible in my opinion. They don't feel like people, rather they are spotlights pointed at our MC to amplify his awesomeness.
It didn't really make me wish to continue reading except on some particular panels in the begining. For me geting to chapter 42 was a grind.
Well then, would I recomend this to anybody? If they are unable to accept black and white action scenes yes, otherwise no. The art really does, in my opinion, shoot this manhwa into the stratosphere when it really just wanted to go on the trampoline. I understand some people might've longed for colored action scenes for years but I don't believe this manhwa is the one truly magnificent manhwa that deserves to be praised as the long awaited messiah. Wait a little longer and we might find something truly worth remembering.
Just a note: This is my first review, so pardon me if it has odd errors or is formatted wrong.
Why I must Write This Review: Essentially I have been forced to give this review, not out of the enjoyment I received from the series (although there is much), but simply to ask people to hold their final verdict until the story is closer to being completed. Although the story may not seem like it, majority of the important information of the series is withheld until later. This in turn, makes it appear as though the writer made people had powers
just to have powers. This is not the case. Everything within the manhwa can be explained, just not until later. Think of it as a slowly unfolding mystery. I won't say anymore to avoid spoilers.
Story: You can read the synopsis, I won't be restating it here. The story in the beginning seems simple, and possibly even bland to some. A classic zero to hero story, great. However, this simple outlook could not be more misguided. Just know that the story itself in the beginning is highly enjoyable to most people, while the writing near the end (which has not been shown yet outside of the LN) is very well done. This eventual reveal in the LN truly blew my mind, so I'm giving the manhwa a 10/10 since its been a truthful adaptation so far.
Art: Nothing much to say. Fantastic art with its own unique style.
Character: Unfortunately, the one thing that can't really be carried over from a LN is all the internal dialogue. I would give the LN protagonist a solid 10/10, but for a manhwa, it only gets an 8. He's still a good protagonist, and you can visibly see him change, but the effect isn't as strong as the LN.
Enjoyment: The series is so enjoyable that its addictive. I blasted through the chapters lightning fast, and I didn't even realize. If nothing else, read the story just for a good time.
Summary: Great art, great story (which has not been entirely revealed), and good character (great in LN). Would recommend to anyone.
I really appreciate the contribution the African Americans in this piece of literature.
I mean I like the colors on this manhwa... and the art is spectacular, rivaling the quality of other acclaimed manga while having it's appealing art style not become too generic. The linework is clean and backgrounds are almost always present.
The story is about what you expect from a typical shonen, but the execution, the how, meaning the world building, the suspense and tension, the catharsis the mc invokes, is done very well.
This manhwa primarily for: people who wanted more from SAO and were disappointed by the direction it goes for after
episode 3, poeple who like SAO, people who like isekai trash, people who dislike generic iseaki trash, but want something refreshing with action, and people who like action. Just start reading it.
Also since it's Korean it's left to right (like english) and since it is meant for online consumption it means you scroll down to continue. I mean for me, a person who is english and consumes manga online, this is really nice.
If you are familiar with the isekai genre and how they implement mechanics from modern rpgs, this story does basically the same, but frames it to feel different enough. Instead of your mc dying and reincarnating gaining some cheat ability in a pseudo medieval fantasy world, the setting takes place in the modern world. "Gates" exist which function the same as dungeons and monsters from these "gates" will wreck havoc unless controlled. The story begins with everyone already used to the existence of gates and "hunters", a potential career path for people completing the dungeons. The setting the author presents is an ecosystem revolving around these two elements and it is "logically" expanded upon in the beginning. And this isn't even why I like it so much! It's just a factor.
So MAL finally decided to add Solo Leveling to their database. Well it was about fucking time. This manhwa has been making quite big waves in the past months in the weeb world so I was surprised to find out it’s not on MAL yet. Well, let’s get down to reviewing.
The basic premise of the manhwa is fairly generic, it’s basically just “from zero to hero”. However, the execution is great. If you like those generic “from zero to hero” stories, then read this. It’s much better than anything else you could find for that genre.
Nothing much to say about the art. It’s
just simply outstanding, astonishing and amazing. That’s it.
Considering the premise of the story is pretty generic, you’d expect the characters to be generic too, right? Well, they’re not. Most characters’ personalities are well executed, including the MC. Usually in these types of stories, the MC is edgy as fuck, with only one trait, but that’s definitely not the case here. Instead of thinking: “Holy fuck, this guy’s the definition of edgy!”, you’ll think: “Holy fuck, this guy’s the definition of badass.”
Yeah, I truly enjoyed this manhwa and I wish there were more chapters out, because the waiting is just killing me. I read all of the 85 chapters that were released so far back then(now there are 86) within a day. I guess that should give you an idea of how much I’ve enjoyed this.
I won’t call this a masterpiece, but it’s definitely close to one in terms of overall enjoyment. I’ve read a few manhwas and webtoons before and I didn’t really like them that much, so I was a bit skeptic going into this, but holy fuck this was one hell of a ride. Solo Leveling truly stands above all other manhwas and webtoons. If you’re thinking of whether or not to read this, and you’re a bit skeptic because of similar reasons as I was, don’t be. You’ll enjoy this, trust me.
"Solo Leveling", what seemed like an underdog story has really left me disappointed. At first glance, the whole reason I started was to expect him to grow as a character slowly and PROVE himself. However, this is not what I got at all.
Forget the underdog story, forget the meaningful process of character growth and development, the story tries it's hardest to make the character look like he's "struggling", but it's pretty difficult when the MC has the same emotionless, edgy facial expression on every panel.
It's just extremely confusing and frustrating how this supposed "underdog" MC gets so strong so damn fast. He is literally flawless,
he feels completely void of humor and emotion and is just a living, breathing, OP, issekai MC. These 3 paragraphs alone are all about my number 1 reason as to why I dislike this Manhwa so much. The main character just really sucks.
The only thing that doesn't give this a "1" for me is the art. Absolutely amazing art that made me stomach through the horrible MC writing and directionless plot that could've been finished if the MC just didn't hide his power. The art was literally eye-candy, filled with clean line-work, shading and colours.
Anyways, if you don't like edgy, power-fantasy MCs, don't read this. If you were expecting the slow-climb and rise of an underdog, go read "Hardcore Leveling Warrior" (technically a "re-rising" here), or read Tales of Demons and Gods instead. The MC might be OP in HCLW and ToDaG, but they have limitations and a bunch of situations where they can't just "clean up" the enemy as easy as Sung Jin-woo.
This is my first time writing a review and I can say that this reminds me so much of many many good Anime startups like SAO and I can say that I was mesmerized when I first started reading it. I was going from chapter to chapter with such hunger for more, took me 8 straight hours to catch-up and I could simply not get enough of it.
Simply grabbing you by the neck and chockeslamming you, like a wrestle mania moment. When you start with the first chapter you simply can't get enough of the weak character, who is always depressed and scared
of dying but he finds his way with hard work and blood to the very special place.
The coloring of the chapters and fights is very very good and gives you an exact feeling what will it look if this was turn to an Anime which I would pay to see to be honest.
It presents not only the main-character as a weakling but shows the compassion of the people around him. Also showing how he goes when he starts to obtain power and his character slowly evolves into something more, a true bad-ass-hero.
As I said few times already, I simply can't shake off my hunger for it. It is really amazing manga and I wish to continue reading even if they go full "One Piece" number I will not get bored of it.
Nothing left to say but give it a shot and start reading it! You will not be sorry, Solo leveling is simply on a next level compared to other mangas.
What is it sometimes that makes a manga or manhwa so different yet so enjoyable at the same time. I'm sure you know it's just the coloring and preference in my opinion. Few people or readers sometimes find this cheezy.
But this is a manhwa that contains art which legit is on another freaking level and that may change other's opinions on manhwa.
Story: 9/10 I know this is a typical story for any manhwa. Whenever a story introduces a weak character in time he/she becomes strong as freak to defeat his/her foes and yeah, that's too typical, so that's a negative. But
the main twist is that this has various monsters, powers, characters that is sometimes hard to remember/maintain in story. Yet it's done very cautiously so people don't forget the protagonist's main powers and goals.
Art: 10/10 What do you want me to say other than, "this is a fucking master piece" ?? I freaking wish that I could have given a higher score but I just can't. This manhwa's art is on another freaking level I'll tell you that. Every single detail on every other single chapter is not left out. Whatever previous chapters contained those artistic detail was in the present one (if any flaws I dunno, I was just too much involved and enjoying). Also after every new chapter comes out the art seems to get better and better with coloring, shading, highlighting, and much more.
Characters: 9/10 Though it introduces many characters through out time it introduces them very-very poorly and then leaves them aside or re-introduces them after a long time in the story. Though the plus point about this manhwa is that this solely focuses on the protagonist's growth and does not even leave out the little details on him that may have been given to the readers in the previous chapters. That's quite rare and interesting because it may bore the reader in time but it just doesn't. Character development is always done in some amazing style which always catches the eye.
Enjoyment: 10/10 Man does this manhwa has some seriously annoying cliffhangers but the art, fighting, and the story keeps you so much freaking involved and hooked to it you just may get some goosebumps as well or just re-read the whole freaking chapter. It's just too enjoyable.
Overall: 10/10 Overall this really is an amazing piece of art. Give it a shot.
Despite the cries claiming this is an unprecedented masterpiece, I've found that while it is a pretty good basic zero-to-hero power fantasy, it's not much beyond that.
If you break the series down to its core, it's really all about Jin-Woo (the main character) being an overpowered badass, beating up people/monsters who consistently underestimate him, both literally and figuratively. There really is not much more to it.
What makes this series stand out, however, is that this one is well executed. Even as the series is busy showing off just how much of a badass Jin-Woo is, its story arcs are still mildly interesting, not to
mention the main character's goals are respectable – features not many power fantasies can claim to have.
Apart from that, it's pretty bland. The video game-like growth-style power system is a fairly popular trope in the Korean web novel scene (which this started out as part of), and the "monsters assaulting our world through dungeons/gates" is too.
I have to give credit where it's due. The art in this series is simply gorgeous. While the backgrounds are a bit bland when they're not strictly necessary, this is made up for by the highly detailed colour(!!) art. I really don't have much more to say on this point. The art is great.
I think the characters in this series is one of its greatest weak points. They are bland, without much purpose apart from highlighting Jin-Woo's good points, which are abundant, seeing as he rather quickly turns into a classic example of a Marty/Gary Stu-type character. The villains are pretty cheap villain-of-the-week types, and I'd be tempted to say the most interesting character in the series is Jin-Woo's friend Yoo Jin-Ho, as he at least has some degree of development.
Despite its flaws, I'm a sucker for this kind of story. While most of the ones I've read are quite horrible, this one manages to execute it about as well as I think is possible. The way the series manages to make you giggle over a power up, or over a character's reaction to the main character's badassery over and over again is quite admirable.
While not the masterpice many claim it is, this series is certainly enjoyable. The art makes it pleasing to the eye, and the minor plot points are interesting enough to keep you reading. If you like power fantasies, I'm sure you'll like this. Even if you don't, give it a read – it's executed well enough to be enjoyable regardless.
The MC is crazy overpowered, and there's absolutely no tension left in the story because of that. There's no point in the last 50+ chapters where I at least somewhat could think he might've died because he NEVER loses. The plot is super derivative. Weak dude suddenly gets blessed with amazing powers and becomes an awesome hero, showing up all of the lazy corrupt strong dudes who look down on anyone lower than them. And the monsters are all generic video game villains like orcs, dragons, knights, elves and wolves. There's nothing about the story that sticks out.
The art is good. The glow and
blur effects really add to the sleek aesthetic of this manga. As for the art style, it's pretty generic but that's not really a big problem. The big problem is that none of the character designs are unique. Many popular anime and mangas have characters with really iconic costumes and designs, but this manga has none of that.
There was some minor character development in the protag in the first 20 or so chapters but since then he's just been an edgy edgelord (seriously, is the dude literally incapable of wearing midnight black clothes for once????) Since he's killed so many people and monsters, and since both people and monsters have been shown to have some good ones among them and some bad, there's plenty of room for a moral conflict there- should he stop killing everyone so mercilessly and give them a chance to change? Or is he in a kill-or-be-killed world where compassion becomes weakness? The writer completely ignores this potential oppurtunity for giving the story some depth and instead goes with a story revolving around the edgy edgelord clashing with an big angry demon in a big fancy smashfest, each one more grand and explosive than the next.
No one else besides the MC even gets any development. There were some interestingly conflicted characters at the start of the series but now they've disappeared entirely. The women are few and far in between and are pretty much all weaklings who never get a cool moment of their own.
Immensely disappointing. The only reason I bothered to read the entire thing was because I wanted to see how it would end (the series looks to be ongoing so I didn't get to find that out.) The story and characters are flavorless and boring, and the writer did absolutely nothing unique with this manga.
I'm not going to explain much why I believe this manhwa is extremely overrated, since they are probably people who could do it better, but in general I think people think it’s a masterpiece because of the idea behind it.
So, this manhwa over simplified is about a dude who becomes strong by his own efforts not by chance and that’s why I think people think it’s that good, I think the majority of people that think that the idea behind its original or never done before while they are manga out there that execute the same idea or gimmick a lot better. For example: Boku
no Hero Academia, Parasyte (maybe?), Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Hajime No Ippo, Naruto, Haikyuu!!, Bleach, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (also maybe?), Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, Dragon Ball, almost every shonen and a lot more (correct me if I’m wrong).
I think in general the manhwa is not as bad as some say, I don’t think it deserves a 3/10 but also not the spot number 11 in the Top Manga list. It’s okay to enjoy it I just wanted to let people know they’re manga a lot better out there which I believe you will enjoy a lot more if you enjoyed Solo Leveling.
Amazing, simply amazing. No real spoilers in this review. Also, please pardon any grammatical errors, English is not my native language.
After I finished chapter 90, I started with the novel because I couldn't wait for the next chapter. I will talk about the Manga but I will mention a few things about the novel.
The story is very typical, nothing outstanding about the theme. What does make a difference, without a doubt, is the way the story is told. The manga does a good job at portraying the novel but, of course, it cannot emphasize all the aspects and depth of the novel. The story gets
surprisingly interesting after the character gets a "job". It is something I completely did not expect but after finishing the following chapter I could not be happier.
The characters feel very real, they make decisions like a real person would; not the typical cliched Japanese characters. Hence, the Korean origin of this piece of art. When I read it and got into the story, I eagerly waited for the decisions the MC would take. Several of them are surprising. Some of them I agreed with, other I did not but I was able to understand his point of view.
(Novel) The main character goes through a fantastical metamorphosis throughout the story but at the same time he remains stagnant. He keeps his more inner values and morals intact although knowing that he has to make the hard choices when it really matters.
The art is fabulous. It really matches the quality of the story. Nothing else to say about that.
Please read the novel of this story, it will not disappoint.
With nothing else to add, I can honestly say that it is one of the best stories I have read in quite a while.
Okay so let's start writing . Before that i would like to mention that the content has spoilers and you should read at your own risk . : )
Read many webtoons , Manhwa , Manhua and manga so far . Typically all of them have some stuff that are clichéd . But that literally is based on their definition on what u call cliché . Japanese manga's with their old dense and stupid MC . chinese with their cultivation and Koreans with the game console etc etc .
But the real thing is particularly Solo leveling is the best webtoon i read so far . Maybe
I will give you a few better reasons to call it a masterpiece . The manga currently has 96 chaps ongoing as far as I'm reading already completed the novel and based on that i can say THE AUTHOR DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH THE STORY . so those who didn't read the Novel shouldn't make a complete assumption on the webtoon so far .
Our Main character started from nothing and is currently something due to the weird system he got accustomed with from the double dungeon . The origin of this system is still unknown and many people question about how pathetic this is that they didn't give the origin . I tell them to hold on to your horses cause the explanation is coming in the future chapters .As I said earlier they didn't even touch the story . so far the MC was just leveling up aling with the system and all . here is where the spoiler starts After the current jeju Island arc the MC will be called into the double dungeon once again and i tell you something that the mystery will finally unfold after that moment . at least half of it . at least you get to read some badass moments of the typical OP MC till that part comes in. So , I assure you people that those who search for story should be patient and read this thing .
Literally the MC seems strong in the latest chapters so far and trust me he was never weak . But the upcoming fights don't get too easy which is one of the specialties of the story . In most Korean stuff i see the countless wining streak of the MC . And i'm like .... why do u even need an antagonist to begin with ??? But Solo leveling went different in this case showing some shounen vibes in it .
The character development in this manga and even in the novel is quite lacking if you ask me . cause the story is completely focused on the MC . characters jump out of nowhere without much of a significant background.Most stuff don't add up if you do that tbh . But I choose to ignore the fact . At least they give us some little 2 to 3 line introduction .
As I say every manga needs an ART and seriously the art of this manga is off the charts . ig u don't need the dialogues in it if u consider the dynamic art . and the MC doesn't talk much in the first place .
In the END if you are still reading this rubbish .......... JUST GO AND READ THE MANGA.