The Aniplex Online Fest 2023 event debuted the first English-subtitled promotional video, one more cast member, more staff members, and second key visual for the anime of writer Chugong and the late artist DUBU's (REDICE Studio) Solo Leveling manhwa on Sunday. The event also confirmed that the winter 2024 anime will premiere next January.
Haruna Mikawa plays Aoi Mizushino.
The newly announced staff members are:
- Sub Character Design: Chiaki Furuzumi
- Monster Design: Hirotaka Tokuda
- Prop Design: Sotaro Shiraishi
- Background Art Director: Yasuhiro Okumura
- Color Design: Naomi Nakano
- VFX Director: Daichi Iseki
- CG Director: Toshitaka Morioka
- Motion Graphics: Hiromu Ōshiro (Production I.G)
- Editing: Yūji Kondō
- Sound Director: Ryō Tanaka
The anime's main cast includes:
- Taito Ban as Sung Jinwoo/Shun Mizushino
- Reina Ueda as Cha Hae-In/Shizuku Kosaka
- Hiroki Touchi as Baek Yoonho/Taiga Shirakawa
- Genta Nakamura as Yoo Jinho/Kenta Morohishi
- Daisuke Hirakawa as Chōi Jong-In/Shin Mogami
- Banjou Ginga as Go Gunhee/Kiyoomi Gotō
- Makoto Furukawa as Woo Jinchui/Akira Inukai
(The Korean character names above are written familiy name first, while the Japanese names are written familiy name last.)
The anime will premiere next winter.
Crunchyroll announced the series' anime adaptation at its Anime Expo industry panel in July 2022. Crunchyroll describes the story:
It's been over a decade since the sudden appearance of the "gates"—the paths that connect our world with a different dimension. Since then, certain humans have awakened to supernatural powers. We call these individuals "hunters." Hunters make their living by using their powers to conquer dungeons inside the gates. In this world of tough customers, the low-ranked hunter Jinwoo Sung is known as "the weakest hunter of all mankind." One day, Jinwoo gets fatally injured when he runs into high-rank double dungeons hidden within a low-rank dungeon. Just then, a mysterious quest window appears in front of him. On the verge of death, Jinwoo decides to accept the quest and starts leveling up... while the others aren't.
Shunsuke Nakashige (Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory) is directing the anime series at A-1 Pictures, and Noboru Kimura (Gundam Build Divers, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!) is the head writer. Tomoko Sudo (Alice in Borderland, Fragtime) is designing the characters, and Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Blue Exorcist, Kill la Kill, Mobile Suit Gundam UC) is composing the music.
Crunchyroll will stream the anime outside of Asia.
The manhwa adaptation of Chugong's Solo Leveling novel series, with illustrations by DUBU launched on Webtoon services in March 2018 and ended in December 2021. Yen Press publishes the manhwa and original novel series in English.
Sources: Press release, Aniplex Online Fest 2023 livestream