Solo Levelling (Ch. 1-110)| Webtoon| “When art and action overwhelm overall plot.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. This is my first ever webtoon and I thought it would bring a refreshing change to my website. Let me know if you think this is a good idea or not. So, let’s begin.

Story:

Sung Jin-Woo is an E-rank hunter labelled as “the world’s weakest hunter”. In a world where there are abundant appearances of “gates” containing monsters, hunters exist to eliminate these monsters and close the gates before the monsters can enter the real world. Among the hunters, there are ranks determined by skill and power. However, these ranks are fixed and can not be changed as people are incapable of improving unless someone reawakens.

After encountering a rare dual-dungeon , Sung Jin-Woo comes face to face with death itself. And when put in the situation, a sort of “system” saves his life and gives him an entirely new opportunity. Now, Jin-Woo is not only a new and improved hunter but he is also one capable of growing and improving. This allows him to grow to greater heights than usual. However, there’s more to the world than what meets the eye.

Review:

Finally, after a lot of convincing from my friends, I decided to give these “webtoons” a try from my side. And, I must say, I was nothing less than impressed. These webtoons have something that just makes it so exciting to read and so pleasing to the eye that I can’t help but read a lot at once.

Starting off with the positives of this webtoon. The art style of this is phenomenal. The drawings for each character, their skills, the sceneries, etc. are all so pleasing that sometimes I just stare at my phone screen for 5 minutes appreciating the art. As a matter of fact, I even decided to make my phone Home Screen one of the pages in the webtoon simply because of how beautiful it was. And this is a very important aspect to the entire experience of a webtoon as well. Considering this is something that has no motion, the art really emphasises a lot of the action and emotion. At the same time, the art decides the smoothness of motion as well. I’ve read a few manga but I didn’t get the same effect from them as I felt from solo level levelling and I attribute a lot of that feeling to the fantastic art style.

Another great part of this webtoon is the ability to feel emotion through the pages. Personally, I’m not much of a reader. I feel that brooks can’t deliver the dame feeling as shows and movies. I know a lot of people disagree with me but this is more of a personal opinion. This webtoon however changed my perspective on that. Through each fight, I felt the same kind of enjoyment and suspense that I feel in a regular show and anime as well. The tension I felt when Sung Jin-Woo fought against a super strong opponent managed to keep me so excited throughout the reading. The excitement I would get from seeing Sung Jin-Woo from levelling up, the goosebumps from seeing people die, the jaw dropping art style, all led me to feel excited to read more webtoons in the future as well.

Now coming to the title of my blog which is also one big negative of the webtoon as a whole as well. While the webtoon did have some great action and art style, one major party that it lacked in was the plot itself and character development. The anime started off with who was considered “the world’s weakest hunter” killing himself everyday to earn money for his mother’s recovery. However, as he gained power, we not only see an immediate shift in attitude from hopeful to super egoistic but we also see no sign of the mother as well. It feels as though the main plot had been completely side tracked and the webtoon decided to entirely focus on world and character development. This is where the creators fell short greatly. As the story strayed away from what could potentially have a lot more emotion, it focused more on action. However, like I also say in my title, the action and art did make up for what was lacking in the plot as well. Another thing the webtoon could have done better was that when they finally did bring back the mother into the plot, her recovery and reunion were so rushed that I felt no emotion. The creators failed to create that emotional push that would make me feel with the protagonist on his mother coming back to life. And this is a huge error for me in terms of overall plot development.

The current arc in the webtoon where they’ve gone to Jeju island to fight the ants is giving me a lot of Hunter x Hunter vibes. At the same time, I am super excited to see what future plot and action has in store. This whole concept of an overpowered MC is extremely exiting. The way Sung Jin-Woo dominated the ant that stood no other hunter stood a chance again just shows how much he’s grown in terms of power. The webtoon has also set a benchmark for what to expect in terms of power. The potential in plot for this anime is huge because of more character development, introduction of Jin-Woo’s father, introduction of more national level hunters, etc. I can not wait till this webtoon gets turned into an anime (if it does). Overall, quite impressed.

Rating:

I would give this webtoon 3.5/5 stars.

2 thoughts on “Solo Levelling (Ch. 1-110)| Webtoon| “When art and action overwhelm overall plot.”

  1. wishthought says:

    Oh, if you’re doing webtoon now, I’d suggest using the Naver Webtoon app. You can find a lot of other manhwa off other sites, but the app collects both content from Korean creators and international authors/artists. If you like Solo Leveling, maybe you’d like Hardcore Leveling Warrior or Weak Hero.

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