Solo Leveling

Alt title: Na Honjaman Level-Up

Ch: 110
2018 - 2020
4.776 out of 5 from 8,129 votes
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Solo Leveling

10 years ago, after “the Gate” that connected the real world with the monster world opened. Some of the ordinary, everyday people received the power to hunt monsters within the Gate. They are known as "Hunters". However, not all Hunters are powerful. My name is Sung Jin-Woo, an E-rank Hunter. I'm someone who has to risk his life in the lowliest of dungeons, the "World's Weakest". Having no skills whatsoever to display, I barely earned the required money by fighting in low-leveled dungeons… at least until I found a hidden dungeon with the hardest difficulty within the D-rank dungeons! In the end, as I was accepting death, I suddenly received a strange power, a quest log that only I could see, a secret to leveling up that only I know about! If I trained in accordance with my quests and hunted monsters, my level would rise. Changing from the weakest Hunter to the strongest S-rank Hunter!

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PZcolo
5

This is from the get go a retarded series in a retarded setting. The author doesn't seam to want to bother much with worldbuilding, character creation and development or simply setting a coherent set of rules for the... powers? the hunters get, he seems to want to skip it all and to be honest that would be my recommendation if you want to read this, just skip the first 11ch (inexistant world building and character presentation) and you'll be better off for it, after that the next chapters are about dumb monologues, posing and the MC getting cocky, which seem to be the author trying to justify (and fail at it) how the MC changes. If, you somehow pretend those 25 or so chapters don't exist and you just pretend the char was somewhat strong, has a cheat skill and is a badass then you might enjoy this somewhat since from there it's a classical shounen with RPG elements.Having said that, I find it hard to ignore those appalling 25 chapters, above all the lack of trying on the part of the author to make sense of the world is annoying, don't force what you want it to be for no reason and no valid justification, what happens in this manhua just make no sense for modern age Korea/world. If you set the world in modern earth then you have to abide by it, otherwise just transport the MC to another world or invent a parallel universe, and you can set all the new rules you want that way without so much need to explain. The only good possible explanation for all that happens is "simulation theory" but I really don't see the author going there and even if he does, it's very poorly executed so far. Likewise, the character setting is equally terrible, we are led to believe he does this for his mother yet he dedicates about one panel of the story to explain this, it's never mentioned again and come on! how is getting yourself killed in a gate is going to make your sick mom's and your sister's (that depends on you for a living) life better? if he dies his mom doesn't get medical care and his sis can't support herself anymore, also lets not forget the author insist on telling us the MC doesn't make ends meet with hunting so the justification itself is nonsense, not only there is a very high and real chance of him dying but he doesn't even make money from it. Last this is full of inconsistencies and the MC turns like a pancake so much he essentially becomes a different person, with him getting OP in no time, giving ridiculous explanations and him oscillating from retard to so cool just because the author wills it makes my eyes hurt, just look at the char design in ch 1 and then again in ch 50 and you'll see what I mean, they are nothing alike and only a few month went by.In short, as a whole it might be somewhat decent manhua if you get through the initial chapters and are able to ignore them it gets better, after that it's a somewhat enjoyable yet somewhat mediocre, light, action packed shounen manhua that focuses on how "cool" the MC is and how OP he is and nice fighting scenes. Oh, art-style is very good thou the flow of the fights is a bit hard to follow at times.

LonCem
8.8

I read this because of all the online reviews that kept raving about how amazing it was. In all honesty, I think it's hyped up a little too much. It's an enjoyable story, but even that was kind of ruined for me because I was expecting to have my mind blown...and, well, it wasn't. I love an underdog story just as much as the next person, and this definitely delivers a great build-up (instead of the tired "I found a magical object and now I'm OP") to his eventual OP-ness. He uses his brain, resources available to him, and noticeably gets stronger with effort. More than anything, you want him to win. It's the kind of story that carries suspense in a way that keeps you engaged and involved with the characters in a way that is hard to find in long-running story arcs. However, it felt a little slow at times and I found myself confused at a couple moments (this could be due to my ability to forget names as soon as I learn them, but I believe that there were a couple plot holes) but overall,the story was only slightly above average. (Story: 8.7/10) The art is high-quality and very expressive. Very well done. The only problem I had with it, and I'm well-aware this is stupid, is that sometimes I'd get a little discombobulated when reading, or get bored when there were long stretches without text. All in all, very good, though. (Art: 9.8/10) I was a bit annoyed that the only character that got developed was the main character himself, but it is understandable. It does make sense, because most of the time it's just him by himself, but I would've liked to see more of his family, or even his emotional development. At this point, though I like him, he feels like an OP cardboard cutout of himself. He's kind of flat and unfeeling, with occasional bursts of kindness or sympathy which are just him using others for his own gain. I have no problem with that, exactly, but it was kind of disappointing to see him be OP but still not really interacting with others because he's 'better than them' now. Hopefully next season we'll see more development. (Characters: 8/10) tl;dr SL is a binge-worthy series with solid story and character development and great art. Do yourself a favour and read it.

EvaCVM
10

It is BY FAR MY FAVOURITE MANHWA ***in this genre*** that I have EVER read. It is one of those MUST READ!!! I don't usually write reviews , unless it is worth expressing my true feelings XDSo here comes my attempt to not spoil everything but make you interested in readig it) Story I get that first 10 chapters are kinda hard to get over, but after that the most interesting part beggins. And even if this is one of those OP characters stories , it is a lot more captivating than many others you've read. This manhwa has absolutely everything you need. Action , adventure , supernatural powers , magic (good and bad) , fantasy a weak to strong Main character , social life , secrets and breaking of rules , dungeons and very interesting moves and actions from all the characters involved.  So the main story line is MAIN CHARACTER developing his skills and becoming more powerful. It was such an intense reading how he was becoming who he is now at chapter 110. Even his appearance has changed , he absolutely DEVELOPED.This is what I like the most about it. And moreover , he is not stupidly boasting about it to everyone around. But instead he is kinda stealthy and descreet about his actions. The only thing I didn't like about the story SPOILER AHEAD!!! was the chapter about insects island. Which sounded a lot like HunrterXHunter stolen idea XD. Or maybe this was just a coincidence that the enemies were also insects XD *** So this is why I gave the story a 9 instead of a VERY HARD 10.  Art I am usually not very spoiled about the art quality or format , but this manhwa was one of those beautiful mangas you can hardly find nowadays. It has a lot of pretty effects and the QUALITY is absolutely astonishing . Expecially the blue and black flame - shadow thing I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT <3  Characters Well. People might think a lot different than me - but I liked every single character - even the villains)They all have their inner world and a story to tell. And every single one has a truth that they believe in , so I deeply care about every single one.  Overall  SO It is just my advice - Just try to read it. If you get to chapter 30 without noticing how time passes - You'll officially be named a FAN It is worth waiting for every weekly chapter (this is such a pain OMG , I hate waiting)

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