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‘Solo Leveling’ webtoon artist Jang ‘Dubu’ Sung-rak dies

  • Jang “Dubu” Sung-rak, the South Korean artist of the popular webtoon “Solo Leveling,” died on Saturday due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Redice Studio explained on Twitter that Jang was suffering from a chronic illness and thanked readers and the community for cherishing his work.
  • “Solo Leveling” ran from March 2018 to December 2021, and anime streaming giant Crunchyroll will be releasing an animated adaptation of it in 2023.

Jang “Dubu” Sung-rak, the South Korean artist of the popular webtoon series “Solo Leveling” and CEO of Redice Studio, died on Saturday from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Redice Studio, a South Korean studio that produces webtoon adaptations of novels, shared the news on Twitter on Monday, revealing that Jang had been suffering from a chronic illness.

‘Anti-Japanese’: Netizens upset over rumors about anime adaptation of popular manhwa ‘Solo Leveling’

  • Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll confirmed during Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles that an anime adaptation of the popular Korean comic book series "Solo Leveling" is scheduled to premiere in 2023.
  • The anime adaptation will be developed by A-1 Pictures, the Japanese animation studio behind several popular titles such as “Fairy Tail,” “Sword Art Online” and “Black Butler.”
  • While not much has been revealed about the anime yet, some reports are speculating that it might take some details from the original manhwa's Japanese adaptation, which was first released as a light novel in January 2021.
  • The Japanese adaptation of “Solo Leveling” takes place in Tokyo, not Seoul, and focuses on the story of a Japanese man named Shun Mizushino instead of Korean protagonist Sung Jin-woo.
  • Additionally, while the original manhwa paints Japan as the "bad guy,” as several readers have claimed, the Japanese adaptation's creators reportedly found a workaround by creating a fictional country.
  • Several netizens have been expressing their disapproval of "Solo Leveling"'s anime adaptation, with one commenting, “I have heard that it is based on an anti-Japanese story. I wonder what is the intention of A-1 Pictures in making an anime of such a thing in Japan.”

New rumors about the anime adaptation of the popular manhwa “Solo Leveling” are circulating, with several reports suggesting that certain details, including the story’s setting and the protagonist’s background, will be changed.

Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll confirmed earlier this month during Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles that an anime adaptation of the popular Korean comic book series “Solo Leveling,” created by Chugong and illustrated by Dubu (Jang Sang-rak), is in the works and is scheduled to premiere in 2023.