Solo Leveling Anime Had Different Versions For Japan & Rest Of The World, Reveals Producer

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Sota Furuhashi, the producer behind Solo Leveling anime, disclosed that the anime had different versions tailored for audiences in Japan and the rest of the world.

This was revealed during an interview on Aniplex’s After Hours program, where Furuhashi provided insights into the unique localization efforts undertaken for Solo Leveling. This interview was hosted by voice actress Sally Amaki.

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According to Furuhashi, the localization process involved the adoption of Japanese names for characters and settings within the anime’s domestic release, while adhering to the original Korean names for global audiences.

This also included recording certain scenes twice, with voice actors delivering lines using both Korean and Japanese names.

We did place a lot of emphasis on how things would be localized for this title, using Japanese names in Japan, and using Korean names from the original work in the rest of the world. We actually did the voice recordings in some cases twice, once using Korean names, and then again using Japanese names,” remarked Furuhashi.

Moreover, attention was also paid to the background art and settings depicted in the anime. Furuhashi explained that considerations were given to whether they should reflect Korean or Japanese cityscapes.

We even paid attention to the background art and street scenes, whether to base them on Korean cityscapes or Japanese cityscapes, for example.

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Solo Leveling anime, produced by A-1 Pictures, aired from Jan 7 to March 31, 2024, on Tokyo MX and other networks. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, CIS, and India. The first episodes were screened from December 2023 in Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, India, and Europe.

Crunchyroll licensed the series outside China, Japan, and South Korea. Medialink licensed the series in Southeast Asia and Oceania (except Australia and New Zealand).

A second season, entitled Arise from the Shadow, has been announced.

Solo Leveling is a South Korean web novel written by Chugong. It was serialized in Kakao’s digital comic and fiction platform KakaoPage beginning on July 25, 2016, and was later published by D&C Media under their Papyrus label since November 4, 2016. The novel has been licensed in English by Yen Press.

A webtoon adaptation of Solo Leveling was first serialized in KakaoPage on March 4, 2018; it was illustrated by Jang Sung-rak (Dubu). The webtoon’s first season concluded on March 19, 2020, and its second season was released from August 2020 to December 2021. Its individual chapters have been collected and published by D&C Media in nine volumes as of August 2023.

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