At the last Anime Expo, Crunchyroll announced an anime adaptation of Solo Leveling, a Korean title based on a manhwa, something fans have been asking for for a long time.
The anime will be animated by the Japanese studio A-1 Pictures and will have heavy names in the animation industry in its production, such as having music by Hiroyuki Sawano, character design by Tomoko Sudo and being directed by Shunsuke Nakashige.
But after the announcement, not everything is rosy, at least not in its entirety on the Japanese side.
Some Japanese Complain About Solo Leveling Anime For Being Anti Japan
I’ve never read Solo Leveling but one thing that is known is that the story doesn’t show the Japanese in a pleasant way, I don’t know exactly the details but I found articles on some sites talking about it.
One even said that upon being officially published in Japan, the Solo Leveling novel had to be modified to avoid problems with the public. So imagine the reaction of some Japanese people to see an “anti-Japanese” title being animated by a Japanese studio?
Some comments were posted online, from people being disappointed, annoyed and irate that Sony, A-1 Pictures decided to animate Solo, “I’m disappointed”, “What’s their intention to animate this in Japan?”.
“What kind of anti-Japanese elements are there in Solo?”, to which he received the following response: “I hear he has some deplorable Japanese in the story, and the handsome, capable Korean protagonist beats him up.”
Another person looking at Solo says, “That sounds too boring.” Another fan recalled the 2018 case of the anime Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de, based on a light novel, he had anime announced, but soon the Chinese started to think it was bad the fact that, in the story, the protagonist ends up killing several Chinese soldiers.
Soon after they discovered alleged messages from the author speaking ill of China and Korea. At the time the author deleted the messages and apologized, but the anime was cancelled.
An angry fan says, “Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de has been canceled but I can’t understand why anti-Japanese works are allowed.” Another fan hopes the anime will censor these “anti-Japanese elements” of Solo Leveling.
“A Japanese animation company animating a Korean manga, with anti-Japanese descriptions, ask the original author, why did he allow you to have an anime produced by a company in a country he doesn’t like?”
Will more complaints arise when it gets closer to the premiere and when the anime premieres? The Solo Leveling anime is officially announced and will be available on Crunchyroll in 2023.
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