Solo Leveling or Na Honjaman Level-up is a famous South Korean Manhwa or Comic that fans have very much discussed in Anime Community. The adaptation of Chu-Gong’s Web Novel, Solo Leveling, focuses on the main character named Sung Jin-Woo. At first, he was an E-Rank Hunter and the weakest among all Hunters, until finally, he developed and became the strongest Hunter.
When this article was written, During Crunchyroll Expo 2022, it was announced that the popular Webcomic Solo Leveling would get an anime adaptation.
While waiting, there’s no harm in reading or watching another anime like Solo Leveling.
Anime Like Solo Leveling
1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
The first anime similar to Solo Leveling is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. It tells the story of Mikami Satoru, an employee who died on his way home. But instead of going to the world after death, he was reincarnated in a parallel world as a Slime.
At first, Satoru is considered an ordinary slime, but not; on the way, he gains various powers to become the strongest creature in the world.
At the story’s beginning, Sung Jin-Woo and Satoru appear weak and useless. But as the story progresses, they both grow to awaken various superpowers to become the strongest entities in the world.
2. Tower of God
Tower of God focuses on the 25th Baam or Yoru, a boy who spends most of his life under the Tower until a girl named Rachel finds him. Rachel teaches Baam many things, from reading, attitudes, and how to socialize with other people.
One day, Rachel suddenly left Baam to climb the tower to see the stars. Not wanting to be alone, Baam decides to come on board and reunite with Rachel.
Like Solo Leveling, Tower of God is also a comic from South Korea. The difference is Tower of God is published on LINE Webtoon while Solo Leveling is released on KakaoPage.
Bam and Sung Jin-Woo had a resemblance in that both were weak characters and were always belittled. But they gain various powers over time, quickly turning them into overpowered characters.
3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? It focuses on Bell Cranel, a novice adventurer who dreams of becoming the greatest in the entire land. After the meeting with the Goddess Hestia, Bell felt that his dream was just a little more coming true. With Hestia’s support, Bell begins his adventure of exploring a dungeon filled with dangerous monsters.
Danmachi’s similarity with Solo Leveling is that both anime involve dungeons as story plots. Bell’s character is also similar to Sung Jin-Woo; he is not good at fighting initially and has little strength. Until he finally reveals the potential that causes Bell to become stronger as time goes on.
4. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Hajime Nagumo is a student as well as a heavy otaku. One day, he and all his classmates are sent to a fantasy world. They are given the power to save the world in the new world. However, Hajime was only given one ability, making him the bully of the others.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest and Solo Leveling both have main characters who, at the beginning of the story, experience terrible events until they finally gain strength and experience personality changes. Perhaps the difference, Nagumo changed his character more drastically than Sung Jin-Woo because his mind was more tormented.
5. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
An adaptation of the famous light novel by Rifujin na Magonote, the anime Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation follows the life of a NEET boy who dies after being hit by a truck while trying to save people. The man is reborn as a baby named Rudeus Greyrat in a fantasy world.
Still carrying the memories of his previous life, Rudeus enjoys his new life and promises not to make mistakes as he did in the past. Plus, Rudeus was born, possessing enormous magic and mana capacity.
The similarity of Mushoku Tensei with Solo Leveling is that both have a zero-to-hero theme where the main character has a large magic and mana capacity. Perhaps the difference, Mushoku Tensei carries the isekai theme with the MC being thrown into a parallel world, while Solo Leveling is not.
6. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter is a shounen manga or anime written by Yoshihiro Togashi. It tells the story of Gon Freecs, a boy who joins the Hunter Association to have an adventure while looking for his father, who disappeared when he became a Hunter. To become a Hunter, Gon must first take the Hunter exam.
Like Solo Leveling, the protagonist in Hunter x Hunter joins the Hunter Association to become a Hunter and fight various things that threaten humanity. Both are described as having tremendous potential.
Hunter x Hunter has an arc in which ants develop dangerous developments, much like the Jeju Island Arc in Solo Leveling.
7. Log Horizon
Based on the light novel by Mamare Touno, Log Horizon is set in the MMORPG game Elder Tale, the most popular game at the time, with millions of players worldwide who have joined. One day during the 12th update, 30,000 players who were currently logged in were suddenly sent into the game and could not log out. There, they used their game avatar.
Shirou, one of the veteran players who was also sent, is confused about this phenomenon and tries to contact his friends to find out more information. He must go on an adventure with his friends to find out the cause of this strange phenomenon.
Although Shiroe lost to Sung Jin-Woo in terms of strength, he was very intelligent and full of strategy in battle. It was not surprising that Shiroe was the primary key to the success of the raid mission.
8. So I’m a Spider, So What?
The Anime, So I’m a Spider, So What? is set in another world where the Hero and the Demon King are at war. The effects of the war resulted in one of the magics being thrown to the earth and blowing up the high school classroom.
The students who died from the explosion were reincarnated in a different world. Only one of the students with the lowest reputation in the class was reborn as a spider. He must be able to survive in the new world.
Solo Leveling and Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Featuring main characters who are initially weak but can level up to increase their strength and quickly become overpowered characters. Both anime also feature hype fight scenes.
9. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Featuring beautifully graphic visuals, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar focuses on a group of people who wake up in the fantasy world of Grimgar without remembering anything but their names.
To survive, they are forced to form a party and join the Reserve Army, tasked with eliminating everything that threatens peace in the world.
If you like Solo Leveling, not overpowered main characters, but adventure stories and new places, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar can be an option. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar features the main character and his team exploring new places and defeating the monsters that attack them.
10. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Suzuki Ichirou a programmer who works at a game company. He must complete the deadline to complete the game project and the bugs that occur in the game being developed. After finishing, Suzuki can finally sleep soundly.
Suzuki realized he was in a different world with game-like features when he woke up. At first, he thought that this was still a dream. But as time went on, Suzuki started to get suspicious because the log-out or save buttons couldn’t be used, plus he now had higher stats and levels than the average player.
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku and Solo Leveling have overpowered main protagonists exploring new places in their worlds. Perhaps the difference is that Death March by Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku emphasizes harem elements, while Solo Leveling is more about action.
That’s the anime that has similarities with Solo Leveling, from the overpowered main character, adventure to the dungeon, to the adventurer/hunter guild.