10 Best Manga & Manhwa Like ‘Solo Leveling’

10 Best Manga & Manhwa Like 'Solo Leveling'
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Solo Leveling is a South Korean novel series written by Chugong and published online at KakaoPage, before being published by D&C Media under its Papyrus publishing imprint. The series consists of 14 volumes and 270 chapters. A webtoon adaptation comprising 179 chapters was completed on December 29, 2021. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures was also announced, set to premiere in January 2024. Now, the original manhwa is completed, that much we can confirm, but there is a sequel to it that you can read, and with the anime poised to be a big hit, we wanted to support the original work as well.

In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 10 best manga and manhwa similar to Solo Leveling that you definitely need to check out and that you will definitely enjoy.

1. Solo Leveling: Ragnarok

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What it’s about: The side stories of the original Solo Leveling manhwa served as a direct prelude to the Solo Leveling: Ragnarok sequel, which is centered around Sung Su-ho, Jinwoo’s and Hae-in’s s, son, who inherited Jinwoo’s abilities and has to deal with similar issues like his father.

Why you should read it: Well, the reason for this is quite obvious, isn’t it? Solo Leveling: Ragnarok is a direct sequel to Solo Leveling that continues the story, while focusing on the protagonist’s son. It is a must-read for all fans of the series.

2. Hunter × Hunter

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What it’s about: Ging Freecss left his kid Gon on Whale Island with his aunt Mito twelve years before the beginning of the novel. Gon, who has always thought that his parents have passed away, learns one day—thanks to Kite, his father’s apprentice—that his father is still alive and has developed into one of the greatest hunters. He is now recognized as an elite person who is qualified to seek down hidden wealth, rare animals, and even other people. Inspired by this realization, Gon makes the decision to leave his house and enroll in the Hunter Exam, a set of tasks designed to assess a participant’s survival, talent, and teamwork.

Why you should read it: Hunter×Hunter doesn’t have that isekai element, but a main character who hunts monstrous creatures and works on himself to become the strongest is the thing that connects these two series.

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3. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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What it’s about: Satoru Mikami, a 37-year-old Tokyo salaryman, would have been content with his dull life if he could have had a partner. When an imbalance brandishing a knife rushes through the throng, panic ensues on the sidewalk as he joins his younger brother in the street, who presents him to his fiancée. Satoru intervenes to protect the couple and sustains a fatal back injury. A “voice” listens to him in his anguish and analyzes his “last words” as he reflects briefly on himself.

Why you should read it: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is one of the best isekai series out there, and while the idea is a tad different from that of Solo Leveling, it is still worth a read.

4. Darker than Black

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What it’s about: Ten years ago, Tokyo saw the appearance of a mysterious location known as Hell’s Gate, which destroyed the surrounding area and changed the sky. The celestial bodies vanished and were swapped out for imposter bodies. Soon later, we learn of the presence of people known as “pactisants” who are bestowed with magical abilities. A massive wall has been constructed today to keep people away from Hell’s Gate. Every false star represents a party to a contract; it vibrates when it uses its power and vanishes when it passes away. As a result, pactisants are typically identified by a number taken from an astronomical catalog. Pactisants are used as assassins or covert operatives by numerous countries.

Why you should read it: Darker than Black is a cult classic series that shares the urban fantasy aspect of Solo Leveling and has a similar idea. It is definitely worth your attention and is one of the best titles on the list.

5. CLAYMORE

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What it’s about: The events of CLAYMORE take place in a made-up universe in which humans live alongside Yoma, a species of demons that are naturally predatory to humans (called Specters in the manga). The Yoma can dwell inconspicuously among humans thanks to their extraordinary capacity to take on human form. The only beings able to recognize and destroy these monsters are the female fighters created from human material by a clandestine organization, known to humans as Claymores.

Why you should read it: CLAYMORE might be a strange addition to some of you, but we wanted to support this underrated gem. It features a series of protagonists who fight demonic creatures and a big, dark secret in the background. Sounds great, right?

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6. Jujutsu Kaisen

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What it’s about: Jujutsu Kaisen‘s story takes place in a universe where people’s bad emotions are used to generate curses. Because humans can only defeat curses with more force, facilities like schools and hospitals that are highly concentrated in these emotions are guarded by a relic or a receptacle of a curse. With a few exceptions, like exorcists, these are undetectable to the naked eye. It is the exorcist’s responsibility to remove the curses and shield the populace from them. However, there are hazards involved as these calamities may vary in strength.

Why you should read it: Well, Jujutsu Kaisen is not an isekai title, but it is a great urban fantasy title that has a lot of similarities to Solo Leveling, so we think you will definitely enjoy it as well.

7. Fushigi Yûgi

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What it’s about: Exam stress is affecting Miaka. She comes into a book titled “The Writings of the Four Gods of Heaven and Earth” one day when she is out at the library with her best friend Yui. However, the two little girls get lured into this amazing book. She becomes the priestess of Suzaku, one of the four gods and the defender of the South, in the book world, which is modeled after ancient China. Her job is to keep the kingdom safe.

Why you should read it: With Fushigi Yûgi, we also opted for something that is a tad different and that might appeal to other fans as well. Focused on female protagonists, this is a classic fantasy series that you will definitely love.

8. Fate series

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What it’s about: The entire franchise essentially centers on the exploits of a teenage girl named Shirou Emiya, who gets sucked into the Fifth Holy Grail War, a death game, and must go through multiple game worlds to win and get back to normal.

Why you should read it: It is difficult, to sum up the complexity of the Fate series in total, but if you give it a go and find your ground in the maze that is the series’ structure, we think that you’ll definitely enjoy it a lot.

9. OVERLORD

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What it’s about: After 12 years of operation, the immensely popular online role-playing game Yggdrasil is about to shut down permanently, setting the stage for the events of OVERLORD. Momonga, the main character, finds it hard to accept that he has no family, friends, or a lover and that life in “reality” no longer has any significance for him. Ranked among the top ten best guilds in the game, he is the leader of the Ainz Ooal Gown guild, which is made up only of “non-human” characters and has the “Great Tomb of Nazarick” as its headquarters.

Why you should read it: We couldn’t really compose a list of isekai titles without OVERLORD, which features many elements similar to Solo Leveling, so we think you’ll love it.

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10. Sword Art Online

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What it’s about: In the year 2022, a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game known as Sword Art Online (abbreviated VRMMORPG in English) has just been released. This is where the story of Sword Art Online takes place. There, using the NerveGear virtual reality headset—which stimulates the five senses by stimulating the brain—players may manipulate their avatars in the same way they would their physical bodies. Players discover, nevertheless, that they are unable to exit the game.

Why you should read it: Sword Art Online is a bit more fantasy than urban in comparison to Solo Leveling, but there is a very similar concept there, so we definitely included it on this list.

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