Since the release of “Tower of God” and “God of High School” anime adaptations, the world of manhwa has been steadily gaining recognition and popularity among enthusiasts. While the medium certainly has a mixed bag of reviews when it comes to its anime counterparts, the upcoming manhwa anime adaptations hold the potential to break that curse.
From the highly celebrated RPG-based “Solo Leveling” to the sports-themed “Boxer”, the anime roster for the coming years is full of hopes and excitement for the fans of manhwa. In this article, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the best manhwa that are making the leap from the pages to the screens. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
8. Seasons Of Blossom
A romantic manhwa getting anime adaptation is not seen customarily, but Seasons of Blossom is trying to replicate its webtoon and K-drama success in the upcoming anime. Scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, it’s a coming-of-age story about a group of high school students who experience the turbulent age of youthhood.
Laid out in four parts, the series showcases a brutally honest perspective on grief through four temperate seasons and deals with matters such as young romance, friendship, and mental health. It’ll be interesting to see how the anime of Seasons of Blossom will turn out and fans will be looking forward to it.
7. Terror Man
Terror Man builds its premise on a bizarre concept where the “hero” is actually a “terrorist” in the eyes of the public. The hit webcomic focuses on Jungwoo Min who has a special ability that lets him see whenever an unfortunate event is about to occur in the future. But, there’s a catch as it doesn’t work like a charm for him.
In fact, whenever Jungwoo uses his power to stop the misfortunes, his actions lead him to become feared by people. Thus unfolds the story of a hero who begins his journey of saving the world even while becoming a supposed terrorist. Terror Man anime has the potential to live up to hit shows like Psycho-Pass and Chainsaw Man.
6. 4 Cut Hero
Chinese anime shows are at their peak these days and 4 Cut Hero is another manhwa inspired donghua that has experienced a rise in popularity since its debut. The story of 4 Cut Hero follows the life of a hero who infiltrates the demon castle and defeats the demon king in hopes of rescuing a princess and then eventually marrying her.
Alas, there is no imprisoned princess, forcing the hero to retire in the countryside. But he soon finds himself caught up in millennia-old legends, curses, and a twisted plot involving multiple kingdoms and dragons. Sadly, Bilibili hasn’t made the available for most audiences, but given how well-liked the donghua is it’s most likely to get a distributor soon.
5. Doctor Elise
One of Kakao’s most viewed romantic comedies, Doctor Elise is also gearing up to make its debut on the TV screens in the animated form. The manhwa offers a mix of isekai and historical fantasy while chronicling the prodigal physician Dr. Song’s journey who was a princess in her past life.
As she’s about to meet an untimely death, Dr. Song wakes up in her previous life as Princess Elise once again. Armed with the medical knowledge of a master surgeon, Elise decides to use her second chance at life to mend her past relationships and heal an ailing empire.
4. A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special
A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special may not entirely fall in the manhwa with op MC category but it sure does have fantasy elements that make it an entertaining anime to watch this October. The series takes place in a world ravaged by the Shadow Realms, which have rendered most of the land uninhabitable.
During this time of immense darkness, six mages band together to rescue the world from falling into certain doom. However, the group is unsuccessful and the survival of humanity hinges upon magician Desir Arman who’s transported back in time where he has the chance to prevent human civilization’s fall.
Sequel to the “Yongbi the Invincible” manhwa, Gosu is critically acclaimed for its exploration of themes like martial arts, murim, and revenge. The series tells the story of Gang Yong who makes it his life’s purpose to avenge the people who brutally murdered his mentor.
Equipped with the superior martial techniques taught by his master, Gang Yong sets off to hunt down the four Heavenly Kings who betrayed his master! Gosu delivers an intricate and nail-biting story keeping the readers on the edge of their seats, and its anime adaptation is sure to be a hit among the fans of revenge manhwa.
Soon-to-be a big name in the boxing anime community, Boxer is an up-and-coming sports anime by Studio Xtorm which is yet to receive a release window. The story follows Yu whose intense mental trauma from a childhood of abuse has given him a savant-like ability to perceive time as if in slow motion.
Despite his knack for talent, Yu prefers to let his perpetrators beat him down as he finds no meaning in his survival. Things begin to look up when Yu encounters a legendary boxing coach who takes him under his wing and thrusts him into a world where Yu must fight powerful foes for the first time.
1. Solo Leveling
The most popular manhwa for beginners, Solo Leveling is going to drop its anime adaptation in January 2024 and fans are all hyped up for this modern spectacle. The series centers on Sung Jin-Woo, the weakest E-rank hunter who strives to make a living in a world where humanity needs to fight against imposing monsters.
Unfortunately, between his mother’s hospital bills, his sister’s tuition, and his lack of job prospects, he has no choice but to continue to put his life on the line. But, one day during a guild operation Jin-Woo encounters a tragic situation that turns his life upside-down and grants him the power to level up.
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