Solo Leveling: Ahjin Guild Arc | Review
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Jinwoo creates his own guild, the Ahjin Guild, and agrees to help the Knights Guild clear a top-tier A-Rank Gate on their turf for a fee. However, at the same time, something goes terribly wrong at the high school that his sister Jinah is a student at."
The Ahjin Guild Arc is the 15th arc in Solo Leveling, a webtoon adapted from the web novel by Chugong, with art by DUBU (REDICE STUDIO) and story by h-goon. This arc consists of chapters 111-122 of the webtoon.
As you can tell by the synopsis, Jinwoo sets about establishing his own guild in order to be able to enter gates solo.
Let's get into the details.
With Season 1 now complete, the story now moves forward towards the end. While the previous season focused more on different enemies that only served to level Jinwoo up, this is where things get serious as the real antagonists appear.
We get a lot of names thrown at us in the beginning, all of whom are important to the grand scheme of things. Was a bit too bad that we didn't really get any context for them though.
There is also, finally, an explanation for where hunters draw their powers from, and why Jinwoo is different from them. We also get some information about the first S-Rank, which is information I would like more of. Since this story is so focused on the present and future, not enough time is spent delving into the past.
With this arc, another hole in the Association was revealed, though the school is also to blame for this. You would think the Association monitors the appearance of all gates, no matter how small, but some slip by them.
We are introduced to some of the monarchs, this season's antagonists (and the main antagonists overall). Not too much to say about them though as they pretty much just serve as the final boss, so the author doesn't really dig deep into their characters.
We've also got some more interaction between Jinwoo and Hae-In. Jinho is here as well who is always a welcome presence, as well as Jinchul who I need to see more of.
In all honesty, not too much happens in this arc, but it did do what it set out to by establishing Jinwoo's guild as well as showcasing himself as a solo hunter.
Now, it is time for some spoilery though, so if you don't want to be spoiled, you can stop reading now.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Jinwoo is still in the red gate from the last arc, and you know what that means?
Jinwoo is still in his suit
I think the author is trying to K.O. the readers
Jinwoo in his white dress shirt drying his hair sure was something
Aha, so Jinwoo did a shadow exchange and Jinho comes in with snacks expecting to see him, but finds an orc there instead who took and ate the food (plate included).
Chairman Go approves of Jinwoo and Hae-In lol, he just goes 'ah, youth'.
Jinwoo, the oblivious child, has no idea how good looking he got, like he thinks he is average looking
Meanwhile, everyone, character and reader alike, are all simping over him
I honestly thought that the Ahjin Guild was going to one from Japan or something that they were going to face.
Why on earth was Jinho's cousin introduced, like she is literally only in this once.
Poor Jinchul is traumatized from going into a gate with Jinwoo.