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Solo Leveling: Dungeon & Prisoners Arc | Review


Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐


"Jinwoo reunites with the other survivors of the Double Dungeon, including Lee Joohee and Song Chi-Yul, for one last raid. However, a pack of probational prisoners and their supervisor Kang Taeshik provide an unexpected threat to their work."


 

The Dungeon & Prisoners Arc is the 5th 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 25-34 of the webtoon.


This arc acts to make the plot more complex by wrapping up loose ends from previous arcs, as well as setting up what is to come in the future. All in all, so far there hasn't been a lot point in this series.


Let's get into the details.


 

PLOT


As I mentioned in previous review, we start to see the rippling effects of Jinwoo's actions. In the last arc, though he did what he had to, he killed the younger brother of Hwang Dongsoo, an S-rank hunter active in the U.S. Dongsoo is now dead set on hunting down Jinwoo for what he did. I like how this is introduced early on, but is going to be stretched out over several arcs. It leaves the reader tense waiting for everything to come to a head.


One comment I do want to make about the action scenes is that it is sometimes hard to follow. Because this is a webtoon and not a manga, the panels are much longer so you can't see the fight in one shot. There is also a lot of flashing lights across the panel which is a bit distracting.



WORLD-BUILDING


Naturally, more information is revealed in this arc in terms of past disasters in the country. Other than that though, which will become more relevant in the future, we don't get as much world-building in this arc.


What we do get though, is that the world of hunters is started to show some of its true colours with all of the loopholes in the law being a hunter makes.



CHARACTERS


Not much to note here. Jinwoo is still getting stronger, though not too much. There was a really good side-by-side panel of Jinwoo at the beginning compared to how he looks now which shows how much he has changed. While it makes sense, the one thing I noticed though was that even his eye shape changed to match his sharper face which was a bit odd.



CONCLUDING THOUGHTS


This was a bit more of a high octane arc as we are starting to get introduced to stronger and stronger foes. I also liked how we are starting to see the dark underbelly and reality of working as a hunter.


Now, time for my the section on the thoughts I had while reading. If you don't want any spoilers, you can stop reading here.



 

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION

 

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I really hope that Jinho doesn't die, he's such a cinnamon roll.


Oof, Jeju-do was evacuated, that sucks because the island is beautiful.


Is Jinwoo the only player though?

  • Like the System has to have other elements at play


Ah great, Joohee is back...yay

  • Sorry girl, but you really should not be going on raids


Taeshik looks like a combination of Shinsou and Dabi without the scars...


Well, everyone saw it coming though...

  • Once the survivors of the first arc said they needed to apologize to Jinwoo, you knew right away they were going to die


I wonder how much of himself Jinwoo is going to lose as he levels up.


So because S-rank hunters are so rare, and powerful, no one can touch them, not even the law which...sucks.


While I know more show up in the future, this is very male-centric so far.

  • We've had Joohee, but she was a healer which is pretty stereotypical


I just realized that Joohee reminds me of Mimosa from Black Clover, although Mimosa is a way better character.

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