Solo Leveling: Job Change Arc | Review
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Jinwoo receives a quest notification from the System and is transported to another instant dungeon, where he runs into an army of armored soldiers and a mysterious red knight that guards an empty throne."
The Job Change Arc is the 7th 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 38-45 of the webtoon.
After accepting the job chance quest in the last arc, and with a hint of who or what is to come, Jinwoo now faces a new dungeon that he can't leave until he completes it.
Let's get into the details.
This arc is meant to test, and display, all of the skills Jinwoo has gained thus far as the dungeon he enters is full of beasts that require different sets of skills to defeat.
One thing that is made clear with this arc, that I am not sure how to feel about, is that Jinwoo gets really lucky sometimes. I don't know if it is the System's way to keep him alive, despite putting him in these situations to make him stronger, but sometimes it is a bit too convenient the kind of things that happen.
The System is starting to grow, with the introduction of items that Jinwoo can use, that are also invisible to others. Since this is a video game based system, it is nice to see this implemented into the story.
The dungeon in this one is a bit different compared to your usual dungeon, as I would assume all instant dungeons are going to be. The instant dungeons are like a game side quest, where the sole purpose is for Jinwoo to level up by completing the quest requirements. Through this, which is something I also like about the System, Jinwoo is able to collect skills.
Jinwoo is still progressing as a character, not only physically but mentally as well. After focusing on mainly increasing his power stats, he now switches gears to add to his intelligence. This still also shows that Jinwoo is still learning, and is still slowly getting stronger. You can see this because, while he is of course going to win in the end, he still gets beat up pretty bad.
In terms of side character, we are introduced to Ignis the Red, the Knight Commander. With his appearance, we are starting to realize that some of the beasts are more intelligent than are expecting, and thus there is more to the story than what is perceived.
One thing I, rather belatedly realized, was that this story is very Jinwoo-centric so far. This is something the author does very well, on the whole, knowing when to introduce new characters. We spend a lot of time just with Jinwoo as it was necessary to watch him grow, and as the plot and world expanded, so did the characters.
We are left in a pretty good spot with this arc. Jinwoo experienced significant growth, and we learned more about the capabilities of the System.
Now, time for some thoughts I had while reading. There will be spoilers, so turn away now if you don't want to be spoiled.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD - PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Serious faces Jinwoo is the best Jinwoo.
Like they are the best shots in the series, no doubt about it
It's a hunk of metal but it's a sexy hunk of metal 😂
The people in the comments are hilarious
In all honesty, I keep forgetting that a red title means they are really strong.
I keep thinking that this is like God of War's system, with purple denoting enemies stronger than you
Igris died surprisingly quickly, given how excited the comments were for him, so I am guessing he comes back or something?
Yepp, Jinwoo made him part of his army with his new ability
So Jinwoo ends up seeing his past self who says that he will be the cause of his own death...is this foreshadowing?