AE: After Episode are the short stories Sehoon Kim will use to reinforce the storyline of Part 1 before starting Part 2.
There will be 7 AE Episodes in total before Part 2 begins.
The author's notes have been translated below.
Author writes: 1st season (part) finished
Author: I'm finished!!!!
Author: Sobbing...3 years and 5 months..Finally, Part 1(first season) is over...
Yeah..I'll take a few months off to rest, play games and go on a trip...
I have to live like a madman doing everything I have not been able to do!!
Author: .......Ah right...!!! Let's drop a 2nd season (part) right after I take a break! In that way we can create some tension! Yahahaha!
Person in-charge (담당자): Se... Sehun-ah, do you mean you're gonna make a 2nd season right after your break? You don't mind if I take a break too?
Readers (독자): Wow~ Part 2? While we're at it, let's lock him up in the basement and give him tuna crackers so he can make 2 chapters in a week
*Sehun Kim running constantly between House and workshop*
Text: Infinitely confined to House and Studio
Author: I cannot leave until it's finished - Room of Pain (Workroom)
Author: I'm...I'm already...trapped
Outside Panel Text: Even If I am trapped, one's time is limited
Reader: You want to eat this cookie don't you?
Author: I love cookies!!!
Reader: Do you want to eat this cookie, do you?
This comic is a great way to pop up and build a gold tower with cookies..
I'm going to add a Gangnam Building made up of cookies to the comic!! If that's what you want.!!!
Fact: You cannot serialize it for 50 years anyway.
Hello. I am Kim Sehun, the artist of The Hardcore Leveling Warrior.
It is not over, but I am going to write something similar to the latter.
Author: It's already been 3 years and a few more months since I started on my work called 'The 'Hardcore Leveling Warrior'.
It's been some journey. Thank you for walking along this road with me.
Author: In the comments window, you are fighting one another (Please do not fight ㅠ.ㅠ)
The work called 'Hardcore Leveling Warrior' will have 3 Parts in total (Trilogy)
Author: There are some people who think that story progression method is fast and they like it, but there were others with the opinion that it is too fast and not easy to keep up with.
I was disappointed because of this. So...before I start Part 2, I'll take time to reinforce the story by drawing a few AE.
The stories that will be told will be short stories that are short in length, but I am going to try and put the stories in AE that are important with regards to the overall story.
'AE: After Episode' (Written outside panel)
Author hovering above Dark Land
Author: The second part of the story will be two years after the Combat Tournament, and there will be a lot of new rules and settings, so if you enjoy the AE, Part 2 will be a lot more fun.
Author: Naver Webtoon officials! My Jong-seok Lee! The studio members who gave us strength in many ways when we were in need! My friends! My parents and sister who are always worried about me!
And my wife and my beloved daughter who are suffering beside me! I love you and thank you all!
Author: Especially in hell with the weekly deadlines.
Thank you very much for all the assistants who saved me!
Author: I'm going to go back and draw part 2 (second season)
AE, I hope you enjoy it!
List of AE
Notes & Trivia
- As noted, AE was inspired by the Naver Webtoon series, Denma link, but in the Hardcore Leveling Warrior series, AE means After Episodes. In Denma, it means Additional Edition. Korean, English
- The Line Webtoon English translation for Denma can be found here.
- Some fans wrongly believed that AE stood for 'After Ethan'. This is incorrect as Hardcore Leveling Warrior's actual name in the original Korean version is '공원호' which literally means 'Gong Won-ho' (Westernised format: Won-ho Gong. Line Webtoon translated his name as 'Ethan Gong', perhaps to make the names easier to remember for Western audiences.
- The Episodes are listed slightly differnt in the Korean and English versions.
- For example, the first AE is called 'AE 1화' in Naver Webtoon which literally means 'AE Episode 1'. It's simply called 'AE 1' by Line Webtoon.