lookism is the title of an upcoming Netflix animated series. The show is about Park Hyun Suk, a high school student who is tired of being ridiculed because of his appearance. One day the boy wakes up in a completely different body; he suddenly becomes tall and handsome, drawing the attention of every girl he passes by. Realizing that he changes bodies whenever he sleeps, Hyun Suk begins to lead a double life, going to school in a prettier body, leaving his older body for less important tasks.
In a unique way, the show tries to solve social problems as the protagonist sees firsthand how people treat each other differently based on appearance. As described by Netflix:
“lookism deals with subtle visionism and materialism present in the lives of people living in modern society. The unique character designers have brought the main characters of the original manga to life with vibrant voices, dynamic direction, and great effects.”
The series’ release date was previously set for November 4, but was eventually pushed back four days before the premiere. Netflix recently reached out to social media platforms to announce a new – and hopefully final – release date. As we can see in the tweet below, lookism It should now hit Netflix more than a month later than originally planned, which is December 8th. Along with the announcement, the show’s official trailer was also released.
As you can see from the trailer, lookism not like other anime series; its art style is very different from the classic anime viewers are used to, and for good reason. Unlike most anime, this series is not based on a Japanese manga, but on a Korean webtoon of the same name. Consequently, the series was animated by the South Korean company Studio Mir to reflect the typical art style of the country. It also allows the series to maintain an aesthetic that is closer to the source material, which fans of the webtoon seem to appreciate.
Similarly, the series is also dubbed by Korean actors and will be released with English subtitles for international audiences. Given that there is nothing Japanese in the series, there is reason to wonder if lookism can even be considered an anime. Many believe that this is not possible, and that defining it as such is wrong, but it probably won’t change the viewership or overall popularity.
This webtoon, written and illustrated by Park Tae Joon, began airing in 2014 and has since garnered nearly 8.7 billion views worldwide. The lookismspanning the world, it’s no surprise that Netflix jumped at the opportunity to adapt it.