Lookism is the title of Netflix’s upcoming animated series. The show follows Park Hyung Suk, a high school student tired of being laughed at for his looks. One day, the boy wakes up in a completely different body; he’s suddenly tall and handsome, catching the eye of every girl he meets. Realizing that he switches bodies every time he sleeps, Hyung Suk begins to live a double life, going to school with his body that is prettier than him, while keeping the older one for less important tasks.
In its own unique way, the show attempts to address social issues, as the protagonist witnesses first hand the different ways human beings treat each other based on appearance. As described by Netflix:
“Lookism deals with the subtle lookism and materialism present in the lives of people living in modern society. Unique character designers have brought the main characters of the original manga to life, giving them vivid voices, dynamic direction, and beautiful effects.
The series’ release date was previously November 4, but it was pushed back four days before its premiere. Recently, Netflix took to social media platforms to announce the new – and hopefully final – release date. As we can see in the tweet below, Lookism is now set to hit Netflix over a month later than originally planned, i.e. on December 8th. Accompanying the announcement, the official trailer for the show was also released.
As you will notice from the trailer, Lookism does not look like other anime series; its art style is very distinct from the classic anime viewers are used to, and there’s a reason behind that. Unlike most anime, this series is not based on a Japanese manga, but a Korean webtoon of the same name. Therefore, the series was animated by the South Korean company, Studio Mir, to reflect the country’s typical art style. This also allows the show to maintain an aesthetic closer to its source material, which webtoon fans seem to appreciate.
Similarly, the series is also voiced by Korean actors and will be released with English subtitles for international audiences. Given that nothing in the series is Japanese, it’s logical to ask if Lookism it can also be considered anime. Many believe that it’s not possible and that calling it such is incorrect, but it probably won’t make a difference in terms of viewership or overall popularity.
Written and illustrated by Park Tae Joon, this webtoon began serialization in 2014 and has since garnered approximately 8.7 billion views globally. Given Lookismglobal in scope, it’s no wonder Netflix jumped at the opportunity to adapt it.