lookism is the title of the upcoming Netflix animated series. The show follows Park Hyung Suk, a high school student who is fed up with being mocked for his looks. One day the boy wakes up in a completely different body; He’s suddenly tall and handsome, catching the eyes of every girl he walks past. Hyung Suk realizes that he changes bodies when he sleeps and leads a double life, going to school with his better looking body while keeping his older one for less important tasks.
In a unique way, the show attempts to address social issues as the protagonist witnesses firsthand the different ways people treat each other based on their looks. As described by Netflix:
“lookism deals with the subtle lookism and materialism present in people’s lives in modern society. Unique character designers have brought the main characters of the original manga to life, giving them vivid voices, dynamic directions, and beautiful effects.”
The release date for the series was previously November 4, but was pushed back four days before the premiere. Netflix recently announced the new – and hopefully final – release date on social media platforms. As we can see in the following tweet, lookism is now set to release on Netflix over a month later than originally planned, i.e. on December 8th. The official trailer for the show was also released to accompany the announcement.
As you will see from the trailer, lookism doesn’t look like other anime series; His art style is very different from the anime classics that viewers are used to, and there’s a reason for that. Unlike most anime, this series is not based on a Japanese manga but on a Korean webtoon of the same name. As such, the series was animated by South Korean company Studio Mir to reflect the country’s signature art style. This also allows the show to maintain an aesthetic closer to its source material, which fans of the webtoon seem to appreciate.
Similarly, the series will also be voiced by Korean actors and will be released to international audiences with English subtitles. Given that nothing about the series is Japanese, it’s natural to question that lookism can even be considered anime. Many believe that this is not possible and that defining it as such is wrong, but it probably won’t make a difference in viewership or overall popularity.
Written and illustrated by Park Tae Joon, this webtoon began serializing in 2014 and has since accumulated around 8.7 billion views worldwide. given lookism‘s global reach, it’s no wonder Netflix jumped at the opportunity to adapt it.