Korean webtoons have been a popular genre on the Internet for some time now, and with Korean pop culture becoming a fad in recent years, it was only a matter of time before manhwa and webtoons would start appearing in animated formats. Lookism is a South Korean webtoon written and illustrated by Park Tae-jun. It was first published online in November 2014 on Naver WEBTOON. The story revolves around a high school student who can switch between two bodies: one fat and ugly, and the other athletic and handsome. Recently, it has been announced that Netflix would air an animated adaptation of the webtoon and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about it.
An animated adaptation of Lookism was announced during Netflix’s “Tudum” virtual event on September 25, 2022. The adaptation is going to be produced by Studio Mar and will not be made in a traditional anime style, but will follow the style of the original webtoon. It is scheduled to be released on Netflix on November 4, 2022, with K-Pop band Ateez performing the opening song.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming anime adaptation of Lookism, the popular and critically acclaimed Korean webtoon. You’re going to find out about its release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this upcoming Netflix adaptation
Lookism release date
Lookism is a South Korean webtoon written and illustrated by Park Tae-jun. It was first published online in November 2014 on Naver WEBTOON and is still ongoing, with 19 collected volumes published so far. It is a drama series and has been released in the United States, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Spain, France, Japan, and China.
Lookism became a very popular series because of the themes it analyzed, and thus became a global hit. In China, Tencent produced Wàimào Zhìshàng Zhǔyì, a 38-episode Chinese television series based on Lookism, back in 2019. The Chinese series starred Lomon, Wayne Zhang, Wang Zi Xuan and Dino Lee. But, what was not the end for this series.
Namely, on September 25, 2022, during its “Tudum” virtual event, Netflix announced that an animated adaptation of Lookism was coming to its streaming service, with K-Pop band Ateez performing the opening song. And while not much has been revealed about the adaptation, we know that the series is going to be released on November 4, 2022 on Netflix.
With the premiere scheduled for November 3, 2022, it is only natural for Lookism to have at least one trailer available, which gives us an insight into what we can expect from the series. Knowing Netflix’s release policies, this was truly expected and we do have a first-look trailer, the only one so far, which you can – as per usual – check out here:
At this moment, the exact plot of Lookism is not known. We know that it is going to adapt a part of the original webtoon, but we have no idea how far it will go in that aspect. What follows is a general overview of the webtoon’s plot so that you can know what to expect from the animated series, even if only on a general level.
Daniel Park, or Park Hyung Suk, is an unpopular, fat, and ugly high school student who is bullied and looked down upon. Constantly bullied and harassed every day by Logan Lee, he often takes his anger out verbally on his mother. Determined to run away from his current problems and start fresh, he moves to Seoul and attends a new high school.
However, one night during vacation, he gains a new tall, muscular, and very handsome body. He also realizes that by sleeping in one body, he wakes up in the other and that no matter if he has been awake for 24 hours straight, he always feels rested in the body he occupies. His days are always divided between the two bodies, his beautiful body for the day and his original for the night.
As Daniel lives his life with his two bodies, he begins to see how much the world discriminates against people simply for being unattractive or different. Hence the name of the work “Lookism”. Through his original body, he experiences the discrimination and hatred of the world, while seeing the kindness and special treatment through the other.
With his new body, he brings numerous life experiences, from becoming a celebrity, being a trainee for an entertainment company, and modeling clothes. However, once day turns to night, this dream becomes a stark reality of what the world really is after Daniel returns to his original body.
At this moment, we don’t know anything about the cast members of Lookism. The series is going to feature a lot of characters, but the original Korean voice actors, as well as the potential English dub actors, have not been revealed yet. What follows is a general overview of the characters that are going to appear in the series, so you know who you can expect to see:
- Daniel Park/Park Hyung Suk: Daniel Park from the Fashion Department is a naive high school student who is bullied by Logan Lee at the beginning of the series. Just before transferring to Jae Won High to run away from his bullies, he wakes up one day with a slimmer and more attractive body next to the chubby one. With his new ability, he makes new friends and learns about the world and himself through two points of view. The slimmer body was based on the model Park Hyung Suk.
- Vasco / Lee Eun Tae: Vasco, from the Department of Architecture, has a reputation as a “Robin Hood” as he defends the weak and bullied. He is one of the strongest characters in the series and is the leader of the gang, Burn Knuckles, who “punishes the bullies”. His tough exterior is deceiving as he is very sweet and he seeks friendship from those he considers to be good people. He is also a childhood friend of Jace Park. The character Vasco is inspired by the real-life K-rapper with the same name.
- Jay Hong / Hong Jae Yeol: Jay Hong from the Fashion Department is a quiet and mysterious character. He is wealthy, fights with systema and kali martial arts, and helps those he likes. Many readers speculate that throughout the series Jay has “romantic feelings” towards Daniel Park, such as keeping a coupon with Daniel’s face on it in his wallet, adopting Enu’s puppies, giving him too expensive clothes, and feeling “awkward” when seeing Cristal Choi with Daniel Park in a clothing store.
- Zack Lee / Lee Jin Sung: Zack Lee, from the Fashion Department, is a boxer and is quite aggressive except for his soft spot for his childhood friend Mira Kim, whom he has a crush on. He wants to become her boyfriend, but she doesn’t like violence, so he tries to change for her. With Mira’s influence, Zack stops bullying others, decreases the number of times he gets into fights, becomes more patient, and generally matures. He was once friends with Johan Seong, though Johan disappeared after the God Dog cult event.
- Mira Kim / Kim Mi Jin: Mira Kim from the Fashion Department is a compassionate, caring, and patient person. She is very observant when it comes to human emotions and she sees the good in everyone. She doesn’t like to fight and she believes there are better ways to solve problems, so she gets mad when Zack gets into fights. She is a childhood friend of Johan Seong and Zack Lee. They were both in love with her, but they were never exactly reciprocated. She is very attractive and beautiful, which has put her at risk of being raped several times.
- Zoe Park / Park Ha Neul: Zoe Park from the Fashion Department is a beautiful girl who initially tries to use her charm to get what she wants. However, after Daniel’s original body saves her from a stalker, she develops feelings for her original body, showing that she doesn’t care about her appearances as much as before.
- Crystal Choi / Choi Soo Jung: Crystal Choi, the daughter of the HNH company president, is the second character to be discovered to have two bodies. She first appears as an obese student who transfers to the Fashion Department at Daniel’s school. However, unlike Daniel Park, Crystal Choi chooses to live in her original body during the day. This shows that she feels a shred of pride in her first body. The different treatment of her two bodies leads her to firmly believe that “all men are equal” and that the world unreasonably judges those with different appearances. This explains her initial dislike of her Daniel in her beautiful way, although her treatment of Daniel shows her hypocrisy as she treats him badly and looks at him as a selfish bully. She also likes Daniel’s original body.
Where to watch Lookism?
Currently, you cannot watch Lookism anywhere, since the animated series hasn’t come out yet, but that is going to change on November 4, 2022. Being a Netflix-produced animated series, we know that Lookism is going to air on Netflix on November 4, 2022. It is currently unknown how many episodes are going to air and in how many cours, but we do know that the show is debuting on the streaming platform on November 4, 2022, by which date we are going to have more information.
Will there be a Season 2 of Lookism?
The future of Lookism is, as of this moment, unknown. At this moment, we don’t really know anything about the future of the series, so whether we’ll be seeing a second season or not is still unknown. The original webtoon is still ongoing and there is more than enough material for more than one additional season of the series, which is always good news for fans of the Lookism series, but we are going to have to wait and see how the situation with season one evolves to know more about a potential season two.