With the recent announcement of the second season of Tower of God, the issue of manhwa (Korean comics) adaptation in the anime realm become even more serious. However, almost presciently, Netflix has addressed whether there would be more adaptations of popular non-Japanese works in the anime market, including WEBTOON titles.
It’s official: LOOKISM, the WEBTOON by Park Tae-Joon, is getting an official anime adaptation courtesy of Netflix, and even better, the adaptation is coming sooner than expected. On November 4, Netflix will release LOOKISM.
LOOKISM follows Park Hyung-Suk, a 17-year-old who has always been at the bottom of the social pecking order. Hyung-Suk is considered far from conventionally attractive and has been bullied his entire life for a variety of reasons, including his poverty, looks, and weight; however, none of the bullies in his past compare to Lee Tae Sung, who eventually prompts Hyung-departure Suk’s from their high school to Seoul’s Jae Won High, a prep school with an unconventional approach to education.
A few days before his transfer, Hyung-Suk wakes up in a taller, slimmer, more conventionally handsome body; yet, his old body is sleeping right next to him. Hyung-Suk realizes that both bodies are his and that when he sleeps in one, he awakens in the other.
His new, attractive form makes him extremely popular at school; but, Hyung-Suk must balance his new literal double-life with investigating how his new self came to be, which leads him into a rabbit hole he could never have anticipated.
The teaser trailer offers something unusual in anime adaptations of Korean comics: unlike its predecessors Tower of God, Noblesse, and The God of High School, the voice acting for this series is entirely in Korean. This is an interesting departure from the Japanese voice acting that typically accompanies anime works translated from manhwa, and it is a clear step toward the proliferation of many more WEBTOON adaptations, as well as manhwa adaptations in general.
LOOKISM, the latest Netflix anime series, will be accessible for viewing on the service on Friday, November 4; however, no information about the territories where it will be available has been disclosed as of yet.
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