Why was the Korean anime series Lookism delayed?

November 24, 2022
M.N. Miller 0
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We discuss why the upcoming Netflix Korean Anime series Lookism was delayed and when it might potentially be released.

Lookism follows a young student who wakes up one morning to discover that he now has a handsome face and a perfect body. Now before you start telling yourself you wake up to that every day, know the rest of the world hates you. However, this popular Korean webtoon has been adapted into a Netflix Korean anime series. This webtoon is extremely popular worldwide and, since 2014, has had 8.7 million fans globally.

The highly innovative Netflix adaptation has honored the anime series’ themes of dealing with social justice and the conflict of vain materialism that clash in today’s contemporary society. It remains to be seen if the Netflix adaptation keeps the original webtoon’s taboo themes. Besides the central theme of Lookism’s bias on a person’s physical appearance (the main character is bullied for being overweight), those subjects include animal hoarding, anti-social tendencies, attempted murder, body-shaming, cults, extortion, gangs, rape, and stalking. However, it is yet to be seen if the show will be as critically acclaimed and popular as such K-anime efforts such as Tower of God, God of High School, or Noblesse.

The voice cast includes Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (Kirito, Bell, Sora, Inosuke) and Saori Hayami (Yukino, Yamato, Shinobu). The rest of the Lookism anime voice cast includes Natsu Yorita, Reina Aoyama, Tsuguo Mogami, Daisuke Ono, Shunsuke Takeuchi, and Wataru Urata.

When was Lookism meant to be released?

The South Korean Netflix anime series was supposed to be released on Friday, November 4th, 2022, at midnight. However, Netflix made the announcement of the delay on Twitter. The post on the Twitter Netflix Anime page was posted on October 31st, 2022, a mere three days before the series was set to stream:

“We will postpone the streaming date for <Lookism> from its original date, November 4th. We will update you with our new streaming date soon.”

What is Lookism about?

Here is the official synopsis:

“In a society that favors good looks, a high school outcast leads a double life between his two bodies that are polar opposites in appearance.”

Why was the Korean anime series Lookism delayed?

Lookism was delayed because of the tragic events in Seoul in late October 2022. On Halloween, 156 people were killed, and 151 were injured.  This was the most significant peacetime accident in the country’s history. The accident occurred during a crowd surge during one of the year’s most boisterous celebrations on Halloween night at the South Korean capital. Over 100,000 people filled the Itaewon district streets, overcrowding known for its vibrant nightlife.

Considering the celebration, most of the victims were from a younger generation. The tragedy happened because of the celebration crowd surge in Itaewon’s narrow streets and alleys. The Seoul police have recently taken responsibility for the tragedy by not controlling the crowd and alloying too many people into the district. This is considered the deadliest disaster in South Korea’s history since the 2014 sinking of a ferry that caused over three-hundred deaths. The tragedy has caused the South Korean entertainment industry to delay dozens of series, films, and music acts. Lookism, along with The Fabulous, is the most high-profile of the group.

The team and management at Ready Steady Cut would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the victims and families of the Itaewon tragedy. You have our deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.

When will Lookism be released?

With the people of South Korea going through a period of national mourning, there has been no announcement as of yet when Lookism will sail Netflix’s digital streaming waves. The Netflix Media Center has the show labeled “coming soon” to stream in South Korea and the United States. So, this begs the question, when will this highly anticipated animated webtoon series plan to stream?

[UPDATE] – What’s the new release date for Netflix’s Lookism?

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