Netflix has delayed its anime adaptation of the South Korean web series Lookism.
Studio Mir, the studio behind Lookism and The Legend of Korra, has confirmed the anime adaptation’s delay until further notice following the Itaewon tragedy. The adaptation’s original release date was November 4th, but that is no longer the case. On October 29, a severe overcrowding incident killed 156 people celebrating Halloween in Itaewon, a nightlife district in Seoul, South Korea. It was the first Halloween without COVID-19 restrictions on attendees.
South Korea is in a week-long mourning period
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a week-long national mourning period for the many lives lost. Among the 156 who died, 19 were foreign nationals. Another 149 people suffered injuries from overcrowding in a narrow alley outside the Hamilton Hotel. While most of the victims were in their 20s, the youngest reported was a middle school student. 24-year-old K-Pop singer and actor Lee Ji-han was among the dead.
Many friends and family are searching for answers in the wake of this Halloween tragedy. Considering that Itaewon was expecting close to 100,000 in attendance, many blame the police for the lack of crowd control that night. The local station admitted that many officers were dealing with protests nearby, so there was a lack of police presence in Itaewon.
First published weekly on Naver WEBTOON in November 2014, Park Tae-joon’s Lookism follows a high school student named Park Hyung Seok, who can switch between two bodies, one with handsome features and another with undesirable features. Hyung Seok lives a double life with his two appearances, his handsome self during the day and his original self at night.
While transformed, Hyung Seok learns how society treats people unfairly based on their appearance. Lookism will join other Korean webtoons receiving anime or live-action adaptations, including Island with ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo. In addition, an online film based on Netflix Lawyer extraordinaire Woo came out in July 2022. However, many fans of the K-Drama could not connect with the adaptation as much as Park Eun-bin’s portrayal of the titular character. “Since webtoons cannot express dynamic expressions, they are definitely inferior to dramas,” read one comment.
At the time of writing, there is no release date for updates for Netflix Lookism.