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Lookism: The Sad Reality of Society

At the end of 2022, Netflix announced a new show called Lookism, a Korean manhwa. While the show is based in Korea, I think a lot of people, particularly those of Asian descent, can relate a lot due to the nature of the show. I recommend this show if you are looking for a change in scenery but do be warned there are some disturbing aspects of the show.

The show revolves around the main character, Daniel Park, who lives a double life. He was always constantly bullied for being obese and always ends up lashing at his mother. Eventually, he begs her to transfer schools, starts anew, moves to Seoul, and attends a new high school. A few nights before he begins school, he wakes up and sees that he received a body that was tall, muscular, and handsome. When one body is awake the other body is asleep and so he begins to navigate through high school with both bodies.

During the day he would use his newly attractive body and at night he would use his unattractive body. As Daniel lives with the two bodies, he starts to see how much the world discriminates against people who are unattractive or different. With his old body, he experiences hate and discrimination. With his new body, he becomes a social media influencer, a trainee at a K-pop company, and a clothing model.

While this behavior seems shocking, unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon situation that happens. Especially in Korea, if you are good-looking, people will begin to create excuses and let things slide even if they are morally wrong. In Asian culture as a whole, it almost feels like as long as you are good-looking, you will be given things naturally and be treated better even if you are a terrible person.

Lookism is definitely one of those animes that people can relate to, especially if they don’t feel socially accepted or wish they could do something to feel accepted. Even in my case sometimes I wonder, if I were better looking would I be presented with more opportunities? Would I be living the life I dream of? While for some the answer might be a direct yes, Lookism is able to address that no matter what kind of body you have, you still will receive judgment.

I felt a connection to the anime and I love how the show portrays both sides and the struggles that each side faces. Even though I don’t read webtoons, the show made me want to read what happens next as there is currently only one season.

If you’re a fan of anime and Korean drama, I think this show is excellent in that it encapsulates both aspects. If you enjoy the show, definitely check out the webtoon, which has over 400 chapters and is still running. I hope season two will come out.

Lookism rating – 8.7/10

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