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'Lookism' to land on Netflix as 1st original animation based on Naver webtoon

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An image of the Netflix original animation,
An image of the Netflix original animation, "Lookism," based on a Naver webcomic of the same name / Screenshot from Netflix

By Kim Rahn

"Lookism," one of the leading works at Naver Webtoon, has been adapted for a Netflix original animation.

According to the webcomic industry and the streaming platform, the animation version of "Lookism" will be released on Nov. 4.

It is the first time for a webtoon from Naver to be adapted for an animation on the global platform, while some have been made into series, such as "All of Us Are Dead" and "Sweet Home."

"Lookism" is about a high school boy, Park Hyeong-seok, who has been bullied for being overweight and ugly. One day he wakes up in a different body. Becoming a tall and handsome all-rounder, he aims to live a new life and achieve what he couldn't before.

The webtoon created by Park Tae-jun has been serialized since 2014, not only in Korea but also on Naver's global platforms in various languages, including English, Japanese, Chinese, French and Thai. It recorded some 602 million views on the English version platform, and some 8.7 billion in total globally.

The animation adaptation was made by Studio Mir, which previously took part in animation productions of "DOTA: Dragon's Blood" and "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf," which are also Netflix originals.

It will also feature an original theme song by K-pop boy band ATEEZ.


Kim Rahn rahnita@koreatimes.co.kr


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