The official twitter account of Netflix anime revealed on Oct 31, 2022, that the release date of Lookism anime has been postponed. The new release date the anime has not been revealed yet.
The anime was originally supposed to start streaming on the platform from Nov 4, 2022.
“We will postpone the streaming date for <Lookism> from its original date, November 4th. We will update you with our new streaming date soon,” Netflix Anime’s tweet read.
While no reason has been officially stated for the delay in release of the anime, fans are speculating that the recent tragedy in South Korea, in which over 150 people were killed in a stampede at Itaewon on Halloween, is behind it.
A national mourning has been declared in South Korea owing to the tragedy.
Studio Mir, which is animating Lookism, also releasing a statement saying they are in a national mourning, and that the release date of the anime has been postponed until further notice.
Lookism is a South Korean webtoon written and illustrated by Park Tae-joon. It is currently being serialized on LINE Manga and Naver WEBTOON. It began serialization in 2014 and has 8.7 billion views globally.
According to Netflix, “Just like the original webtoon, the story of the animated series ‘Lookism’ also deals with the subtle lookism and materialism present in the lives of people living in modern society. Unique character designers have breathed life into the main characters of the original manga, giving them vivid voices, dynamic direction and gorgeous effects. Through fascinating episodes with a slightly different feel compared to the original manga, this series will deliver excitement and new discoveries”.
Netflix described the plot of Lookism as:
In a society that favors good looks, a high school outcast leads a double life switching between his two bodies that are polar opposites in appearance.