The story is really great because it has true topics that nobody speaks so openly about them, like the discrimination to other people for their experience, bully abuse, the pressure of the social media nowadays and others. This story has drama, comedy, mystery and some chapters are even wicked.
The characters are developed so good because each one of them have an important role in the story, even the bad ones has a good background story and with the story progress you can understand more about their actions.
The art is pretty good and like in other webtoons it has color.
The updates are every week and
the chapters are not small.
I’ve had a really good time reading it; I’ve laughed and cried with this, I totally recommended.
The story is about a poor overweight high school guy that gets bullied and judged almost every single time he sees someone. He wants things to change, and much to his delight, he wakes up in a handsome and strong man's body, one day.
I do not know what the story is supposed to be about at this point, it is so simplistic, unrealistic and lacks originality. In the beginning, you think you'd discover more about the mystery of the body swap, which is an overly used trope, but nope, it's just the main character, Hyung Suk, beating up bullies and protecting "ugly" people
who remind him of his other body. He has a bunch of followers after him, because of his good looks and his strong punches and kicks, and yet there's always a bunch of idiotic characters that appear out of nowhere to stir some kind of unnecessary drama. Like, are you guys really high school students? They're really wild. And you never know what's happening to Hyung Suk's body in the end. He's just living the life, now that he's handsome and loved. The story seems mostly episodic: you'll have a few chapters about a certain character's unnecessary drama, and then Hyung Suk will beat the bullies with his new friends, or solve the problem with his "handsomeness" (he models at some point in the story). Though, the characters will sometimes have their own focus, and Hyung Suk will not appear or will be a side character, from time to time. The author seems to add a lot of comedy into his story, but honestly, I didn't laugh while reading the story. It's not my kind of comedy, or maybe it's truly bad.
You can tell me that the story gets better later on, but if it takes more than a hundred chapters for it to be "good", I'm not really interested.
The "good-looking" characters look somewhat decent. The "ugly" ones are seriously... bad-looking, just like how it is in a lot of webtoons. I mean, was it really necessary to draw them THAT ugly? The art seems exaggerated when it comes to ugliness and some facial expressions. Like, when the characters get angry... They end up looking like the "unattractive" characters, which could sort of make sense, I suppose, since some characters that are good-looking have a rotten personality. Still, the art just isn't my type. The colors are nice and vibrant, though, it shows what kind of atmosphere the story should have, and it is somewhat appropriate for when the author tries to add some comic relief.
"What is going on with the characters...", is something I asked myself all the time while I was reading the webtoon. Their actions are so dumb and immature, and they don't make any sense, there's no real goal behind them. All the bullies look like they want to end up in jail with their violent tendencies, the "pretty" girls look like they just want to flirt with the "handsome" guys, and vice versa. The characters all seem like they have shallow personalities, and that they only care about good looks, clothes and money. If you're ugly, you are usually poor, and you don't deserve to live, is what this webtoon portrays, but then that's where Hyung Suk and a few persons come in. Of course, Hyung Suk is an exception, because he tries to fight bullies and he is, after all, initially an unattractive-looking person. He tries to help other people with their problems, but that's pretty much it... He's unable to grasp people's intentions and is so naive and optimistic, for someone who has been constantly bullied in the past. I mean, how can someone who wanted to die, be so carefree just because he got a nice new body? I'd be freaking out, not knowing if it's a short moment of happiness that's meant to destroy what little I have left of hope. I'd say, the only character that really matters in the story is his one and only true friend, the blonde dude... who has no eyes, because they're always hidden by his hair. He always helps Hyung Suk out and often shows acts of kindness without anyone noticing that he's doing so, aside from the readers. But the thing is, why is he so nice to Hyung Suk? And who is he, really? He doesn't even talk at all! The only thing we know is that he's super rich, and is probably handsome, from the way he looks. So in the end, none of the characters are really explored at all, we mostly see some drama between bullies and whatever, and then the case is somewhat resolved by beating them up. There's barely any character development: some side characters somewhat stop bullying and are kinder to "ugly" characters, and that's all there is to it. The main character doesn't even change or mature. He just lives his life innocently without even questioning what's going on around him, and he doesn't even seem to think much at all.
The webtoon drags on and on, with its episodic chapters and its annoying characters. They really do get on your nerves. I ended up reading quite a lot of chapters, because I wanted to find out more about the body swap and the blonde friend, but I've reached my limit. The webtoon also has a bunch of random filler chapters, there was one about dogs... Anyway, I believe it's really not worth anyone's time and I wonder why it has so many chapters, but some people seem to still appreciate it nonetheless, so really, it all depends on what kind of tastes and how much free time you have. It can sometimes be a little entertaining to read.
This webtoon seems so superficial and tries to make it look like it's about not judging people by their appearance, but I think it really fails at delivering the message, since it's just a bunch of immature students that think they're better than elders and everyone else.
This Manhwa (korean comics) is amazing and i recommend everyone to check it out. (Im also gonna be using the English version of there names so it wont be as complicated)
The main character Daniel is basically this fat teen that nobody really likes. he was basically bullied most of his life and his mom is the only person that looks out for him. His family is poor so they live in a shabby house with low quality food. his mom is the only person that helped him in life but he said harsh things towards her, even tho shes his only ally in
life. He transfers schools because of all the bullying. and on the first day of school he became this hunk of a guy, he was fit handsome and was so confused as to what was going on. then he realized he basically had 2 bodies. his normal body and this one. he gets good friends later and basically has a pretty good life. The story is sort of a drama, slice of life, romance, mystery, action sort of manhwa. the story slows down often but then it gets good again after slowing down so i give it a 9/10
Lets take into consideration that this manga is in FULL COLOR! that takes so much time and effort. the art itself is also so amazing its one of the more simpler but amazing art styles.
The characters in this story are amazing but some of them seem a bit bland. take his mom for example she is an amazingly nice character, however daniel was often an asshole to her. later in the story daniel becomes a better person and so on. there is also alot of amazing characters in this manhwa.
This manga is so enjoyable i recommend it to everyone. it gives u the feels, the laughs, and everything else u could ever want in a story.
Thats basically it, so go check out this manhwa i guarantee you will love it (most likely).
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"Don't judge a book by its cover," is what everybody says.
This story is about how unattractive people in the world survive and deal with bullying and criticism every day.
Please take note that there are 2 versions of this, and the names are different in both. For example, HyungSuk=Daniel
I haven't read anything quite like Lookism, so I was instantly hooked by the unique storyline. Daniel is a fat, unattractive guy and is bullied every day. Therefore he transfers to another school to avoid the bullies. One day before he starts school, he wakes up to be extremely handsome, fit, strong, everything a man wants to be,
and everything a woman wants in a man.
I'll be honest, I hated the art at the beginning. It wasn't like the normal big-eyes characters in normal manhwa/ manga that I was used to, therefore I did not like it much. It was a cross between realistic art and comic art. However as the story progresses on, I found myself loving the art style.
Here are the characters I am proud of
The main character, Daniel, is bullied every day and is ungrateful to his mother.
He was a sheep in front of the bullies but an asshole towards his mother. Therefore I was extremely annoyed with him and did not like him much.
I thought that, since he turned attractive, he would turn into an even bigger asshole, but no.
Daniel started to change for the better.
He helped people, he started to be nice and he began to inspire people to be better people themselves.
He started to appreciate his mother more.
He got a part-time job, earned money and provided for his mother.
A girl infatuated with Daniel (after he turned handsome)
When she sees the previous Daniel, she is disgusted, not knowing that they're the same person.
But after getting saved by ugly Daniel, she starts to like him romantically, instead of handsome Daniel. At first, she was in denial, but she accepts that Ugly Daniel is a great guy and continues to like him. She starts to treat other people better.
The characters I love:
My sweet, innocent child, Vasco.
Bullied when he was younger, he now strives to be stronger in order to protect the weak. He becomes close friends with Ugly Daniel when Ugly Daniel told him that he wants to be stronger and starts exercising with him
Quiet and gentle, he has helped Handsome Daniel infinite times without him even knowing it.
Unattractive and fat like Ugly Daniel. However, he does not let this drag him down. He aspires to be a rapper and works extremely hard towards his goal. Even though he gets bullied every day, he never gave up even once.
Mira and Zack
Holy cow, do I ship them. They are childhood friends and Zack has had a crush on her since forever.
To be honest, I love everyone in this webtoon. Their growth and development throughout the webtoon have made me so proud of them all.
I love, love, LOVE lookism, because it shows how life is in reality. (Besides the fact that Daniel just woke up one day being the most handsome guy on earth)
It does not sugarcoat anything.
It shows how no matter what you do, if you're unattractive, you're going to have difficulty, especially in school.
It's amazing. I really don't know what else to say.
(This is my first review I've ever written, so bear with me when my words aren't the most elaborate. I am open to suggestions and advice, so please feel free to criticize me in a constructive manner. Note that this was also slovenly written)
Reading the first 4 chapters of Lookism, I was elated to continue reading. The joy and satisfaction of a student being bullied excessively and judged for his ugly looks finally getting a good life was overwhelming. So overwhelming that I overlooked the minor problems it had. Alas, that opinion slowly degraded and in recent chapters I was utterly disappointed how
it turned out. Here are a list of reasons why:
1.The sheer amount of prejudice from superficial assholes is gaudy and suffocating to read. Not in the way the author intended, but in a way where I'm starting to be sick of the manga.
2.The antagonists are facsimiles of the preceding ones. Superiority complex? Check. Good looks? Check. Allures women with their handsome looks? Check. Hates ugly people? Check. For fuck's sake, when is the author going to change the formula?
3) Oh how I detest the protagonist's current way of thinking. It is unbearably naive and quick to change. An opinion he once had is diverted by one simple occurrence. For example, when Daniel encounters a female student, who too shares the same ability to switch from one unappealing body to a gorgeous one, he dislikes her immediately after she delivers an insult to someone who well deserved such treatment. Before, he admired her kindness when she met him occasionally in convenience stores. Now, he hates her. Isn't that the same kind of attitude Zach gives to others? He throws insults at others, yet Daniel continues to converse and be friendly with him? What the hell?
4) Daniel vows to change and become like others, but is never shown making any sort of progress. After a repeating influx of flashbacks and heart-wrenching images of Daniel's mother working tirelessly are presented to us, and Daniel talks about whatever negative emotion he holds towards himself, Daniel seems completely forget what he's been crying over about. It's frustrating to read. This happens with every single encounter. It is a circular path of recognizing faults and neglecting to change.
5) My lord, the fight cannot be any more repetitive. Character encounters an antagonist who is stronger than them, overcomes them from reflecting on past experiences or by strong emotion. They hold no merit and It screams "BORING BORING BORING."
Park Hyung Suk(Daniel), overweight and unattractive, is bullied and abused on a daily basis. But a miracle is about to happen.
The story focuses on Daniel's adventures and the fact that he has two bodies, as we will see later we will also tell a lot about the other characters giving us the opportunity to know them from our point of view and not only that of the protagonist.They are treated themes that not all works have the courage to rappresent, a clear example are pedophilia, rape, obsession, stalking and even religious themes.The bullisma is not romanticized and we see that each of the
previous points expressed are touched with all their completeness without fear of nothing. Proceed the plot begins to divide into arcs where the author allows us to better organize the plot and to be able to divide it, always inserting some mention or advance here and the next arch. Entered moments are not forced and I spontaneous laughter escaped, there are not the classic scenes ecchi or the falls that are shown as something tender, the comedy is genuine and well inserted. usion the plot starts with a very simple and at the same time innovative concept that introduces us to live and follow a plot that will make the reader more and more cautious.
The art of the author is precious and delicate, colorful and transmits perfectly every expression and feeling that the characters feel, changes according to the situation, in fact we move from a cheerful and colorful to a gloomy in dramatic moments by immersing the reader more and more in the moment.Who criticize the design style of the author that show his draw.The designen of characters is great, I found REALISTS, NOT EVERYONE ARE KIRINO OR MODELS,Like in other stories where the characters are all beautiful. So sincerely who is accustomed to a story where everyone they are so beautiful like Leonardio di Caprio and the women are a big boobies ,fall to their feet and go back to read those shitty harem without any sense because this story is not for them.The bodies are proportionate and completely realistic there and if we think there could be people like that.Some moments but I found the faces a little disproportionate but I'm kind of 2 throughout the story and the first time you do not even notice, but ins and style is almost PERFECT.
Well done, constant and not repetitive development. The story itself makes you love every character, suffer, cry, laugh, rejoice for them, there are no characters passive or lifeless, everyone has well-defined characteristics.There are characters for all types and tastes, each with a story to tell, with merits and defects that make them HUMAN. Some of them will hit the reader and many times, in my case, they will make at least one tear, while in other cases to cry for the impotence and to the thought that someone in the world could spend a moment like this. Everybody shows you their point of view to things and perfectly represents today's society in Korea but many affinities we can find them also in ours. and their intrusion puts us in front of a conflict of world view, just to give you an example, a character that I did not like has had such a nice development that now I adore it. It is also necessary to dwell on what are the drawings, all they have a precise design that allows us not to be confused and to identify them immediately.
Well-executed, constant and non-repetitive development, it plunges you more and more into the plot and slowly introduces the reader into what is the world of lookism, not only the plot has an excellent development, the characters each one presents a CRAZY development, which is more some less depending on who is more important in that part of the saga, but in the end all show their own evolution, a goal to follow an objective and dream to be realized.there are unpredictable twists that take the reader by surprise to such an extent as to keep him completely enchanted.
The weebtoon shows us certain parts or pauses to the development to deepen the characters and I found this choice, unexpectedly effective. There are chapters very funny and interesting, the pace is always constant and I really enjoyed those break chapters.Each chapter made me be willing to continue reading, just know that I read 100 and pass cracks in one night.The superficiality of which some speak sincerely do not see it, indeed I think that some comments are, have not even finished reading all the chapters and give a hasty opinion jumping parts of the story that deserve to be enjoyed.In conclusion read this work is pleasant and additive, mnon all the stories have managed to break the cliche and have had the courage to convey the message of lookism that is a set you many good ideals. This story made me laugh, emotion, cry, etc. , the author has created a work so alive that now I am completely in love with it.
I recommend this story to all those who do not fear reading a story that re-read REALITY, and is suitable for all ages.
Having said all this, I would have never thought to say this, but it is the first time in my life that I give a similar score, and it is because this work deserves that and much more.
most of these reviews say lookism is generic and just full of moments where daniel fights people and helps the weak. but daniel himself is still weak minded. no matter what, daniel's mind will always go back to those days and he'll always feel terrible over what his mother did for him.
not to mention the addition of crystal's father, big 4 crew and james lee opened so many more doors in the story. most of these bad reviews are from before the chapters where the most exciting part of the whole series is introduced.
if i were you, i'd definitely read lookism. a really good story
to read on your free time.
The story starts off centered around the perceptions people have of others, and how appearance can change that. If you're ugly, you're bullied, and unwanted. If you look good, you're popular, desired for, and respected. After around 30-40 chapters, it goes into depth about the issues of Korean society, as Lookism takes place in South Korea.
Lookism covers topics such as bullying, gangs, corruption of the entertainment industry, animal cruelty, cults, and homelessness/runaways. It even covers BJ's (Broadcast Jockeys), who are basically streamers and a common way to get very popular. Of course, this webtoon is exaggerated to make it more interesting, but this only
made it even more worthwhile for me.
One of the most prominent topics in lookism is bullying, showing just how severe bullying can get in Korea. Bullying has always been a huge issue in Korea, and there have even been cases where teens have been bullied to the point of hospitalization. There are no laws to prevent bullying because they are all minors, which is the main reason it is so prevalent. Lookism covers the severity of the bullying that occurs, and how it usually targets people who don't meet the standard of beauty or are just different from others.
Now onto the characters. They all have their own uniqueness to them that makes the webtoon even more lovable. Although there are annoying characters here and there, the development of the protagonist, Daniel overshadows that, not to mention his friends around him. I initially got a bad impression of many of the characters, including Daniel, but the more I read, the more I was intrigued. Daniel and his friends start off seeming shallow and rude, but there were reasons for their actions and as for Daniel, he realizes his mistakes and puts an effort to fix them. Many moments throughout the story were enjoyable and even humorous, adding to character development.
All in all, every topic Lookism covers has relevance to the issues that Korea faces. Whether it be the dangerous cults that drag in innocent people or the corrupted entertainment industry in which some companies (in real life too) are intertwined with gang-related activities concerning money laundering or extortion. Everyone faces hardships in life and Daniel lives through them in Lookism.
BTW. Don't look at this as a way to view South Korea in a bad light. This is only a small portion of the culture and life there. It's a nice country, and many want to live there. Lookism simply shows some of the negative aspects in a creative way.
Daniel, a young man who since his birth suffered bullyng magically after moving, he obtains a second body. Interesting, the pleasant and sometimes hard reading surprised me and made love this work .... steady development, characters characterized, real situations, strong themes treated without fear, this manhwa has all the cards to become a masterpiece. Reading highly recommended and for me, which are very critical, I would never have thought in all my life to give a nice 10 to all points. who has ordered and drawn. Do not judge a book by the cover because you could lose yourself in wonder.
This is the first time EVER that I couldn't put a"book" down while reading. I got addicted to this manhwa pretty quick. Started reading it without knowing anything except for the description.
Story: 10/10. The story progression is well-paced. It is not too fast nor too slow. Whether or not it is realistic is for you to decide. Something supernatural happens in this story (as you can see from the genre tags), so I do not think it would be fair to expect too much realism in something such as this. However, on the side of school and bullying, I do have to say that it
does a good job in portraying the harshness of it all and the things it can do to a person.
Art: 9/10. Pretty great art. I was not used to the art style at first, but it's not bad in the least. The only problem I have is that some characters (mostly secondary ones) are drawn similarly to others, which can be confusing if you don't pay attention.
Character: 10/10. All the characters play a role in the story. There are a ton of characters, but I found myself caring for all of them a lot, even the ones you are supposed to hate, as they are memorable. In a story, the best thing for me is how a character learns and develops as the story progresses. I believe Lookism really does a good job in making the characters alive in this way.
Enjoyment: 10/10. As I've already said, this is the first time I felt like I never wanted to put the "book" down.
If you ever wanna give this manhwa a shot, please read it through Line Webtoons in order to support the creators. Reading from the site is free, so there is really nothing to lose.
I almost didn't read this because the (extremely short) synopsis of the story really turned me off. "Oh great, a story about how an unattractive and unpopular guy magically turns into a hot guy and gets all of the girls and his life is great - what a great message....NOT". I am glad that I gave into the high reviews and gave the story a shot, though, because my initial impression could not have been any more wrong.
Instead of a wish-fulfillment story about someone whose life sucked but suddenly gets better because of a change in appearance, this manhwa is a story that explores
in great depth the prejudice that people subconsciously have based on the appearance of others, as well as many of the unhealthy and misguided aspects of modern Korean society. The change in Daniel's appearance becomes a tool for the author to expose how the way we treat people is often influenced by their appearance (and, it explores how having an overly perfect appearance can *also* lead others to form a poor impression of someone).
The characters are great. There is a large, well-developed cast of secondary characters to support Daniel (and honestly, I liked some of the secondary characters even more than the main characters). These characters frequently get story arcs of their own, which allows to author to show their background and explains what their motives as and why they act the way they do. I liked some of these side stories more than others, but overall I really appreciated how well developed the characters were because of that. I see that some reviewers do not think that Daniel develops as a character, but I have to disagree. It does take a long time (this is a very long manhwa, after all), but he does slowly begin to change, especially as he is encouraged by seeing other people like Duke and Crystal overcoming obstacles despite being in the same situation as he originally was.
I will definitely say that the author often set up situations for the characters that were not entirely realistic. I mean, honestly, how many bad-a** mofo's can you have in one high school? This manhwa makes it seem like Korea is full of hot young guys who all have superb fighting abilities. That being said, the set-ups that the author created in the plot did not bother me - to me this story is almost more like a parable or a fable used by the author to make a point and explore the darker side of Korean society rather than a story that is meant to be realistic or purely for enjoyment. In addition to the overall themes of bullying and "lookism" (prejudice based on appearance), the author also uses the subplots and characters to delve into the issues of gambling, addition, overuse of social media, etc. The author clearly has a point to make, and does a good job at making the readers reflect on what their own personal bias may be.
As far as the art goes, I wouldn't say that it is....attractive.....but it has a very distinct, well-drawn style. I don't read a whole lot of shounen manga so it is different than what I am used to, but I did like it, and I felt like it was well-suited to the subject matter. If you are trying to expose the dark underbelly of society, you don't want everything to look all shiny and perfect, do you?