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Lookism by Park Tae Joon

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  1. IdioticGamer

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    Big Mama is cute and isn't afraid to call out someone for being silly whether that weird suspicious but badass homeless guy or her guy pal there.

    And yeah it's unfair for Zack, but honestly he shouldn't compare himself so much to Daniel. Daniel's the literal god tier, heck he shlud be impressed they're copying the battle style of the duo there. Almost makes me wish Zack arrived a bit late.. but I dont want my boi Daniel to be hurt.

    End scene is a bit of a surprise.

    And hm... Big Mama as a mama means she's a MILF by technicality? Kappa.
     
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    Tbh the author should just kill off the old body. This form of Daniel is the MC in pretty much everyone's eyes at this point.
     
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    Vasco will ntr Big Mama for himself next chapter
     
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    Chapter was ok. More interested with what the ending portends though.

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    Nice to know that the 2 uncles did prepare a final surprise which fell flat.

    With how Hostel's collapsing on multiple fronts simultaneously, seems author is eager to end the Hostel arc. Abt time the remaining members of the infiltration team showed up(Jace/Jin/Mary). Logan's panels were funny.

    Hyped by the ending. Could they be planning a temporary truce (GD/Big Deal/Hostel) and possibly planning a rebellion against Jong Gun :obamabury
     
  5. David

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    I really enjoyed this one. Lookism once again solidly balances humor and badassery.
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    Highlights were Burn Knuckles pimpin' and the three-way stare down.
     
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    Decent turned good chapter.

    Kind of liked that author used a scene/location change instead of proceeding with a fight scene given from last week's stand off. Resulting discussion turned out to be more entertaining than had it been a generic fight. Partially a result of author giving them interesting personalities which were of more use/visible in such scenarios. Esp, Olly and Johan were good.

    Not much surprise abt Eli's reveal. Think all of us expected that. Still some hype since he was by far the favored pick by Jong Gun iirc.

    Vasco "Stop showing off. I know him too". Classic, awesome as always :hestonpls

    The ending panels were intense. James was dangerously crazy but who would have expected
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    Jay of all people to come swinging in a motorbike and save Daniel. I most certainly didn't. It didn't feel remotely Jay since he's always more of a "backroom" deal guy not a front line combatant. But damn, very surprised :obamabury


    Next chapter is the end of this arc apparently.
     
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    So we only have one super strong guy at the school who we don't know about. The long haired guy who broke up Daniel vs Vasco in the earlier chapters.

    He might end up being nobody though cause we've legit seen him one time.


    I can't remember what Eli's kids mother's name was (was it even said?). Wonder if it's Sally. She doesn't seem like a scumbag though so probably not.
     
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    The arc concludes! Overall, was a good mix of dark/serious issues and humour. 8/10 for both chap and entire arc.

    James Gong - A "good" character this arc, 10/10. Felt pity, amusement and horror from him. The last opening scene alone had all 3. Somehow he commandeered a stolen bus, took the hammer but then paid for the fare :bookerskully

    Zack - 6.5/10. Some of his back talks were good and funny.

    Jay - 7/10 for his bandaids and moves. Iirc, the 1st time his style of fighting is seen on panel. Is that lasso like punches and acrobatic moves some real martial art form or was it just artistically drawn? Any ideas what is it if it is the former? Have not really been as interested in him as a character before(generic chaebol) but that might change going forward. The only main still w/o a backstory. Kind of anticipating it, being the last should be good.

    Intriguing end. Thoughts to it guys?

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    1) The mystery of the blacked out former GD name is back but this time we have some letters revealed. This seems to be teased so hope it actually means something and not some kind of joke/silly sounding word.

    2) With Joon Goo meeting Logan, he might revert back to a villian?
     
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    I think the drag with the chinese dudes dragged on a bit too long if this arc isn't complete yet. I enjoyed it though, james' autism was especially hilarious.

    Annoying AF that the author continues to push this logan garbage, he's literally going to be asked to be Goo's successor next chapter (or off panel IDK). Stop trying to redeem the character seriously.
     
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    Agree but not entirely looking forward to Logan as a villain/antagonist. He's just a big bully, backstory/style doesn't stand out/bland. Enjoyed his character/scenes more as a comedic side character or frenemy/pseudo ally. But agree that redemption should not be overused. And where Logan is concerned, want to see him getting a fitting comeuppance since he was the one who "started" MC's journey.

    Thanks!
     
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    There's the Indonesian(?) M.A. that appeared in the film "The Raid." Which showed Silat(?) One of the martial arts of the country which I think security forces/military outfits are trained in there. Could've been a variation of that.

    Based solely on the number of hits and how quickly he did them. It's design in that high tempo style to disorientate the opponent/throw them off balance to deliver a big final hit, or so I read in an interview with the Welsh director of the film lol.
     
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    Overall chapter and reveals was quite funny, several nice scenes:skully

    Jay's father looks like an elderly James. Mary's transformation was unexpected, any guesses for Vin?

    Events are getting hot, with the juvie stars Jake/Jinho plot coming along and Eli's arc next.
     
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    Mary's transformation was a bit of a surprise for me. I never really thought of her as fat before and it came as a shock when people started saying it recently.
     
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    Nice chapter.

    Interesting take on Sally's backstory. Glad that author didn't take the route of yet another chaebol neglected by busy parents. Some sad scenes :sniff

    Prefer this Eli's look tbh, than the current one. And that opening intro line, might be a "fallen angel" :skully

    That aside, probability of Sally being the mother has grown. Still weird since don't understand the need for separation/hiding then. Maybe the grandma interfered somehow. Since she is/was the legal guardian by law then and could have used influence to separate the 2 or maybe even tried to get the child aborted/killed. Too many kdramas :smh
     
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    "Wow look at this angel."
    "What are you looking at bitch."

    Such an angel.

    Still thinking Sally is the one. Maybe there's something shady going on? Who knows.
    Either way fun chapter as usual. Oh and last chapter was great, alongside that flip speech bubbles, flip by Mary Kim, and flip of expectations
     
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    Late :hoho but more on Eli's backstory. Might be boring but prefer proper buildup in these kind of flashbacks.

    From an angel into a cat into a "crazed" dog. And Eli might not have an education but he does have an ability for smooth talking even if unintended. Curious about his pre origins now. He sounds like one/connected to those cultists from Johan's flashback. Or an orphan selected and indoctrinated into a weapon by the HNH chairman. We still don't know much about the mysterious latter after all.

    The hints to his clearly abused childhood with all those commandments sheds a more interesting light on the parent child relationship with Yena. Overprotectiveness could stem from an eagerness to overcompensate from his childhood experience? Think their relationship is still/meant to be seen as sweet but taken to extremes, might end up the reverse but still "controlling" setup :hm
     
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    Definitely some comedic parts to this chapter but it was also kind of depressing and dark.

    The buildup to Eli's past continues but getting kind of frustrated for the actual reveal. 3 chapters already :obd
     
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    Thats pretty much why for this flashback im going to let the rest stack. The usual arcs are fine chapter to chapter but the hostel arc including Eli's flashback seems to be getting a bit too dragged to read weekly.
     
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    It's why binge reading is great. Let it build up, and bam, suddenly you have 5 chapters from a manga or webtoon you're reading
     
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    Wasn't this series about body swapping, and there was another girl who could swap, and a guy who knew about this ?

    I'm starting to feel confused as it completely changed to a basic "let's trade punches for honor and glory" social critic ? Did i abused the shrooms or is it reality ?
     
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    This has been a social commentary since day 1 lol. The only difference now is the scope and focus.
     
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    So the bodyswap thing was just to get on the "sci-fi" genre, and won't ever be mentionned or explain ever again ?
     
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    It's building up to it - there's an organisation involved with the extra bodies which are also in control of these gangs. A lot of money comes in via these gangs and we're being shown how they work/players involved.

    The body swap plot has been used as a device to show the difference in how people and society as a whole value people based off looks. The entire thing has been a thinly veiled social commentary with different aspects of life in Korea being brought up via the plot lines. (Obviously taken to extremes for entertainment/not upset any particular groups.)

    So we'll circle back to the body swapping obviously but really the focus of this series is the vulnerability of teenagers in this society as well as the social imbalance.
     
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    That much i got yeah, was just longing for some explanation, thx for the clarification
     
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    I think the body swap thing is meant to be explained after MC "unites"/beats the 4 crews and probably Gun and Goo.

    It's kind of implied that the body swap mystery is linked to that chaebol daughter's father(forgot her name but she can also body swap). The 4 crews is also under Gun and Goo who serve him. And the super celebrity(forgot his name) who knows about it is also sponsored by that guy's company or something like that? Iirc, there was a panel where either he mentioned to MC to unite the 4 crews before he will tell him more or he pondered these thoughts to himself as he observed MC's growth.

    Seeing how he is the top link to all this, maybe the chaebol father is the end villain :hm
     
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    Definitely a string-puller at least
     
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    Initial thoughts, Eli's backstory is finally here :jeez . Post reading, a "deep" chapter again showcasing how this author knows how to "present" a story and problem: family violence and cycle of abuse. Worth the wait :stfu

    The usage of childlike crayon drawings was good.

    His 2nd "mother" is a bitch, and the 2nd father is equally horrible. Hope they get their just karma. Practically living on Eli's inheritance but couldn't even spare him decent undergarments. Beasts, they made him like the "wolfboy". Maybe not as bad/feral but still :smh. Not going to judge the sisters since they were young then but reading most of this chapter was :scust

    And that final twist with his real mother. Equally sick, should have expected this seeing his real family situation wasn't a rosy one itself :wellshit

    Last thoughts, pretty good chapter as it gives meaning to Hostel's family system if Eli was the one who formed the gang as well as explains the hide and seek reference when Warren punched him back in Chap 231. Whatever happened to that cat? And was that Olly referring to Big Daddy Olly? Didn't see any of those fb side characters having any resemblance to the current Olly so curious as to his connection with Eli if they were already acquainted then :hm
     
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    I just hope his pals aren't dead ;;

    Seriously a dark twist, but there really is something with Eli's thinking process too. A normal person would've stopped anytime.
     
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    That was a bit sad. Glad he's a good parent to his child - takes real character after his own upbringing.
     
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