Three Tokyo slackers discover themselves drawn right into a parallel world the place they need to play video games to outlive in Alice in Borderland.

A video-game-obsessed younger man and his two greatest mates discover themselves in a wierd model of Tokyo the place they need to compete in harmful video games to outlive in Alice in Borderland, a brand new stay motion unique sequence from Netflix. Based mostly on the Japanese manga by Haro Aso, it appears to be like like a hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Prepared Participant One, with a splash of the 1997 sci-fi horror movie, Dice, thrown in for good measure. The sequence is directed by Shinsuke Sato, greatest recognized for 2001’s The Princess Blade and final 12 months’s Kingdom, and co-written by Haro Aso and Yasuko Kuramitsu.

First serialized in 2010, the manga sequence ended its run in 2016. It tells the story of Ryōhei Arisu, and his friends Karube and Segawa, a gaggle of bored excessive schoolers who lengthy for extra thrilling lives. Arisu’s want is granted throughout a fireworks celebration: he and his mates discover themselves in a post-apocalyptic parallel world often known as Borderland, the place they need to play a sequence of harmful video games to outlive.

The Netflix adaptation follows the identical fundamental premise, with a number of minor tweaks. Per the official synopsis: “Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed younger man—instantly finds himself in a wierd, emptied-out model of Tokyo during which he and his mates should compete in harmful video games with a view to survive. On this unusual world, Arisu meets Usagi, a younger lady who’s navigating the video games alone. Collectively, they got down to unravel one thriller after one other as they threat their lives and confront what it means to stay.”

The sequence stars Kento Yamazaki (who additionally appeared in Sato’s Kingdom) as Ryōhei Arisu, Keita Machida as Karube,  and Yuki Morinaga as Chōta, with Tao Tsuchiya as Yuzuha Usagi. Ayama Misaki performs Shibuki, the primary being that Arisu meets within the Borderland. Naturally there are some compulsory nods to Lewis Carroll’s traditional story. There’s a model of the Mad Hatter, recognized merely because the Hatter (Nobuaki Kaneko)—he reminds of me a bit of of Klaus in The Umbrella Academy—in addition to a mysterious determine often known as Cheshire (Nijiro Murakami), and a scary tattooed character often known as the Final Boss (Shuntaro Yanagi).

Netflix launched a teaser a number of weeks in the past, and we now have a full trailer that provides us a greater have a look at the motion. We see our three slackers skipping job interviews and inflicting chaos within the streets of downtown Tokyo—till a sudden energy outage. They discover themselves in a totally empty metropolis, and head towards a retailer that also appears to have energy. There, they discover a set of cell telephones and meet a younger lady who explains their predicament: “You haven’t any selection however to take part within the recreation.”

These video games appear to contain fireplace, shootouts, taking part in playing cards, being trapped in a room slowly filling with water, a creepy amusement park, a killer tiger, and—my private favourite—a showdown between the sword-wielding Final Boss and a woman clad solely in a bikini. (There was a giant pool social gathering seemingly hosted by the Hatter earlier.) But when there are video games, there should be a video games grasp, and Arisu is decided to outwit him (or her). All in all, this appears to be like like a great deal of enjoyable.

Alice in Borderland drops on Netflix on December 10, 2020.

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