Alice in Borderland: Netflix’s high-stakes dystopian series

Netflix has dropped a spine-chilling the trailer for its upcoming Japanese web series, Alice in Borderland. Based on the manga of the same name, the show boasts of an ensemble cast, including Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya.

Helmed by Shinzuke Satō who has previously worked on live-action adaptations of Bleach and Kingdom, the dystopian-thriller spans eight episodes.

Alice in Borderland follows a listless video-game obsessed high school student, Ryohei Arisu (Kento Yamazaki), and his friends who suddenly find themselves in an emptied Tokyo. While prodding around, they come across a mysterious woman, Usagi (Tao Tsuchiya) who has been navigating the empty landscape by herself.

Usagi informs the trio that they have landed in a parallel world, and the only way to survive the parallel world is to compete in deadly games and win. The stakes are high, as the only way to make it back is to make it out alive.

The show is said to have been produced on a “Hollywood scale”. A loose derivation of Lewis Carroll’s renowned text Alice in Wonderland, Haro Aso’s manga first came out in 2010, hitting its final story arc in 2015. Earlier this month it was announced that the manga artist will launch a new series stemming from the old one, titled Alice in Borderland Retry.

Aso took to Twitter to announce the news. Though the artist had intended to retire from drawing entirely, he decided to draw the new manga to celebrate the upcoming live-action adaptation of Alice in Borderland. It has been a long time since he picked his pen (five years), so the new drawings will hold a charm of their own, Aso added.

The web series features some of the biggest names in the industry including, Nijirō Murakami, Yūki Morinaga, Keita Machida, Ayaka Miyoshi, Dori Sakurada, Aya Asahina, Shuntarō Yanagi, Yūtarō Watanabe, Ayame Misaki, Mizuki Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Abe, Nobuaki Kaneko with Shō Aoyagi and Riisa Naka.

Alice in Borderland will be available for streaming globally from December 10, on Netflix. Check out the trailer below. 

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