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Alice in Borderland
Those strange Japanese ideas, between dystopia, mystery, blood and action, that we like so much and that Netflix, fortunately, did not miss. "Alice in Borderland" is a TV series based on the manga of the same name (Japanese title Imawa no Kuni no Alice) by Haro Aso published from 2011 to 2016, which was then followed by two spin offs and three Original Anime Videos.
I’m so sorry, but I haven't read the manga, however, from what I learn, the TV series follows the story quite faithfully, both from a narrative point of view and from that of the characters.
Characters that are the weak point of this work, because they represent the clichés of the genre: the nerdy protagonist, the highly intelligent heroine, the villains with a life at the margins of society and a series of mysterious and ambiguous supporting characters. Nothing new and their development does not fully satisfy. It can be said that this is the only flaw of "Alice in Borderland", which for the rest starts with a simply perfect first episode that intrigues the viewer a lot. What follows is still good too, between unexpected twists and an equally surprising and risky change of in the second part of the series, in which the focus shifts from the action to the human aspects.
The strength of "Alice in Borderland" is undoubtedly the realization, with an inspired and convincing direction by Shinsuke Sato capable of underlining the action, the blood and the mystery well, also helped by a perfect use of CGI (just the animals reveal their fiction). The cast, apart from what has already been said with the characters, performs well and takes us into this dystopian world, very, very Japanese.
Arisu (played by Kento Yamazaki) Chōta and Karube, are three friends whose lives are not up to society's standards. Chased by the police, they hide in a subway station bathroom, but when they leave, they discover that they are left alone in Tokyo. And not only that, they also discover that to continue living they must participate in deadly games classified with the suits of playing cards and whose level of difficulty is indicated by the card number. During these challenges they also discover that they are not the only ones left and that someone or something has decided to play with the lives of numerous people.
A very interesting series that ends with a cliff-hanger perhaps too long, but which opens to an already very confirmed second season.