Is Alice In Borderline Worth Watching? Here’s Our Review

Alice In Borderland, the show everyone is saying is a…
By: Nina Shahriman
November 26, 2021

Ah- dystopian societies, a band of rebellions and abandoned cities: what’s not to love? Many great storylines are born from this plot that has grown into big hit franchises such as The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Divergent. However, there’s a new stunner in Netflix town and it has been garnering popularity and a large fanbase. In this article, Beauty Insider is bringing you along to explore Alice In Borderland, the show everyone is saying is a must-watch so should you skip it or stream it?

Let’s Have A First Look On The Opening Sequence

Ryohei Arisu, played by Kento Yamazaki, is aimless and miserable, spending his time playing video games and disregarding his brother’s efforts to find his work. If all he does is play video games all day, his father chooses to toss him out of the house. He asks his friends to meet him for a drink as he heads towards Shibuya station.

Karube (Keita Machida), his pal, is set to be sacked after knocking out his boss for kissing his girlfriend. Chota (Yuki Morinaga), his other buddy, is looking for an excuse to skip work because he despises his job and isn’t very good at it. They play about in the centre of the iconic junction in front of Shibuya station when they meet, forcing two cars to crash. They hide in a railway station restroom to evade the cops, but the power goes out. When they emerge, Tokyo is devoid of people for as far as the eye can see.

They believe they have the city to themselves until they are directed to the game they must play by a disembodied voice. The three of them, together with a young lady called Shibuki (Ayame Misaki) who appears to know the rules and a fearful high school girl, participate in a game at a gaming facility a few streets away.

In the first game, they have two minutes to pick between two doors labelled “Live” and “Die.” The room will be set on fire if they do not move. The high school student selects the wrong door and is murdered instantly. When the others go through the other door, Arisu begins to decipher the game’s logic, but not before several hairy moments, including Chota’s leg being severely burnt. However, after they exit the game, they find that it isn’t the only game they’ll have to play in order to survive.

Our Take On Alice In Borderland

This “win or die” theme is one of the main reasons why another famous Netflix comedy, Squid Game, has exploded in popularity in recent months. The thought of being thrown into a succession of increasingly difficult trials with no bearings or safety net is a quick way to life-or-death situations. While it’s unfair to compare the two programmes directly, Alice in Borderland offers its own take on what occurs when societies are put under strain. Even if it doesn’t take the same overt political stance as Squid Game, it’s difficult not to perceive the two as being linked in principle, if not necessarily in form.

As viewed through Arisu’s eyes in Alice in Borderland, the system of games, challenges, and objectives becomes more intricate. In the same way that the players must outthink those who put them through physical and psychological endurance tests, there is a war of wits between the spectator and the narrator. Some of the problems in this collection are inspired by Haro Aso’s manga and deal with spatial awareness. Others make assumptions based on the words they use. Few people have a ruthless nihilist streak in which the outcome is completely random. There’s just enough of each to keep the programme from becoming too predictable.

There are times when Alice in Borderland comes dangerously close to collapsing under its own weight. Even though the characters within are still striving to crack the myriad codes within, it is saved by clear attention to logistics in this environment. There’s also an unpleasant tension between “find out how to survive” and “don’t die,” but Alice in Borderland becomes more than simply a game when the focus changes to who obtains and holds power in this world.