Netflix’s live-action adaptation of ‘Alice In Borderland’ gets renewed for second season

Let the games continue

Netflix original series Alice In Borderland has been renewed for a second season.

The streaming platform made the announcement on Christmas Eve with a video that featured a poker card with the number two on it as ominous music plays in the background. A release date, however, has yet to be announced.

See the teaser below.

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Starring Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya, the eight-episode series made its Netflix premiere on December 10. It was directed by Shinsuke Sato, known for other live-adaptation films such as 2018’s Bleach and 2015’s I Am A Hero.

Alice In Borderland is based on Aro Haso’s suspense manga of the same name which ran from November 2010 until March 2016. The story follows high school student Ryohei Arisu (played by Yamazaki) and his friend as they try to survive a dystopian world where they have to compete in deadly games to get out alive.

Since its premiere earlier this month, Netflix reported that the series made it in the Top 10 list in over 40 countries and territories. Google searches for the manga also shot up globally.

The series currently has an 80 per cent critic rating and 96 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

NME named the first season of Alice In Borderland as one of the best Asian TV shows of 2020. The series came in at Number 10 and was described as a “rare anime to live-action adaptation that actually works”. The list also included other Asian Netflix productions, such as Malaysia’s The Ghost Bride (which clinched the fourth spot) and South Korean zombie thriller Kingdom (which landed at Number 2).

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