Alice In Borderland (2020-): Season 2

Title: 今際の国のアリス

Year: 2022

Genre:  Action | Drama | Mystery |

Seasons: 1 | 2 |

Runtime:  50 min / Episode

Creator: Shinsuke Sato 

Starring:  Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Nijirô Murakami


Unlike in Season 1, where each game was set up by all-powerful dealers, now the citizens are the ones running the show (…gulp). In the Season 2 opener, our beloved players Arisu, Usagi, Chishiya, Ann, and Kuina are swiftly thrown into chaos when a creepy man clad all in black — the King of Spades — goes on a shooting rampage. A car chase ensues as the crew fights to stay alive and stay together. As they attempt to clear each game that follows, Arisu and his friends not only face death but also questions about their lives back home — and about who they really are. 

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The second season of the Japanese series Alice in Borderland follows a similar structure to the first series. We get a naked guy, we get a math problem, a prison game and we have a cricket game. Every two episodes cover one game, which makes the first episode of each game a cliffhanger.  What’s different in this season is that the writers try to widen the scope of the games. Each of the game contenders faces a card with a face, leveling up a snatch. Surprisingly all bosses or these game cards have a more personal aspect of the whole game.

They are not evil but instead helpful to some of our characters, giving them a more personal aura over the games. The violence is far more toned down in the scope and is more of a mentality game, the tension feels gone by the final episode and the attention of characters feels lost even if we get interesting characterization. The visualization of the whole world is on the same level as before. The imagination is there and foretold yet the outcome becomes a decent visual work.

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What’s also odd is how long these characters, the main characters end up dying slowly almost two episodes lingering in their pain outside. The whole timetable is obscure and undefined. It’s also in how these situations that the main character Arisu suddenly has a solution for each game.  Usagi played by Tao Tsuchiya, is still the best character in the whole series. She isn’t annoying as Arisu, even if he becomes more mature in this season like a hero. His transformation in barely two weeks is remarkable. The first games – called the number games – took place in a week. Assuming that this also took place in a short period of time.  We also get a deeper look at the dynamic of Arisu and Usagi’s relationship, deepening their love for each other.

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We also get a solution on how all characters ended up in this parallel brutal world, ending on a cliffhanger and a continuation that is questionable. The solution is barely convincible and adds another confusion on the overall complex solution of the simulated world and its magnitude.


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