While twisted series and films have been around long before the popularity of the Korean hit show, Squid Game, most have never paid much attention to them since that series came along. Here we have Sentai’s release of Alice in Borderland: Complete Collection that’s released perfectly during the height of these horror game shows that will keep fans happy until the next one comes along.
Apparently the manga and this three episode anime OVA was so popular that even Netflix produced a live-action series of it to strike while the iron is still hot from Squid Game. Here we enter the life of a young man named Ryohei Arisu that is bored with life thanks to him being pretty smart and life around him being so mundane. He wishes for something challenging and exciting to come along to make his life worth living, but we all know that saying about being careful what you wish for, right?
So of course he and and his close friends Daikichi and Chota get pulled into an alternate Tokyo after seeing a bright light in the sky, and this post-apocalyptic version has all sorts of dangers to keep Ryohei and his friends on their toes at all times. Things get worse when they quickly learn that they’re forced into playing twisted games in order to survive.
Each of them is given a “visa” which determines how long they get to live, and they win more time the more they win the games and have to pick playing cards to determine what type of game it’ll be and its challenge level. If that wasn’t bad enough, those who fail the games and aren’t able to extend their visas are killed by lasers that eerily shoot from the sky.
Needless to say that these three, short but packed to the brim with suspense and horror episodes was both joyful and terrifying to watch, as I was always scared to see what kind of sick game Ryohei and company were going to have to play next and if they would make it out alive. I also have to add that this series is very gory and not for the squeamish (as is the Netflix version I’ve heard) as people lose limbs and more during the “games”.
The high-definition visuals and audio make the games and the terror that comes with them even more intense, and the only special feature is the clean version of the closing credits. So if you’re looking for something to keep you entertained until the next season of Squid Game comes along, be sure to check out the Alice in Borderland: Complete Collection, and the live-action one to boot. Just be sure to watch out for flying limbs and blood when you do.