Get ready for next stage of brain-teasing, life-and-death mayhem: Alice in Borderland has been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix.
The Japanese series, based on the popular sci-fi thriller manga of the same name, is about a group of strangers (led by Kento Yamakazi and Tao Tsuchiya) who are trapped in an alternate reality — an emptied Tokyo — where they are forced to compete in a series of mind-teasing deadly games. Picture Battle Royale meets Saw.
In a statement released by Netflix Thursday (Dec 24), since its launch on Dec 10, Alice in Borderland has become the most popular Japanese Original live-action title on Netflix. As usual, the streaming service didn’t reveal any figures, so we’ll just have to take their word for it.
It’s in the Top 10 in Malaysia, Hongkong, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam — as well as in Germany, France, Portugal, Austria and Greece. All in all, it’s been in the Top 10 in nearly 40 countries/territories. It also says that Google searches for the manga series and the lead actors shot up globally after its series launch.
One of the series’ wow moments is the deserted Shibuya Scramble Crossing (in episode 1). The sequence was filmed on a massive open set in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, more than 100km away from the actual Shibuya Crossing.
In that scene, everything but the ticket gate at the Shibuya Station, the public restroom and the road was created by computer-generated imagery. To things real, the visual effects director went so far as to recreate the shadow of the Tokyu Building that would normally fall on that location.
Check out the following behind-the-scenes featurette to see how they pulled off the illusion.
Photos: Netflix © Haro Aso,Shogakukan /ROBOT)