- The games are incredibly well thought out and vary based on different attributes.
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Continuing on its trend of adapting popular works of other industries, Netflix's latest is an adaptation of a manga series. Based on a Japanese graphic novel, Alice In Borderland in live-action is all sorts of amazing. The new Netflix original series is incredibly well-directed, performed, and even better written. The storytelling approach really differs from the more conventional ones that we're used to seeing. As my first ever Japanese series, this Alice In Borderland review will be a glowing one for an incredible show that everyone should watch! Image via Shonen Sunday Comics. Published in 2010, written and illustrated by Haro Aso, the Alice In Borderland manga ended in 2016. The story was about a group of characters, stuck in an alternate world where the usual civil rules of society no longer apply. The manga was immensely popular and creative, which is evident in the series as well, as I'll go into this Alice In Borderland review. Alice In Borderland begins with three friends, Arisu (Kento Yamazaki), Karube (Keita Machida), and Chota (Yuki Morinaga). The three friends from varying economic backgrounds and lifestyles are the bestest of friends, always there for one another. During one goof-off session that saw them chased by cops, the friends hide in a public restroom.
The games are incredibly well thought out and vary based on different attributes.
When they emerge, the entire city of Tokyo looks abandoned. It's weird and they have no explanation, until parts of the city light up, directing them to a 'game arena'. Goofin' off is a lifestyle|Images via Netflix. The friends quickly realize that they are no longer in their own world, but a different one where their lives depend on winning elaborate and messed-up games. Winning a game gives them a grace period of a few days to survive. Unless they enter and win additional games before their days expire, a laser from the sky shoots them dead. The more games they win, the longer they can stay alive. It's so utterly messed up. The games are incredibly well thought out and vary based on different attributes. Some are physical, some intellectual while others are emotionally based. Some games are also winner-take-all, while others can have multiple winners or, rather, survivors. The games put to test the friends' loyalties to one another, as well as their ability to survive these extraneous situations. The first episode alone is a roller coaster of anxious and frantic energy, by the end of which the series has completely reeled you in, hook, line and sinker! The most imaginative element of the Alice In Borderland series is how intricate these games are. The elaborate way the challenges are set up reminds me very much of the first installation of the Saw franchise. However, while the subsequent sequels devolved into gore-ridden shock fests, the nuance of the first is very much here in spirit. The games challenge the player's emotions, physical strength, and problem-solving skills.
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There's also the fact that some games aren't at all what the players think, something that leads to fatal consequences. But while these games are the hook of the show, there is so much more at play that is engaging and thoroughly entertaining. Collect them all!|Images via Netflix. The largest mystery of Alice In Borderland is in its world. Where have all the people gone, and who is administrating these games, and for what purpose? As Arisu explores the world and meets more people, these questions start becoming more and more prevalent. Some people even make it their mission, to try to solve the riddle, by going to extreme lengths. It's also how the writers can continue the air of mystery and suspense, despite the high octane action energy that also takes center stage in some episodes. This larger mystery also drives the motivations for many of the other characters that show up later on in the series. Getting into the details of which would be very much considered spoilers, so we'll keep away from it. But suffice it to say that Alice In Borderland changes a lot from its first episode to its last. Characters, settings and the status quo is ever-shifting in this mysterious new world where anonymous overseers are forcing people into life and death scenarios. All for the sake of playing their game.
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Or so we think. While the hook of Alice In Borderland is these amazing action and thriller concepts, the quieter character moments are what really stand out. The initial fun and frivolity of the leading protagonists has a big payout halfway through the series. We learn of the characters' backstories in the subtlest of ways, while they still resonate emotionally with the audience. This also plays out with the pacing of the series. Despite the edge-of-your-seat heart attack moments of suspense and danger, there are incredibly slow moments of character development too. The pacing is not as formulaic or predictable as one action episode, and then one slow one. But rather more organic, based on what the situation calls for. It's fairly well balanced, and further creates the need for binging as even the slow moments keep you engaged and enthralled. Insane action sequences!|Images via Netflix. Arisu is undoubtedly the hero in this story.
But his development into one is so gradual, and not in the typically heroic way. In the 'real world' Arisu was a no good unemployed gamer. But his video game mind and affinity for puzzles makes him the perfect person to survive this world of life or death gaming. While we see that right away in the first episode, they don't treat this as his superpower, but rather a skill that has varying degrees of success. Because the story doesn't treat Arisu like the 'chosen one' type of hero, the stakes are that much more believable when he's in danger or has something to lose. The other characters introduced in Alice In Borderland are just as interesting and unique. There's Usagi (Tao Tsuchiya), as the mountaineer that gives Arisu a second chance. While there's not a lot of romantic tension between them, there's definitely a vibe of care and companionship.
Along their journey, they meet Cheshire (Nijiro Murakami) a super elusive cool guy with his own methods of trying to get back into the real world. Similar to the cat in Alice In Wonderland, which is apparently a loose base for this series. Aiding him is Kuina (Aya Asahina) who has a tragic backstory, along with a kick-ass martial arts past that we see near the end of the series. Even the villains of the story get some humanizing, if not fantasies backstories by the end of the show. Flame on!|Images via Netflix. It's difficult to explain how much I loved Alice In Borderland. The series has everything from the clinging of hope by a few, similar to other apocalyptic stories. It's got insane action and outrageously brutal set pieces based on the game premise that surprises at every turn. There's enough depth of character for us to completely emotionally invest in these people and their attempts at survival. Alice In Borderland is one of those very rare new shows, that isn't based on a superhero or other franchise that I have sincerely enjoyed so much. Alice In Borderland is now streaming on Netflix. How did you feel about this amazing manga come to life in Alice In Borderland? Let me know in the comments below, or on social media.
He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally.
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.