WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Netflix's Alice in Borderland, streaming now. Netflix's psychological thriller Alice in Borderland has captivated viewers' attention with its masterful edge-of-your-seat suspense and mind-games. After a mysterious event lands Arisu and his friends in an abandoned Tokyo, they're forced to participate in Games in order to stay alive. Each Game is determined by playing cards. The numbers denote the difficulty, and the suit denotes the Game genre: Diamonds is focused on wit, Clubs collaboration, Spades physical and Hearts psychological. Alice in Borderland is adapted from a manga by Haro Aso. As with many adaptations, there are some key differences between the manga and live-action series. Let's take a look at what the biggest changes are. RELATED: What Is Going on With VladLove's Animation Style? The Netflix adaptation of Alice in Borderland begins with Arisu, Karube and Chota meeting up at Shibuya crossing. The three friends mess around, causing traffic disruptions and get chased into a washroom cubicle to hide from the police. All of a sudden, the electricity goes out suddenly and the three of them find themselves suddenly transported into an empty Tokyo--the Borderland. In the manga, what pulls people into the Borderland is that they witnessed fireworks at dusk. They also feel a little lost in life. The first Game, Three of Clubs, differ vastly.
At first, this Game makes no sense.
The manga has the three friends and Shibuki answering trivia questions with the difficulty determined by how lucky their paper fortune is. If they get the answer wrong, the difference is subtracted from the correct answer and equals the number of flaming arrows shot at them. The Netflix series adds an unnamed girl to the group, and the five of them play a completely different game where they're trapped in a room and are forced to decide between two doors, Live or Die, within a given time frame. If they choose the wrong door, they get shot with a laser. If they don't pick one in time, the room gets engulfed in flames. One of the most gut-wrenching and traumatic games in the series, the Seven of Hearts Game, puts Arisu on the brink of a mental collapse. The four of them enter a botanical garden and see a table full of various tools and weapons along with a collar attached to a tracking headset. The Game is called Hide-and-Seek: Three sheep will hide from the wolf and the wolf changes every time they look at someone. Whoever is the wolf at the end survives. At first, this Game makes no sense. If the Game is called Hide-and-Seek, why would the sheep hide from the wolf if only the wolf survives in the end? Except, the game's objective becomes horrifying clear when Arisu and his friends begin turning on each other in order to survive.
In the show, once he becomes the wolf, Arisu hides and attempts to take off his collar with the tools that he grabbed from before. In the manga, Arisu hides in the bushes, trying to reason why he should be the one to live. Chota restrains Shibuki, muffling her screams, so she can't go after Arisu whereas, in the manga, Shibuki is not as dead-set on chasing after Arisu, choosing to hide after she realizes that she can't bear to shoulder her friends ' lives should she survive. Arisu ends up finding Karube in the show, but in the manga, Arisu is unable to find anyone and only hears the explosions. At the end of the manga chapter, when Arisu -- barely functioning after seeing his friends sacrifice themselves to save him -- sees the prize which is a plate of mutton, he completely loses it, screaming that he'll kill everyone who set these games up but this scene is gone in the show.
Instead, the show uses the same instrumental strings from Episode 1's Shinjuku crosswalk scene at the end of Episode 3's Seven of Hearts game -- a heartbreakingly ironic parallel. In the show, Arisu's analytical and tactical skills are attributed to his hours of gaming. In contrast, Arisu's manga isn't a gamer but just highly observant. Manga Karube owns a bar and is single; in the Netflix adaptation, he's just an employee and about to propose to his girlfriend. TV Chota is a deeply religious office worker whose mom's in a cult; in the manga, Chota is a good-hearted pervert. In the show, Shibuki's shown to be crueler than her manga counterpart: She was willing to use the girl as collateral in the first Game and used sex as a way to manipulate Chota. In the manga, she still has sex with Chota but it plays less as manipulation and more for emotional comfort. The show also doesn't show how she won her first Game, the details of which in the manga make Shibuki into a much more sympathetic character. One of the manga's side stories gets integrated into the main plotline of the show, with Arisu and Usagi now participating in the Four of Clubs Game. The game's name is changed from "Runaway" to "Distance," and various details are changed. The last trial is an enormous wave and not an explosion like in the manga. This is where manga and show really started deviating. Season 1 ends with the players finding all of the cards except the face cards. We never really know why Asahi and Momoka decided to participate as players in the show. Aguni saves Arisu from Niragi by pushing him into the fire that's burning the Beach, leaving their fates unclear. In the manga, Arisu and his friends see the four citizens of the Borderlands but they're shrouded in shadows. After finding the dealers' hideout in the show, Arisu, Usagi, Chishiya, and Kuina get confronted by a familiar face: Kano Mira, one of the executive members of Beach, who is revealed to be one of the "game masters." Mira looks slightly unhinged in the adaptation. She recounts how all of the remaining players got here, going through what they had to do -- shooting, killing, sacrificing -- in order to get to the next stage, delighting in their despair.
Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings.
Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.
Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom.
She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.
When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her.
When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.
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When the boys with the worried June except Jay planned to give Jay a strong alcoholic drink, they didn't expect Shelly to drink it, thinking it was juice. They are dumb-founded and later on, a drunk Shelly came closer to Jay and told her how she was hurt by his actions and proceeding to kiss him the second time. They pulled Shelly of Jay who was already littered with kiss marks. Mia was the one who brought Shelly home, when she was sober enough, Mia asked her if she liked Jay which she answered yes. Mia told her how she envied her for being able to confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Shelly answered that she doesn't understand Mia's concern and told her an advice to start believing in herself more and learning to love herself. This pushed Mia to contact the modeling agency that reached out to her. Before the race, Shelly was being hit on by a member of the Bullet Crew who will be racing against them. The glasses guy kept on hitting on her even when she's denying him. Vinny came to her rescue and punched the guy when he didn't stop.
That led to the glasses guy to take drugs to have a revenge against the Hummingbird Crew. Shelly took the lead until he passes the baton to June. As the race ended, she tried to kiss Jay in his sleep but he moved and she wasn't able to do so. She also took the test with Minu and Dom since, in a sense, she is still a student at Sunny High. When Mia was modeling, a bunch of girls kept on talking about her, gossiping about Mia like dating an old guy or having a sugar daddy to be able to model. Shelly obviously tried to help her. Yuna and Shelly later on went to Mia's house in hopes that they could get her to come to school. On the way riding a bus, a guy came up on her behind and was hitting on her, she shut him down while cursing, very contrasting of her appearance. When Yuna, Mia and Shelly were talking at the park near Mia's house, Shelly started saying something harsh to Mia, although it is a way to actually let Mia see what's happening beyond her room which she choose to lock herself with. Yuna reprimanded Shelly, saying she was too harsh and Mia broke down but then was silent at what Shelly said. After that talk, the three of them came at Heri's bike shop so that Mia can say thank you.