A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In the game of survival, do we ever really have a choice? Themes of teamwork are also explored.
Positive Role Models
Characters get placed in an "every person for themselves" situation, especially regarding survival. This leads to selfishness, throwing people under the bus, or sacrificing others. Arisu and his friends at least try to keep each other alive throughout various games.
The story takes place in Japan, so there is strong Asian representation.
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Violence & Scariness
Fist fighting, gruesome injuries, blood, graphic death scenes, and suicide (some characters desire/try to be "executed" from the game.)
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy make-out scenes.
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Frequent use of language such as "s--t," "f--k," "damn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke frequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alice in Borderland is a Japanese show (based on a manga series) about a violent game that characters have to play in order to live. Violence includes fist fighting, blood, gruesome injuries, graphic death scenes, and suicide (some characters desire/try to get "executed" from the game). There are heavy make-out scenes, and characters smoke frequently. Frequent use of language such as "s--t," "f--k," "damn," and "hell." Topics such as teamwork, the illusion of choice, and survival are explored.
Is It Any Good?
In the "wake up one day and now you're fighting for your life" genre, this series is pretty standard. But the pacing is done well in Alice in Borderland -- it's fast but still easy to follow, and the right amount of anxiety-inducing. The puzzles are clever and entertaining to watch, and there's a slight mystery element as well. Viewers who love puzzles, dystopian action, and mystery will enjoy it, though the violence and bloodshed may be intense for younger/sensitive viewers.
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