Netflix revealed that the live-action series adaptation of Haro Aso‘s Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) manga will debut on December 10 in 190 countries worldwide. Netflix also streamed a release date announcement video for the show.
The series will star Kento Yamazaki (live-action Kingdom, Orange, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Your Lie in April) as Ryōhei Arisu and Tao Tsuchiya (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Orange, Library Wars, Aozora Yell) as Yuzuha Usagi.
Shinsuke Satō (live-action Bleach, Kingdom films; Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the series, and Yoshiki Watabe and Yasuko Kuramitsu are penning the scripts with Satō. ROBOT is credited with planning and production.
The manga centres on Ryōhei Arisu (pronounced the same as “Alice” in Japanese), a male high school student who is irritated with his intolerable everyday life. One night, he tags along with his bad friends Karube and Chōta to hang out in town. However, the town is suddenly covered in giant fireworks. When he comes to his senses, Ryōhei notices that no one else is around. Finding themselves in a different world, Ryōhei, Karube, and Chōta are forced to participate in survival games or die right off the bat. The three, fight to live, as well as to find a way back to their own world.
Asō began serializing the manga in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday S (formerly Shōnen Sunday Chō) magazine in 2010. The series transferred to Weekly Shonen Sunday as it entered its final story arc in March 2015. The manga ended in March 2016, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. The manga’s 12th, 13th, and 14th volumes shipped with original video anime (OVA) episodes.
A spinoff series titled Alice in Borderland: Chi no Kyokuchi – Daiya no King-hen ran from October 2014 to February 2015 in Weekly Shonen Sunday. Aso also launched a separate spinoff series titled Imawa no Michi no Alice in Shogakukan‘s Monthly Sunday GX magazine in August 2015, with art by Takayoshi Kuroda. The manga ended in February 2018, and Shogakukan published eight volumes for the series.