‘Alice in Borderland’ is, originally, a Japanese manga comic series that has been written, as well as illustrated by Haro Aso. The ‘Alice in Borderland’ manga comic series has been divided into eighteen separate volumes, as of April 2016, which began printing in Shogakukan’s ‘Shonen Sunday S’ Magazine, back in 2010. To be precise, the first volume was released on the 25th of November, 2010. The ‘Alice in Borderland’ manga comic series was then moved to Shueisha’s ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’, back in the April of 2015.
Since this manga comic series started to gain popularity, it was accompanied by three manga spin-off series! The first spin-off series is titled ‘King of Diamonds’. It was published in the ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’, in 2014. The second spin-off series is titled ‘Alice on Border Road’. It was published in the ‘Monthly Sunday Gene-X’, in 2015. Lastly, the third spin-off series is titled ‘Alice in Borderland: Retry’. It was published in the ‘Weekly Shonen Sunday’, in 2020.
Since the manga comic series was extremely successful, it was later adapted into an original video animation. This video animation was titled ‘Alice in Borderland’, same as the title of the manga comic series. It was directed by Hideki Tachibana and was released in the month of October 2014. ‘Alice in Borderland’, the OVA, consisted of three episodes, only. The third and the last episode of the animated series was released in the month February 2015. The official producers of this dark-themed suspenseful animation also created a live-action series of the same name.
Being directed by the great Shinsuke Sato, ‘Alice in Borderland’, the live-action series had been produced by one of the greatest online platforms – Netflix. The television series consisted of eight episodes which was broadcasted worldwide on various online platforms and websites back in the December of 2020. A second season of the television series had been announced to be in production in 2020. Furthermore, the producers have also promised to release a few more OVAs of ‘Alice in Borderland’, this year itself!
What is the main plot of ‘Alice in Borderland’ (OVA)?
The main storyline of ‘Alice in Borderland’ revolves around a young boy named Ryohei Arisu. He is the main protagonist of this animated series and is just an average high schoolboy. Ryohei is a struggling boy who is extremely unhappy with his life. One day, Daikichi Karube and Chota Segawa, Ryohei’s friends, along with Ryohei himself, observe an unusually large firework that shot up to the sky.
Their lives take an unexpected turn after looking at the shining and blazing explosion which was caused by the shooting star. When they opened their eyes, they were magically transported to a supernatural fantasy world called ‘Borderland’. The people who inhabit ‘Borderland’ are actually players who take part in a deadly game. In order to survive, the player or the inhabitant needs to complete strange and difficult tasks.
The three friends do their best to complete their missions while simultaneously trying to figure out a way to get back to their homeland. Contradictorily, this is a game that made Ryohei feel great about himself. Something about the whole concept of death which revolved in this game, made him feel alive.
What do we know about the upcoming OVAs?
The audience is extremely hyped up to know that a second season of the animated series ‘Alice in Borderland’ has gone into production! The fans are even more excited to know that the live-action series will be receiving a second season, as well. Since the first set of OVAs covered the 12th, the 13th, and the 14th volume of the manga comic series, the second season of the animated series is predicted to cover volumes 15 to 18.
Ryohei Arisu, Daikichi Karube, and Chota Segawa are going to be back with various new missions that they need to accomplish in order to survive. No matter how gruesome or violent these tasks are, they must abide by the rules of Borderland if they want to live. The season will also contain three episodes and will be licensed by ‘Sentai Filmworks’. The release date of the upcoming OVAs of ‘Alice in Borderland’ has not been revealed yet, but we can expect it to premiere by the end of 2021.
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