A lot of you studying this will likely already be conversant in the title Alice in Borderland, because of the manga (accessible by VIZ Media) or the live-action drama on Netflix. As we speak I’m right here to take a look at the anime MVM have simply dropped at house video within the UK. Does it show an thrilling watch? Let’s discover out!
The story follows protagonist Ryohei Arisu and his two pals Daikichi and Chota. Arisu is bored of his on a regular basis life the place nothing new or thrilling ever occurs. Nonetheless, when he needs he might be in a unique world, he and his pals discover themselves being transported to a seemingly post-apocalyptic parallel world. On this world, Arisu and his pals should take part in lethal video games to remain alive or be killed in the event that they don’t. In fact, taking part in these video games additionally comes with a excessive likelihood of dying, so it’s a ‘damned if you happen to do damned if you happen to don’t’ state of affairs however for Arisu it’s at the very least extra thrilling than the life he has been dwelling up till now.
Within the first recreation, the three meet Saori Shibuki, a participant who has been on this world longer than them and who has expertise with the video games. She warns the three that these video games aren’t to be taken calmly and when flaming arrows come hailing down on them, the group quickly imagine her claims. To outlive, they resolve to work collectively, at the very least till they be taught extra about this world and might work out a approach to escape. However that data gained’t come simply and to acquire something of use, the three are going to must play much more of those video games…
Truthfully talking, so far as the anime goes there isn’t much more to it than that. This collection is simply made up of three episodes, so essentially the most we get to see is our forged coming to this world and taking part in three completely different video games. Given the manga is full at 18 volumes, I knew going into it that the anime wouldn’t accomplish a complete lot however I assumed it could nonetheless be enjoyable if you happen to just like the dying recreation premise.
Nonetheless, whereas the primary two episodes are fulfilling as standalone video games the third tries to maneuver in a extra emotional course which simply doesn’t work for the little time we’ve needed to spend with these characters. It seems like an finish to an extra-long opening chapter and never the conclusion to a mini-series like this. I might have most popular if the third episode was simply one other recreation like the primary two with out the emotional baggage connected. Ultimately, it simply leaves this collection feeling like an commercial relatively than a worthwhile viewing, particularly for the £20 RRP. Even if you happen to’re an current fan of the franchise, I’m not notably satisfied that that is value your time.
Maybe the difficulty is that right here within the West these episodes are being launched on their very own, whereas in Japan every one was bundled with a restricted version model of notably manga volumes. Actually having them as an additional to a product you already need makes far more sense and it’s exhausting to argue that the content material isn’t value it in that state of affairs.
Animation for the collection has been dealt with by a mix of studio Silver Hyperlink (The Misfit of Demon King Academy, Bofuri) and CONNECT (Oresuki, Strike the Blood). On the entire, I feel the anime appears high-quality, though I’m not a fan of the character designs myself. The motion is simple to comply with and compelling sufficient, which I feel is what issues most right here. It’s not going to win any awards for having memorable animation, however it’s serviceable.
In the meantime, music has been dealt with by Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Orange, Tokyo Revengers, Jujutsu Kaisen). For essentially the most half, I ended up discovering this forgettable, which is a disgrace as a result of I do like this composer’s work on different reveals. It’s in all probability simply because there are solely three episodes, so there isn’t the chance for Tsutsumi to contribute that a lot in the way in which of music.
As beforehand talked about Alice in Borderland involves the UK in an entire Blu-ray assortment because of MVM. It comprises each Japanese and English voice tracks, each of that are okay however largely forgettable and on-disc extras are restricted to trailers for different reveals licensed by Sentai within the US.
General, this launch struggles to supply something for brand new or current followers of Alice in Borderland. If not for the course of the third episode I’d be inclined to suggest it to individuals who just like the dying recreation style, with the caveats that it doesn’t go wherever the place the plot is worried. However I feel it undermines what it may have been on the finish and that’s the ultimate nail in its coffin.