Japanese sci-fi thriller Alice in Borderland just set a Netflix record

alice on the border — the Netflix sci-fi series based on a graphic novel by Haro Aso — has just set a new record with the debut of its 8-episode second season. He’s set several records, actually.

For starters, this Netflix release about two characters who chase the mystery of “Borderland” to return to the real world is the #6 show on Netflix in the US today. Worldwide, seasons 1 and 2 also take the top two spots this week on Netflix’s chart of the top 10 non-English shows on the streaming giant. And as if that were not enough, Netflix has also confirmed that alice on the border it is now his most watched Japanese series to date.

alice on the border Season 2

The show also has one of the best-sounding titles on Netflix, in my opinion, but that’s neither here nor there.

For the 7-day period ending December 25, alice on the border Season 2 was the #1 non-English language show on Netflix, with 61.1 million hours watched worldwide. Season 1 of the series was ranked #2, with 18.6 million hours watched worldwide.

It’s more, alice on the border Season 2 hit the Top 10 chart in 90 countries in its first week, and is currently the #1 series in nine of those countries. The show first debuted on Netflix two years ago, and here’s the official synopsis:

A listless, jobless, and video game-obsessed young man, Arisu suddenly finds himself in a strange and empty version of Tokyo where he and his friends must compete in dangerous games to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young girl who navigates the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they put their lives on the line and face what it means to live.

In a Netflix interview included with the show’s press materials, series star Kento Yamazaki praised Alice in Borderland scale of production, raving that so many things have never been done in Japan before.

A production still image from season 2 of “Alice in Borderland” on Netflix. Image source: Netflix

Adds director Shinsuke Sato: “It’s a battle of life and death. These guys are not warriors. They are not soldiers or heroes. They are ordinary people in Tokyo. So when they meet in Shibuya at the end to end this chaotic game, I thought it would be great to show them fighting like heroes.”

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