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‘Alice in Borderland’ season 2 premieres on December 22 — here’s how to watch the hit Japanese sci-fi thriller

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four characters from "Alice in Borderland" season 2 crouching behind a wallA team of allies fights to survive the deadly games of “Alice in Borderland.”

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  • “Alice in Borderland” season two hits Netflix on December 22.
  • The Japanese sci-fi show follows a group of people forced to play a series of life-or-death games. 
  • To watch, you’ll need at least a Netflix Basic subscription which starts at $7/month with ads.

After a two-year break, “Alice in Borderland” is heading back to Netflix with a second season. New episodes of the Japanese sci-fi thriller start streaming on December 22. 

“Alice in Borderland” follows the harrowing struggle of average people thrust unwillingly into a deadly series of games. Set in a deserted, alternate version of Tokyo, players are forced to compete for their lives and gain enough wins to save themselves from being executed. Following the events of season one, Ryohei Arisu and Yuzuha Usagi are fighting desperately to escape the games and hoping to return home. 

Check out the trailer for ‘Alice in Borderland’ season 2

“Alice in Borderland” is directed Shinsuke Sato, who also co-writes the series with Yoshiki Watabe and Yasuko Kuramitsu. Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya star as the two main protagonists. The show’s first season premiered in December 2020. 

How to watch ‘Alice in Borderland’

You can watch “Alice in Borderland” season two on Netflix starting December 22. The full season will be released at once, and members can also catch up on every episode from season one. 

Netflix’s Basic plan starts at $7/month with ads or $10/month without ads. These entry-level options offer 720p streaming. For 1080p playback, you can get a Netflix Standard plan for $15.49/month. Viewers with 4K TVs might want to choose Netflix Premium, which offers Ultra HD quality with up to four simultaneous streams for $20/month.

The Netflix app is available on most smart TVs, mobile devices, and streaming players from every major brand. You can also stream the service through a web browser on a PC, Mac, or laptop. 

How many episodes are in ‘Alice in Borderland’ season 2?

“Alice in Borderland” season two is set to include eight episodes, just like the first season. 

What is ‘Alice in Borderland’ based on?

“Alice in Borderland” is a live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name. The manga is written by Haro Aso and originally ran from 2010 to 2016.

Before the live-action show was produced, the manga was previously adapted into a three-episode animated series released in 2014 and 2015. 

Is ‘Alice in Borderland’ worth watching?

“Alice in Borderland” season two doesn’t have a score on Rotten Tomatoes just yet, but season one holds a “75% Fresh” rating based on eight reviews from critics. The show has been praised for its stark visuals and exciting action sequences. 

The series is likely worth a watch for fans of thrillers that push characters to their limits in life-or-death situations, not unlike “Battle Royale,” “Squid Game,” and the “Saw” films. 

Will ‘Alice in Borderland’ get a third season?

As of December 21, “Alice in Borderland” has not yet been renewed for a third season. Netflix typically waits a couple of weeks after a new season debuts to determine if audience engagement is high enough to order more episodes.

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