Today I bring a show with a funky Battle Royal vibe that is based on a graphic novel. It’s one of those things where I saw a ton of content on tumblr, so of course I had to check it out!
The Plot (as found on RT):
Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.
I. Am. Fascinated!
This show surprised me, thrilled me, mesmerized me. The games the protagonists have to play are well thought out and I enjoyed trying to come up with solutions myself. I just love a show that is smart and also treats its audience like we have two braincells.
The show was renewed for a second season so I’m not surprised that the mystery behind what kicked off the series had not yet been revealed. I’m very curious though if we will actually find out or if they just never tell us. Since I haven’t read the graphic novel I don’t know there actually is a background to that. I mean, I could just google it but I’d rather just wait for season two spoiler-free. 😅
The script is amazing but the cast can make or break the show. In this case, they absolutely nailed it. Every single actor and actresses chosen for the series played their role to perfection – especially when we got the little flashbacks telling us about everybodys pasts some of them really let their talent shine through.
I should probably point out that there is a lot of violence and death in this show, so it might not be for the faint of heart. But it’s what I like about Japanese shows and films: everything is always rawer, more intense, not bending over backwards trying to please everybody.
What a fascinating show this is! I can’t wait for the second season to find out more about the backstory. It’s really unique, comes with a smart script and an amazing cast. What else could you want from a show?
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!