Netflix announced on Thursday that production on a third live-action season based on Haro Aso‘s () manga has been green-lit. Lead cast members Kento Yamazaki (live-action , , , ) and Tao Tsuchiya (, live-action , ), as well as director Shinsuke Satō (live-action , films; anime film), are all returning.
The art accompanying the new season’s announcement features a joker playing card. Satō teased that “a new journey, one that absolutely no one knows, begins.” He also teased the mysterious identity of the season’s antagonist.
Netflix‘s Kazutaka Sakamoto (, live-action ) is serving as executive producer of the new season, and Akira Morii and Daiju Takase are the producers. Robot is planning and producing the season in collaboration with The Seven.
The manga centers on Ryōhei Arisu (pronounced the same as “Alice” in Japanese), a male high school student who is irritated with his intolerable everyday life. One night, he tags along with his bad friends Karube and Chōta to hang out in town. However, the town is suddenly covered in giant fireworks. When he comes to his senses, Ryōhei notices that no one else is around. Finding themselves in a different world, Ryōhei, Karube, and Chōta are forced to participate in survival games or die right off the bat. The three fight to live, as well as to find a way back to their own world.
The first season debuted on Netflix in December 2020. It was the most viewed live-action series in Japan in 2020, and it ranked in Netflix‘s top 10 in 40 countries and territories worldwide.
The second season premiered on Netflix worldwide on December 22, 2022. New cast members included Yuri Tsunematsu as the high school student Heiya, Tomohisa Yamashita as “King of Clubs” Kyūma, Hayato Isomura as Banda, Kai Inowaki as Matsushita, Katsuya Maiguma as Yaba, and Honami Satō as Kotoko.
Netflix describes the story of the second season:
Arisu and Usagi must unravel the mysteries of the Borderland in order to return to their world. Shifting from the shocking setting of an empty Shibuya in the first season, this season is set in a devastated Shibuya covered in plants. Don’t miss a second of this survival game packed with intense action and a thrilling story!
Aso began serializing the manga in Shogakukan‘s (formerly ) magazine in 2010. The series transferred to as it entered its final story arc in March 2015. The manga ended in March 2016, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. The manga’s 12th, 13th, and 14th volumes shipped with original video anime (OVA) episodes. HIDIVE has streamed the OVAs.
A spinoff manga series titled ran from October 2014 to February 2015 in . Aso also launched a separate spinoff series titled in Shogakukan‘s magazine in August 2015, with art by Takayoshi Kuroda. The manga ended in February 2018, and Shogakukan published eight volumes for the series.
Aso launched a new spinoff manga series titled Retry ( Retry) in Shogakukan‘s magazine in October 2020, and ended it in January 2021.
Viz Media is releasing the original manga in English.
Source: Comic Natalie