Loved Squid Game? While waiting for the next season of Squid Game to come, try watching a similar genre starting with Alice in Borderland to keep things interesting.
We all know how Squid Game took over the world in 2021 with its intriguing plot and storyline. Basically, Squid Game was a survival game where poor and indigent people were targeted specifically and brought to play the game with a total of 456 players for the sake of winning the prize money i.e. 4.56 billion won.
As much as it sounds crazy, the players are not forced to play the game, where they literally have to fight for each other’s survival until one person is standing in the end. Various children’s games, especially Korean games that the players are most familiar with were used in Squid Game. As time goes by, we find out that some “VIPs” were betting on the players’ lives. A lot of questions are left unanswered at the end of the season.
Here’s a trailer for Squid Game Season 1, if you haven’t watched it already.
After the end of Squid Game season 1, there has been a hint that Season 2 is brewing around the corner.
While waiting for the next season to come, try watching something similar to keep things interesting.
Alice in Borderland
Alice in Borderland is a thriller survival game, similar to Squid Game, however, Alice in Borderland has a vibe of fantasy elements to it too. The main character Arisu (sounds like Alice when pronounced in Japanese) finds himself with his two friends all alone in the emptied street of Tokyo, and now, they have to participate in a game to survive and get a ‘visa’ to stay there, or they die.
Alice in Borderland manages to keep us interested and craving for more each episode. It might be a bit gruesome for some, but it has a good storyline and characters who fit into the story well. Keep in mind, Alice in Borderland is based on the manga of the same name, by Haro Aso.
Here’s a trailer for Alice in Borderland Season 1.
Similarities between Squid Game and Alice in Borderland
Here are some similarities between two survival game shows, Squid Game and Alice in Borderland.
- Both are survival games.
- Squid Game and Alice in Borderland, both have new games every episode where you win or you die.
- Both have amazing storylines and plots.
- Both the main characters in Squid Game and Alice in Borderland want to find the truth and end this once and for all.
- Squid Game has more of an easy game concept where players play children’s games whereas Alice in Borderland has more games where you have to use your brain.
- Both of the shows have amazing character development.
- They are both available on Netflix.
- Both have a new season coming soon.
Both of the shows are equally interesting and keep their viewers glued to their seats while watching them. While Squid Game has a definite goal i.e., playing the games to earn the prize money, Alice in Borderland doesn’t have any monetary benefit. You have to play the games to earn the visa for certain days which allows you to live. Or, you die from the laser beams shooting out of nowhere if you don’t play the games and earn the visa. Both shows seem to have a common theme: surviving at the end of the day.
You won’t have to wait a long time for the next season to come for Alice in Borderland, it’s already out. Season 2 is more thrilling with more games than the previous season which are of a bigger scale, a game for the face cards. Season 2 gives the viewers the answers to some much curious and burning questions we all had throughout the series. The ending of the season is really good too. Season 2 might be the last season of the awesome Japanese series. You should definitely watch it and decide for yourself.
Watched too many thriller and gruesome shows? Want to watch something more lighthearted? Check out the review of First Love, a 2022 Japanese drama, with a cute and emotional story.