The Japanese Netflix original mystery / suspense series Alice in Borderland has been the talk of the internet since it began airing on December 10th. A thrilling story based on a manga by Haro Aso, it follows an unemployed gamer and his two friends who suddenly enter a parallel Tokyo where they're forced to play a series of cruel games with their lives at stake.

One of the most memorable scenes in the first episode, which takes place in a parallel version of Shibuya, shows the three friends stumbling out of Shibuya Station into the famous Scramble Intersection, except it's completely devoid of any life, not a hint of the massive crowds it is famous for.

For those who are enjoying the series, now there's a chance to literally "step into" the world of the show, thanks to a collaboration between Netflix and telecommunications giant au's "Virtual Shibuya" in the VR platform Cluster. Imagine watching an episode of "Alice in Borderland" in an environment just like Scramble Intersection in front of Shibuya Station in the show's parallel Tokyo. You can also play a timed game of concentration at a special website where you could win original goods.

"Netflix Cinema": Watch the show in "Virtual Shibuya"

Even if you don't have a Netflix account, you can watch the first episode of the show for free in a special screening held at "Virtual Shibuya au 5G" inside the VR platform Cluster during its special Christmas event between December 20th and 25th, 2020. You can access Cluster from either your PC or through an app on your smartphone (iOS / Android). See here to download.

Here are the details:

  • Name (JP): Netflix presents 『今際の国のアリス』特別上映会@ネトフリシネマ
  • Translation: Netflix presents Alice in Borderland Special Screening @ Netflix Cinema
  • Date: December 22nd, 2020 (JST)
  • Times: 18:00 / 19:00 / 20:00 / 21:000 (JST)
  • Admission: Free
  • "Virtual Shibuya au 5G Christmas" Website

Alice in Borderland "Game Challenge"

If you can clear this game of concentration within the time limit, you'll get a "visa" which makes you eligible for a special reward. But if you don't, it's Game Over. (Don't worry, you won't get zapped. Just log out and try again.)

So, what's the reward? You'll be entered in a lottery to receive some premium original Alice in Borderland goods.

  • When: Dec. 20th to 25th (JST)
  • Alice in Borderland "Game Challenge" website
  • How to enter: Clear the game during the time limit, take a screencap of the clear screen, post it to your Twitter account with the hashtag #今際の国のアリスげぇむちゃれんじ, and if you aren't following already, follow @shibuya5g. Eligible participants will be selected by lottery to receive prizes.

By - Ben K.