Netflix's 'Alice in Borderland': Meet Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya and rest of the cast of the manga series

The live-action manga will reimagine Tokyo as three friends find themselves in an alternate universe where they have to play games to survive


                            Netflix's 'Alice in Borderland': Meet Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya and rest of the cast of the manga series
Tao Tsuchiya and Kento Yamazaki (Netflix)

Your newest Asian binge-watch from Netflix is based on a popular suspense Japanese manga series, 'Alice in Borderland' created by Haro Aso. The live-action manga will reimagine Tokyo as three friends find themselves in an alternate universe where they have to play games to survive. 

Arisu — a listless, jobless and videogame-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.

As such, to many in the United States, the faces appearing in the series might be unfamiliar. Here's our guide to the actors playing the central characters on the show and other works of theirs. Read on to know more about the cast and characters of Netflix's 'Alice in Borderland'.

Kento Yamazaki

Kento Yamazaki (Getty Images)

Kento Yamazaki is a Japanese actor best known for his role as L in the live-action television series 'Death Note', and as the lead Minato Shindo in the Japanese medical drama remake of 'Good Doctor', as well as starring in films 'L DK', 'Heroine Shikkaku' and 'Orange'. Yamazaki plays the role of Arisu. Arisu wasted away his days without any goal in life until he is forced into a dire situation in a strange world, where his latent observational and decision-making skills blossom.

Tao Tsuchiya

Tao Tsuchiya (Getty Images)

Tao Tsuchiya is a Japanese actress, model and actress. She is best known for her roles in 'Mare', 'Kasane: Beauty and Fate' and 'Rurouni Kenshin: The Final'. She plays the role of Usagi, a young woman who at first took on “games” alone. Her silent strength supports Arisu, who is overly sensitive and tends to lose direction.

Nijiro Murakami

Nijiro Murakami (Getty Images)

Nijiro Murakami is a Japanese voice actor known for voicing Hiro Shishigami in 'Inuyashiki - Last Hero' and his roles in 'Dead Stock' and 'Aogeba Toutoshi'. He plays the role of the mysterious Chishiya who quickly notices the unusual skills Arisu and Usagi possess. He is an intellectual who emits an aura of calm, in stark contrast to Arisu. 

Yuki Morinaga

Yuki Morinaga is a Japanese actor best known for his roles in 'Yotsuba Ginko Harashima Hiromi ga Monomosu: Kono Onna ni Kakeru' and 'Magi: Tensho Keno Shonen Shisetsu'. He plays the role of Arisu's friend, Chota, an office worker.

Keita Machida

Keita Machida (Getty Images)

Keita Machida is a Japanese actor best known for his roles in the 'High&Low' movie series, 'Nusumareta Kao', 'Meet Me After School' and 'Segodon'. He plays the role of Arisu's friend, Karube, a bartender.

All eight episodes of the first season of 'Alice in Borderland' will be available to stream on Netflix on Thursday, December 10, at 12 am PST.

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