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Favorite Moments from Alice in Borderland Season 2

If you haven’t seen it, you are seriously missing out

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The new season of Alice in Borderland came as the best Christmas gift for fans after two years. It was released last December 22, just in time for a holiday binge. 

Season one left us with intriguing cliffhangers, and a bit of a teaser of what’s to come — court card games, and possible answer to the universal question: “will they come back to the real world after the games are finished?”

Thankfully, this follow-up season didn’t disappoint. Picking up where they left off, we are reintroduced to our favorite characters (those who didn’t die, at least). Only this time, we get to know them better, including their past lives.

There’s so much to talk about, but here are some notable scenes from the series’ second installment:

(Warning: Spoilers ahead, although nothing major. Still, you’ve been warned.)

‘That’ car chase scene

The first episode kicked-off with a major action scene, as the characters are introduced to the first face card game. 

The scene involved a thrilling car chase with gun shots, quite like the famous Fast and Furious. It solidified Ann’s character as a force to be reckoned with. She’s a total badass!

Game at the port

One of my personal favorites is the game held in the container terminal. As someone who knows what goes on in a port facility, it was a fascinating watch.

Interestingly, one character stole our hearts in this game.

Teamwork

In season 1, most characters are playing the game for their own sake. It was the survival of the fittest. This time, however, we get to witness how they care for their peers and how their teamwork was tested multiple times.

The grit of the characters is so infectious that I found myself holding my breath as the scenes unfold; actively cheering them on to finish each game. They were (quite literally) dying to know how the games would end, or if they will ever end.

Chishiya’s mind games

Alice in Borderland Season 2

Chishiya’s calm and collective demeanor is somewhat a breath of fresh air, so I didn’t worry for him as much as I did for others. His ability to win games with pure intelligence, combined with luck, is so entertaining and interesting to watch.

According to manga readers and long-time fans of the story, the name Chishiya means Cheshire, a reference to the cheshire cat in the original Alice in Wonderland tale. Given Chishiya’s personality, this makes total sense.

But of course, you can’t survive in the Borderland with just the mind alone. Which is why his participation to the Spades’ games is quite iconic.

A younger participant

Alice in Borderland Season 2

During the first season, I wondered why most people in Borderland are probably in their 20s and up. In season 2, we were finally introduced to a younger game participant. I enjoyed watching this game, as it kept me wondering if the boy will survive in the end.

The women

Ann and Kuina | Alice in Borderland Season 2

One thing I love about Alice in Borderland is how active and independent the women are. They don’t rely on others, and they survive even when they separate from the group.

This was shown in Usagi, Ann, and Kuina’s roles, who are fighters on their own merits, and with skills we wish we have in real life. Aside from them, there were lots of old and new female characters who blew our minds. 

Don’t mess with the women, I say.


Alice in Borderland Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

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Apple Music launches ‘Rihanna’s Road to Halftime’

In anticipation of Super Bowl 2023

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After succeeding Pepsi as NFL’s official Super Bowl Halftime Show partner, Apple Music is pulling all the stops as it braces for its first ever show in the sports event, which features music icon Rihanna.

In anticipation of her upcoming Super Bowl LVII halftime performance in Glendale, Arizona on February 13, Apple Music has launched Rihanna’s Road to Halftime”, letting streamers experience the superstar’s music catalogue in deeply-enriched multidimensional sound.

Apple Music Radio will also be holding a Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on February 10, with Nadeska Alexis interviewing Rihanna herself ahead of her highly-awaited performance in United States’ annual sports spectacle.

An 8-episode “Rihanna Revisited Radio” will also keep fans engaged as the countdown to Super Bowl LVII continues ticking.

Even after the performance itself, Apple Music will have people covered with its Halftime Recap Radio” to wrap everything up.

Meanwhile, the new Apple Music Sing feature will also allow subscribers to take the mic and reenact Rhianna’s hits on compatible iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV 4K models.

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

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Disney+: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever streams February 1

Relive the MCU Phase 4 ender

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Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studio’s MCU Phase 4-ending film, will be available to stream on Disney+ starting on February 1.

Receiving generally good ratings, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever captivated fans with the introduction of underwater kingdom Talokan in the Atlantic Ocean and its ruler, Namor.

The movie opened with the death of King T’Challa. It then focused on the events in Wakanda after, including how Shuri assumed the mantle of Black Panther.

The MCU’s 30th installment which sets up Phase 5 also highlighted the dynamic between the Wakandans and Talokanil. Both people were simply after protecting their respective nations from dangers as the film’s plot progressed.

A key art and a new TV spot are now available to download and share as well.

Coinciding with the movie’s availability on the streaming platform is the release of the Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast.

Episodes may be accessed via ProximityMedia.com starting on January 18.

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