After seeing a blurb in my phone's news feed, I started watching Alice in Borderland on Netflix. I've only watched a few episodes, and it's pretty interesting, and has some annoying bits. No spoilers, except maybe in the links, and your experience may vary.
The premise is that some friends, each having a bad day, meet for some commiseration in a busy Tokyo streets. Horsing around in the street, they cause a little traffic trouble and accidents, and then believe they're being chased by police because of it. They hide in a subway bathroom, and when they exit, find that they're alone. They eventually find some others and learn that they must play deadly games to survive. The execution of that switch is a little clumsy, but really isn't the focus of the rest of the episodes I've since watched. The games require a little problem solving, cooperation, or competition. Survival is real, as loss means death. They very quickly take this unknown quantity in their lives as "what it is," and try to quickly adapt to their new lives of playing and surviving games.
Watching is a little curious. It's a Japanese show, but cleanly dubbed in English, so I can watch. The subtitles don't match the audio, though, and the better bits of the story are frequently switching back and forth. Additionally, as with many stories told from different countries, the film aspects vary some from what Hollywood might produce. The visuals are awesome, and the tension is built well. The character development comes across in fits and starts, which may be constrained by language, culture, or what works in the episode. While the character interaction and introspection has its halts and leaps, it works pretty well once you allow it to be different than how you expect characters to be developed. If you accept the weird way characters are developed in long and bendy tales like Lost had, this won't be as bad as I'm sure I'm making it sound.
The series starts of with the three mates trying to survive together, with a stranger they met at the start and have worked with since, and the last episode I caught, the third, was a winner-take-all where that seemed to have set up a sole survivor. We'll see how that shakes out in the next episode. As with Lost, the story is surely about the first character we met, and the intersections he has with others will be about how he handles them. I'm not sure if this also follows some Lost-like bends where what seems like an event at the end of one episode is changed by perspective shifts in the next.
Peeking at it on the web, it seems this grows from a manga series, then adapted to video animation, and finally to the live-action version on Netflix. I'm sure much more depth is in the graphic novel. It also seems to be in Japanese, so I'm not sure I can read it anyway.