No Game No Life [Anime Review]
No Game No Life
No Game No Life is a light novel series by Yū Kamiya and published under the MF Bunko J imprint. Mashiro Hiiragi adapted the novels into a manga series for Monthly Comic Alive in 2013 and later that year, an anime adaptation of No Game No Life by Madhouse was announced. It premiered on AT-X and was simulcast outside Japan by Crunchyroll. An anime film adaptation of the sixth volume, No Game No Life: Zero, premiered on July 15, 2017.
It’s Time To Duel
No Game No Life follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online legends under the username “Blank.” They view the world as another lousy game but everything changed after reading an email and accepting a chess match. Once they won, both are suddenly plunged into another dimension where they meet Tet, the God of Games.
The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but high-stake games. Now, the duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games; to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this world.
The characters are pretty endearing, they all have little quirks that make them distinct. Even the protagonist is OP to an extent, they are full of holes that make them uniquely human.
The animation is done well, especially in the “fight scenes”, the quality gets better as the story progresses due to the difficulty of each progressing obstacles.
The story is pretty standard, there isn’t twists and turns that will keep you guessing, they pretty much said it at the beginning of the show. What sets this anime apart though is the execution, different ways to answer the same question asked. The tactics used on how to solve each obstacle without breaking the anime or going away from the protocols set in the beginning.
Game Is Life
What I really liked about this anime is how they settled everything though smarts and guile. From the first few obstacles, they had to use knowledge from Earth to resolve problems and gain advantages and insights.
While the protagonist motivation is somewhat questionable, their ability to achieve tactical advantages in their fights gives them the edge. There was one episode where they stacked conditions and used a scientific term native to Earth to win the battle. I was awestruck as I have never seen that in an anime, got science’ed out and enjoyed it.
While I don’t know if this anime will get a 2nd season, I sure hope so. I am going to hunt down the light novels as I want to know what eventually happens with Sora & Shiro and if they ever succeed with their plan.