Now that the transition between seasons has smoothed out, it’s time to move away from reviews to a recommendation. I honestly wasn’t going to do this one, but this past weekend my special edition box set came in the mail. I spent most of my Saturday re-watching the whole series with my sister and brother-in-law. It’s a show I enjoy talking about, and hope to see more of it in the future.
No Game No Life
This one might come as a surprise as it first aired only a year ago. However, this anime is totally worth a recommendation from me due to its hilarious and (at times) intelligent content. The art style in No Game No Life is one of a kind. The color scheme is very neon and the backdrops are rarely unnoticeable. Of course this is also a VERY ecchi show with characters ranging from grown woman to “WTF she’s 11 years old?”, so be warned if you’re offended by slight perversion. If you stick around though you’re rewarded with an interesting world, entertaining characters, and an amazing soundtrack.
No Game No Life’s story begins with siblings Sora and Shiro utterly destroying people in an online game. The two are an urban legend on the internet known only as “blank” since they leave their usernames empty. After receiving an anonymous and cryptic invite for a chess game, the two play together to beat the unnamed opponent. When the game is through Sora and Shiro find themselves free falling (literally) into a fantasy world while the God of Games (Tet) explains the 10 rules of his world. From here on our unlikely heroes set out to find out about their surroundings, then eventually they decide to beat the game (conquer the world).
The major selling point of the show is the 10 pledges by which the people must live their lives on Tet’s world. The laws are as follows:
1 All murder, war, and robbery is forbidden in this world.
2 All conflict in this world will be resolved through games.’
3 In games, each player will bet something that they agree is of equal value.
4 As long as it doesn’t violate pledge three, anything may be bet, and any game may be played.
5 The challenged party has the right to decide the rules of the game.
6 Any bets made in accordance with the pledges must be upheld.
7 Conflicts between groups will be conducted by designated representatives with absolute authority.
8 Being caught cheating during a game is grounds for an instant loss.
9 In the name of god, the previous rules may never be changed.
10 Let’s all have fun and play together!
Every game begins with the players swearing to uphold the pledges. Sora and Shiro’s masterful manipulation of these 10 pledges is what makes the games even more enjoyable to watch. This anime does fall victim to the trap of “highly intelligent” characters being only as clever as their writer can fathom. However, the leaps of logic are easy to brush off if you simply come to enjoy the anime. If you want to over analyze the machinations of fictional characters in an ecchi fantasy that’s completely up to you.
I’m 100% certain that MANY people will disagree with my assessment, but I have a contact me page for that sort of thing. The only thing that gives me any pause in recommending No Game No Life is that there has been no word on a second season. The first season ends in somewhat of a cliff hanger, and that was a year ago. Still even with that flaw, this show is totally worth the watch. The art, music, and story have had me coming back for more for a year now and every time I leave anxious for more!
Now all that’s left is for you to watch it! Go forth to Crunchyroll or Sentai Filmworks to get this amazing anime. Remember to drop me a line here or on my social media to let me know what you think of No Game No Life. I’ll wait for you to finish it then come back here. Till you return…
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!