Anime Review #3- No Game No Life


This review looks at the currently joint 9th ranked anime, No Game No Life, however it really did deserve higher. Why? Here’s Why?

Don’t let the low positioning deceive you, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the series and will love to see any new series or the upcoming film in July. There are a multitude of high points including; The Theme Song, The complexity of the plot line which becomes revealed at the end, The cuteness of the main Female Protagonist, The slight element of love interests, The Logical Reasoning and The Brief Sections of Adult Humour/Sexuality.

However there are also a few major negatives which include; The visual sharpness (For a show released in 2014 the graphics were equal to or slightly worse than those in Pokemon, Yugioh and Dragon Ball Z in the late 90’s-Early 2000’s), The confusing blink and you’ll have no idea what is happening nature of the the deep thinking behind games (With all of the speech in Japanese, the subtitles are imperative to understanding the situation in the story when they go in to deep logical reasoning to try and win the games and if you blink or look away you find yourself constantly going back in a few minutes), The overall rushed nature of the season (Being only 12 episodes in length the story progressed so fast that there was very little opportunity to build character depth or take in the genius of some of the plays), The over perverted nature of the main male character (The majority of the series, like in Trinity Seven, is filled with scenes of a sexual nature with Sora attempting to see and touch a girl sexually at any opportunity, even in front of his eleven year old “Sister” who uses brilliant deadpan comedy to say whatever was on her mind but at times help in the perversion) and The moments of incestuous behaviour of Sora towards his little stepsister (As the lead in suggests the overly friendly approaches and questionably actions leave the viewer uncomfortable at times).

Despite these issues, I genuinely believe that a release of a second season could solve some of these problems as long as they ease off on the desperate sex scenes and concentrate on the deep thinking games. This is definitely a thinkers anime/story as each of the games shown such as live person chess rely on great strategy and/or teamwork with other characters. Similarly to Sora and Shiro (The little sister) the whole world that they find themselves in is just one big game which they are destined to win as “Blank never loses” and as such each action they take, interacting with the other characters have been parts of an undetectable plan and strategy to reach these goals.

So what happens and what am I on about whole world and massive strategy?

One night of gaming, Sora and Shiro, two hardcore gamers (Who have superhuman logical abilities) who have abandoned the outside world to play as hard as possible for as long as possible, are sent a link which seems to be from a new game for them to conquer. However it transports them to a whole new world, a new universe…one where they finally belong. The whole world is comprised of 16 Nations and Races with Humans/Imans being at the bottom, due to being the physically weakest and having no understanding of magic.

The key element of this world is that everything is decided upon by playing games. There are no physical wars, there is no killing. Just 10 Rules, most important being; No one can be killed as a result of playing the game, the challenged party decides the rules of the game, any cheating (that is provable) is grounds for immediate loss and that both parties involved in the game must beforehand agree on what the winner should get from the loser and any ambiguity could be exploited as we see early on, and these bets are enforced by the world no matter what.

After arriving in the world, the pair win some gold from a gambler at a poker tournament which they use to pay for a hotel room and multiple gaming devices. On their way to the room they come across Stephanie Dola, granddaughter of the last king, about to get cheated out of her poker match to a seemingly magic using iman (later turns out to be Elven). Later that day Dola comes to the room to challenge Sora. Sora wins and after the ambiguity of Dola’s bet is shown, Sora says that for winning, he wants her to fall in love with him. Despite fighting it she does and begrudgingly agrees to let the siblings stay at the castle which now belongs to her. Later we find that the poker match Dola lost was for the crown of the nation which is swiftly won back by Sora and Shiro, placing them as rulers. Over the next few days and weeks they sort out all of the domestic issues before declaring war on all other nations and races. They recruit Jibril, protector of the nations library, a Flugel also seen as a demon who has an extremely nymphomaniac-like nature after a game of extreme shiritori where all words said became real. The foursome eventually come across the marbeast race (Who have the ability to read minds) who they try to take all non island land from and set a date for a huge universally televised showdown. In order to face the marbeasts, they recruit the two elves who originally swindled Dola after a confusing game which barely anyone involved understood. With the bets of this game, Sora’s memories were shared with the elves and likewise to develop trust between the parties. The game then turns out to be a shooter game where you shoot people to make them fall in love with you, team to fall in love first loses…marbeasts lost, recruiting the opposition players and gaining the land. The race leader declares they want immediate revenge with the enterity of both races land mass and resources up for grabs with Sora wanting both parties to work together. This huge decision is decided by…A coin toss which Sora wins, reluctantly getting the two races in to a faction…which is then revealed to include the elves as another stipulation of the earlier mega confusing game.

This is the simplest I could describe the plot without going on forever.

Next up will be Mirai Nikki, A.K.A. Future Diaries unless there is an unexpected change in the rankings…

Anime Chart:

  1. Sword Art Online
  2. Chuunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shittai (Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions)
  3. Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April)
  4. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
  5. Re: Zero- Starting Life in Another World
  6. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  7. Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Souma
  8. Akame ga Kill!
  9. Mirai Nikki (Future Diaries) (=9)
  10. No Game No Life (=9)
  11. Trinity Seven

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