No Game No Life

Title:No Game No Life
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another "crappy game." One day, they are summoned by a boy named "God" to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where "everything is decided by games"—even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the "Saviors of Humanity" on this alternate world? "Well, let's start playing."
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12 episode TV anime that premiered on April 9, 2014.
Animated by Madhouse
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 8 7 7 5 4 4 Ggultra2764 [series:2880#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

No Game No Life's plot felt like one big excuse to glorify life as a hikikomori in its focus on NEET siblings Sora and Shiro being whisked away to a fantasy world where games are used to settle conflicts between warring races. The show attempts to paint our two leads as a cool and intelligent pair when they go up against opponents in the various games seen throughout the series. However, they come across more as mean-spirited and contradictive in their mentalities. While both hate the outside world for lacking any rules and fearing it, the two have no qualms with exploiting loopholes in the rules established within the fantasy world to get what they want and seem to have no issues chatting it up with the residents of the fantasy world they become part of. In addition to the problems with our two leads, the games played lack much in the way of substance and suspense since the rules seem to keep getting bent to suit Sora and Shiro, plus the anime will usually milk fan service for cheap attempts at humor since our main sibling pair normally humiliate Stephanie into wearing revealing or fetish-themed outfits from winning against her in games and we even get a few creepy shots of Shiro in states of undress in spite of being 11-years old. As it is, No Game No Life seems to exist only to glorify life as an otaku or NEET and I wouldn't recommend watching it unless you fall into one of those two particular groups.

Last updated Tuesday, August 18 2015. Created Tuesday, August 18 2015.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2880#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, I was hoping that this video-game themed show might have some clever twist, like Sword Art Online, for example. But I was left pretty unenthused by episode one. For one thing, Sora and Shiro are hikkimori-like teens, but otherwise they aren't given much personality and aren't necessarily nice people that you would want to hang around with. Perhaps the main problem is, who enjoys standing around and watching somebody else play a game? Being trapped in a world of games may be a great opportunity for them, but it seems more like a living hell for us, as we are now liable to be slowly bored to death. Since fighting and violence are not allowed there, nothing much seems to be at stake, and as a result I hardly care how each game will go. No risk, no interest. Given their lack of likeability, I don't really care whether the siblings ever make it back to the real world, either. And I don't recall laughing at any jokes. Also, the neon-light style animation annoyed me. Maybe some sort of interesting plot will develop later on, but I don't see any signs of it yet and plenty of new shows are jockeying for my attention right now. I just don't see why I would want to watch other people play games that I wouldn't want to play myself.

Last updated Sunday, April 13 2014. Created Sunday, April 13 2014.

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