Ranked #89

No Game No Life

Alternative Titles

English: No Game, No Life
Synonyms: NGNL
Japanese: ノーゲーム・ノーライフ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014
Premiered: Spring 2014
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 21:30 (JST)
Producers: Media Factory
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.521 (scored by 278,893 users)
Ranked: #892
Popularity: #24
Members: 422,701
Favorites: 15,753
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Synopsis

No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username "Kuuhaku." They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm 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 by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party's wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer 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 new, gaming-is-everything world.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Sora
Sora
Main
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Japanese
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Shiro
Shiro
Main
Kayano, Ai
Japanese
Kayano, Ai
Dola, Stephanie
Dola, Stephanie
Main
Hikasa, Yoko
Japanese
Hikasa, Yoko
Jibril
Jibril
Supporting
Tamura, Yukari
Japanese
Tamura, Yukari

Staff

Ishizuka, Atsuko
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Asaka, Morio
Asaka, Morio
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hosokawa, Hideki
Hosokawa, Hideki
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Beginner
Shirouto (素人)
Apr 9, 2014
2 Challenger
Chousensha (挑戦者)
Apr 16, 2014
3 Expert
Jukurensha (熟練者)
Apr 23, 2014
4 Grandmaster
Kokuou (国王)
Apr 30, 2014
5 Weak Square
Komanarabe (駒並べ)
May 7, 2014

Opening Theme

#1: "This game" by Konomi Suzuki (eps 2-8, 10)
#2: "Onegai☆Snyaiper (おねがい☆すにゃいばー)" by Izuna Hatsuse (Miyuki Sawashiro) (ep 11)

Ending Theme

#1: "This game" by Konomi Suzuki (eps 1, 12)
#2: "Oracion (オラシオン)" by Shiro (Ai Kayano) (eps 2-11)



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tenkousei
Jul 16, 2014
[contains spoilers]

Make no mistake, No Game No Life was built to be a blockbuster. Madhouse adapting one of those wildly successful ‘gaming-becomes-reality’ light novel series made sense considering their generally poor commercial performance as of late. And No Game No Life, a blitzkrieg of dastardly clever action and outrageous gags, as unsettling as it is original, certain delivers a blockbuster, but not without significant flaws.

The anime centers around Sora and Shiro: brother and sister, two certain victors in an absurdist world, whose ambitions and exploits, leave impressive opponents - and subsequently, you, the viewer - confounded and amazed at the same damn time. The elder read more
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javycane
Jul 4, 2014
"Give people bright colors and fan service and they go crazy and lose any logic"

No game No Life is a curious anime to me. I Consider myself to be a not so cruel scorer always giving anime a chance and always looking for positives but this is not the case for No Game No Life with me. Considered to be the next best thing since canned bread everybody seems to love this and I'm the only one who cant see what is so good about it. I will try to give my vision on the show in the next couple of sections so please bare read more
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HaXXspetten
Jun 25, 2014
【1】 All bloodshed, war, and pillage is forbidden throughout the world.
【2】 All disputes are to be resolved through the outcome of games.
【3】 In games, wagers will be made on what both parties decide to be of equal value.
【4】 Unless contrary to "Three", the game content and the things wagered do not matter.
【5】 The challenged party has the right to decide the contents of the game.
【6】 "As per the Oath", the wager will be unconditionally adhered to.
【7】 All matters for group conflicts will be decided by a representative.
【8】 If cheating is detected during a game, it will be regarded as a defeat.
【9】 The above rules are read more
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Myhv
Jan 6, 2015
I don't normally write reviews, mainly cause I don't think that many people will be interested in my totally subjective opinion, but this time I decided to make an exception. Mainly cause I can't stand to see so many people slamming this series with the same repeating arguments, completely ignoring the positives.

As I've said, I have very much subjective and in many ways probably biased love for the series. I assume it's mainly because it saved me from the rot of meaningless flashy series, where fan service replaces story and various "grabs" are there instead of plot twists. But isn't this virtually the read more
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- Both are visually impressive.
- Most importantly, both have a main concept which revolves around playing games.

Fans of one series will definitely enjoy the other.  
reportRecommended by TragicRomance
Anime: Sword Art Online
Yes, both main characters are being transported into a gaming world where there are lots of mysterious wonders to explore. 'No Game No Life' is fresh in terms of its fanservice comedies and vibrant colours, whereas 'Sword Art Online' is focused more on the hardship of the main character and everyone else around him while developing strong romantic relationships along the way.

Comparing the storylines, 'Sword Art Online' easily takes the cake but the crazy and fun games of 'No Game No Life' is something to smile about.  
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• Intellectual Protagonist
• Entertaining
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Death Note turned comedy. MC from both series are intelligent and confident in their abilities. Playing mind games with anyone who faces them. In Death Note: MC uses the power of the Death Note to create a new world. While in No Game No Life: Sora and Shina ( Siblings) are transported to a fantasy world where they play a game. Both series involves Life and Death situations. One is dark while other comedy and ecchi at times.  
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Professional N.E.E.T Gamers?
Yes, Both these anime's involve N.E.E.TS who are professional/Geniuses gamers.
Spending day after day after days playing games, however that changed when they're force into a situation where it all becomes a game.

In Btooom case, the protagonist is transported to an unknown island with others and are equipped with high tech weapon that is based of the game he plays.
In No Game No Life, the protagonists are tested and after winning are transported into a new world where everything is decided by games, no murder.. no thief.. just games!

Both anime, the protagonist must use their gaming  read more 
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