Ranked #83

No Game No Life

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014
Premiered: Spring 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.551 (scored by 250,080 users)
Ranked: #832
Popularity: #24
Members: 380,271
Favorites: 13,775
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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

Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
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Kayano, Ai
Kayano, Ai
Dora, Stephanie
Dora, Stephanie
Hikasa, Yoko
Hikasa, Yoko
Tamura, Yukari
Tamura, Yukari


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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Nov 25, 2015
This anime overall is pretty decent. I like the story -- pretty interesting and intriguing. Keeps you going even though you know how it's to end of course.

The art and animation is amazing. I love the bright colorful cheery style and the animation is definitely very smooth and appeasing to the eyes.

The characters are pretty typical for anime so don't expecting any great character development regarding that. I'll go more into this later.

My enjoyment of the anime was highly hindered by the fan service. The fan service was overwhelming, unnecessary, and was only pandering to the male gaze. Controversial opinion: fan service is gross and read more
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Nov 19, 2015
It's as if all the other trash titles with pretty colors and fan service weren't enough to satisfy the fans. Brace yourself, everybody. Madhouse has whipped up 12 episodes of garbage to please those who want an excuse for fun. It is clear that this is just another MMO-based anime that makes the large group of gamers in the otaku community happy.

No Game No Life starts decently promising. It feels overwhelming, intelligent and vast and after the first episode it left me hooked. However, it quickly becomes evident that the series is complete trash after that. Sora and Shiro are one of the major problems. read more
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Nov 22, 2015
I don’t know why I decided to begin No Game No Life, probably because it has a good score, but as usually happens, the score lies. Again and again.

This review won’t contain spoilers.

No game No Life talks about two brothers that don’t go to school and don’t have any kind of social life, they simply spend all their time playing computer games. So much that you even ask yourself how they can be still alive. After winning a chess-game against Tet, a God, they are brought in a world where every conflict is decided by playing games. Their aim is to become gods of this read more
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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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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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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.
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