Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled "Ex-machina" android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
I literally flew to Japan to see this movie and I have to say it was pretty amazing. Artistically speaking, definitely the best anime or anime movie ever made. However, the story felt a bit rushed. A set of movies or even a 12 episode alternate series would have worked better and you`ll understand why if you see it.
Great story but it definitely feels rushed even with almost 2 hours. Tet recalls the story of 6000 years ago before he becomes the one true god and it pretty much explains who everyone is and the survival of imanity, however, they just go over way
too many things and loses the entire "no game no life" part of NGNL. Interesting and still very enjoyable though.
To me NGNL will always be #1 in art, the colors and the unique style they use and the setting all just works together to create this beautiful art and NGNL Zero does it even better. The setting is much darker than the original, but it was still fucking amazing to say the least.
Sounds were great and matched the art and setting. All I have to say. Not a 10/10 because none of the OST`s really popped out to me like some did in the anime.
This is another problem, I guess, with the anime. All the characters were great, except Shuvi. Her character just seemed so out of place. The entire ex-machina and android-y and robot yet human setting she had just weird. A lot of the characters also felt like filler and repeats, except with a much nicer looking, less annoying Steph.
I point out a lot of the issues I had with the movie and the truth is it was fucking good. I`m probably going to go see it again before I`m out of Japan but it`s something you have to see if you even somewhat enjoyed ngnl.
I really am in Japan and I really did watch this movie. Btw if you see it in theaters(Japan) you can buy goods and you even get a free little manga-like mini-pamphlet for free. <.<
Story : 10/10
The story is well written for both anime and Light Novel; Volume 6, content delivery is very good and easy to understand. However, it is important to watch the TV anime before proceed to the movie since not everything explain from scratch.
Art : 10/10
If you like colorful anime you know NGNL have it but dark-themed of NGNL surprisingly went along with the story theme. It's the great war after all. Well drawn background and coloring, expected nothing less.
Character : 10/10
This part might containing a spoiler however reading this will not spoiling your experience.
Author, or rather Tet, made Riku and Shuvi similar to Sora
and Shiro, keep in mind that they are not same person ( same VA though ) and Tet mentioned that he alter the story a bit so that the REAL story remain untold. In reality, probably that actually Riku and Shuvi look nothing like Sora and Shiro, but since it is 6000 years ago, the story look more interesting if the character similar to someone that we already know, Sora and Shiro. If they created entirely new character, we might not get the similar experience. ( Can you imagine an NGNL without loli heroine? )
Sound : 8/10
The sound is good, but not great. The OST goes well with anime with good impression but there's nothing catchy. If you fall in love with the anime, sound is not something that you'll hype, still it is good.
Enjoyment : 10/10
Watched this twice at cinema, further explanation is not required.
Overall : 10/10
This one will require math. Total of my score before is 48 which when divided by 5, resulting in 9.6 and after rounding off it, 10.
Having read the light novel, No Game No Life Zero was everything i expected it to be. You shouldn't be watching this movie with similar expectations to the series in mind mainly because the setting of both stories in the anime and the movie are worlds apart (hah see what I did there). One important thing to keep in mind is despite the movie's main purpose being to explain the origins of the world of Disboard(current NGNL world), the story is focused on the development of a romance between the two MCs and their efforts to change the world.
The story for No Game No Life
Zero is much more serious and grim, taking place in a war torn world. Without going too deep into the story, there were definitely lots of feels and the general flow of the story was smooth enough. The story gets a 9 because of two reasons: (CON) firstly, there is much more explanation and content that could be put in the story, maybe a second movie.(light novel readers will get me). (PRO) The second reason is that the story was adapted well enough such that critical elements of the story are brought into the movie, such that you can watch the movie without having the need to question anything, or feeling like certain explanations or backstories are missing. TL;DR, the story can be fully appreciated without having to watch the series or reading the light novel.
I always liked No Game No Life's art style, and the series usually has a much lighter colour scheme. To match the movie's more serious vibe, darker colours were used (like purple or black for outlines instead of the usual pinkish tones), making it look more similar to any regular anime's colouring, while still maintaining a colourful vibe that's distinctive to No Game No Life.
Sure the ED was nice and the theme music was nice, but it was nothing super amazing. The BGM complimented the scenes well, and had the right vibe. But it wasn't so good that I would go out of my way to listen to the OST.
I think most may disagree with me on this, but I felt the idea of having the two MCs, Riku and Shuvi be quite different from Sora and Shiro was a good idea. Sora and Shiro are very easygoing and carefree characters who only get serious when it's crunch time, and maybe aside from having the same voice actor and actress, they aren't similar at all. Riku is a fairly grim and emotional character who has a heavy conscience, but is still kind and caring, while Shuvi is a Ex-Machina(robot) who slowly developed her own "heart", so she's mostly close to emotionless. Even though Shuvi is protrayed as a developing character, important parts of her robot persona still remained, which I felt was very crucial in not overdeveloping her "human" side. The personality progression for both these characters are done well, while not being too sudden. Seeing Riku slowly open his heart to another, and Shuvi learning what it really means to be human. MOST IMPORTANTLY, Steph's grandmother, Corone Dola was not a pain in the ass character like Steph was so that's a +1.
There is enough of an emotional rollercoaster to make you want to keep watching. It's not just a whole new mood, but there were several aspects of the humour from the series showing in the movie. Certainly the perverse humour is way less, but the humour is still similar(deadpan retorts from the female MC/making fun of virgins). The atmosphere of the movie was also well balanced, making sure that seriousness and humour was used appropriately in any setting. Maybe it's due to me having read the light novel, but the scenes played out in the movie were exactly as I imagined, which only made me enjoy the movie even more.
Doesn't matter if you didn't watch the original series, or have been put off by how ecchi the show is. No Game No Life Zero takes a completely different look onto the world of Disboard, so you should definitely watch it.
As someone who loves anime, spending my summer in japan to visit my japanese cousins was pretty lucky. No Game No Life:Zero is a must watch for anyone who has watched the original television series.
The production value of this movie is one of the best out there in anime so far.
The artwork is amazing (as it also is in the television series) and the sound to match.
The world within No Game No Life is fully present, and the atmosphere through it all was great.
However, While it was very entertaining to watch, the story itself seemed a bit lackluster, as the plot seems to be rather
too fast paced. The characters arent developed amazing well, and there are a few too many events taking place too quickly. Many times in movies, the pacing can really turn off a viewer, but I found that while the movie was rushed, it was still quite enjoyable.