Anime afterthoughts: No Game No Life

Anime name: No Game No Life


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Before you start reading, I would just like to apologise for taking so long to write this one. I wasn’t planning to keep putting off writing for No Game No Life, especially since it’s one of my favourite anime of all time. However, many things in life happened between me starting this draft and actually planning what to write, actually writing etc. I was planning to finish my re-watch of No Game No Life before I continue to write this post, but at this rate I won’t even have this out before the movie hits. So, here it is, the extremely overdue afterthoughts. Enjoy.

P.S.:Those waiting for my Koe no Katachi afterthoughts have to wait longer, I’m sorry. I have a long list of things still in draft status, and this post just happened to be near completion. I’ll get it out soon™. I promise.



No Game No Life was a special kind of anime for me, especially for how I started watching it. As far as I can remember, I went and watched No Game No Life out of pure curiosity. There were several reasons why I got curious about it. The first would be the many recommendations and praises I saw online. “No Game No Life is great, you should go watch it.” “Why doesn’t No Game No Life get a season 2? Madhouse really is allergic to the number 1!” were some of the type of things I would see on the internet. The songs of appraisal as well as the heavy recommendations both intrigued me, but that was not all. Another reason why I was curious about No Game No Life was due to the interesting clips of it being posted onto YouTube. These clips interested me greatly. The final reason was its 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.

This synopsis tells us that the MCs were bored with the real world, so when they were teleported from their world into a new world where everything was decided by games, they decided to play along and try to beat the god of this new world. Now, by itself this synopsis already sounds really interesting, but there’s more to it than what it looks like. I, for one, am extremely interested in these type of plot where people participate in unusual types of games. I have no idea why I am, but I’m guessing it’s because of the amount of strategy and planning required by characters to make the content interesting. As such, all these reasons combined raised my interest for No Game No Life to a considerably high level such that I watched it sometime last year, soon after I started watching Anime as a whole.  Continue reading “Anime afterthoughts: No Game No Life”