Ever felt like you were born in the wrong world? A simple email by an unknown sender changed the lives of two hikimori siblings. In this world, Sora and Shiro were shut-in NEETs—however, online they were super genius RPG gamers going by the username of “[ ]” (Blank). That is, until they meet Teto, a self-proclaimed God. The young God transport them to a new world called Disboard. Violence is prohibited and everything is settled by gaming. 16 races reside in Disboard, with Humanity being the weakest among them. Sora and Shiro adventure together in this vast world with their intellectual powers in order to save Humanity!
The story starts off seeming like another generic SAO or .Hack knock-off, but it is quick to distinguish itself from its predecessors. The gaming duo is brought to a new world where rules prohibit muder, war and robbery. Everything from people’s lives to the matters of state are settled by gaming. Till now, only classic games, such as card and chess, are used by the characters. The games are much more intellectual than they are in the normal world, which makes for some interesting and clever explanations. However it feels a little too convivent how the main characters face no main adversary and are quick to win all matches. That said, they do face a few minor bumps in their otherwise smooth transition into the new world. The story progresses at a good speed. It doesn’t waste episodes on simple tasks or games, but it is still slow enough to add in some slapstick humor and funny jokes. Aside from that, the story has a lot of fan-servicey material and mild pervertism, but nothing too major. The dialogue is perhaps one of the best I’ve personally seen in such shows. It doesn’t feel too cheesy and it doesn’t fall flat. It really helps distinguish the personalities for different characters. Over all, the story has some shortcomings, but they are barely visible while you’re laughing your head off throughout the entire episode.
The artwork for this anime is truly beautiful. Madhouse entertainment is popular for their high quality animation, and they certainly did not disappoint. Apart from the entertaining, unique and distinctive character designs, the anime’s backdrops are absolutely gorgeous on their own. The anime is very colorful and meticulously illustrated. The different colors really adds volumes to the anime, and creates a wonderful atmosphere that fits well with the story. They’ve really delivered a fantasy world that totally sucks you in from the very beginning.
The character designs for No Game No Life are really unique—especially if you look at Shiro. While she may be a lolicon, her character design is quiet unique. And I personally predict fans like love her. But these characters aren’t just pretty pictures, they are more authentic than most gaming-adventure anime characters. The characters are smart, witty, funny, and even sarcastic. However, Shiro being the know-it-all sometimes might seem a little annoying, but that’s the cost of being smart! All in all, the characters really make the show entertaining to watch.
While there are other animes that essentially follow similar plot lines, No Game No Life really sets itself apart by providing beautiful imagery, fun and lively characters and a well-thought of storyline. This show is a definite must watch in the current line-up of summer animes, and you guys should definitely check it out!