No Game No Life Review — C+

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Two siblings enter a fantasy world where they play games to conquer the world.

I admit, I originally thought this show was some hopeless siscon thing. And the siscon part may be true, but it’s more of a side thing than a main thrust of the show, Sora still manages to form a harem despite being a siscon.

Don’t be expecting anything intelligent or any gaming strategy or anything along those lines. No, No Game No Life is teenage self-insertion gamer fantasy at its finest, like Sword Art Online if Sword Art Online focused on dumb jokes and fanservice and on playing games that were actually fun.

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That’s the best part about this show. The games. They’re diverse and strange and fun to watch, from magical shiratori to some ridiculous FPS game to a magical Go variant. The main characters always win (reminiscent of SAO’s Kirito), and the way they win is usually pulled out of thin air, but it’s ridiculous in an entertaining way and suspending disbelief isn’t a problem in the slightest.

I initially thought that the main characters were awful because they are too perfect at everything. That is true, but as I watched more I decided it didn’t matter. You know the characters are going to eventually win regardless, that’s just what happens in anime. And when they’re playing games where they’re at such huge disadvantages all the time, there’s still a sense of tension even if they’re the best gamers the world has ever known.

Also: some pretty good fanservice. I feel bad for Steph though. This is an abusive relationship…

  • Storytelling – B – Entertaining from start to finish, doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Voice – B – Strong distinctive feel with the game format, similar to Mondaiji-tachi but with more fluidity and a firmer focus.
  • Characters – C – Sora and Shiro are kind of bland. Shiro especially is annoying. But the side characters are much more fun.
  • Attention Grab – B – Keeps your interest with frequent spurts of humor and fanservice.
  • Production – D – Hate the color scheme. Way too bright.
  • Overall – C+

Recommendations – Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai…Dog Days, Densetsu Yuusha

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