Editor’s foreword – Hi folks. Welcome to our first ever anime review! While we are excited to begin exploring this vast collection of nerdom from the far east, we felt the need to have a disclaimer. Anime can (and will) sometimes stray pretty close to some subject matter that may not be appropriate for all readers. If you start to get uncomfortable, please navigate away, no one will think less of you (we’ve provided you a palette cleansing link to some kittens right here). Unsure if this content is appropriate for you? Err on the side of caution (once again, kittens). Everyone else? Read on and enjoy as Sarah V breaks it all down. -Ed
“Have you two siblings ever felt that you were born into the wrong world?”
We’ve all seen an anime where the kid winds up in a different world. The first thing they do is vow to find their way home. I always wondered why. What Otaku or Gamer would pass on the chance to explore or live a different life? How would a gamer like me react to being transported to a new world?
No Game No Life answers that question with hilarious panache. We meet shut-in gamer siblings Sora and Shiro. Together they are the originators of the urban legend known only as Blank -the ultimate unbeatable character in every online game whose username is always left blank. The story opens with a MMORPG battle in progress, where four characters controlled by Blank are battling (and defeating) an army of 1200. Players speculate that Blank is using cheats or hacks to win. We see the reality: our sibling duo each control two characters, with Shiro controlling her characters with her feet.
Our brilliant yet apathetic siblings view real life as a “crappy game” and have no desire to participate in it. After receiving a mysterious email and winning a game of online chess they asked what they would think of a world where everything was decided by games. Sora replies “If there’s a world like that, then we were born in the wrong world.”
After being “reborn” into another world known as Disboard they meet Tet, the self-proclaimed God of this world. Tet explains the Ten Pledges or rules that all inhabitants of Disboard must obey. For example, pledge four is “Any bets made in accordance with the pledges must be upheld.” Cue gamer antics as the Siblings explore and form their place in their new world of games.
Our leading characters are socially inept and sport many personality flaws. It is these flaws that lead to many moments of pure hilarity. Everything from Sora demanding a cute female character “fall in love” with him as the prize for winning a game to the moment both siblings freak out because they become separated by a short distance and a door and the subsequent tear filled reunion. No Game No Life is full of the kind of jokes and fan service you would expect from an anime featuring a virgin guy and his adorable little sister.
The anime is 12 episodes long. At this time there is no word on a second season but there is a manga and a light novel available if the anime is just not enough. This fan is holding out hope that a second season may still be a possibility.