No Game No Life

Author: Timekeeper

 

"There's more than one way to win a game."
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Sora​

Before I even scratch the surface of this show, I will tell you that my initial expectations of this series were very low. And thankfully this series did not disappoint like another series I had poor initial expectations of. Now that I've said that, let's get to actually talking about the subject: No Game No Life.

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Story:

The only real complaint I could say about the show's plot is that it doesn't really seem to have consistent pacing at times. In my opinion, the plot brings to mind a show like Death Note, minus the everyone and their brother dying stuff. In this case, I mean that the main characters are continually challenged intellectually and must concoct a strategy in order to save their asses from getting kicked. The plot seems to relate to Death Note a lot, including having a decent amount of players on the field. This make me very glad due to the fact that I was under the impression that the show would resemble something like Sword Art Online, which had a pretty straightforward plot.

Characters:

With the characters of the show, there's only three real main consistent characters from the very beginning: the arrogant, the stoic, and the lovable dunderhead (if you've seen the series you know damn well who I'm referring to). Supporting characters in the series are not without mention and also have unique characteristics to each of them that set them apart from one another. Most of the characters are witty, engaging, and amusing at most times. With my experience, I had no issue picking a favorite character, nor do I think you will either.

Art:

Artwork for No Game No Life was brought forth by Madhouse, a studio which has been known for many high profile works, such as Ninja Scroll, Trigun, and ironically Death Note. The artwork for the series is both vivid and breathtaking, and also ironically similar to, in my opinion, Sword Art Online. Animation is also fluid and near flawless, but then again, I don't know much about art, so my opinion may not mean jack.

Audio:

The music for this series is composed by Shinji Hosoe, who, at least to me, hasn't produced much to warrant great amounts of credit. However, I rather enjoyed the music for this series to the point where I would at least give it an average rating; a rating that is neither horrid or superb.

The show has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks with a dub released. The English voice actors, like the music, have not been involved in anything high-profile, with the exception of Caitlynn French who had a role as Mio Nishizono in Little Busters!, so most of the voice actors/actresses are considered C-level actors or starters in the voice acting industry. Regardless of notoriety, I felt that the voice actors/actresses performed their roles efficiently to receive at least a B-/C+ in my book.

Verdict:

Honestly, regardless if you'd rather watch this in English or Japanese, I'd recommend you'd give this a watch. If you're a fan of strategy games such as chess, reversi, etc. and want to look for maybe a different view of playing the game or just like strategy themed shows like this, Death Note, and Code Geass, I definitely recommend you give this show a watch. As for myself, I will be eagerly awaiting a second season from Madhouse if they decide to continue this gem.

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If you'd like me to review a show, go ahead and comment down below and I'll see what I can do so long as it's not an extremely bulky series (Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, One Piece, etc.) ^_^