Welcome to my review of No Game No Life!
More recently Sentai Filmworks released the DVD, Blu-Ray, and Collectors Edition for this show and I managed to grab the Collectors Edition for the sweet price of $77.99. So sit back and enjoy my review of what I consider to be the best anime from 2014 No Game, No Life.
Let’s start with some of the goodies you get with the Collectors Edition!
You get a really sweet double-sided poster
Various post cards…some that are lewd to 😉
A sweet set of stickers!
A neat little character card and a set of rules that include what number your set was(I got 588!)
And, one of my favorite things from the goodies, A set of playing cards that have the characters on them!
Not bad right?! One of the many reasons to own the collectors edition of No Game No Life. Now that we have the goodies out of the way, let’s get to the actual show!
Enter The Game..
Enter Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister gaming god duo that go by the online name of [ ] or Blank. They live a life of Game, Eat, Game, Sleep, Game, Game, Game. They get their first challenge when they receive an email saying “Have you two siblings ever felt like you where born into the wrong world?” What appears is a simple chess game and yet the way Sora explains it makes it very complicated indeed. What seems like hours later they finally beat the person who sent them the email, but he sends them another email stating “Excellent Work. If you’re that good at games…Isn’t the world a tough place for you to live? What do you two think of your world? Is it fun? Is it easy to live in?”
Another email comes in “If there were a world where everything was decided by straightforward games…A world atop a board, one where the rules and goal were clear, what would you think about that”. Sora responds in kind with “If there’s a world like that, then we were born into the wrong world.”
The Story in No Game, No Life is very very creative and it uses the vivid imagination of Yuu Kamiya and stellar animation from Madhouse studios to bring it to life. The addition of adding in mythical creatures such as Elves, Flugel or Angels and Werebeasts only add to the fun of the story. The fact that it’s set in a world where there is no violence and no war and a set of rules known as The Ten Pledges has to be followed makes it all the more interesting. The character interactions are a main focal point of the show and drawn you in to get you hooked on the characters themselves, like the interactions between Sora and Shiro the step-siblings or the interaction between the siblings and Steph or Jibril the Flugel. Each interaction brings a lot of fun to the table, especially when Steph has her freak out moments.
and speaking of the characters!
The Voice Cast:
With the Blu-Ray/DVD set comes both the Japanese and the English dub audio
let’s start with the Japanese first
Sora is voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka who has also voiced Lubbock in Akame ga Kill, Aoba Watase in Buddy Complex, Kantoku in Denki-gai, Tomoya Aki in Saenai Heroine, Sorata Kanda in Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Souma Yukihira in Shokugeki no Souma(Food Wars) and Kirito in Sword Art Online.
Shiro is voiced by Ai Kayano who has also voiced Meiko(Menma)Honma in AnoHana, Hana Mutou in Captain Earth, Saori Takebe in Girls Und Panzer, Inori Yuzuriha in Guilty Crown, Mayaka Ibara in Hyouka, Hibino Shiba in Kamisama Dolls, Mogana Kikaijima in Medaka Box, Chisaki Hiradaira in Nagi no Asukara, Muginami in Rinne no Lagrange, Utaha Kasumigaoka in Saenai Heroine, Mashiro Shiina in Pet Girl of Sakurasou and Lucy Yamagami in Servant x Service.
Stephanie Dola(Steph!) is voiced by Yoko Hikasa who has also voiced Erica Blandelli in Campione!, Kyouko Kirigiri in Danganronpa, Kei Kugimiya in Majestic Prince, Miu Ousawa in Rouge Hero of Aesthetica, Emi Yusa in Hataraku Maou-sama, Rias Gremory in High School DxD, Houki Shinonono in Infinite Stratos, Mio Akiyama in K-On, Kyouko Sonan in Kenzan Robo Daimidaler, Seraphim in Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, Diana Cavendish in Little Witch Academia and Shino Amakusa in Seitokai Yakuindomo.
Jibril the Flugel is voiced by Yukari Tamura (Yukari Tamura’s other roles in anime.)
Izuna Hatsuse is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro (Miyuki Sawashiro’s other roles in anime)
Tet is voiced by Rie Kugimiya (Rie Kugimiya’s other roles in anime)
Kurami Zell is voiced by Yuka Iguchi (Yuka Iguchi’s other roles in anime)
and now for the dub cast!
Sora is voiced by Scott Gibbs who is relatively new to the voice acting scene, he voices Oda Nobunaga in Nobunaga the Fool
Shiro is voiced by Caitlynn French who has also voiced Hana Isuzu in the dub of Girls Und Panzer, Ai in the dub of Sunday without God, Mio Nishizono in the dub of Little Busters and Kanna Makino in the dub of Tamako Market
Stephanie Dola is voiced by Sara Ornelas who is also relatively new, she voices Sui Nemuri in Chuunibyou S2 and Elbia Hanaiman in Outbreak Company.
Jibril the Flugel is voiced by Amelia Fischer who is a relatively new voice actress
Izuna Hatsuse is voiced by Kira-Vincent Davis (List of Kira Vincent Davis roles)
Tet is voiced by Shannon Emerick (List of Shannon Emerick roles)
Kurami Zell is voiced by Kara Greenberg (List of Kara Greenberg roles)
whew! that was a lot of work!
Both the Japanese and English cast bring their own unique way of bringing No Game, No Life to life. The varied differences are huge to, while the anime itself still has all the references to other anime(I.E. Jojo’s, Doraemon etc etc) but the dub goes right over them. It’s expected because a lot of the references are from other companies but that’s the charm of having the Japanese as well as the dub on the same disc.
After watching both the Sub and Dub of this show I can conclusively say that the unique charm of No Game No Life is something special that we can share with the future generations on what a good anime is. All together I hope we get a Season 2 out of this due to the light novels, because if it’s one anime that truly deserves its No Game No Life.
Here’s the portion where you normally see a rating on anime..not the case here. This is a Great Anime period. Watch it if you want or don’t, it’s up to you to decide.
Until then this is PervyFatman,
See You On The Other Side.