You lose the game, you lose your life!
|The title already sounds like an accurate depiction of my life, so there’s no reason not to watch this. I have a thing for anything about kids being obsessed with games and tumbling into game worlds. Let’s see how No game, No Life handles it. Three times the charm with three times the bloggers, right?|
|You know, this sort of show does kinda make me want to trade my fifty hour work week and become a NEET. I mean, the only Level Ups I get are pay raises, bonuses, more money in the IRA. But, I could learn to play games with my feet. At least it would help me get over the complex I have about them…the middle one is bigger than the other two.|
Let the Games Begin
Risking your life for sweaty bandit capes? I’m not sure this is equivalent exchange here.
Skylion // I’ve read the first few chapters of the manga, and if the anime staff can build on the developing relationships, than this one will be a keeper. I know this gets Mondaiji comparisons, and that might be more or less accurate. I enjoy the first episode enough to give it the benefit of the doubt. The character animation and backgrounds are intense aren’t they? Pink and purple get so much love. The one thing I did notice that stuck me as odd. He payed his way into a stay at the inn. Shouldn’t he have played a game for the roof over his head? I guess games cannot replace cold hard cash. There is a ton of stuff to like about this show. I like how close the Blank siblings are, very much birds of a feather. And no, they aren’t that close, c’mon. They do back each other up, understand each other’s mindset, and are willing to gamble everything to turn it around for themselves. I like that in a team.
The Ultimate Gaming Siblings
Karakuri // Recently, sibling relationships in anime all seem to be borderline incestuous, though most of the times they can get away with saying that they’re step-siblings, or one was adopted or something. I don’t have any feelings either way about the trend (and I can’t exactly complain, because it can be really useful in the otoge/shoujo genre), but the siblings in No Game, No Life seem to have an awesome relationship. They’re close, but they’re more like partners in crime and equals than anything romantic. Shiro doesn’t spend every waking moment worshiping the ground that Sora walks on, and Sora seems to need Shiro for her abilities more than to have her as part of the entourage that tells him how amazing he is. Sure, she sat on his lap and was clingy in her sleep, but they were more of “d’aww, look how close they are” moments as opposed to “they’re totally going to screw each other at some point off screen” moments. Plus Sora seems to have the right amount of older brother protectiveness, since he attempted (not that it would have done anything were they in real danger) to cover Shiro when they were about to hit the ground. Perhaps this is just the typical protagonist reflexes kicking in to save someone, but the moment was cute where normally these things make me roll my eyes. …I will probably be very disappointed if these two turn out to be unrelated.
It’s Just A Game
Forget dual-wielding. It’s all about the quadruple-wield.
Overcooled // There’s something amazing about being such a pro gamer that you can play an MMORPG better than most even when your attention is divided between 4 accounts. Being able to beat grand masters at chess is also quite the feat. But these are such niche abilities that they don’t really help in the real world. Some of the skills are transferrable (multi-tasking and strategizing), but you’d be laughed at if you put “pro gamer” on your resume for most jobs. Achievements in games just aren’t as applauded as achievements in real life.
We aren’t told why Shiro and Sora become NEETs, but it’s likely that they were bullied. Their talents with games aren’t as inherently cool as being a natural-born soccer player or a genius at math. After all, being strong in the virtual world leaves you with no tangible rewards like good marks or a good job. “It’s just a game!”, right? So although they are borderline prodigies at what they do and watching them play games is very impressive, they end up living a pathetic life cooped up in the same room all day. They snack on high glucose foods and don’t keep track of the days. I’m not even sure they sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. I really like how the main characters are depicted as cool heroes in the virtual world when in reality they’re just two loser hikkikomoris. Will going to a game world change that?
That was a great episode, it had a good chunk of action (falling from the sky is action, man), exposition was very well executed, and Shiro is just so darned cute and smart. I can wait to see how they build this world.
Well, I thought that this was off to a good start. The colours took some getting used to (and OC basically has the same thoughts about the jumpy plot as I do), but I like the character relations so far. It’s also nice that the two protagonist’s gaming prowess seems to expand to logic games too as opposed to just being really good at action ones. Hopefully this gives a lot of variation in the games that these two get themselves into. …Or if not, I think I could watch this entire thing for the sibling’s relationship alone (provided that it doesn’t stray too far into brocon/siscon territory). It’s also a plus that the two seem really happy with the world and have seemingly no intentions of going back to the real world. They weren’t happy there, so why go back?
There’s a really great concept here, but the first episode didn’t do the best job of drawing us in. There was a real lack of focus here. As soon as we started with an interesting topic, they would zip through it onto the next scene. Oh, you want to see how the siblings are good at games? Okay, let’s move on as soon as things get interesting. Enjoying this dramatic game of poker? Welp, better have it end in one turn and move along now! The ADHD-style pacing made it very difficult to enjoy any one aspect of the show. I guess they really wanted to make sure the first episode ended in a good place.
Pacing aside, I feel that this show can do really well once it settles down and gives us some real games to look forward to. Proper ones that last more than a minute, that is. The art style is flamboyant and really nice to look at, and it compliments the incredibly flashy direction style used for game battles. The short poker game with crazy sound effects and the flare of a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures fight was really nice. If they keep that up and highlight the insanity of being in a game world, I’ll be very happy. I’m taking a bit of a risk blogging a show that might just end up pandering to dudes, but maybe I’ll get lucky. Although the preview isn’t very promising… Hopefully they tighten things up soon and give us more of what I want: games. Otherwise, this anime will be lifeless (haha).
No Boobs, No Life