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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

「First Impressions」No Game No Life

Enter the world where Gaming is a necessity!


Original source material? Light Novel... Not surprising and what a delicious Light Novel it is. Written and illustrated by Kamiya Yū, No Game No Life entered MF Bunko J imprint and as of December 2013 boast 5 awesome volumes! A Manga adaptation started off not too long ago either and now we have MADHOUSE dealing with the Anime adaptation!

The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another "crappy game." One day, they are summoned by a boy named "God" to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where "everything is decided by games"—even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the "Saviors of Humanity" on this alternate world? "Well, let's start playing."

No Game No Life starts off with in a battle arena with five players. We soon find out that the player [Queen] is the last one standing from a total of 1200 players that are against the other remaining four. After some impressive light displays here and there, the team of four brings in the victory. But wait! 4 players of level 30 has managed to annihilate 1200 players of levels higher than 90!? Impossible right? Nope... just two genius NEET gamers!!

Sora -voiced by Matsuoka Yoshitsugu- and the "flawless beauty" Shiro -voiced by Kayano Ai- are two hikikomori gamers that have spurned multiple urban legends due to their awesome gaming skills. So into games, they consider the world as a "crappy game". However, they are geniuses as presented when they both show knowledge about Zermelo's Theorem and, therefore, the evolution of the Shannon Number.

Obviously this wasn't going to remain a Slice of Life. So we then dive into a more colorful world after being summoned by a small boy. The 10 Gaming Commandments is quickly explained as the siblings continue to sky dive a 10,000 meter fall. The two manage to get information and a few coins on their first day. And they end the day at an inn, but not before Sora triggers a character flag meeting when informing the past King's daughter of the cheating that was going on...

The Anime is pretty colorful. Bright colors everywhere just enhances any scene when characters starts plotting. Pretty niffy. It's pretty much a big contender, in my opinion anyway, and will probably remain as such. Whatever the case may be, we get a feel of the two hikikomoris and their gaming skills are up to notch... Don't forget, it's not cheating if you haven't been caught!

Since I wait quite a while for the Manga and the Light Novel to update, this is something I can watch on the side and enjoy with gusto!


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