Review: No Game No Life

*Spoilers throughout for No Game, No Life*

Now and then, I’ll write a review about a certain anime I’ve been watching and explain how it can relate to us spiritually.  Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not that easy.  In this case, there is some religious background to the anime, especially in the beginning with Tet explaining how the world works.  He is god, and he made the ten rules of the game (like the ten commandments) and whoever doesn’t follow them…well, you better follow them.

Plot Summary:  Sora and Shiro, brother and sister respectively, are master gamers.  When I say masters, I mean they are probably the best in the world, even being able to beat hackers.  They seem to mainly play PC games, and their avatar/character is always named Blank and doesn’t make any communication whatsoever.  Basically, they join a game and beat everyone in it and become the best, period.

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Sora and Shiro cannot be without each other, even if it’s for a few minutes or even a short distance!  It’s honestly a little weird, seeming that they are siblings.  I did enjoy the comedy here and there, but sometimes I felt that the “physical” line that you don’t cross with you sister/brother was going to be crossed at any time (which they did cross during EP 4 where they kiss…it wasn’t meant to be a kiss, but it was still an excuse to show it).

As a gamer, I loved the fact that they used many gaming terms and nods to different genres, ways of playing a game or figuring it out, and the like.  There were some things that Sora (he’s more the main character than Shiro in my opinion) would say and do that made me smile as a gamer.  Some of the games are just plain board or card games, but the last battle which is all about guns (fps) was fun to watch.  I could imagine top champion players playing against Izuna, nobody would beat her.

There are some issues I do have to clarify in regards to this anime.  The first one is that gamers are locked in a room, don’t go outside, and have no life.  I don’t agree with that at all, and I don’t appreciate that Shiro/Sora, seeing that they are experts, that the only way to achieve that status is to live the way they live.  I also saw this similar situation in Mekakucity Actors, where one of the characters is a shut-in, but I guess this is a cultural issue that spills out into these anime.

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I will always do my best to bring up the spiritual aspect in what I write, so that way you can see a different perspective in gaming/otaku culture.  For this post, I just want to reach out to those who struggle with this, and let you know that there is more to life than just video games.  I used to spend hours upon hours playing, but honestly I could have been doing more with my time.  Now, I not only get to write this blog, but I graduated college (years ago), got married, running a side-business, working a full-time job and blessed by God with all I have.  Keeping gaming as something that I do to enjoy has been my passion, and though I won’t be able to be as good as Shiro or Sora, I’m thankful that I can still bring it (PS3:  Samuru1) and have an abundant life where I can be a blessing to others.

What was your take on No Game, No Life?  How was it as an anime, or how did you feel about it as a gamer?  Let me know!  Would like to see others opinions on this one, God bless!

John 10:10

10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

 

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Michael M.

Michael is a child of God, husband, teacher, business owner, anime lover and a life long gamer. When not conquering distant world's via console, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city of Miami. He aspires to travel to Japan and possibly...never leave.

4 Comments

  1. Ivan on March 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I kinda wish the obscene amounts of fan-service were touched on in this review (let’s face it, there were a lot), but I can hardly argue with the points made. To reference both the review and the comment following it, I don’t think the show is portraying what gamers intrinsically “are,” that being total shut-ins (that category certainly can apply to certain people like Sora and Shiro, but that is no fault of the people accusing them of it).

    Back to my first point though, despite the incredible plot of “No Game, No Life,” it falls into the frustrating moral black hole of sexual pleasure (to put it bluntly). I feel like that’s a bigger issue to express warning of than the ideals of a gamer. Perhaps it’s just me, but there aren’t many reliable anime reviews that touch on the Christian side of things, so I count on sites like Geeks Under Grace, Plugged In, and close friends and family to assist in making a wise decision in what I watch.

    I intended to enjoy “No Game, No Life” as an anime dedicated to the idea of gaming, but Sora’s hormones took over a lot of the humor that I otherwise would have enjoyed. There are two reasons I couldn’t resist watching more. 1. Because I fell in love with the plot. Every bit of plot development, every character…they all worked perfectly in tandem with each other, and I commend the anime for that. 2. Because, as someone who has struggled with lust for a long time, I couldn’t resist the “tendencies” that Sora had. I’m thankful for the fact that my roommate was watching it with me, or else I would have been liable to pause the show during the game against Gibril to “sightsee” a bit. It’s a fact I’m not proud of, and I actively try to avoid those situations as a precautionary measure. So, that’s my take on the whole thing. I hope I didn’t offend, as that was not my intent. I simply want to see less people fall into the situations I’ve been in.

    • Casey Covel on March 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Ivan! Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful and detailed comment. This particular review was written last year, before we began incorporating “Content Guides” into our reviews. This would explain the absence of any content discussion (such as the sexual content you mentioned). Rest assured that all of our future reviews will contain a detailed content guide, as you have come to expect from Geeks Under Grace. The fact that you mentioned us alongside Plugged In as one of your go-to sources for making wise media decisions couldn’t make us prouder 🙂

    • Michael M. on March 14, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Hi Ivan, first off thanks so much for reading my article and for the comment on it. 🙂

      I agree with what your saying, I would have touched on that but I wanted to focus on the gaming stereotypes highlighted in the anime.

      In Japan the otaku syndrome is much higher and extreme I believe than in the states, but that is an opinion not a proven fact.

      Thanks for mentioning that of the show though, that aspect messed up the anime for me and I didn’t enjoy it as much because of it. Plus that they are like the best, its hard for them to be challenged.

      Also, I would like to recommend http://Www.beneaththetangles.com for all your Christian anime needs as well as here. They are dedicated solely to anime and its respective genres. God bless ya, and hope you keep coming back!

  2. Moses on October 27, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I agree that the image of gamers and anime fans should change. Many people look at gamers as people who have no life, anti social, obese, perverts or violent, and that is not necessarily true. There are many gamers that are professionals, have families, are responsible, and love God and helping others out. The problem is when u let it become an obsession or your idolatry, which is why we need God and a good church to help us find good directions and a guide on how to balance our lives and have our priorities in order!

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