ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / FRANK FILIPPAZZO – STAFF WRITER / JUNE 28TH, 2021 /
What happens when you take two gamers and drop them off in a fantasy world ruled by games?
You get the closest thing to a gamer’s version of heaven. It is a place where killing, waging war, and stealing from others is forbidden. It is where the mind is greater than matter. Mind games are frequently played. It is never a question for our protagonists if they’ll win, but how?
That’s the vibe of the quirky, comedic, and overall fun gaming anime, No Game No Life.
If you are a gamer who is tired of playing games and enjoys watching people play games, then this is the perfect fantasy escapist gaming anime for you.
No Game No Life is about a brother and sister expert gaming team duo that combine their masterful efforts into an online persona known as Blank since they always leave their usernames empty. Together the two are like machines, they don’t eat, sleep and spend all day on their video games. Sora and Shiro are always looking to master new games just to eventually move on to the next game to get perfect scores.
A prominent theme in this is real life versus virtual life. Real-life is frustrating and disappointing for the two gamers, they view it as a crappy game where there is no way to know the rules or how to win, there are over 7 billion players and if you win too much or lose too much there are penalties, and if you complain people look down on you. This is why their lives revolve around games; it’s where they are most comfortable. Games serve as an escapist fantasy that comforts these shut-in introverts. In games, there are clear written rules with a way to win. You make your move on your turn. There are clear parameters of what you can and can’t do.
In real life they are shut-ins who are afraid of the sunlight and view life’s game as a flawed design, they are most alive when playing their games. Essentially gaming is their entire lives, without their games, they have no life, hence the aptly named show.
Their mundane lives are abruptly interrupted when they win a peculiar game sent anonymously via email. In the blink of an eye, they are transported into a fantasy realm where society is governed by games. Enemies do not fight each other in the traditional sense but in the mind. All conflicts must be resolved by a game with both parties agreeing to wager something of equal value. Anything can be wagered in these games, from the clothes on one’s back or to one’s own life. Even the ruler of the kingdom can be decided by a game because the one who rules should be the best strategic gamer.
Government, politics, and even the lives of its people can all be decided by a single game, what could possibly go wrong?
Their lives are dull in the real world, but when they find themselves in this new world of games they start to have the time of their lives. Sora and Shiro are most at home in this new world of games. As gamers, they naturally think outside of the box. They think of the possibilities in the games in which the rules prohibit. For example, one rule is anyone caught cheating will lose, however not getting caught cheating is allowed as long as no one finds out.
Real-life can be boring and limited, but in games, you can be anyone and do anything. In reality, you only have one life, but in virtual reality, you have an abundance. We all want to find excitement as happiness in our lives. We all want to know our meaning in life. If we can treat our daily lives as a game then we can start to be happy.
Watch it today on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Amazon!
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