No Game No Life Episode 1 (FIRST IMPRESSIONS) – Let the games begin!

No Game No Life Sora
IT'S TIME.

Time for some mind games.
No Game No Life Episode 1 Review
“Beginner.”

If you could live in a world where everything is decided by a “simple game,” would you choose to live in that world? How would you live your life? Would you be conservative and slowly build your empire or will you risk everything on a game of wits? We know which path Sora and Shiro are taking. Let the games begin!



No Game No Life Episode 1 Impressions

An MMO where you can dodge like that would be great.

All dat budget.

REKT BY FEET.

LOLOK.

You know you’re good when you get called a cheater.
This reminds me of a time when I was playing CS 1.6 with a friend and we were destroying these two other players only for them to turn on speedhacks and yet we still somehow beat them. I actually don’t even know how we did that, but we did. I still clearly remember my lucky headshot. They ended by saying, “We’ll turn off our hacks if you turn off yours.” Man, that was a good day.

JIGGLEJIGGLE.

“Virgin.” At least this show’s honest.
“Communication disorder.” Maybe not.
The guy says himself that he’s good at negotiating.

Gamer imouto win.
I’m hungry now.

For those loli fans out there.

BAITING.

MIND BLOWN.

Shiro Sora anime

NOT PLEASED.

He fought on with the imouto on his lap.

Randomness sure sucks.

Life is just the most complex game. There are parameters, but there are so many that it seems like there are none.
They’re just not suited for that kind of game.

Sora and Shiro

All of their stuff…

LET THE OPPAI WARS BEGIN!

So this world is one giant chessboard?
I suppose you can move the pieces? THAT’S PRETTY AWESOME.

Resolving the question of “who is the best girl” has never been more easy.

God dammit.

USEEWATIDIDTHAR.

No game no life sora and shiro

The game has started.

FUCKING DRAGONS DOOD.
RANDOM PLANETS AND CHESS PIECES?
THIS WORLD IS DAYUM AWESOME.

Being a robber has never been harder.

Dora Stephanie

Are you ready for the cowtits?

YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW.

Play to win.

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

No game no life aschente

She wants the loli.

Pretty nice adaptation so far I must say. Nice additional details compared to the manga at least.

Come on.
It’s the KEIKAKU DOORI GAME.

lol.

R.
E.
K.
T.

Calm your tits.



Wtfshininess.

Dat ass.
More to come.

The man who will revolutionize this world.

Time to catch some cheaters to obtain the harem.

THANKS FOR TELLING US THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOUR CHARACTER PROFILE IS.

WHYAREYOUPOKINGMYCHEEK?

No game no life sora badass

So badass that his eyes emit stuff.

FOUR NIGHTS.

She sure loves dem cow tits.

I remember doing this kind of thing in class.
Basic probability stuff. How nice that they actually included that.

Alright, now I have no idea what they’re measuring here.

WHYHELLOLITTLEGIRL. Find the loli.

How to invite ladies to your room by a NEET.

Zell Kurami

Soon…
SOON…

They have that even though they were basically trapped in a dark room?
Fucking keikaku doori.

Nilvalen Fill

Magical eyes that can see all?
No fucking problem we got Einstein Stu right here.

It was. Now go to sleep.

no game anime sora

Calculating all the possibilities of him ruling this realm and having an immense harem of 10000000.

THIS GUY KNOWS WHAT’S UP.

“Catch all the OPPAI.”

LET IT BEGI-

Dora Stephanie hot

LOOKS LIKE THE GAMES HAVE REALLY BEGUN.

No Game No Life Episode 1 Review

While I am excited to see some potentially crazy mind games with regards to how the characters will corner each other and try to cheat to victory, there are a few parts to this show that I have to address. Firstly, let’s discuss the introduction of “Blank” which I will call “Kuuhaku” from now on. I understand that the introduction of Shiro and Sora being absolute monsters in games is the show’s intention, but surely they could have made it less silly to those who have actually played MMOs. Having 4 players fight against 1200 is ridiculous in any game for a large variety of reasons that I will not explicitly state for simplicity. Instead of highlighting their unbelievable abilities, it highlighted how unbelievable the show is which is not necessarily a good first step for a show that I assume would rely on mind games. Using something like chess is a step in the right direction as it not only highlights their abilities as gamers, but their cognitive abilities as well which is even more important for what’s to come. But the problem with the chess match is, well, the anime doesn’t really show what’s actually going on in the chess match. We understand how capable Shiro and Sora are not because of how they play the game; we understand how capable they are because the anime tells us they’re capable. I don’t expect the writer to be a grandmaster, but it’d have been far more engaging if the writer portrayed the match in more detail, featuring sequences of moves that were used in tournaments in real life. That would have been fantastic and would have made the point of Kuuhaku being a formidable force far stronger.



Am I expecting too much from this series? Perhaps. We have to first ask ourselves the question, “What is this show really trying to be?” Is it going to rely on logical outcomes and clever schemes like Kaiji? Will it just rely on flashiness to try and cover the surface-level mind games? Maybe it’ll be somewhere in between? I’m hoping and expecting for it to be the first. The show should nevertheless make itself clear what it is in the next few episodes as we see just how Kuuhaku will use their wits to dominate this world. Cheating will probably be how most of these games will be resolved which could be fantastic to watch especially if something like magic is also included. That would create the difference between the mind games in this show and mind games in other shows as the magic element would spice things up in ways we may not have anticipated from a real world perspective. Just thinking about how Sora will deal with this gets me pretty excited. I’m expecting that, like the next case you’ll see, he’ll try to manipulate the enemy into making the wrong move so he can capitalize on it. Don’t forget that he can catch them cheating and win that way. It could be his main way of achieving victory. Speaking of Sora, he’s the type of protagonist that I love to see. He knows just how capable he is, and he isn’t afraid to use it mercilessly to his advantage. Though, I have doubts on whether the voice actor is suitable for this role or not. Anyways, going forward, I hope that No Game No Life actually comes up with clever scenarios and not just ones filled with flashiness and style. Does it have to do so? Of course not. It can still just be a fun show even without the mind-blowing mind games. Though, that’d mean that it’d be nothing more than simple entertainment which would be a shame for this is a show where the setting, premise, and characters would support the ingenious mind games quite well. What about you? What do you want No Game No Life to be?

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  • omgITSorange

    been looking forward to this for a long time. haha

  • EvilNemesis

    First Mahouka and then this… Entrav clearly loves his Imouto passionately or wish he had one to love like this.

    • The Atomic Dwarf

      Guess he got over the fluffiness love and now this is his new passion.

      • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

        GETTING OVER FLUFFINESS? IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Nonononono bro I’m not a lolicon mmmk.

      MIYUKI CAN BE MY IMOUTO ANY DAY THOUGH.

  • Akizaki Ranho

    I have to say this was the best first episode of this season. Too many weak ones (Captain Earth, Black Bullet, Mahouka, Dragonar Academy, Coffin Princess Chaika to name a fe–lot).
    Plus O P P A I

    • James Du

      Coffin Princess, Black Bullet, and even Capt. Earth had decent first episodes.

      Brynhildr the Elfen Lied Clone and NGNL take the cake though. Sugoi.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Are you saying the WINCEST IS WEAK?! COME ON BRO.

  • yakoutora

    another spring anime with “imouto” included. waiting for the next week. CATCH ALL THE OPPAI :v

  • Aloxamax

    This is what I was anticipating the most this season having read the LN a few months back. Looking at the characters that appeared in the OP and the ED it seems like the first 3 volumes will be adapted.

    “THANKS FOR TELLING US THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOUR CHARACTER PROFILE IS.”

    You’ll see, don’t you worry now… heck, someone sent a message about it to the LN’s author on twitter and he replied “Watch the next episode.”

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yeah, I know. I read a bit beyond that in the manga, but what’s going to happen is more than just “communication disorder.”

  • niknasr

    Hands down, this is the best 1st episode in this season (say someone who didn’t watch Mushishi and Jojo, that is me).. This episode really gave me feels in terms of entertainment, comedy and suspense.. I really luving it even more than Mahouka honestly.. and that Sora’s tsukkomi really give a nostalgic feeling of Sakurasou (my all-time favourite, btw).. Really gonna keep watching this

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      It’s Sakurasou all over again.

      • niknasr

        OH SHIT!! I just checked, Ai Kayano used to plays Mashiro?? Yes, it’s Sakurasou all over again, no wonder I felt nostalgic about it.. Me REEEEEAAAALLLY like it, Mahouka I’m sorry you need to move down to number 2 in my Spring List..

    • Cormag

      I enjoyed this episode and Mahouka, but I also really enjoyed the first episodes of Kenzen Robo Daimidaler, Black Bullet and Gokukoku no Brynhildyr. It’s going to be a busy Spring for me…

      I wonder if Entrav will be covering Daimidaler.

      • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

        I probably won’t be covering it until it actually finishes and I can do a general review of it. There’s just not much to talk about on an episodic basis as it’s just mindless fun.

  • Gamematio

    I love this.
    I believe this is going to be the otaku pick of the season. I’m really excited of what’s up to come.

    Nice review.
    Also, I’m back, as in, I didn’t post anything in your website for months, and surely, I don’t regret this comeback.