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