No Game No Life

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Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

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NGNL
ノーゲーム・ノーライフ
游戏人生(小说)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
12/11/18 hikarinokaze v8c2 part2
12/01/18 hikarinokaze v8c2 part1
11/26/18 hikarinokaze v8c1 part5
11/21/18 hikarinokaze v8c1 part4
11/08/18 hikarinokaze v8c1 part3
10/22/18 hikarinokaze v8c1 part2
09/16/18 hikarinokaze v8c1 part1
09/03/18 hikarinokaze v8 prologue
01/16/17 Fate Scarlet v7
12/27/13 Baka-Tsuki v1-v6
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cleesus
New cleesus rated it
December 8, 2018
Status: v6
I do not get the praise for this series, might be one of the most poorly written light novels I have ever read, let alone a book. I dropped this at the end of vol 3, maybe ill come back one day

Once again we have know it all characters who are always 10 steps ahead of every single being in existence. The try to explain this as them being Neets who are couped up in the house playing video games for years - ok that doesnt actual explain how they... more>> manage to constantly pull of acts of god.

The writer tries to explain some of their feets in a seemingly scientific way while absolutely sounding like and being bullsh*t.

The fight vs the werewolfs is the only example out of many I need to point to.

The main characters themselves are one dimensional and trash, no other way to explain how they treat the other characters in this series and its all supposed to be for comedic effect but none of it is funny. Everything done by them especially the comedy is done better pretty much everywhere else.

They take one character and try to make her seem like an idiot and pretty much all the comedy in this story relies on this and yet its done so poorly its just sad. I feel like this story would be hilarious if you where 13 and could directly relate to the characters mindstate.

I suppose this is suppose to be an ecchi comedy with all the lazy attempts at making all the females love the MC and getting them naked, im all for it if done right but lord this series is trash.

The author/illustrate has been caught plagiarizing others art to make his for this series too, nothing redeemable about this.

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VanAlex
VanAlex rated it
July 25, 2016
Status: v6
NO GAME NO LIFE, a series filled with many quirks and antics, and even momentarily parodies, made by Kamiya Yuu which gave an impression of being a Lolicon with his fantastic drugged art...

I've watched the anime first, but I decided to read this from Vol.1-Vol.6 since there was an announcement about Vol.6 being adapted into Movie, so since I like No Game no Life for its unique theme 'Game' then I decided to read it just to know what is the Vol.6 or the Prologue of the Whole series which... more>> depicts the 'Great War'

The anime was entertaining, even Kamiya admitted that the director has surpassed what he thinks, amazingly the anime which is the first 3 Vol. was adapted very close to the original material, but there are some minor details and events which was removed, although it doesn't affect the whole plot... Overall I can say that the Anime did a good job, so basically there's no need to read the whole series, not that I regret it but I think it would be better to watch the anime then proceed to Vol.4

But that's not the case, I will try to differentiate Vol.1-5 vs. Vol.6

The World Building was magnificent, the antics and the comedic element was good, but there's too much slice of life elements which drags the 'game scenes' and these 'game scenes' are quite boring in a sense that they are so predictable back-up with many unpredictable revelations.... The author have relied too much on 'Mary Sue' elements and created some 'Deus Ex' Explanation, not that it's bad but it's filling the plot holes of the story, and there's too much glorification in the first 5 books. But the Author is aware of its flaws, not that he minds it, but he Intended to write it like that, and the 'Evidence' that he can make NGNL a masterpiece was the Vol.6.... so does NGNL first 5 vol. sucks?? In my standards it is, but in another perspective, it was purposely made, though I don't know the reason why it was made like that, but at least Yuu Kamiya, the author knows the flaws of the novel and he's aware of it, and he used it as his plot device which sucks.

But the Vol.6 the Masterpiece of No Game No Life, the Reason why I'm writing this review in the first place, the reason why I scored it 5/5 or in my strict standard 7.5/10
The Vol.6 started with Tet and Izuna, more likely it started where Tet told the legendary story to Izuna, while playing games...

The Prologue of the story, the world building and the setting was quite dark, but realistic, so far it has started with a group of people and showing their survival tactics, there was a lethal miasma that can cause poison and the races were at war. The humans have lived in a place called 'colony', in order to survive, the humans needs to venture out in order to investigate its surroundings, and going outside means going with death, it's like Attack on Titan or something, but the survival rate is higher than AoT, since the enemies are the 'Races' the ones who are waging war on themselves.... So far the World Building of the past was really harsh, but amazingly the Humans have survived by any means necessary.

As much as I want to spoil, the novel is 500+ pages and I think it would better if you read it yourself, but what I've loved which made me hard to recover was the Ending.

~STORY~
Vol.1-5 → 5.5/10

The story was good, but it's too flawed, most of the arcs takes up to 2 vol. each, with exemption of Vol.1 and Vol.6, for Vol.2 and 4, half of their contents were slice of life, more likely light hearted moments which does not affect the whole story, and most of the '2nd half' of each volumes focuses on games and revelation, which makes the plot more serious. So sometimes NGNL drags its plot but most of them makes sense while it gives an underwhelming impression, and some of the plot devices are repetitive.

The Ten Pledges makes the series unique, and sometimes there are some loopholes which can be taken for granted, the elements were good, there's also the usage of Virtual Reality in the Fantasy World, even Dream World exist. The setting was unique overall.

Vol.6→8/10
This is the best Vol. so far, the world was chaotic, there are no rules and there's no beauty on it. The story was kinda dark from the start, it has so many elements which does not exist in the first 5 vol. But on the later part, it has become light hearted on the '2nd Quarter', but the '2nd Half' was a Masterpiece. Despite of Having a predictable Outcome in the end, since it was mentioned in the 5th Vol. the Execution was superb which made the Story Memorable. Overall Vol.6 Is an Example of a Masterpiece which can be compared to many Novels and other Series, and I'm glad that it will be adapted to an Animated Movie.

[I'll continue this review later since I'm having a headache while writing this, it may due to reading the 6th. Vol. Straight hours hahaha] <<less
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EvilGenesis666
EvilGenesis666 rated it
March 24, 2018
Status: v8
First of all, let me say that this was one of the best, if not THE BEST novels I have read. The only (slightly) bad thing was the insufficient world development, but it was relatively unnecessary since the story didn't depend on it too much anyway.

First of all, the characters - they are all unique and each one has their own thought process that doesn't depend on the MC and all of the side characters have some sort of role they play in the big picture along with them each... more>> having their own dreams, ambitions and aspirations. The MCs are pretty good, with them having some of human traits powered to the max (intellect, memory and personality reading) but they also have very obvious and crucial weakness (can't living without each other, being hikikomoris and NEETs...) so if they fell OP at some point, that feeling quickly goes away after they are their weaknesses are revealed.

As for the side characters, I was very surprised by how much personality and screen time author put to develop them. All of them have some sort of a role in every arc and battle and don't just serve to be there and waste words. Reading about them isn't boring as you see them struggling to make do with their problems and how their thought process works.

As for the plot, it's one of the strongest sides of the novel. It's very good, as everything is foreshadowed and planned out before it happens (sometimes, the planning and foreshadowing spans across volumes so it says how much author thinks ahead). I'm always excited when I see MCs having their plan prevail after the (seemingly) hopeless situation and what's more surprising is that even the side characters know about the plan and they contribute as much as they can (be it behind the scenes or not) , which makes it even more interesting after the enemy is beaten and everyone knew what was going on instead of them being all surprised and amazed by the MCs.

World building isn't bad, but it's not that important anyway since novel focuses much more on mentality of the characters and them outsmarting each other, rather than who has the stronger fist (treasure / weapon / technique...)

Romance was ~meh, but it's not rage inducing since the (male) MC doesn't have very good (if any) understanding of love, which is one of his weaknesses that he is trying to overcome trough the novel. Tho, I can't say anything about ecchi since it was thrown here and there trough the novel, but nothing over the top (+18).

Overall, recommend this great story to anyone that likes to read novels that have good character personalization and development, tons of thought-provoking arcs, plot with tons of foreshadowing and planning and some relaxing ecchi here and there.

Also recommend you watch anime and the movie. It doesn't deviate (too much) from the novel and it has great animation. <<less
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Lachiel
Lachiel rated it
October 26, 2015
Status: --
This novel. 10/10 idea 10/10 execution. The only problem in this whole novel is the amount of bro-con and sis-con. But I'm sure everyone will be okay with that considering both of them are amazing MC's. It's like one MC for the price of one. All the characters feel alive and feel apart of the world. The world building the author has done is hand's down one of the best I've read in a while. The execution is not really flawless but it still deserves a perfect rating considering... more>> he's made a action novel without any violence or killing which is just amazing.

I recommend this to anyone who's looking for something to read. Also watch the anime.. Thats great too :D <<less
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sdarkpaladin
sdarkpaladin rated it
January 25, 2016
Status: --
Nice story. Licensed. Waiting 5 years just for Yen press to catch up so that I can buy all of the books in bulk. Would strongly recommend to people who wants to read about wacky MCs and great story.
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BQDJ
BQDJ rated it
October 27, 2015
Status: --
Argh... I wish someone could translate it again. I read until volume 6 but it was bad MTL, not that bad but still, not enjoyable to the fullest.

The concept seems classic, about the transported people in another world but it is entirely different. The 2 protagonists are there to play very diverse games to win over God. The OPness is great in a way that the 2 heroes that consist of a brother who has a great reaction speed and strategic-based type of gaming with his sister which is... more>> a super genius that can predict the outcome of almost all possible scenarios. The games are like investigations in detective mangas, the solutions are very clever and you're always amazed by their tricks, they don't kill or injure anybody. It seems like a really gummy bear story said like that but it's not that childish.

The relations between the characters are diverse, the harem building is set up as all the girls give off a unique feeling and different motivations, so these side characters make you laugh. They're all awesome. HIghly recommended novel, if Baka-Tsuki could pick it up again very fast, I would be the happiest.
HIghly recommend it <<less
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