No Game No Life took the anime world by storm when it first aired on Apr 9, 2014. Directed by Madhouse (the top dogs of the anime industry), everyone was expecting something marvelous, and that’s precisely what was delivered. With amazing visuals and a compelling, attractive story, No Game No Life stood the test of time and stands tall as a show that people still remember fondly while craving for a season 2.
There is a LOT to No Game No Life. Do you think you know all of it? Here are some facts that will test your knowledge to how much you know.
10. Top Selling Novel
Since it’s conception as a light novel on April 25, 2012, No Game No Life has spawned numerous adaptations, including a film. However, for two years it remained under the spotlight until in 2014, at last, it received the long deserving recognition as one of the top-selling novels in Japan in 2017. By 2017, it’s reported that over 3 million copies are in circulation. No wonder Madhouse took notice of it and began animation and thus delivered a show that was a spectacle to watch. However, what about season two?
9. No Game No Life Season 2
Fans have been demanding a season two since forever. Madhouse is known for usually not making a season two which dreads the fans however most still haven’t given up hope as they continuously plead Madhouse to make it.
However, what’s the actual factual reason for no Season 2? Well as it turned out, due to legal reasons, Season 2 is something of an impossibility now. Not only due to no real backing of funds, but also due to some creative differences. So whoever of you were waiting patiently for a season two, I’m sorry to disappoint…but don’t give up yet! Why?
Well, it’s because No Game No Life: Zero is a thing. There is no way; Madhouse would be able to make a movie with legal issues pressuring them. Meaning, there is hope and more to this story than is currently known. At the same time, there are reports and speculations that No Game No Life didn’t sell well, which caused them to stop making the season 2, however with how high fan demand is, it’s possible a season 2 might come later.
The Final Episodes Of Season 1
On the same note, did you know the final two episodes of No Game No Life were supposed to be the first two episodes of the supposed season 2? Sad.
Kamiya And His Illness
Did you know that initially, Kamiya (the author of No Game No Life) was going to create a fantasy manga with battles, however, he disliked drawing battles, so he settled with games instead. But before he could conceive it as a manga, an unspecified illness made it impossible for him to manage the massive workload that comes with drawing a manga. He imagined how his idea would be as a light novel and thus settled for that. And so No Game No Life became the phenomenal light novel that it is today.
Manga And The Drawings
However, his dreams of the manga were soon answered as after the second volume was published, his editor suggested a collaboration with his wife, Mashiro Hiiragi (who did the drawings for the second volume). This soon took shape in Monthly Comic Alive and is still going strong. However, only two volumes seem to be in circulation.
At the same time, there is a spin-off titled “No Game No Life, Please!” that also ran for two years with four volumes.
Nicknames & Surnames
Sora and Shiro’s internet nickname is “Blank.” This isn’t just for effect, their surnames are “Nai” which is Japanese for “None” and can be taken as “Blank” as well, meaning it was always right there in front of us, the whole time! At the same time, if you write the two names together, you can worm the name “Blank” out of them. Of course, this makes more sense in Japanese rather than English but still cool!
They Aren’t Really Brothers..
Did you know that Shiro and Sora aren’t blood-related? This adds to how much of a “close incest” content Japan likes to insert in its works but likes to hide it behind the “not blood related” card. To further add fuel to this fire, did you know that the author released an official hentai doujin featuring the siblings? Yikes.
References To Other Animes
No Game No Life has a lot of references to other works, most notably Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Persona 4, and even the infamous Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Races In No Game No Lifes
There are 16 races in No Game No Life’s world. But did you know all of them are word plays except Elves, Dwarves, and Fairies? In the case of Old Deus, Deus is Latin for God. While Seiren is Siren. Dhampirs is another word for Vampires that is common in other mediums as well. Dragonia is an apparent reference to Dragons. Flugel is Angel in another language. Imanity is derived from Humanity by changing the “Hu” part with “I.”
The No Game No Life Trivia
In the first episode, Tet sends a link to Shiro and Sora which Sora click. But did you know that link ACTUALLY exists in real life? Yes. You can google it right now, and it will lead you to a No Game No Life trivia. Sadly, it’s in Japanese, so guess away as Tet laughs at your pathetic attempts at pretending to know Japanese.
But these are just some. No Game No Life is abundant with details that I couldn’t add into this post, but there are so many small facts that you don’t even notice. To name a few:
Did you know Shiro can speak 18 different languages?
Did you know that all of the main heroines in the show are in love with Sora? Which is an average, typical anime cliche, but Sora is usually very attentive and known to such details, so displaying this level of density is something that betrays his character more. That, or he sucks at emotions.
Did you know that the anime opening of No Game No Life is an absolute banger that everyone should listen to? It’s not a fact? I don’t care; it’s a perfectly valid opinion and a fantastic opening song.