In this episode we get to see a bit more of the rules that govern the world of Disboard in Game No Life. We also get formally introduced to Stephanie Dola. Stephanie Dola is the granddaughter of the former king of Immanity. After the king’s death, she gambled to become the next queen of the country and lost.
Sora ends up taunting her for her foolishness and for being naive and insults her Grandfather the former king. As a result Stephanie gets very worked and is about to hit him. Sora diffuses the situation by challenging her to a Game under the pledges. She figures based on what he said that if he wins that he’ll want her to find them a place to stay so they won’t have to keep spending their money.Sora challenges Stephanie to a game of Rock, Paper Scissors. He taunts her by saying he’ll only throw paper. She does an elaborate exercise in her mind to calculate the odds of winning, and is almost provoked into throwing Rock.
After the look in Sora’s eyes unnerves her she loses her resolve and starts to double question her decision to throw Rock. She instead throws scissors.
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Because Sora already predicted what she would do he was able to throw Rock and beat her Scissors, which she threw because it was the safest bet. Sora berates her and explains to her that is the reason she lost. Also he reminds her that he never actually said the bet was for a place to stay but the she would owe him a “favor”. He decides to claim is prize by demanding she “Fall in Love With Him”. As a result she can’t help but fall in love with him even when it’s against her character or her personal desire to do so. She can’t refuse him anything and now easily get’s jealous when he ignores her.
We also learn that the Blank Siblings suffer from extreme Separation Anxiety if they are a certain distance apart. This will likely play an interesting role in the series as it is a weakness that can be used against them to counter their supreme intelligence and confidence.
Stephanie moves the siblings into the palace with her and finds them some more formal clothing to wear. We also see more of Stephanie’s feelings for Sora and are left to wonder how much them are genuine and how much of it is because of the Pledges effect being absolute. The siblings also learn that the kingdom is different than Japanese it’s written in Immanity and Shiro learns it it in a day where as Sora takes a bit longer to get the gist of it. Stephanie is impressed with the Blank Siblings and begins being hopeful that with these two from another world there is a chance that Immanity can reclaim some of its territory from the magical races like the elves.
By the end of the episode we meet Clammy Zell, the woman who beat Stephanie in the King’s Tournament by cheating in the first episode. Sora and her have a pointed exchange. At the end Sora makes up his mind, that he will become King of Immanity and the he and Shiro will stay in this world.
Overall I have to say that I’m beginning to enjoy No Game No Life more than any other Anime series I’m currently watching this Spring including Akuma No Riddle and Date Alive II. It is extremely interesting, light hearted and funny, but it also is very intellectual and create some decent suspense. It feels like a good natured version of DeathNote on some level which is really interesting. The characters are unique and the episodes are somewhat unpredictable unlike more formula based offerings out there. This episode gets my seal of approval and get’s a 9/10. Watch this series!
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