First of all I need to be clear, I have watch every episode of every .HACKERS series and I’ve seen Sword Art Online as well as read translations of the light novels. I have also seen Log Horizon. No Game No Life is nothing like those series despite being an Anime about gamers. No Game No Life is a daring original and a story that stands on its own without someone need to have watched any of the fore mentioned series to be understood or enjoyed.
The Top 3 Reasons No Game No Life Is Not a Copy or Clone
1. Our World Is Different
First of all No Game No Life is not about Gamers being sucked into a Video Game. The premise of .HACK, Log Horizon and SAO is that Gamers are sucked into the world of a video game they were playing and are forced to live and die by the rules of the game. In some cases these rules have been altered. No Game No Life is completely different. In No Game No Life the NEET siblings Sora and Shiro are gamers who are pulled into a completely separate world, not a virtual world but a real one. In the world of Disboard, due to a war between their Gods, Tet the winner and undisputed God of that world established a rule that all conflicts would be solved by games rather than war or violence. This is a very unique premise when put to all the Anime No Game No Life is compared to.
2. We Are Not Heroes
In series like SAO, .Hack and Log Horizon and their various counterparts the characters are usually strong individuals that possessive bravery and good personality traits.The protagonist of No Game No Life are not nearly as good natured or noble. Sora and Shiro have no moral scruples about cheating if it is technically within the rules, manipulating any situation to their advantage or taking people weaker than them for everything they have. Sora and Shiro have also shown that they are not particularly brave and are prone to anxiety in most social situations. They defined by their weaknesses as characters rather than their strengths, and moreover they are aware of this fact and glorify it.
3. I Don’t Wanna Go Home
In SAO, .Hack and Log Horizon, the goals usually revolve around survival and returning home to the real world. In No Game No Life, the protagonist have not intention of returning home and their goal is very unique, their goal is to defeat God, again. You don’t get a much more original plot than that… we defeated God, and were brought to a new world, where now we have to earn the right to challenge and defeat God again and claim the mantle, that is UNIQUE!’
So there you have it, No Game No Life is a refreshing and unique original story that is not in anyway a cookie cuter clone of previous source material. It is rare and unique gem and deserves to be acknowledged on its own merits. While it has some qualities and moments that are familiar to other stories, it stands well enough on its own.
Founding Member of Anime Arsenal. Outlaw Rave writes reviews for Anime and Manga primarily as well as reviews of AMVs while also doing most of the photohop editing and composites for the site as well as original Anime Music Videos. Favorite Anime(s): Escaflowne, Sword Art Online, Gundam 00, Cowboy Beebop, Fate Stay/Nite, Fate Zero, Air TV, Attack on Titan, Mirai Nikki, Hellsing Ultimate.