Steven D’Onofrio’s Anime Review: No Game No Life

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You know those anime titles you’ve been meaning to watch… But they get stuck on the back burner time and time again? No Game No Life fell into this category for YouTuber Steven D’Onofrio. Get his full anime review in the video below:

I’m really stoked I finally sat down and watched it!

The Basics

The title’s main characters are step-siblings: Sora and his younger stepsister Shirohe. They’re sheltered, reclusive teenagers who never leave the house. MMORPGs have taken over their lives, and they’ve never lost a game. Eventually, the God of Games challenges them to a game of chess. Sora and Shirohe WIN.

After they win, the God of Games pulls them into a virtual reality world based on winning games called Disboard. To exit, they’ll need to unseat the gaming God.

The Anime Review

The artwork is a true selling feature of the anime; it’s very, very vivid, very saturated. With imagery so pleasing, it’s tough to describe it as anything but stimulating to watch.

Imagine that moment when you leave the pool, it’s freezing cold and you jump back in. That warmth, that’s exactly what this is. Plus, their use of CGI for the attack scenes gives off an unmistakable impression that you’re actually playing a video game.

Stack that on top of phenomenal translation and a fantastic soundtrack, he notes he will absolutely continue to watch it. He’s hooked (and dammit so is Steven’s cat).

Artwork: 8/10

Soundtrack: 9/10 (So perfect for when you’re in work mode… Or cleaning the kitchen.)

Storyline: 7/10

Addictiveness: 8/10


Note, Steven’s “super satan hair” wasn’t his intention… Just, don’t ask.  

Watch this series if you’re in the mood for a “holy sh*t” virtual reality fantasy. 

Stream it here: Episode 1


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