Type: This is your Season 2
Synopsis: Two outcast who are both totally legal guys! are unexpectedly drawn to each other through their love of chess. And, you know, both living in a world plagued in war as the Gods fight a petty battle for supremacy. One is a young(?) man who has to lead the last of humanity down their eventual march to extinction and is being crushed by the pressure. The other is a loli robot whose trying to learn what it means to be humans, but also kinda thirsty. Was this just an excuse to have a little girl character say lewd things? Yes, yes it was. Was I still caught up by the character work and stellar actions scenes? Yes, yes I was.
Pros: This movie is a flashback prequel to the anime No Game No Life, which has become something of a mascot for all great anime that never got a proper sequel. This story reveals how the Great War ended, how humanity earned it’s spot as one of the races, and how reality became the game world we first encounter in the anime. Let’s talk about each reveal. First, the movie does a great job showcasing how destructive the Great War was. Unlike the anime, the movie’s world has been utterly decimated by war. The bright colors we’re familiar with have been replaced with a dark color scheme. But I think the best example of the war was the battle between the Ex-Machina Schwi and Angel Jibril. No only is this battle amazing from a technical level, but it shows us the amount of destructive power the other races fought with, and these were just two grunts. It also helps clarify why other characters were so afraid to challenge races like Angels and Deus in the original anime. I know that sometimes less is more when it comes to certain events in stories, but showing the war through the eyes of low-level players helps add to it’s scale in my opinion. Second, the reveal that humanity, or “imanity” was almost extinct at this time of the was was interesting, as was the protagonist, Riku. Unlike Sora, Riku feels the brunt of status. His mood swings and desperation come off an genuine most of the time, and his relationship with Schwi actually does grow on you. By the end of the film, I ended up caring for both of them, as Riku and Schwi both taught each other to open their hearts. Third, by showing how Set became the God of the world, you are giving may more context about how the world works and the relationship between the races. You understand why certain races like Angels act the way they do, and why humanity is seen as such a loser race. The world in No Game No Life is a truly transformed world, predicated on one god and one lonely boy’s love of playing games.
Cons: The movie is rushed. Very rushed. The movie goes from story beat to story beat without ever letting moments breathe. Some moments are so abrupt that I lost track of the story a few times. It felt like they were trying to cram a story arc worth of stories within a 90 minute time frame. Which was weird because this anime only has 3 characters: Riku, Schwi, and Corounne as support. Everyone else is a side character at best, even Jibril. So while I did buy into Riku and Schwi’s relationship, that was mostly due to the sad music and direction. The writing didn’t do much. Riku goes from hating her to loving her within an hour. It’s only in the last half hour that you get to care about them together. Speaking of the characters, you might notice that Riku, Schwi, and Corounne look a lot like Shiro, Sora, and Stephanie. At first I thought that the studio was just being lazy and trying to get people to watch this movie by having similar looking characters in it. But the suggestion that they are reincarnations was a nice touch. They got Isekaied in order to get Isekaied again. I also kinda wish the Set had shown up more in the movie, maybe subtly pushing all the characters to finally win the game. In my own headcannon, I half expected this movie to show why Set became the god of games, but it turns out he was always that way. I should end by saying that this movie is very rushed and congested. It will only really appeal to fans of the show. Even then, some fans may not like it because it askews the tactical aspects of the anime for a more straightforward drama. I would not recommend this to a new audience.
Watch it?: For fans only
We all know what they were doing with her, but it’s still funny.
Best Moment: The Schwi vs Jibril fight (made me appreciate how strong Jibril actually is).