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There was an urban legend that there was a legendary, undefeated gamer called [ ], but in reality he was just a NEET brother and sister called 空 (Sora) and 白 (Shiro). These hikikomori siblings who both refer to the real world as a worthless "Kuso Game" are one day summoned to a different world by a boy calling himself "God". In this world, war is prohibited by God and ever There was an urban legend that there was a legendary, undefeated gamer called [ ], but in reality he was just a NEET brother and sister called 空 (Sora) and 白 (Shiro). These hikikomori siblings who both refer to the real world as a worthless "Kuso Game" are one day summoned to a different world by a boy calling himself "God". In this world, war is prohibited by God and everything is instead decided by a game...that's right, even country borders. Can the two NEET brother and sister save the last of the human race , which only has one city left? "Now...let the game begin!"


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There was an urban legend that there was a legendary, undefeated gamer called [ ], but in reality he was just a NEET brother and sister called 空 (Sora) and 白 (Shiro). These hikikomori siblings who both refer to the real world as a worthless "Kuso Game" are one day summoned to a different world by a boy calling himself "God". In this world, war is prohibited by God and ever There was an urban legend that there was a legendary, undefeated gamer called [ ], but in reality he was just a NEET brother and sister called 空 (Sora) and 白 (Shiro). These hikikomori siblings who both refer to the real world as a worthless "Kuso Game" are one day summoned to a different world by a boy calling himself "God". In this world, war is prohibited by God and everything is instead decided by a game...that's right, even country borders. Can the two NEET brother and sister save the last of the human race , which only has one city left? "Now...let the game begin!"

30 review for No Game, No Life Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Don't you hate when an otherwise excellent series is ruined by a disgustingly, distractingly HUGE amount of fan service? This manga is a perfect example of that. You know why? The anime. The anime is so much better than this. They don't distract from the story and characters with meaningless fan service. Is there fan service in the anime? Totally. Is it as insane an amount as the manga? No. This manga... every other page has a panty shot. Usually of the 11-year-old. That's right. Panty shots of an Don't you hate when an otherwise excellent series is ruined by a disgustingly, distractingly HUGE amount of fan service? This manga is a perfect example of that. You know why? The anime. The anime is so much better than this. They don't distract from the story and characters with meaningless fan service. Is there fan service in the anime? Totally. Is it as insane an amount as the manga? No. This manga... every other page has a panty shot. Usually of the 11-year-old. That's right. Panty shots of an elementary school girl. Just no. I'm not sure if the fan service was turned up for the manga or toned down for the anime, but I can honestly say the anime is better no matter how you look at it. Manga panels get crowded to the point where it's difficult to read because of trying to fit too much T&A along with speech bubbles and plot. Artwork becomes inconsistent as skirts shrink and tops tighten just to show off that much more T&A. Characters (mostly female) have bizarre expressions that don't match the situation to try to make them more "Moe." Boobs become dislocated water balloons so they can be squished and moved around in painful, impossible ways. For the record, Artwork sacrificing story aside, the story itself is great. Two gaming savants get teleported to a magical world where everything is decided by a game. I just wouldn't bother with an overpriced fan-service-to-the-point-of-embarrassing manga for it. Watch the anime. The art's so much better. And you won't scramble to hide it when people walk into the room. I do want to say, though, that the short story at the end, that is entirely text, was a fun read, which is part of what saved this from getting only 1 star. The other thing I want to mention is the way Shiro was translated. In Japanese, she speaks in short, staccato sentences. But they are complete sentences in Japanese. In Japanese, you can give one-word sentences that have a ton of meaning. The translator chose, instead, to leave pieces untranslated (such as her saying "Nii," meaning brother, instead of "You," which is usually what she means, or "Big Brother" which would have been better for people who don't speak Japanese, especially since there are no translator notes), or to make her talk like my college notes, skipping those pesky words like "a" or "the." This made her come across as unable to speak rather than a girl of few words. Normally I'd overlook a few of these problems. All of these together just drove me up a wall. I can't. I just can't. Thank Tet that I got this from the library and didn't shell out the $13 to buy it. Go watch the anime. It's so much better. I can't speak for the light novel, since it's not out yet in English, but I can definitely say the anime is much, much better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Xelator

    This book is about two NEET siblings who spend all their time playing video games. This book is very well thought out well executed. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read it is just such a good book. It not only is such a good story line it also teaches so many good lessons. It will speak volumes to you so you should read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    V.

    The English translated version of the light novel (not the manga) was very difficult to understand. At least the one I found. Most of the sentences sounded really strange and I couldn't concentrate. It really got to my nerves in the end. I'll stick with the anime version, thank you. The English translated version of the light novel (not the manga) was very difficult to understand. At least the one I found. Most of the sentences sounded really strange and I couldn't concentrate. It really got to my nerves in the end. I'll stick with the anime version, thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    William Schram

    Very interesting, leaves you wanting more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    No Game, No Life turned out to be no thank you. I didn't like the main characters at all, and the fan service turned disgusting at the end. I'm done with this one and trading the copy I bought. No Game, No Life turned out to be no thank you. I didn't like the main characters at all, and the fan service turned disgusting at the end. I'm done with this one and trading the copy I bought.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael (Mai)

    What I didn’t know: That there is an anime. And apparently it’s better than the manga. Why I read it:: I thought it was about people getting stuck in a video game world (like .hack or SAO) and I love that stuff. Also the cover was pretty. What I think about it: I want that time back. I really didn’t care for this. I’m totally cool with fan service but not when it’s coming from an eleven year old girl. Also, the weird brother-sister relationship that was bordering on incest was also not for me. The What I didn’t know: That there is an anime. And apparently it’s better than the manga. Why I read it:: I thought it was about people getting stuck in a video game world (like .hack or SAO) and I love that stuff. Also the cover was pretty. What I think about it: I want that time back. I really didn’t care for this. I’m totally cool with fan service but not when it’s coming from an eleven year old girl. Also, the weird brother-sister relationship that was bordering on incest was also not for me. They actually have a conversation about how Shiro couldn’t do anything x-rated until she was 18 and that Shiro knew Sora couldn’t wait that long…ew! What!? Call me a prude or whatever you want but all of that was a big no. Other things wrong with it: lesbian-ish bath scene with the 11 year old participating (the lesbian part isn’t the problem), non-consensual boob squishing, and during said boob squishing (it totally looked like it would have hurt the way he was doing it) the 11 year old was taping it for them to watch it later (cuz yeah, she was in the room). The art would have been good except for all the weird fan service and crowded panels. As for the story line…people say that it has a good story but I just don’t believe them. It was probably the dialogues, it just didn’t seem natural. I’m sure there was some reason in the Japanese text that made them decide to translate Shiro’s speech patterns weird but it didn’t translate well to English. I’m not going to finish this series. I’m not going to watch the anime. I’m also not going to read the light novels. If you liked this then I’m sorry I tore apart your series but it just wasn’t for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Way, waaaay too much fan service and awkwardly staged dramatic poses that, I suppose, are supposed to make readers like the antisocial Sora...? The premise of gamers being transplanted into a fantasy world could’ve been fun and intriguing seeing how those who don’t feel like they fit in modern society work in another land. But at the expense of having so much fan service, at almost every single page, no thanks!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    No Game No Life Vol. 1 By Yuu Kamiya, Mashiro Hiiragi This is a book about two kids that are NEET and they have given up on their world and are given a chance to live in a new were games is the only was to decided anything, from who takes out the trash to who is get all the the new house, the book it self is simply a great book, it was meant to let the audiences have a laughed or two, as far as this book goes anyway. The book makes me think about if you have a thing like this happens to you and c No Game No Life Vol. 1 By Yuu Kamiya, Mashiro Hiiragi This is a book about two kids that are NEET and they have given up on their world and are given a chance to live in a new were games is the only was to decided anything, from who takes out the trash to who is get all the the new house, the book it self is simply a great book, it was meant to let the audiences have a laughed or two, as far as this book goes anyway. The book makes me think about if you have a thing like this happens to you and could you survive in this world. The book makes people think about how life is now and what would you do if God ask you to play a game. The book it self is well written, it does not stray off on some boring thing there is always something they are planning it never just for fun. Still they are funny charters never having a dull moment in their lives. The story works well with the kids strength and their weakness. The side charters are very good they are simply working perfectly with the two main charters. They are simply the team of misfits and somehow they work together and win the fight. The charters will make you think of your self and others, they are not the average person, but they got things they are very special. The story will keep you on your feet laughing to tears and you will still will want to read more. The story works well cause there are not many story's to go off on. You really can't say that "this story" was better because the was no "this story" to compare it to as far as I have reader. The story really works cause it's funny and some parts a little serious. They story greatest weakness will be that not everyone can like this story and even get what's happening. the story is all about games and some part technology, and if you don't get that stuff you will be left be-hided wondering what's happening. This book is great, but you need to be a person that knows about games and open with wired idea if you never heard of them. So yes I could recommend this book to a couple of them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maddz

    My honest to "TeT" opinion on the first volume of No Game No Life. Read this comparison if you're looking for a review on Vol. 1 of the Manga - not between the Manga and Light Novels or Anime. First things first, if you're interested in a manga with a "Gaming" theme, you need to understand... this isn't Sword Art Online. Using SAO in comparison, this manga takes it's fan service to another level [Hehe]. Despite being riddled with fan-service, [that makes you feel guilty about loving it btw] NGNL My honest to "TeT" opinion on the first volume of No Game No Life. Read this comparison if you're looking for a review on Vol. 1 of the Manga - not between the Manga and Light Novels or Anime. First things first, if you're interested in a manga with a "Gaming" theme, you need to understand... this isn't Sword Art Online. Using SAO in comparison, this manga takes it's fan service to another level [Hehe]. Despite being riddled with fan-service, [that makes you feel guilty about loving it btw] NGNL vol. 1 introduces it's protagonists well, with a gripping story that any shut-in can associate with! Even possibly make you envious? The art is absolutely splendid even with two artists working on the same manga! Overall, this manga is incredibly captivating in story and art which typically makes up for the overwhelmingly naughty fan-service. NGNL hooks you in and ends with a interesting short story leaving any reader begging for more. The possibility for even greater character development definitely tempts me enough to read the next volume! Next time then ;D

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    First off Sora is creepy looking. Instead of getting interested in it, I found myself wishing I had picked up Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Vol. 1 instead. After looking at the Goodreads reviews, I think if I want to continue on in this series, I should stick to the anime. First off Sora is creepy looking. Instead of getting interested in it, I found myself wishing I had picked up Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Vol. 1 instead. After looking at the Goodreads reviews, I think if I want to continue on in this series, I should stick to the anime.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    This book is altogether one of my favorites because the plot is fantastic and the character traits are perfect along with the emotion put into them as the characters un ordinarily which worlds into a fantasy game like world were they cheat there way through life... LITERALLY

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sri

    No Game No Life by Yuu Kamiya is about to siblings, Sora and Shiro, and their journey in a different world. Sora and Shiro play many games, as the title implies, and they have lots of fun while they are at it. Throughout the journey, Sora and Shiro really bond throughout all these games and they really show how teamwork is the best way to win games. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. One reason why I enjoyed No Game No Life was because that NGNL was different, as wasn’t like any other anime. No Game No Life by Yuu Kamiya is about to siblings, Sora and Shiro, and their journey in a different world. Sora and Shiro play many games, as the title implies, and they have lots of fun while they are at it. Throughout the journey, Sora and Shiro really bond throughout all these games and they really show how teamwork is the best way to win games. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. One reason why I enjoyed No Game No Life was because that NGNL was different, as wasn’t like any other anime. Also I like NGNL because many of the games that Sora and Shiro played were very creative, and the ways to win were very unexpected. I like when books are different and good, which is why I liked this aspect of No Game No Life. I rated no game no life a ⅗. There were many reasons for this, but one reason that I liked it a lot was because of the fact that the plot was just overall creative. All the games they played and the ways that they won were just very creative and made me want to read more and more. One thing that I didn't like about NGNL was that it had too much fan-service. It wasn’t like another manga that I read recently, Keijo, which had the right amount of fan-service and made the manga actually interesting, and funny. For NGNL though, there is just too much fan-service, and I think that it would have been better if they just left out most of those scenes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arnold

    No Game, No Life revolves around a unique take on a classic concept, and one that will certainly take you on an adventure if you are willing to look past its flaws. The main characters, Sora and Shiro, are two shut-in siblings who are drawn into a fantastic world where every conflict is resolved through games, no matter what is at stake. Despite their rather standoffish personalities, the story is written in a way that is guaranteed to keep the reader on their toes -- the plot works surprisingly No Game, No Life revolves around a unique take on a classic concept, and one that will certainly take you on an adventure if you are willing to look past its flaws. The main characters, Sora and Shiro, are two shut-in siblings who are drawn into a fantastic world where every conflict is resolved through games, no matter what is at stake. Despite their rather standoffish personalities, the story is written in a way that is guaranteed to keep the reader on their toes -- the plot works surprisingly well with the characters' strengths and weaknesses. However, the story is not without its disadvantages, as fanservice is a main theme portrayed in the book. Although this didn't ruin my experience with the book at all, it's worth noting that Shiro is twelve years old but is sexualized rather blatantly, a detail that can be off-putting for certain readers. Despite this, No Game, No Life is a novel with a colorful cast and action-packed story. It keeps me yearning for more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    That was weird. I like the gaming angle but it was so fanservicey I lost interest in the plot. The siblings have a lot of instances where it seems they’re a couple, with the brother even joking he can’t touch his sister sexually because she’s underage. Creepy dude. Sister doesn’t want him to have any girlfriends and just be with her all the time. Then when he does interact with a girl there’s a long explicit grope scene with her tits out. Then there’s a mostly nude bathing scene with fog blurrin That was weird. I like the gaming angle but it was so fanservicey I lost interest in the plot. The siblings have a lot of instances where it seems they’re a couple, with the brother even joking he can’t touch his sister sexually because she’s underage. Creepy dude. Sister doesn’t want him to have any girlfriends and just be with her all the time. Then when he does interact with a girl there’s a long explicit grope scene with her tits out. Then there’s a mostly nude bathing scene with fog blurring out the inappropriate parts. What ticks me off is that this is rated Teen, which is usually 13 and up. Most of the time this stuff would’ve at least been Older Teen so I was surprised and very glad I always read stuff before putting it in my classroom. This was more explicit and creepily sexual than most of the OT stuff I’ve read. Geez.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yuvanseth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. " We are the proud weak. " ~ Sora The protagonists had been pulled into a new world, found a shelter, gambled to be become king and queen and gave a hopeful future to Immanity and citizens of Elkia through the knowledge, mostly from gaming and reading preparations for quiz games, to aid them in challenging other Ixceeds to collect all the pieces so they can challenge Tet, the One True God. I gotta admit the siblings are excellent at what they are doing. One is a perverted strategist and the other " We are the proud weak. " ~ Sora The protagonists had been pulled into a new world, found a shelter, gambled to be become king and queen and gave a hopeful future to Immanity and citizens of Elkia through the knowledge, mostly from gaming and reading preparations for quiz games, to aid them in challenging other Ixceeds to collect all the pieces so they can challenge Tet, the One True God. I gotta admit the siblings are excellent at what they are doing. One is a perverted strategist and the other is the embodiment of logic and intelligence, a loli genius. Both of them are quite sadistic to Stephanie (for comic relief or not, she deserves better). The journey to challenge the One True God. I'm looking forward to reading the second volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Ogarp

    I actually fell asleep 4 chapter's into the book.. I'm not the targeted demographic, I get it. But never have I ever had such a bad time with a shonen manga before? I have not watched the anime nor read the light novel's but right now I feel scared away from the series, which is the opposite of what I wanted from reading this manga. The plot is intresting but at the same time nothing really happens in this first volume. It's simply a few chapter's filled with a underage loli getting extremly lewd I actually fell asleep 4 chapter's into the book.. I'm not the targeted demographic, I get it. But never have I ever had such a bad time with a shonen manga before? I have not watched the anime nor read the light novel's but right now I feel scared away from the series, which is the opposite of what I wanted from reading this manga. The plot is intresting but at the same time nothing really happens in this first volume. It's simply a few chapter's filled with a underage loli getting extremly lewded by her own brother + that one steph girl. If you happen to live for fan service this might be something for you, but i'm not going to touch upon this series again. I also didn't know skirts shrinked and enlarged that way? and I tend to wear them??

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    There is a fun lil "2 social-rejects get sucked into another world where GAMES is literal everything" plot in there somewhere... ... you just need to really dig for it! Buried in ridiculous l33t-speak, clumsy sentence fragments (think 13-year-old's typing on early AIM), exceptionally terrible & cringeworthy fanservice (in both prose & illustration) and the outright "eeeeeiw" of the book opening with a full-color illustration of naked Shiro bein given a bath by naked Steph (Shiro is ELEVEN!!! Nobo There is a fun lil "2 social-rejects get sucked into another world where GAMES is literal everything" plot in there somewhere... ... you just need to really dig for it! Buried in ridiculous l33t-speak, clumsy sentence fragments (think 13-year-old's typing on early AIM), exceptionally terrible & cringeworthy fanservice (in both prose & illustration) and the outright "eeeeeiw" of the book opening with a full-color illustration of naked Shiro bein given a bath by naked Steph (Shiro is ELEVEN!!! Nobody needs to see that!) And guess what, the fanservice only gets worse from there! There is a literal paragraph, full 3 lines, of nothing but sound effects of Sora squishing an unwilling girl's breasts! (later they'll see how much worse then can get away with on her by making her dress up in skimpy clothes etc...) The gross-out factors keep piling up in usual light novel fashion: have some implied incest. Have the secondary character be shapely, so of course she has all the brain power of a tired hamster and will be taken advantage of constantly... did i mention Shiro is goddamn ELEVEN & clearly needs professional help?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mauricio Guzman

    The story is alright, entertaining by certain level, but the writting style is just a turn off, sometimes I had to re-read to be able to compehen what was happening (And it's just because it's badly translated I guess, that's the problem when you can't read the original content) I have some issues with the story tho, for example, the "Incest" I know I know, they really aren't brothers but they are so close it feels like it Also the fanservice, it's everywhere, when they describe how Sora touches S The story is alright, entertaining by certain level, but the writting style is just a turn off, sometimes I had to re-read to be able to compehen what was happening (And it's just because it's badly translated I guess, that's the problem when you can't read the original content) I have some issues with the story tho, for example, the "Incest" I know I know, they really aren't brothers but they are so close it feels like it Also the fanservice, it's everywhere, when they describe how Sora touches Steph's boobs I just couldn't Anyway, the premise is good but I'm thinking if I should continue reading the series or not, oh well

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    The art design for NGNL is great, but the manga shows there's not much reason to actually illustrate everything that happens. Most of this volume is just Sora and Steph talking, and the art itself suffers from some glaring proportion flaws, among other things. My rating is mostly just because Yuu Kamiya got his wife to do the illustration, and she seems to have a fondness for lewdly displaying Shiro's ass, which is just a strange thing for a wife to do w/r/t her husband's creation, but I respect The art design for NGNL is great, but the manga shows there's not much reason to actually illustrate everything that happens. Most of this volume is just Sora and Steph talking, and the art itself suffers from some glaring proportion flaws, among other things. My rating is mostly just because Yuu Kamiya got his wife to do the illustration, and she seems to have a fondness for lewdly displaying Shiro's ass, which is just a strange thing for a wife to do w/r/t her husband's creation, but I respect the novelty

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tifa

    Interesting concept where a neet gamer and his non social sister are dragged into a game world. They are dragged into a video game world because they are good at playing games. Now in this new world they can play games to their hearts content and with every game they play there is a wager. The wager can be whatever one likes as long as it applies to the god tets rules. So far no complaints story line is interesting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Birckhead

    Not like the anime! Lots of unnecessary fanservice. The artwork was distracting and there was not a good balance with the text. I took a lot longer to read this and was reluctant to finish. There were also some scenes that would make this mature teen to adult and not just teen as the publisher suggests. Due to detailed nudity. The storyline is okay. However I would say skip this and watch the anime instead.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sanyukta Thakare

    I watched the anime a while ago and went crazy for the story so after waiting for the season 2 I finally looked at the manga hoping there was more than the anime in it but no. I love the art work but feel like there is a lot of fan service involved. Too much at some point. If you were to ignore that (if possible) and look at the story and the characters it is a great manga and anime!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Loki !

    It's like Sword Art Online but like a million times worse and I don't really like Sword Art Online. The plot is just shit and I didn't enjoy it. Shiro is like 11 and almost every page shows her underwear and there's a bath scene where she is literally naked. Her brother is into her and he's like 18 and he was going to have sex with someone in front of her. This is just creepy and gross. If you want to read something to do with people getting sucked into video game like places read or watch Sword It's like Sword Art Online but like a million times worse and I don't really like Sword Art Online. The plot is just shit and I didn't enjoy it. Shiro is like 11 and almost every page shows her underwear and there's a bath scene where she is literally naked. Her brother is into her and he's like 18 and he was going to have sex with someone in front of her. This is just creepy and gross. If you want to read something to do with people getting sucked into video game like places read or watch Sword Art Online, it's so much better and done way better. Also no creepy shots of kids in underwear and bathing..

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wesley

    This book is okay. I mean it isn't the worse Isekai novel I've read but, it isn't the best. I find that it has a good concept and plot, writing style etc. But, it does digress a lot from the main storyline. That really is my only complaint, but, I just don't like going off on wild goose reads. Overall though, this is a good book. This book is okay. I mean it isn't the worse Isekai novel I've read but, it isn't the best. I find that it has a good concept and plot, writing style etc. But, it does digress a lot from the main storyline. That really is my only complaint, but, I just don't like going off on wild goose reads. Overall though, this is a good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Addie

    I really like the story, but the fan service! OMG! Shiro is 11! 11! Why? ...... so I'm hoping as the story started as a light novel series that the light novels aren't that bad....the anime wasn't....and maybe I'll read the light novels instead...or watch the anime...sheesh... I really like the story, but the fan service! OMG! Shiro is 11! 11! Why? ...... so I'm hoping as the story started as a light novel series that the light novels aren't that bad....the anime wasn't....and maybe I'll read the light novels instead...or watch the anime...sheesh...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tharkûn

    Anime was better. The world is intriguing, but the most interesting part was the (short) elementary game theory explanation of a rock paper scissor game. But they only briefly come back to game mechanics in the rest of the manga.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roger bookworm

    First time reading a Light Novel, and I wasn't disappointed! First time reading a Light Novel, and I wasn't disappointed!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Andrew

    This book has terribly over the top fan service that’s borderline gross. Even though I enjoyed the animation, I don’t think I’ll continue reading this series from here.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Edrine

    Awesome plot. if you only think about all the logic behind every story they do. its amazing!

  30. 5 out of 5

    czai

    for some reasons, i didnt like it. i'd rather watch the anime, i guess. for some reasons, i didnt like it. i'd rather watch the anime, i guess.

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