Well, the season finally comes to an end, but Madhouse would be dumb to let the sequel slip out of their fingers. . Oh sure, I don’t like the show, but I’m not blind. The show has been a surprise hit with a lot of people, and to say otherwise would just be obtuse. Still, I’m not changing my tune. While the first episode had set the stage for a potentially interesting story, the rest of the anime turned out to be mostly unfunny, pandering schlock. Having said that, I will credit No Game, No Life for one thing: most of the games have generally been creative in their execution. There’s an undeniable energy to them as well. Still, there’s too little here to make up for the show’s negatives. If every episode had gone for broke (e.g., like the shiritori episode) then maybe, but too much time was wasted on making a fool out of Stephanie, forming the harem, or delving into the past of two siblings I don’t care to learn about. But enough about that. Let’s just wrap up the series, shall we? And don’t worry, I won’t blog the sequel whenever it does get made.
— Since Izuna is having so much fun, I guess she’s going full furry. You never go full furry.
— The show does the fake-out thing again, but the siblings actually allow themselves to get hit this time in order to really convince everyone that they had lost. Then through the calculations — yeah, I’m not going to recap it all — they’ve arranged it for Stephanie to unwittingly take the winning shot.
Oh ho ho, winning the game because no one expected the dumbest, ditziest character to be a threat. This is part of what I mean, though. Imagine if the show had gone for broke every single time it could. Compared to the shiritori match, however, this love-sim FPS game is relatively ordinary, and its ending is ho-hum compared to people falling into the fucking core of the planet. Seeing Stephanie take the winning shot, on the other hand, my only reaction was, “Eh.” I expected a big finish, I guess. I think a show like No Game, No Life would only work for me if each and every single match became nuttier and crazier than the last.
— The Izuna having fun thing is pure fluff. I don’t think it’s important to address.
— Unfortunately, the match is over already with more than half of the episode to go. As a result, more fluff comes in the way of fanservice. Oh well, time to skip through this boring shit.
— This is the other part of what I mean. The pacing of the show is only top notch for people who want to see Sora’s harem bathe each other. I don’t, so the pacing is pretty shit. In twelve episodes, we only got to see three big games. The rest of the time is wasted on pandering schlock.
— I don’t even know how the “bald monkey” insult is supposed to work when you could arguably called the warbeasts “bald dogs” in return.
— Miko finally meets with the siblings, and she’s none too pleased with the way things have played out. Thanks to their loss, I guess, everyone else is gunning to challenge the Eastern Federation. She thus swears revenge on Sora and even threatens his life in the process.
— So they play a game of coin toss. Pretty lame, guys. Anyway, since Miko practically didn’t want anything from the siblings in return — in fact, she just wants to ensure her people’s safety — he games it so that the coin toss ends up being a draw for the both of them. This way, everyone can win… or lose, but why would you pick that? Gosh, imagine if Miko had actually wanted revenge.
— Are the siblings ever going to play a game with anyone that isn’t a hot anime babe, though? Besides Tet, of course, but let’s be honest. When will the fated match between the siblings and Tet ever take place? After all, there are fifteen other races, and the siblings spent a good chunk of their time just defeating themselves.
— I feel like the siblings are going to have the same talk whenever they defeat someone.
“What are you planning to do?”
“We want to defeat Tet!”
“You actually think it’s possible?!”
Seriously, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this stuff before.
— Anyway, seeing as how Miko’s a shrine maiden, she must have a god. So the finale episode ends on the siblings encountering one of those gods. And that’s it. Not really much of an ending, but I suppose it’s enough to excite the fans. As for me, this chapter comes to a close for good. One season is enough for me. After all, I’m sure any sequel to No Game, No Life would just stick to its established formula, and I’ve said everything I needed to say on the anime.