I remember hearing about the anime series No Game, No Life some time ago, and the premise of two step-siblings who enter a world full of different games to overcome drew my interest. It was only a matter of time before a feature film based on the hit show would arrive, and here we are with No Game, No Life Zero. Fans of the series will fit right into the games here, but it also makes a great starting point for newcomers as well.
Those familiar with the show will know of the two great beings Izuna and Tet, who start off the film playing a game against each other with the prize being some delicious food. As they play, Tet begins to recall a tale from 6,000 ago, long before our heroic step-siblings Sora and Shiro entered the world of Disboard. During this dark age, humanity is on the brink of extinction thanks to the Old Deus raining down destruction both figuratively and literally.
As with all things that go bad, there’s always a ray of light amidst the darkness. This one comes in the form of a young man named Riku, who happens to be the leader of humanity’s last refuge. After some terrible events happen involving someone close to him, he sets off to make the world a better place. During his travels, he comes across an old android he names Schwi, who wants to know what it is to have a human heart. The two team up and such for the answer together while fighting to change the world for the better in the process.
To say anymore would be giving away the mystery and secrets of the world of Disboard and how it came to be. But fans will undoubtedly be happy by the answers they get here along with other long awaited answers to questions they’ve had. As with all of the previous Blu-rays I’ve covered from Sentai Filmworks, everything looks and sounds great here as the visuals and audio are spot on.
There’s also some nice special features to take a look at once the movie is over, such as some original Japanese Promotional videos for the movie, and a cool behind the scenes extra with some of the Sentai Filmworks cast and crew that brought the film to life for fans in the west to enjoy.
Fans of the series and newcomers will want to game on with No Game, No Life Zero, as it’s one of the more interesting anime entries you’ll find out there. Some long awaited answers about the magical game world of Disboard are finally brought to light in an amazingly animated and great looking anime film you’ll want to play with.