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"No Game, No Life" (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ Nōgēmu Nōraifu) is a light novel series by Yuu Kamiya. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse premiered on April 9, 2014 and it ran till June 25, 2014.[1] The manga adaption of the series is also currently in serialization in Monthly Comic Alive.The Anime managed to secure a massive fan base which has spawned more than a decade.


Sora and Shiro are brother and sister, and they both have reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers. Their skills have even spawned urban legends all over the Internet. Unfortunately, these two gamers consider the real world to be just another "crappy game," and end up having the shock of a lifetime when they are summoned by a God named "Tet" to an alternate world.

There, Tet has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where "everything is decided by games" — even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister whose lives are all about gaming, become the "Saviors of Humanity" in this alternate world? The Anime has managed to secure a massive fan base which has spawned more than a decade. The MyAnimeList score of NGNL is 8.29/10, a very high score indeed. Also it is ranked in top 300 Anime-OF-All-Time list on the same platform. Another proof of NGNL’s massive popularity is its 9th position in MAL Popularity rankings.[2]


Character Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Sora Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Scott Gibbs
Shiro Kayano Ai Caitlynn French
Stephanie Dola Hikasa Youko Sara Ornelas
Jibril Tamura Yukari Amelia Fischer
Chlammy Zell Iguchi Yuka Kara Greenberg
Feel Nilvalen Noto Mamiko Christina Stroup
Hatsuse Izuna Sawashiro Miyuki Kira Vincent-Davis
Tet Kugimiya Rie Shannon Emerick


Light Novel

# Japanese Release Date English Release Date Japanese ISBN English ISBN
1 April 25, 2012

April 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-4-8401-4546-6 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8311-0
No Game No Life 1: It Seems Gamer Siblings Will Conquer a Fantasy World (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ1 ゲーマー兄妹がファンタジー世界を征服するそうです)
Pages: 275
English Pages: 176
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Shiro, Sora
  • Prologue (プロローグ, Purorōgu)
  • Chapter 1: Beginner (素人(ビギナー), Biginā)
  • Chapter 2: Challenger (挑戦者(チャレンジャー), Charenjā)
  • Chapter 3: Expert (熟練者(エキスパート), Ekisupāto)
  • Chapter 4: Grandmaster (国王(グランドマスター), Gurandomasutā)
  • Epilogue (エピローグ, Epirōgu)

2 September 25, 2012

July 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-4-8401-4819-1 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8517-6
No Game No Life 2: The Gamer Siblings Seem to Have Their Sights on the Land of Kemonomimi (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ2 ゲーマー兄妹が獣耳っ子の国に目をつけたようです)
Pages: 273
English Pages: 192
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Jibril
  • Opening (オープニング, Ōpuningu)
  • Chapter 1: Weak Square (駒並べ(ウィークスクエア), U~īkusukuea)
  • Chapter 2: Interesting (一手(インタレスティング), Intaresutingu)
  • Chapter 3: Sacrifice (死に手(サクリファイス), Sakurifaisu)
  • Chapter 4: Checkmate (王手(チェックメイト), Chekkumeito)
  • Fake End (フェイクエンド, Feikuendo)

3 January 25, 2013

October 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-4-8401-4958-7 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8519-0
No Game No Life 3: A Half of the Gamer Siblings Seems to Have Disappeared...? (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ3 ゲーマー兄妹の片割れが消えたようですが……?
Pages: 293
English Pages: 208
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Hatsuse Izuna
  • Loading (データロード, Dētarōdo)
  • Chapter 1: Sky Walk (解離法(スカイ・ウオーク), Sukai u~ōku)
  • Chapter 2: Blue Rose (指向法(ブルー・ローズ), Burū rōzu)
  • Chapter 3: Killing Giants (誘導法(キリング・ジャイアント), Kiringu jaianto)
  • Chapter 4: Rule Number 10 (収束法(ルール・ナンバー・10), Rūru nanbā 10)
  • True Ending (トゥルーエンド, To~urūendo)

4 June 25, 2013

March 22, 2016

ISBN: 978-4-8401-5185-6 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8521-3
No Game No Life 4: The Gamer Siblings Have Run Away From a Realistic Romance Game (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ4 ゲーマー兄妹はリアル恋愛ゲームから逃げ出しました)
Pages: 261
English Pages: 192
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Plum
  • Easy Start (イージースタート, Ījīsutāto)
  • Chapter 1: The Devil (悪魔(エンカウント), En kaunto)
  • Chapter 2: The Sun (太陽(ストラテジスト), Sutoratejisuto)
  • Chapter 3: The Empress (女帝(チャーマー), Chāmā)
  • Chapter 4: The Fool (愚者(ワイルドカード), Wairudokādo)
  • Interrupt End (インタラプトエンド, Intaraputoendo)

5 November 25, 2013

December 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-4-0406-6080-6 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8523-7
No Game No Life 5: It Appears the Gamer Siblings Hate New Game Plus (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ5 ゲーマー兄妹は強くてニューゲームがお嫌いなようです)
Pages: 209
English Pages: 208
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Azriel
  • Normal Start (ノーマルスタート, Nōmarusutāto)
  • Chapter 1: Trial (試行(アクト), Akuto)
  • Chapter 2: Error (失敗(エラー), Erā)
  • Chapter 3: Review (学習(リバイス), Ribaisu)
  • Chapter 4: React (再试行(リアクト), Riakuto)
  • Never-Ending (ネバーエンデイング, Nebāendingu)

6 April 25, 2014

July 25, 2017

ISBN: 978-4-0406-6382-1 ISBN: 978-0-3163-8526-8
No Game No Life 6: It Seems the Gamer Couple Challenged The World (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ6 ゲーマー夫嫁は世界に挑んだそうです)
Pages: 325
English Pages: 240
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Tet
  • Opening Talk (オープニングトーク, Ōpuningutōku)
  • Chapter 1: Hopeless (無望(3 - 1 =))
  • Chapter 2: Reckless (無謀(1 x 1 =))
  • Chapter 3: Deathless (無亡(1 + 1 =))
  • Chapter 4: Helpless (無徬(1 ÷ 2 =))
  • Chapter 5: Selfless (夢惚(1 ÷ 0 =))
  • Ending Talk (エンデイングトーク, Endingutōku)

7 July 24, 2015


ISBN: 978-4-04-067494-0 TBA
No Game No Life 7: The Gamer Siblings will Apparently Overturn the World (Standards) (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ 7ゲーマー兄妹は定石を覆すそうです)
Pages: 311
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Miko, Sora, Shiro, Stephanie Dola, Jibril, Plum, Hatsuse Ino, Hatsuse Izuna
  • Theoretical Start (セオリティカルスタート, Seoritikarusutāto)
  • Chapter 1: Reverse Time Form (倒叙形式(ローズドサークル), Kurōzudosākuru)
  • Chapter 2: Overestimation (過剰解釈(フーダニット), Fūdanitto)
  • Chapter 3: Mistaken Persuasion (誤誘導法(ハウダニット), Haudanitto)
  • Chapter 4: Strange Taste (奇妙な味(ホワイダニット), Howaidanitto)
  • Practical End (プラクティクアルエンド, Purakutikuaruendo)

8 December 25, 2015


ISBN: 978-4-04-067952-5 TBA
No Game No Life 8: It Appears the Gamers will Inherit the Strategy (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ8 ゲーマーたちは布石を継いでいくそうです)
Pages: 328
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Horou
  • Continue (コンティニュー, Kontinyū)
  • Chapter 1: Warfare Tactics (不戦戦術(プレパレーション), Pureparēshon)
  • Chapter 2: Unfair Victory (不正勝利(ハンドオーバー), Handoōbā)
  • Chapter 3: Incorrect Answer (不当解答(ディスクローズド), Disukurōzudo)
  • Chapter 4: Unfair Selection (不当選択(フーアーユー?), Fūāyū?)
  • Ideal End (アイディアルエンド, Aidiaruendo)

9 August 25, 2016


ISBN: 978-4-04-068457-4 TBA
No Game No Life 9: It Seems the Gamer Siblings are Resting for One Turn (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ9 ゲーマー兄妹は一ターン休むそうです)
Pages: 328
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Ymirein
  • Skip Start (スキップスタート, Sukippusutāto)
  • Chapter 1: Stop Problem (停止性問題(デフィニット), Definitto)
  • Chapter 2: Inductive Reasoning (帰納的推論(リトロダクション), Ritorodakushon)
  • Chapter 3: Decision Interpretation (演繹的決定(オラクルメイカー), Orakurumeikā)
  • Chapter 4: Hopeful Observation (希望的観測(ライフゲーム), Raifugēmu)
  • One Turn End (ワンターンエンド, Wantān'endo)

10 December 25, 2017


ISBN: 978-4-04-069336-1 TBA
No Game No Life 10: It Seems the Gamer Siblings are Paid in the Past (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ10 ゲーマー兄妹は過去を払わされるようです)
Pages: 328
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: TBA
  • Re:Start
  • Chapter 1: Relativity (相対論(アナザーエイジ), Anazāeiji)
  • Chapter 2: Sensibility Theory (感性論(サイレントライン), Sairentorain)
  • Chapter 3: Common Belief (一般論(フォーミュラフロント), Fōmyurafuronto)
  • Chapter 4: Emotion Theory (感情論(ヴァーディクトデイ), Vu~ādikutodei)
  • Chapter 5: Result (結果論(フォーアンサー), Fōansā)
  • Crash \ END

# Japanese Release Date English Release Date Japanese ISBN English ISBN
Special 1 December 23, 2016


ISBN: 978-4-04-068767-4 TBA
No Game No Life Gaiden: Practical War Game (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ プラクティカルウォーゲーム)
Pages: 328
Price: ¥580
Cover Characters: Shinku Nilvalen
Shiro, Sora (Special Edition)
  • Abstract War Game (アブストラクト・ウォー・ゲーム, Abusutorakuto u~ō gēmu)
  • Practical War Game (プラクティカル・ウォー・ゲーム, Purakutikaru u~ō gēmu)
  • Three Times to Repeat The Game (スリーフォールド・レビテーション, Surīfōrudo rebitēshon)
  • One Pair or Heart Straight Flush (ワンペア・オア・ハートストレートフラッシュ, Wan pea oa hātosutorētofurasshu)
  • Highcard All Raise [First Part] (ハイカード・オール・レイズ【前篇】, Haikādo ōru reizu [zenpen])
  • Highcard All Raise [Second Part] (ハイカード・オール・レイズ【後篇】, Haikādo ōru reizu [kōhen])


The manga adaptation is written by Yuu Kamiya and illustrated by Mashiro Hiiragi, who are also the author and illustrator of the light novels. Serialization began in the monthly seinen manga magazine Comic Alive, published by Media Factory, on January 27, 2013. It has been collected in a single tankoubon volume as of December 2013. The North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment released an English adaptation of the manga in October 2014.

# Japanese Release Date English Release Date Japanese ISBN English ISBN
1 November 1, 2013

October 21, 2014

ISBN: 978-4-0406-6114-8 ISBN: 978-1-6269-2079-8

Pages: 156
English Pages: 192
Price: ¥524
Cover Characters: Sora, Shiro
  • Game 01 - Prolouge
  • Game 02 - Amateur ①
  • Game 03 - Amateur ②
  • Game 04 - Amateur ③
  • Game 05 - Challenger
  • Short Story: 5 Years Ago

2 February 23, 2018

January 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-7-204-09373-1 ISBN: 978-1-642-75037-9

Pages: 146
English Pages: 180
Price: ¥594
Cover Characters: Stephanie Dola
  • Game 06 - Challenger ②
  • Game 07 - Expert ①
  • Game 08 - Expert ②
  • Game 09 - Expert ③
  • Game 10 - Expert ④
  • Game 11 - Expert ⑤
  • Postscript: Live Report of No Game No Life: Zero


The episode titles follow the titles of each chapter in the light novels. Most of the episode titles, like in Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions, have Japanese titles written in kanji instead of the normal spelling.

No. Image Title Animation Director Writer Air Date
1.[3] Ep1screen.png Beginner (素人(ビギナー), Biginā) Kōji Ōdate Jukki Hanada April 9, 2014
Sora and Shiro are unemployed and never leave their house, but on the net, they're known as "Blank", an invincible team of gamers. One day, these siblings are visited by a boy named Tet, who calls himself god. Tet summons them to a world where all war is banned, and everything is decided by games.
2.[4] Ep2screen.png Challenger (挑戦者(チャレンジャー), Charenjā) Masaru Koseki Jukki Hanada April 16, 2014
Sora and Shiro have been abandoned in another world by Tet. In this world all war is forbidden, and everything is determined by games whose rules are determined by the "Ten Pledges" that Tet established. They find themselves in the country of humanity, the weakest of the 16 races in this new world.
3.[5] Ep3screen.png Expert (熟練者(エキスパート), Ekisupāto) Masaki Hyuga Jukki Hanada April 23, 2014
A girl named Chlammy has won the right to be the next king of Elchea by her overwhelming good luck. Steph lost to her and loses the chance to become the next ruler. Just as she defeats the last challenger, however, Sora and Shiro interrupt her.
4.[6] Ep4screen.png Grandmaster (国王(グランドマスター), Gurandomasutā) Chiaki Abe,

Keiko Yamamoto

Jukki Hanada April 30, 2014
The game Clamy challenged them to wasn't normal chess. Shiro is a chess master, but even she is helpless against Clami's assault. But when Shiro understands the real rules of the game, things begind to turn around. The battle to determine the king of Elukia, and all of humanity, finally reaches its end.
5.[7] Ep5 screenshots (154).png Weak Square (駒並べ(ウィークスクエア), Wīku Sukuea) Maria Ichino,

Takashi Nagayoshi

Takashi Aoshima May 7, 2014
Sora and Shiro leave the running of the country to Steph and spend every day playing video games. Steph's hope that they would become not only the saviors of Elukia, but all of humanity, crumbles away.
6.[8] Ep6 screenshot (43).png Interesting (一手(インタレスティング), Intaresutingu) Kunihiko Hamada Kento Shimoyama May 14, 2014
The siblings confront Jibril, a member of the Flügel race to reclaim the royal library in a game of Shiritori.
7.[9] Ep 7 header.png Sacrifice (死に手(サクリファイス), Sakurifaisu) Rie Harada,

Kakuto Gai

Takashi Aoshima May 21, 2014
Intending to challenge the Werebeasts, the siblings discover that it's hard to come with a strategy to defeat the latter, as all memories regarding the games are erased from their challengers, until Stephanie entrusts Sora a key left by the former king, leading to his secret research on how to outwit them.
8.[10] Ep8 screen head.png Fake End (起死回生(フェイクエンド), Feiku Endo) Shinichi Suzuki,

Keiko Yamamoto

Yū Kamiya May 28, 2014
The siblings pay a visit to the Werebeasts' embassy in Elkia, and expose the tricks that they use to outwit their opponents. Sora bets all of Imanity's remaining territory, along with the lives of all its citizens in an all-or-nothing game against the Werebeasts. However, while awaiting an answer from them, Sora mysteriously disappears without a trace, and Shiro realizes that she is the only one who remembers him.
9.[11] Ep9 screen head.png Sky Walk (解離法(スカイ・ウォーク), Sukai Wōku) Masaki Hyuga Jukki Hanada June 4, 2014
While figuring out the truth about her brother's disappearance, Shiro remembers that Sora is having a high-stakes game of Othello with Clammy in which they are betting their own existence and memories. With Sora in a dire position and unable to continue the game, Shiro assumes his place according to the game's rules and wins. With this, the siblings not only earn Clammy's allegiance and the support of her Elf partner, Feel Nilvalen, but by sharing his memories with her, Sora finally wins her trust.
10.[12] Episode 10.png Blue Rose (指向法(ブルー・ローズ), Burū Rōzu) Maria Ichino, Takashi Nagayoshi,

Yumiko Kinoshita

Kento Shimoyama June 11, 2014
After finishing their preparations, the time has come for Sora and Shiro to challenge the Werebeasts with the destiny of all Imanity at stake, accompained by Jibril and Steph. But just when the game begins, the siblings fall into despair when they see themselves in a city that resembles their own homeland and the traumas of their past come to surface.
11.[13] Episode 11.png Killing Giant (誘導法(キリング・ジャイアント), Kiringu Jaianto) Masaki Hyuga Kento Shimoyama June 18, 2014
Having regained their composure, Sora and Shiro confront Izuna with Jibril's help but soon realize that the game is rigged to the point that winning is almost impossible. All hope seems lost when Shiro is apparently put on enemy control, until Izuna realizes that she is actually falling on a trap by the siblings, and enjoying the game for the first time in her life, she finally decides to go all out against them.
12.[14] Episode 12.png Rule Number 10 (収束法(ルール・ナンバー・10), Rūru Nanbā Jū) Kōji Ōdate,

Kunihiko Hamada

Jukki Hanada June 25, 2014
Sora and Shiro are driven into a corner by Izuna's activated Blood Destruction, but just when Izuna thinks she's won the game, she falls into yet another of their traps and is defeated. Some time later, the siblings are summoned by the leader of the Werebeasts, the Shrine Priestess, who wants a rematch against them for the sake of her people, but the challenge "unexpectedly" ends in a draw. She is convinced into joining forces and establishing the Elkia Federation by merging the Imanity and Werebeast territories into a single nation. While making preparations for their next battles, Sora and Shiro renew their conviction to unite all the races of Disboard under their rule, and one day challenge Tet for his title of "One True God".


Main article: No Game No Life: Zero

A movie was produced for the No Game No Life, adapting the 6th volume of the light novel series, named No Game No Life: Zero.

Mini OVA

Mini OVA are special animated programs that come together with each volume of the series anime BD/DVD.

Ep Title Translation included in BD/DVD
1 妄想《ワイルド・ファンシー》 Wild Fancy Light Novel Light Novel Volume 1
2 監督《ディレクター》 Director Light Novel Volume 2
3 復讐《リベンジ》 Revenge Light Novel Light Novel Volume 3
4 人形《ドレスアップ・ドール》 Dressup Doll Light Novel Light Novel Volume 4
5 成長《グロース》 Growth Light Novel Light Novel Volume 5
6 食欲《アぺタイト》 Appetite Light Novel Light Novel Volume 6


Type Title included in
Opening This game album/single
Ending Oración
OST Soundtrack 1 BD/DVD Volume 2
Soundtrack 2 BD/DVD Volume 4
Soundtrack 3 BD/DVD Volume 5
Shiro's Character Song =ONESELF BD/DVD Volume 1
Stephanie Dola's Character Song Light of Hope BD/DVD Volume 3
Jibril's Character Song Yes, My Master My Lord BD/DVD Volume 6
Hatsuse Izuna's Character Song, Game Opening Onegai☆Snyaiper

BD Special Novels

There are some special novels attached together with all BD/DVD limited edition releases.

Ep Title Translation included in BD/DVD
1 Omitted Scene: Threefold repetition Light Novel Volume 1
2 Light Novel Volume 2
3 Light Novel Volume 3
4 Light Novel Volume 4
5 Light Novel Volume 5
6 Light Novel Volume 6

Spin-off Manga

Main article: No Game, No Life, Desu!

A spin-off manga titled No Game, No Life, Desu! was serialized on Montgly Comic Alive from May 27, 2015 to November 27, 2017. The manga is drawn by Yuizaki Kazuya and features its original story plot described from the view of Izuna. The manga had 4 volumes in total.





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