Curiosities about “No Game No Life”

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No game No life (NGNL) is a Light Novel created by Brazilian Yuu Kamiya (Thiago Furukawa Lucas). The work tells the story of two genius brothers addicted to games who end up in a world where everything is solved through games.

The work was very successful and won an anime adaptation for TV, manga and even film. In this article, we are going to see some interesting facts, easter eggs and secrets about No game No life. As they are curiosities, remember that it may contain spoilers.

Curiosities regarding the work

The author mentioned in volume 2 that originally that was supposed to be the second chapter. He was unaware that light novels were too short and was scolded for trying to publish a 900-page book. He also said that part of the first NGNL volumes were written in Brazil.

on the covers Of the No Game No Life Light Novels only Shiro in volume 1 and Tet in volume 6 hold black chess pieces. In the other volumes released, the pieces are white. The author was accused of plagiarizing a fanart on the cover of volume 8, just because of a pose.

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In volume 6 of the Light Novel tells the story of Riku which means earth, contrasting with Sora's name which means heaven. In addition, the protagonist Riku asks Ex Machina her name, she replies Schwarzer which means black in German, contrasting with Shiro which means white. This was actually supposed to be volume zero.

Sora's voice actor dubbed SORAta Kanda and da Shiro dub MaSHIRO Shiina, two characters from the anime Sakurasou no Pet Na Kanojo. Is it coincidence?

  • Shiro's voice actress actually sings the beautiful ending “Oracion”;
  • Sora's voice actor is Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, famous for voicing Kirito in Sword Art Online;
  • Did you know that the writer of No Game No Life released a short Doujin Hentai?
  • Mashiri Hiiragi, the woman behind the manga's art adaptation is the wife of Yu Kamiya the author of the Light Novel;
  • The BluRay special edition of No Game, No Life came with a freebie: Shiro's panties;

Fun facts about No Game No Life

There are reports that an Imanity was responsible for the idea of the 10 rules in the great war. That same Imanity was responsible for Artosh's death. Judging by Azriel's age, the great war probably lasted around 20,000 years. Light Novel Volume 8 states that it has been 54,355,146 hours since the end of the war. This is equivalent to 6,200 years.

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The World of No Game no Life takes place outside of Japan, which implies for several translations and pronunciations without the "L", "V” and other letters that do not exist in Japanese. That's why Stephanie Dola is called “Stephanie Dora”;

  • The library featured in No Game No Life is based at the Library of Congress in Washington;
  • The link sent to Sora by Tet at the beginning of the anime is an actual link to a trivia game;

the characters' names Sora (空 – means empty) and Shiro (白 – means white) are already quite mysterious. The author said that their last name is nai, which could mean they don't have a last name. And to make the mystery worse, they refer to as Kuuhaku (空白) which is literally the junction of their names and means empty or blank.

  • The Name Tet is the 9th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and can also refer to the tetragrammaton;
  • Jibril has a power called Heaven's Strike, capable of destroying countries. When she uses this power, her body regresses to that of a child;
  • No Game no Life references several different games and anime like Persona 4, Evangelion, Steins;Gate, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Akiba Strip, Thermae Romae, and Fate/Stay Night;

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What does Aschente mean in No game no Life?

When starting a game in No Game No Life those who agree with the rules of the game need to say Meiyaku ni chikatte Asshente (盟約に誓って アッシェン) where meiyaku means oath, pact, alliance and chikatte means certainly, I give my word. But what does Ashente mean?

This word was used by Riku to remember the friends who died in the great war. It was a made-up word that may have been inspired by ascending, as this word refers to rising in rank, to the highest point and reaching for heaven.

It is worth remembering that the ten rules created by Tet were inspired by the 6 rules made by Riku Dola and Shuvi Dola before the end of the Great War. The word formerly mentioned was “Aschento” and not “Aschente”.

The 16 races of No Game No Life

The 16 races are called the Exceed or Ikushīdo (十六種族) in Japanese which literally means 16 races. They are divided into 2 groups, where the first 6 races are considered superior and called seimei (生命) which means life. And the remaining 10 races are called seibutsu (生物) which means creatures.

The names of the races in the world of No Game no Life are play on words, God is actually called God and not Kami in Japanese or God in English. The other names like Seirens is variation of Sirens. Dhampirs are a vampire alternative, Dragonia are Dragons. And Flugel means Wings in German.

Placing Name Equivalent Japanese Race Emblem
1  old god  God 神霊種オールドデウス Pawn
2  ghosts  ghosts 幻想種ファンタズマ Pawn
3  Elementals  Elements 精霊種エレメンタル Pawn
4  dragonia  dragons 龍精種ドラゴニア Pawn
5  giants  giants 巨人種ギガント Pawn
6  Flugel  angels 天翼種フリューゲル Queen
7  elves  elves 森精種エルフ Tower
8  dwarfs  Dwarves 地精種ドワーフ Bishop
9  fairy  fairies 妖精種フェアリー Pawn
10  ex-machina  androids 機凱種エクスマキナ Bishop
11  demonia  Devils 妖魔種デモニア Pawn
12  dhampir  vampires 吸血種ダンピール Horse
13  Lunamana  ?? 月詠種ルナマナ Tower
14  Warbeasts  beasts 獣人種ワービースト Pawn
15  seiren  mermaids 海棲種セーレーン Horse
16  immanity  Humans 人類種イマニティ King


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