When it comes to Japanese anime, there is no limit. No matter how many anime series you’ve watched, or still watching, their number will never decrease, and so your longing will never come to an end.
However, once you start watching an anime, you begin to develop a strange relationship with it and once it comes to an end, an empty space starts to grow in you. And so you set about looking for hints for the return of that anime.
The same is with the fans of no game no life, it’s been seven years since its first season ended, and from that day on, every single person who was a die-hard lover of NGNL has been trolling the whole internet, just to find out if the season 2 is stepping in.
The good news for them, their search has come to an end, because we have gathered as much information about NGNL season 2 as we can and brought it for you here. So give this article a complete view to find out if there will ever be a season 2 or not. But first, let’s have an overview of season 1 because after all it’s been seven years, so you might wanna recall everything as you may have forgotten some important details after such a long time. So let’s begin.
Introduction to NGNL
No Game No Life is an anime series adapted from the Japanese lightnovel of the same name. Written by one of the most popular Japanese Brazilian writer Yū Kamiya, the novel gained popularity from its very first episode in 2012, published under the MF Bunko j Imprint publications.
However, people wanted more, so the writer decided to start the anime series of the same novel. Yet, the anime wasn’t its first adaptation, right after one year of its light novel release, in 2013 the author and his wife started publishing the manga adaptation of the series under Monthly Alive Comic.
After the manga version of the series bloomed, the Madhouse announced that there is going to be an anime adaptation of the series, which was premiered on AT-X in 2014. Further proceeding after attaining the license by Seven Seas Entertainment, the NGNL franchise came up with a number of other adaptations including the film “No Game No Life: Zero”, and the spinoff series “No Game No Life, Please!”.
However, here we are talking about the original series that premiered in 2014. It was licensed by Hanabee, Sentai Filmworks, Medialink, and MVM Films and made under the direction of Atsuko Ishizuka, co-written again by Jukki Hanada. The series consisted of 12 episodes and ended in the same year 2014, however the manga and light novel continued till 2018.
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No Game No Life Season 1 Storyline
NGNL is a story of two siblings Sora and Shiro, two step-siblings who don’t give even damn importance to the outside world. They are what you can call socially isolates, or precisely hikikomori what you call in Japanese. The incident that causes this much social withdrawal in them was the death of their parents.
Both of them are die-hard lovers of the game and are known as Blank in the gaming world, one of the most difficult and undefeated groups of gamers at that time. The reason they are called blank is that they never fill out their names while playing the game and never leave the ground without winning.
But of course, that’s not just it. These brother and sister have become highly popular in the gaming world, and as we all know that with popularity comes jealousy, and so this happened with them too. One day, they got challenged by Tet, a god of an alternate world (Disboard) for a game of chess.
As usual and as expected, they won the game, and hence as a reward, the god offers them to live in the alternated world that revolves around games. Though they accept the invitation, but still they considered it as some kind of a silly joke.
However, their assumptions come to an end when they really found themselves in that alternate world of the game. It has been later revealed to them that this world operates with completely different laws and principles depicted as Ten Pledges.
According to these rules, No member or citizen is allowed to harm, hurt or inflict each other, rather they have to gamble with the games to enforce themselves upon others. And that’s where the game begins. In this alternate world of the game resides sixteen species, among which the humans reside in the Land of Elkia.
As Elkia’s position is in a continuous fall due to the notorious track record of their last king who was famous for losing every game, Shiro and Sora decide to take up the crown so that the human community can rise again once again and they can rule all the other species too.
Though in the first season the siblingsare able to conquer five of the species, however, 11 of them are still left. So their next goal is to conquer the remaining species too, and therefore they challenge Tet the God in the finale of the last season rule all the species. Now what’s gonna happen in the second season is yet to be discovered. Will the siblings will ever be able to rule the whole world of game? Or will they have to face defeat by Tet? Let’s find out
No Game No Life Cast, Characters and their Roles
Though the list for no game no life characters is quite long and we won’t be able to list down each and every character with their cast, However, we have still illustrated the main one so that you can experience your joy to the fullest. So keep reading below:
The Siblings – Protagonist
As already said that the story mainly focuses on the two step-siblings, so let’s discuss them first and then proceed with the remaining cast. But before moving on, let us tell you that Sora and Shiro have been declared as two of the most intelligent characters of all time in the anime world. This is due to their unbelievable, characteristic intelligence which each of them excels to the utmost level. Despite their withdrawal from the outside world, the two do share a special bond between them which is cleared from the fact that both begin to suffer panic attacks whenever they are separated from each other.
Played By:Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English)
Sora is the eldest of the siblings, a member of the Blank group along with his sister, the male protagonist of the series who is eighteen years old when the novel opens up. Sora doesn’t like to interact with the outside world and practices acute social withdrawal. His specialties in which he excels are strategist thinking and cold reading. These were the qualities that helped him conquer the five species of Disboard along with his sister. He is also the crowned king of Elkia.
Played By:Ai Kayano (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)
Shiro is the second of the sibling, the female protagonist, eleven years old step-sister of Sora. Shiro, just like his brother too became a hikikomori after the death of her parents. Due to her extraordinary performance in the gaming world, Shiro has become an expert in calculations and logical thinking. She along with his brother is the crowned queen of Elkia and rules five of the sixteen species.
Now, let’s talk about other side characters of the story who supports the protagonists throughout the series, and some of them even cause problems for them.
Played by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Sara Ornelas (English)
Yoko Hikasa is the former duchess of Elkia and a friend to Sora and Shiro. Stephanie didn’t win the title of duchess, she rather inherits it from her grandfather, the former king of Elkia who was infamous for his uncountable defeats in games.
Yoko is a teenage girl, and just like most of the others, she does have her distinct personality traits, mainly including explicit knowledge, however, she lacks the winning skills and is unable to win even a single game.
However, she does helps Sora and Shiro to get crowned by discovering the hidden record of other species that her grandfather hid as she intends to save the lost honor of her family. After the conquest of Elkia, she becomes the assistant of Sora and Shiro, thus improving her winning skills by gaining experience from them.
Played by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Amelia Fischer (English)
Jibril belongs to an angelic race of Disboard called Flugel who are popular for their ruthless behavior. She is the youngest of her kind, alive for almost 6000 years. She also possesses the power to a great extent and therefore is the most powerful of her species.She lives in Elkia’s library which she won from the former king of Elkia and there she keeps her book. Though initially, she didn’t have any plans to collaborate with the protagonists, however after losing from them in a fight she becomes their slave and often helps them throughout the series.
Others – Side Characters
Role: Slave of the elf Fil
Played By:Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Kara Greenberg(English)
Role:Highly Strongkemonomimis used for gaming battles
Played By:Multiple Artists
Role:Species similar to mermaids, lure males of other species to reproduce. They are in a treaty with Dhampirs which allows them to mate with the dhampir males and reproduce, and in turn, the Dhampirs are allowed to drink the fluids and blood of sirens for nourishment. One of the main sirens in the series involved “Leila Lorelei”, the empress of sirens who has fallen asleep and tries to seduce Sora and reproduces a siren daughter from him.
Played By:Multiple Artists
Role: Species similar to vampires, in a treaty with sirens (they are allowed to drink sirens blood and in turn, sirens can choose a dhampir male for reproduction. The main Dhampirs include Plum, the last alive male dhampir of the land of Disboard
Played By:Multiple Artists
Role: First and the oldest Flugel and leader of her species, helps prevents Flugel from suicide by giving them a new meaning of life, later loses few of her powers and turns into something closer to human, thus giving her a new perspective of life.
Played By:Artist not known
No Game No Life Anime – Light Novel Distribution
As already mentioned above the No Game No Life anime series was the adaption of the light novel. However, there is a little bit of a difference between the two such as the arrangement of volumes, addition of characters, changes in dialogues, and few more things like that.
No doubt, changes were necessary, because otherwise there would have been no fun in watching the anime. Therefore, while adapting the anime, the makers altered it a bit while distributing the volumes.
Though their distribution did resemble with the original plot, there were some alterations. The first season of the anime was based on the first 3 books. The film No Game No Life, Please was based on the 6 volume. So it’s pretty much sure that if the makers are thinking of starting the second season project, they will continue the story from 4the volume onward.
How Many Volumes of No Game No Life Will be On Aired?
If you are a reader of Light Novels, then you may know that No Game No Life novel had 10 volumes in total, starting from 2012 till 2018. As for now, its anime adaptation has already covered 4 of its volumes including the first 3 and the 6th one, which means that 5 volumes are still left and are yet to be aired. However, we can never be sure of exactly how many volumes the creators have decided to adopt, so we can’t make any strong assumptions. However, one can predict that the second season will continue the story of 4the volume.
The ten volumes of NGNL are:
Volume 1:In This Fantasy World, Everything’s a Game — and These Gamer Siblings Play to Win!
Volume 2: The Gamer Siblings Have Their Eyes on a New Target — the Land of the Animal Girls…
Volume 3: It Seems Half of the Gamer Siblings Disappeared…?
Volume 4:The Gamer Siblings Have Run Away From a Realistic Romance Game
Volume 5:It Seems the Gamer Siblings Hate New Game Plus
Volume 6: It Seems the Gamer Pair Challenged the World
Volume 7: It Seems the Gamer Siblings Established the Joseki
Volume 8: It Seems the Gamers Progressed Past the Fuseki
Volume 9: It Seems the Gamer Siblings are resting for One Turn
Volume 10:It Seems the Gamer Siblings are sold to the Past
Is There Going to be a No Game No Life Season 2?
Now now, after such a long wait, we have finally reached our main topic, the heart of today’s discussion. I know all of you were excited and curious to learn about this segment, so here we are.
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Let’s clear one thing, the sequel ofany broadcast program either be it a movie, film or seriesdepends upon few aspects, the major ones include the viewer’s feedback and the profit that they made from it. It mostly happens that a show that has been loved by everyone fails to produce a sequel, just because the profit on production wasn’t much. However, many shows still renew their stories despite being low on profit just because of the viewer’s choice. The same happened with the overlord, it didn’t create much of a profit, but the producers still created its new season just because people wanted to see it.
So if we take a look at both of these aspects of NGNL, it’s pretty obvious that its second season will be continued, because it made larger the fortune than overlord and people have loved it for years. so the answer for the question “will there ever be season 2?” is of course, yes there is a 90% chance of its comeback, however, 10% of it is still in a grey area as we can never be sure enough of what’s going in the developers’ mind because nothing has been announced by the makers themselves yet. Moreover, what reduces the chances of season renewal is the ongoing controversy regarding its writer who has been alleged of plagiarizing the story, though the real source of plagiarism hasn’t been found out yet, still, the allegations have increased doubt in the people’s mind which is why it has become difficult to decide whether to release the season 2 or not.
No Game No Life Season 2: Release Date
As already mentioned, the directors haven’t announced or hinted anything regarding the renewal of the series, so we don’t have even the slightest idea of its release date. Yet we can still make our assumptions that the second season may appear somewhere between 2021 to 2023. But again, these are just assumptions, they can be either true or false, so you shouldn’t depend upon them. However,you may hope for the best.
What can be the Possible Storyline for No Game No Life Season 2?
Though we haven’t been informed anything about the storyline of season 2 because it is not even announced yet. However, depending upon the storyline of the first season of the series and deducing from the former’s plot we can assume how it may start.
It is cleared that if there will ever be a second season, it will for sure continue the story of 4 volume of the light novel and will extendit’s end to the 7th volume based on the fact that the first season consisted of the first three volumes. Yet it’s also possible that the makers might add the next three volumes (8,9,10) in the same season or they can also set aside the remaining three volumes for 3rd season.
Source Material for No Game No Life Season 2
For the ones who are worried regarding what source material will be used for season 2, good news for them, stop being worried because there is more for NGNL season 2 than meets the eye. There are still 6 books left, which means that the makers have plenty of source material to pick from. And if you wanna know what possibly can be the second season based on, just go and grab the whole ten of Its books and start reading, you’ll get the basic idea of season 2’s source material.
Cast and Characters of No Game No Life Season 2: Will the Same Members Return?
One thing that almost all the fans are curious about is: whether the No Game No Life season 2 will feature the same characters or not. Well, the answer is a bit complicated. Though the chances of return for the same characters are quite high because all the 10 books did have all the main characters in them. Yet it is still possible that the makers would want to alter the ending and the whole plot at any point, hence they can minus the old characters or add the new ones depending upon the new plot of the series, so you should always be ready for the unexpected. But as for now, it is obvious that the same old members will return in the case of season 2.
So, for the fans who were waiting for the No Game No Life Season 2, they will have to wait a bit more for updates, because as of now, there hasn’t been any news or announcement regarding its release or production. But you should never lose hope and wait for the best to happen. Until then, we promise to keep you updated with every news regarding your favorite Anime and we’ll let you know whether if there is going to be a season 2 or not soon enough.