‘No Game No Life’ is the story of two gamers, Sora and Shiro. They get caught up in an alternate reality when they are challenged by a god in chess. The only way out was for them to beat him at his own game – but it wasn’t just any kind of chess game that he played.
No Game No Life is a captivating anime series that delivers an entertaining storyline. It’s exciting to watch Sora and Shiro play against all odds and hatch new plans to ensure their survival, especially for gamers themselves! For those who aren’t avid players of games like RPGs (role-playing games), this show provides the perfect blend of sci-fi fantasy storytelling with its own unique twist on reality. Here are more shows just like it:
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- 19. Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
- 18. Dog Days
- 17. Sword Art Online
- 16. Overlord
- 15. Log Horizon
- 14. Btooom!
- 13. Outbreak Company
- 12. The World God Only Knows
- 11. Darwin’s Game
- 10. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
- 9. KonoSuba
- 8. Accel World
- 7. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
- 6. Code Geass
- 5. One Outs
- 4. The Irregular at Magic High School
- 3. Kakegurui
- 2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- 1. Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero
19. Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
Having been blessed with psychic powers, the trio of Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe are fed up with their mundane lives. But as they each receive a strange envelope containing an invitation to Little Garden -a mysterious place- things quickly become much more interesting for them all.
Three unlikely protagonists are inexplicably dropped into a vast new world, greeted by Kurousagi, who offers them the chance to participate in special high stakes games using their abilities. The catch? They must first join her community, “No Names,” which has lost its official status and bountiful land due to defeat at the hands of the demon lord. Eager for adventure, they set off on an epic quest to regain dignity and protect residents and see what Little Garden has to offer.
Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They? is basically No Game No Life with a longer title. Teenagers with incredible psychic abilities but have no opportunity to go all out. Given a chance to make a new home in a fantasy world that will fully utilize their talents. They join a group with some pretty strict rules and ultimately fight to restore glory to their disgraced new home. This is exactly like what happens in No Game No Life. Both enjoyable anime series even have people with animal ears.
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18. Dog Days
Dog Days is a story of alternate Earth inhabited by beings who look like humans with animal features. When the Republic of Biscotti comes under attack from Galette Leo Knights, Princess Millhiore summons Cinque Izumi to save her people and help fend off their feline foes. Princess Millhiore’s people, the Republic of Biscotti, are under attack by forces from Galette Leo Knights. To save her citizens and way of life, she calls upon a champion that can wield power from another world for help- which turns out to be Cinque Izumi, who was summoned from Earth as just your average junior high student.
When Biscotti asks for help, Cinque agrees to retrieve the Palladion and prepare themself for battle. When wars are fought in Flonyard, there is no death or injury – they’re more like sports competitions with each Kingdom trying to raise money by winning. And so it was that Cinque became successful as Biscotti’s champion – but he learns that summoned champions cannot be returned home to their world! The Kingdom scientists will try hard to find a way back, but until then, our Hero must serve Princess Millhiore by continuing his role as the champion.
The stories in No Game, Dog Days, and Problem Children can all be described as claiming that one or more persons are mysteriously transported to another world where gameplay resolves almost all issues. All three anime protagonists have a knack for winning any games they enter with their unorthodox yet brilliant ways of playing the game. However, nearly no one in the new world can cope with how these unpredictable players get everything done so quickly while remaining victorious at every turn!
17. Sword Art Online
The year 2022 is a time of change. New technology has taken the world by storm. New virtual reality games like Sword Art Online play on people’s fears and hopes for what could be possible in an alternate life where you can escape from your own problems.
Kazuto Kirigaya, dubbed “Kirito,” is among the fortunate few who managed to get their hands on the first shipment of Sword Art Online. He logs in and finds himself with ten thousand others trapped inside Aincrad, an elegant world full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, after logging in for only one day, he realizes that his life has been turned into a virtual prison; they cannot log out until all 100 levels are completed by clearing each floor boss monster along the way!
Kirito is in a tough spot. To escape Aincrad, he’ll now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies while others are foes, including Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from Sword Art Online‘s ruthless game. To make matters worse, death here means death in real life too! As a result, Kirito will need all-new skills to survive this virtual hell.
If you’re a No Game No Life fan who somehow missed out on the cultural phenomenon that is Sword Art Online, there’s no time like the present to check it out. Just like in No Game No Life, gaming in Sword Art Online determines people’s fates in a major way.
The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of Ainz Ooal Gown’s dark guild, decides to spend his last few moments in the world as he watches an unsettling sight–the servers shutting down. While non-player characters appear to have developed personalities on their own!
When Momonga is suddenly confronted with a new world, his first concern was his servants. Quickly commanding them to investigate the situation and take control of it if possible, he hopes that they could figure out what has caused this development and whether or not there are any others in similar predicaments.
Like No Game Life, this anime features a protagonist whose skills in the online game far outweigh his real-world skills but gets the opportunity to display those abilities in a game-like world.
15. Log Horizon
In the blink of an eye, thirty thousand bewildered Japanese gamers are whisked from their everyday lives into the world of Elder Tale after its latest update, unable to log out. Among them is Shiroe, a socially awkward college student whose confusion and shock last only for a moment as he immediately sets out to explore his new reality.
Shiroe must learn to live in this new world, leading others and negotiating with the NPC “natives” to bring stability to the virtual city of Akihabara. He is joined by his unfortunate friend Naotsugu who logs into a game for the first time since it was released years ago only to find himself trapped within an alternate reality he can’t escape from, as well as Akatsuki-a petite but fierce assassin that labels Shiroe her master; their journey explores how gaming transforms us on both physical and mental levels while navigating through politics and fighting off monsters alongside them.
Though Log Horizon features animation and art style far more down to Earth than No Game No Life, it shares many deeply similar plot developments.
Ryouta Sakamoto is unemployed and lives with his mother. Still, he’s not like most people: Ryota is Japan’s top player of the popular online video game Btooom! However, this all changed when a light in the dark sky had him stranded on an island with a small green crystal embedded into his left hand. But what surprised him further was to find out that someone has decided to recreate his favorite game – only now will it be life or death stakes for everyone involved.
Ryouta is considering his options when he realizes that the games have been rigged. Suddenly, Ryouta’s life has changed drastically, and now people are trying to kill him for them to get home as well. Now armed with bombs known as “BIM,” Ryota teams up with Himiko, who helps guide Ryuta through this dangerous game while also coming closer and closer towards discovering how these events came about.
Btooom! and No Game No Life share the theme of gamers who dedicate almost every waking moment to their chosen hobby. They are generally considered to be failures by society. The only difference is in Btooom!, the other world is an island where its inhabitants must fight to the death in a real-world version of the game – it offers a far grittier, darker take on No Game No Life’s lighthearted premise.
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13. Outbreak Company
A shut-in otaku with a vast knowledge of anime, manga, and video games, Shinichi Kanou, after applying for a job in hopes of escaping his secluded lifestyle, is kidnapped and transported to the Eldant Empire. A fantasy world filled with elves, dragons, and dwarves. Trapped in this strange land, Shinichi is given an unlikely task by the Japanese government: to spread otaku culture across the realm by becoming an “Otaku Missionary.”
Shinichi is on a mission to promote the ways of otaku culture, but he’s not alone. In fact, with the support and assistance from both Japan’s government and Myucel- an extremely powerful half-elf maid who has ties in the Eldant Empire – this task will be easier than expected. Together they overcome any obstacles that lay ahead, such as social classes or ethnic discrimination.
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12. The World God Only Knows
Keima Katsuragi, the God of Conquest, conquered any girl’s heart in dating sim games. However, in reality, he opts for gaming over real life because his unhealthy obsession with galge games, which are Japanese video games centered on interactions with attractive girls, has him living within a two-dimensional world instead.
When Keima arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to prove his supremacy at dating sim games, he is misled into aiding a naïve demon from hell named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission: retrieving runaway evil spirits who have escaped from hell and scattered themselves throughout the human world. To capture these demons, Keima must learn how girls think and conquer what he hates most – the unpredictable hearts of three-dimensional females! Thus, Keima’s new “God of Conquest” title is put to the ultimate test as he becomes shackled with a deadly collar and forced into navigating through (or conquering) the hearts of countless girls.
The World God Only Knows kind of like No Game No Life in reverse. Unlike Sora and Shiro, Keima uses his gaming skills to try and win over real-world girls – however, he still applies those techniques to the game.
11. Darwin’s Game
Kaname Sudou was about to enjoy his day off after a long school week when he opened the app for this new game, Darwin’s Game. He never knew it would be so intense; as soon as he clicked on the icon, a huge green snake popped out of nowhere. It bites him on the neck and knocks him unconscious with no sign of any bite marks left behind whatsoever! He wakes up in the infirmary without anything happening to show for it, so he just assumes this was all some crazy hallucination.
Kaname’s first mistake is curiosity and opening the app. As it looks like any other battle game, he breathes a sigh of relief, but then his in-game opponent appears right before him with their knife drawn out! As he runs for his life, Kaname realizes that Darwin‘s Game is not an ordinary game, but rather, it’s a brutal fight for survival.
The anime series, No Game No Life and Darwin’s game are both about high risks taken in a game. They have different tones, though, with the former being lighter than the latter. Both of these shows take place during games that involve life or death stakes which make for an engaging watch from start to finish!
10. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
When Ichirou Suzuki went to sleep, he was a programmer nearing his thirties. When he woke up, his appearance changed to that of a younger version of himself and the world around him became an RPG game which is mashed together from games being tested in reality and this new place called “Fantasy World.” Here Satou realizes with horror that there’s no way back home for him because it has been erased by the powers behind Fantasy World!
Satou awakens in a magical new world only to be accosted by an army of lizardmen. Forced into combat, Satou casts his most powerful spell yet destroys the entire group before attacking him again. Then, with newfound overwhelming power bestowed on him from leveling up, Satou sets out to explore this mysterious but beautiful land for himself!
No Game No Life and Death March are both set in a world where the rules that govern it have gone mad. However, this is because of an insane god who designed it to be so in No Game. Unfortunately, in Death March, its creators didn’t give developers enough time to fix all the bugs before launching their new VR MMORPG inside of which our protagonist finds himself.
Kazuma Satou, a high school student, and recluse find himself sitting before a beautiful but obnoxious goddess named Aqua. She provides the NEET with two options: continue on to heaven or reincarnate in every gamer’s dream—a real fantasy world! Choosing to start a new life, he is quickly tasked with defeating a Demon King who terrorizes villages. But before he goes, the future Hero can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest. The decision is easy for our protagonist, and he selects the goddess herself — Aqua.
Living in a world of video games is a dream for many people. Still, when they are in a different game-like world, life becomes an even more difficult reality. They end up struggling with paying rent as well as other living expenses.
If you love anime that takes the gamer’s fantasy of being transported to a magical world, then Konosuba is for you. If lighthearted humor appeals more than plot twists, this fun series will become your new favorite!
8. Accel World
Haruyuki Arita is an overweight, bullied middle schooler who finds solace in playing online games. One day his life takes a drastic turn when he discovers that all of his high scores have been topped by Kuroyukihime– the popular vice president of the student council. She invites him to her office and introduces him to “Brain Burst,” which allows users accelerated brain waves to play for hours without feeling any time pass! Brain Burst is more than just a game. It’s an augmented reality fighting experience that also functions as the ultimate test of your gaming prowess. You can get points to level up your character by winning duels against other players – but if you lose all of them, then their Brain Burst access will be lost forever!
Kuroyukihime explains that she chose to show Haruyuki the program because she needed his help. She wants to meet the creator of Brain Burst and learn why it was created, but doing so is not easy; they must defeat “Six Kings,” who are powerful faction leaders to reach level 10 – which means reaching their goal together. After helping him overcome bullies at his school, Haru vows to give up all personal desires to support Kuro’s quest with every fiber of his being as they work hard towards this unique destiny!
Like No Game No Life, this anime follows a better gaming person than he is at being a person – but he’s really, really good at gaming.
7. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Moriko Morioka is 30 years old and out of a job, but she’s never been happier. She has spent over 11 years in the same company doing what felt like endless amounts of overtime work with little to show for it, which left her feeling complacent. So Moriko quickly turns to an online game, the MMO Fruits de Mer, to pass her now plentiful free time, reinventing herself as the handsome and dashing male hero “Hayashi.” With a deep breath, she dives into the game. In her first moments of exploration in this mysterious new world, she meets Lily–a kind and adorable healer.
Unbeknownst to Moriko, Yuuta Sakurai, a timid 28-year-old corporate worker, has also logged onto Fruits de Mer. Coincidentally bumping into each other at the convenience store one night, they write off their meeting as no more than just another awkward encounter with a stranger—however, fate has more in store for them than they think.
Like Sora and Shiro, Morioka Moriko just can’t handle life in the real world. So rather than continue to work her corporate job, she decides to quit and play MMOs full time. But, unfortunately, she finds that Lily is actually a guy – someone who knows her in real life.
6. Code Geass
In the year 2010, Britannia was a military nation in control of all. Their conquest started with Japan and was renamed Area 11. The Japanese fought back but were quickly subdued by this brutal tyrant.
Unfortunately, Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, finds himself caught in an armed firefight between the Britannian and Area 11 rebel forces. However, he can escape thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass-the “Power of Kings.” Realizing how vast his newfound power can truly be, Lelouch embarks on a perilous journey as Zero, leading countless relentless assaults against Britain for ultimate revenge once again.
This amazing anime features a brilliant boy who adores his little sister and is willing to go to great lengths to protect her, including taking over the government. While Sora and Shiro have more of an equal partnership, their bond is remarkably similar with Lelouch and Nunnally. While Sora’s rise to power isn’t as complicated, both harness their own form of strategic brilliance in achieving goals.
5. One Outs
Toua Tokuchi is an athlete by profession but a reckless gambler at heart. On the streets of Okinawa, he uses his wits and 134 kmph fastball to somehow achieve 499 wins in the game of One Outs – a simplified version of baseball between pitcher and one batter. Amazed by Toua’s unique prowess on the mound, veteran slugger Hiromichi Kojima scouts him for long unsuccessful team Saikyou Saitama Lycaons desperate hope that Toua will lead them to the championship. However, the owner of the Lycaons sees Toua as a threat to their income. Rising to the challenge of swaying him, he offers a one-of-a-kind “One Outs” contract: every out Toua pitches will earn him five million yen, but with every run, he gives up – 50million!
One Outs is a manga adaptation by Shinobu Kaitani of Liar Game fame that tells the story of Toua and his intense psychological battles with those around him. With millions at stake, will this gambler finally lead a real baseball team to victory?
One Out is a sports anime that follows professional athlete Toua Tokuchi, who bets millions of yen on his own performance. He relies on devious mind games to get ahead and doesn’t limit himself to the game itself. If you’re looking for something with less gaming but still have plenty of strategies, then One Outs might be up your alley!
4. The Irregular at Magic High School
In the twenty-first century, magic has become a systematized technology and is taught as such. For example, in First High School, where magicians are trained to harness their powers to protect themselves from any possible threats of danger that may exist, students have been segregated into two groups based on entrance exam scores: “Blooms,” those who receive high marks on their exams get placed in the prestigious first course while “Weeds” end up being stuck with second-course lectures.
The Shiba siblings enroll in the world’s most prestigious magical school and find themselves separated by their different magical abilities. Miyuki is a talented student with an affinity for magic who excels at exams; Tatsuya has always been better suited to learning through combat than books, often using unorthodox techniques that don’t follow tradition but are surprisingly effective nonetheless. Join them as they become immersed in friendships built on trust—and budding romances cut short due to conflicts of interests–in this coming-of-age story filled with humor, action, and impressive feats!
The Irregular at Magic High School may not seem similar to No Game No Life plot-wise. Still, they share some important elements: a brilliant male protagonist who hardly has any competition except his sister. If you loved Sora and Shiro’s powerful sibling bond, but would rather they lay waste to their opponents at a competitive magical high school instead of in the world of Disboard, The Irregular at Magic High School might be your new favorite show.
Hyakkaou Private Academy is a school that offers more than just education. The academy prepares its pupils for the real world by providing them with knowledge of how to deal and manipulate money and learn about other languages. At night, Hyakkaou transforms into a gambling den where those who come out on top in games stand at the top of this prestigious private institution!
Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest of the students who take their education seriously to become successful adults, she plays just for fun and not because winning means anything more than bragging rights on campus. Her borderline insane way of gambling might bring too many new cards into play, so be careful what you’re dealing with!
Kakegurui and No Game No Life are both popular anime series with high-stakes strategic battles. However, Kakegurui is for those who prefer the more mature themes. At the same time, No Game no Life may be better suited to younger viewers due to its cutesy fan service scenes.
2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Simon and Kamina were born in a deep, underground village that was hidden from the fabled surface. One day while excavating for resources to better their town’s life, Simon stumbles upon an ancient artifact of war with unknown powers–Lagann. With this weapon, they fend off a surprise attack from the world above, where hot-blooded Yoko Littner wields her massive gun, which she used to help them fight back against those on top who want nothing more than what lies below it all.
The sky is now plain view, prompting Simon and Kamina to set off on a journey alongside Yoko. They soon join the fight against these new enemies who terrorize humanity’s last survivors with powerful robots called Gunmen. This trio bravely fights side by side as they unravel the mystery of this galaxy-sized story while overcoming some challenges and setbacks along their way.
The main theme of both shows is: “Fighting the impossible.” Thrown into a different world where everything is against them: they not slowly, not steady, but with BANG! Make it their own.
1. Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero
Fifteen years have passed since the war between humans and demons began. Dissatisfied with their slow advance into the Demon Realm, the Hero abandons his companions to quickly forge ahead towards the Queen’s castle. However, upon arrival at her royal abode, he makes a startling discovery: not only is she an unparalleled beauty, but she also seeks out help from him! Confused by this unexpected turn of events- after all, was it easy for them to know what would happen? -the Hero refuses to ally himself with his enemy claiming that these wars had torn apart many villages in need of rebuilding; instead opting for peace talks in hopes that both sides can live harmoniously side by side.
The Demon Queen rebuts that the war has united humanity and brought them wealth and prosperity, providing evidence to support her claims. Furthermore, she explains that if the war were to end, then supplies sent by central nations in aid for Southern Nations would cease giving way to hundreds of thousands starving; however, thanks be given as she offers a solution with hope not only on Southern Nation’s side but on everyone else too- all you need is help from our Hero!
Finally convinced, the Hero agrees to join his now former enemy in her quest. Vowing to stay together through sickness and health, they set off for the human world.
Both of these anime are about rebuilding whole societies. While Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero focuses more on the individual aspect of improving a country, while No Game No Life focuses more on the ways to unite more than one.
Anime is an amazing genre of entertainment. Unfortunately, there are so many anime about games out there that it’s hard to keep up with them all! With this in mind, we have compiled a list of anime like No Game, No Life. I’m sure you’ll find something on the list that tickles your fancy and will make for the perfect addition to your viewing queue (or maybe even binge-watch!) So go ahead and explore our recommendations; if you know any other good ones, feel free to share them in the comments section. Don’t forget – enjoy!