Wednesday, February 24, 2016

No Game No Life Volume 1 Review

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 (No Game No Life, #1)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 by Yuu Kamiya
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So.... No Game No Life. I first picked this series up because the anime was awesome. Seriously amazing. I loved the anime series, and I thought I would love the light novel series even more. After all, the anime is based off the novels, and I love reading more than watching. I regret to say that I am somewhat disappointed with this volume.

Now, don't get me wrong. This isn't a terrible book. It's just not that good. There were a load of mistakes piled up to the ceiling. I found more than just a few minor grammatical errors. There were formatting issues, random switches between past to present tense, random switches between first to third person without any indication that these were the thoughts of our characters, head hopping, spelling errors, punctuation errors, and incomplete sentences. Basically, the writing in this volume was bad. I don't know if it's due to the translations, or if it's because of the source content, but there were a lot of mistakes that would jerk me out of what was generally an immersive and enjoyable book.

Disregarding the English itself, the story was fun. I still like the anime more, but I didn't dislike the story told here. Sora is an interesting character, and though I feel like he sometimes strays into sue-dom, his general insanity shoves whatever perfection he might seem to have out of the window. Likewise, his little sister, Shiro, is an adorable and intelligent person. I don't think I like Shiro as much as Sora, but that's mostly because I'm not into 11 year old children. While Shiro does act mature for her age, some of the situations she was put in made me uncomfortable. That being said, I enjoyed how in-sync these two were. They have an unusual synergy that I find unusual in a brother and sister - though that likely has a lot to do with my relationship with my sister, which is the antithesis of this pair.

On the whole, I would say this was a decent story that could've been better. The story is interesting, the banter was light, and the characters are off-the-wall intriguing. I will be reading the next volume because, well, why the hell not? I already bought the first three volumes. It would be a waste not to read them. I do hope the writing in the next two volumes are better, otherwise I might drop a series that I was really hoping to enjoy.

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