Saturday, May 21, 2016

No Game No Life, Volume 4

No Game, No Life Vol. 4No Game, No Life Vol. 4 by Yuu Kamiya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Volume 4 of No Game No Life is probably the most ridiculous, hilarious, and stupid volume of this series. It is so stupid that I felt my brain cells spontaneously combusting the longer I read it. That said, the amount of times that I laughed out loud, scaring the crap out of everyone else who was sitting at the Toyota shop waiting for their cars to be serviced, was numerous.

Volume 4 starts off with Sora trying to masturbate. Yes, masturbate. He's an 18 year old boy, you know. They do that. Masturbate, that is. So, yes, he was trying to use all of the fap material that he had painstakingly gained through excessive use of his tablets video capabilities--which he gathered with the help of Jibril--to choke the chicken, work off some tension, strangle the snake, etc., etc., etc...

Unfortunately, before he can, um, unload, he is interrupted.

And that's how this volume starts.

From start to finish, this volume was filled with ridiculous, off the wall, lewd, crass, and crude humor. Maybe it's the neanderthal in me, but I rather like lewd, crass, and crude humor, so I was laughing most of the time.

However, even though the humor was set to those of the lowest common denominator like myself, there's an intelligence about this volume that's surprising. Everything, from start to finish, is connected, even when it doesn't seem like it. Don't worry. I won't spoil how everything is connected. When you read it, you'll understand by the end that every seemingly innocuous or useless scene actually had a purpose beyond "let's do random shit because it's funny."

That said, I STILL have one problem with this series. It is this problem that has me taking away a star.

The problem is...

... Grammar.

As fun as this story is, the grammar has me throwing fits. Sometimes, the English is actually not bad. Other times, it makes me want to do the facestab...

I feel like this is a stylistic thing. It has to be. I mean, the English isn't bad in some parts. This leads me to believe that it was a conscious choice of the author to have weird, fragmented sentences all over the place.

Now, I'm not a grammar nazi. If I was, I wouldn't be reading this. That said, the choppy sentences make it super hard to follow. Sometimes I had to stop and pause, and then restructure a sentence because I didn't understand it. This killed some of my immersion.

If you can get past the grammar, then there is a truly enjoyable story hidden within these pages. I'm probably gonna buy volume 5, because despite the grammar, I really do enjoy the story, but I would understand if some people decided not to read this.

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