6 Anime Like No Game No Life [Updated Recommendations]

Video games have made such a remarkable impact on the lives of millions ever since the initial release of the Atari, and the birth of the arcades. Now several decades later, and the games we play have become more in depth, allowing you to do things that you would never imagine being done in a virtual world. What would you do however, if the game you loved so much became a reality? What if this game now became your only means to survive, and every enemy you encounter isn't out for your high score record but for your life? Welcome to our six anime like No Game No Life where we'll be diving into the crazy world of games, and looking at what makes these anime wicked. If you'd like to see our original six choices for this rewrite, be sure to scroll down below for it all.

Similar Anime to No Game No Life

1. Btooom!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 4, 2012 - December 20, 2012

In the story of Btooom! Ryouta finds himself in the midst of a game of death, where every choice he makes can either make or break his entire existence. Ryouta ends up being transported from the video game world which he had such a love for, onto a mysterious island filled with killers out for his head, and their own survival. An unknown individual sought out to recreate the ultra violet Btooom, and equipped every player with special explosives called BIM. His video game fantasy soon turns into a deadly reality, as he now must use the power of the embedded crystal in his hand, equipped with various tools of his own to not only escape this island, but to stay alive.

Life can be a bore at times, where all you wish to do is sit back and cleanse your mind with a few hours of gaming. That's what Ryouta loved doing until he realized the game now became his only means to live. Ryouta finds himself having to use every tactic in the book in order to stay alive, and to obtain BIM before everyone else. Every encounter could be his last just like Sora and his sister, as they traverse through a world they know all too well, but aren't prepared for the deadly ordeals that are about to transpire before them. Not only has the game become more real, they have to defeat the game in order to live and that's no easy feat when you're up against enemies far more brutal than you imagined.

Btooom! Trailer


2. Sword Art Online

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: July 8, 2012 - December 23, 2012

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of Sword Art. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, the players soon realize they cannot log out, as the game's creator decides to trap them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game. In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his new found friends. Sword Art Online is not all about fun and adventure since if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life.

Much like Sora and his Sister, Kazuto had a very huge passion for the Sword Art world. He would spend countless hours in front of the screen, glued to all the action taking place. Every new encounter became either a friend or an enemy, but eventually things started to feel all too real. Kazuto finds himself trapped in the world he obsesses over, but only this time there's no reset button to push when he's killed. Kirito must work together with a team of new allies in order to put a stop to the enemies impeding threats before the entire world he treasured the most, would end up in ruin along with his real life.

Sword Art Online Trailer


3. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: January 14, 2016 - March 17, 2016

After dying in an embarrassing and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, Kazuma Satou finds 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 gamers dream, living in a real fantasy world. Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma is immediately tasked with defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before he goes, Kazume can choose one item of any kind to aid him in his quest, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a grave mistake unfortunately, as their troubles don't end here. Living in such a world as the one he's currently in, is far different from how it plays out in a game. Instead of going on a thrilling adventure, the duo must first work to pay for their living expenses, learn the ins and outs of real life, while battling cruel monsters at random.

We all would love the dream of taking part in a video game universe, traveling across the many terrain we encounter, while wielding incredible weapons. Kazuma dies tragically, only to find himself in the very game he just purchased. Similar to Sora, the two are given tasks and must fulfill them in a certain time frame to be rewarded. The two must equip items and rely on allies in order to get them through the uncertain path that lies ahead. Kazuma also soon realizes that his responsibility is unlike the typical video game lifestyle he envisioned, as he now must live out his life as a mature human being, paying for living expenses and learning how to survive by any means.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Trailer


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4. Overlord

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 7, 2015 - September 29, 2015

The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own! Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.

Those final moments before the servers go down for maintenance, we've all been there before. Those are the moments where your best efforts are invested, because you know servers will be down for several hours and so every ounce of energy must be used to gather all you need. Momonga fortunately finds himself stuck in the game well after the servers have been shut down, and now must use his wits in order to overcome a dilemma. Similar to Sora, Momonga needs to figure out why this is all happening, while still finding enjoyment in his surroundings whenever possible.

Overlord Trailer


5. Kami nomi no Shiru Sekai [The World Only God Knows]

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 7, 2010 - December 23, 2010

Keima has had this overflowing passion for the gaming world, and many knew him as the “God of Conquest” due to his ability to find his way into a woman's heart very quickly. Unfortunately he can only do so in dating sim games, and so his real world persona is stricken with misfortune as his obsession for the 2D girl has distorted his state of mind. Things take a twist however, when he is greeted by a demon named Elise who gives him a special mission. The catch is that he must interact with the one thing he despised the most, real life women. It is now Keima's responsibility to overcome the insecurities within and secure the hearts of real life girls, just as he did in the 2D realm.

Keima is just very passionate about his 2D relationships, and so he spends most of his day coming up with clever ways to land a date with them. Unfortunately he gets pulled into a real life game of dating by a demon, and must now overcome his insecurities by talking to real women. The game of real life is challenging as we all know, but for Keima this game is on the hardest difficulty and he just can't seem to press the reset button when he needs to. Throughout his many ordeals, he must come face to face with his inner struggles while trying to find a real date in order to complete the game.

Kami nomi no Shiru Sekai [The World Only God Knows] Trailer


6. Accel World

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 7, 2012 - September 22, 2012

Haruyuki is a young boy who, despite his portly figure, is exceptionally keen in the area of gaming. One day while at school, a popular vice president of the student council approaches Harayuki, informing him of a secret online fighting game called “brain burst”. The goal of the game is to duel against each other to gain burst points. What's cool is that the points you accumulate within the game, can be used in the real world to boost your attributes. Harayuki then focuses all of his energy to become the best in brain burst, and to disclose the truth behind the gaming project itself to the creator.

The world of video games is always packed with an insane amount of replay value, wild adventures, and fierce battles. Haruyuki had a passion for games but his real life just didn't seem to be very endearing. Haruyuki is then sucked into an online fighting game where he now has to use every strategy in the book to defeat his foe without dying. Sora and Haruyuki were both NEETs and really just wanted to live a life that revolved solely around gaming. The two got what they wished for, but not in the way which they anticipated. Each battle they faced would be a race to the death, and for Haruyuki, the points would transfer back into the real world to boost attributes. He had to be very careful with how he delegated his points, since fighting the final boss would be critical to his survival.

Accel World Trailer


Final Thoughts

The wish of finally being able to live in a video game world has come into fruition with VR now finding its way into the homes of hardcore gamers. Augmented Reality is showing its true form with the likes of Pokemon GO, which is bringing a lot of people together to catch them all. The direction of No Game No Life was definitely an inspiration for what we see today, but quite frankly if we were thrown into a game and had to survive at all costs, perhaps the fun would fade away.

Be that as it may, there's no denying that living in a video game world would be a pleasure, and if the opportunity came, Honey's Anime would be at the forefront. If you have any other anime like No Game No Life that you feel should make the list, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below! And also follow us on twitter for the latest article updates and tweets!

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Original Article Below

Do you want amazing artwork, hilarious jokes, an interesting story and badass characters all wrapped up into one anime? Then No Game, No Life might be the show you are looking for.

The siblings Sora and Shiro are bored by the world they live in and instead of socializing they escape to the world of video games and Co. where they are the undefeated champions. Their life is about to change when a god asks them whether they want to leave this world and join a completely new game - a game that allows them to become gods themselves.

No Game, No Life was one of my personal biggest surprises of the last few seasons. Without expecting much I started watching this show and was immediately captured by the beautiful character design and the great story. Today I want to present six anime similar to No Game, No Life for all of you that - just like me - cannot get enough of mind games. Enjoy!

Similar Anime to No Game, No Life

1. Death Note

  • Episodes: 37
  • Aired: October 2006 - June 2007

Let me begin with a choice that some people might not agree with, but that still needs to be mentioned in my opinion. Death Note does not have the light-hearted atmosphere of No Game, No Life, but both shows require their viewers to think and to really pay attention to what’s going on.

For those of you that don’t know, Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a student who finds the Death Note, a notebook that allows its owner to kill people simply by writing down their names. What makes this show so special is the talent of Light to stay anonymous and to always think a few steps ahead of the police officers. I would describe both Death Note and No Game, No Life as a chess game in anime form where you keep getting surprised by the twists and turns of the storyline.

Both anime kept me on my toes until the last episode, that’s why I had to include Death Note as the first choice on this list.


2. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?)

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: January 2013 - March 2013

This anime with a pretty long and complicated name might be the most similar one to No Game, No Life, at least when it comes to the storyline.

Both shows revolve around characters with extraordinary abilities which get a chance to escape this world that keeps boring them. In the case of Mondaiji supernatural elements are more in the focus and the relationship between the main characters is not as important as in No Game, No Life. What’s similar though is the fact that both shows feel like a game - they are easy and fun to watch and will entertain you for several relaxing evenings.

Don’t be intimidated by the long name and give Mondaiji a try. Especially fans of No Game, No Life should be able to appreciate this quick little anime.


3. Btooom!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2012 - December 2012

So you enjoyed No Game, No Life, but now you are looking for a darker story with more action and more violence? If that’s the case then Btooom! is definitely the show you should be watching next.

This anime revolves around a video game with the suggestive name Btooom! where the players – who would have thought – use bombs and similar gadgets to blow up their opponents. Protagonist and avid fan Ryouta Sakamoto finds himself waking up on a mysterious island where someone decided to recreate the game with real people. The question now is whether Ryouta can use his video game skills in real life in order to survive.

Just like No Game, No Life a game-like competition between multiple opponents is the main focus. Even though the story is set in the real world, the mysterious island feels like a different universe that Ryouta is thrown into. If you are a fan of darker, more disturbing and especially violent shows that still show a similar unique vibe and interesting backstory like No Game, No Life then give Btooom! a try.


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4. Sword Art Online

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: July 2012 - December 2012

Coming back to anime revolving around video games, next up on our list is the classic Sword Art Online.

In this case the main characters are not invited into a fantastic new world, but are trapped inside an online game and have to defeat bosses in order to escape. Just like No Game, No Life we have a great combination of fantasy, action and adventure, as well as likeable characters. The relationship between the different members is another focus of the show and a recurring theme throughout the anime.

Sword Art Online uses a lot of elements similar to No Game, No Life, but turns them into a survival anime. So if you want to actually fear for the life of the characters then you should give Sword Art Online a try.


5. Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 2007 - April 2008

Next up is a show that is already older, but has surprised me just recently. Kaiji is a show that starts out slow but draws you in more and more with each episode.

Protagonist Kaiji is a good-for-nothing type of person that loves gambling too much and ends up with a debt he cannot pay. Luckily though he gets presented with an opportunity to earn all of his lost money back - he has to compete in an unique card game on board of a cruise ship and if he is able to defeat all of his opponents he can continue his life carefree.

Personally, I would describe Kaiji as a mixture of the shows I have already described above. Like No Game, No Life the show draws you in with a game and the outstanding techniques of the protagonist. However, it is not set in an alternative universe but in everyday life just like Death Note. Also, the interaction between the different players is significant, so Kaiji is a versatile show with lots of different aspects. Check it out!


6. Log Horizon

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: October 2013 - March 2014

Last but not least is Log Horizon, another show that will carry you off into a fantastic world.

This show starts out just like Sword Art Online with hundreds of players being trapped inside an online game. But what might have been a cheap rip-off of this great show turns out to be a much better story than expected. Protagonist Shiroe teams up with other players and together they try their best to survive in the new world they were suddenly thrown into.

One of the main strengths of Log Horizon is its unpredictability, similar to No Game, No Life. You don’t really know what’s going to happen next, but no move seems arbitrary or forced. Log Horizon does not introduce deep or thought-provoking topics but it still focuses on dialogues and the interaction between the main cast. If you can appreciate these elements in an anime then Log Horizon should be on your must-watch list.


This is it - our list of six anime similar to No Game, No Life. If I am being honest with you I have to admit that none of the shows mentioned above were able to give me the same experience No Game, No Life did. What’s so special about this anime, in my opinion, is the fact that it flawlessly combines adventure, comedy, fantasy and action. At the same time it felt unique and not too forced and that might be why I fell in love with this anime faster than I had expected.

Nonetheless, our recommendations are never supposed to be replacements for a beloved show but only similar stories you might enjoy after having finished an anime. So let us know what you think of No Game, No Life as well as our compilation. Your comments are as always more than welcome down below.

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