No Game, No Life the Movie: Zero is the movie that is based on the popular No Game No Life anime and also its light novel series of the same name. This particular movie is based on the light novel’s sixth volume, where it details the past before Sora and Shiro arrive in the Disboard. Without further ado, let’s get on with the review!
The story begins 6000 years ago when Disboard does not contain the 10 rules of playing games to bet on everything. It tells a tale that acts as a prologue of when humans are being wiped due to the great war between different races. Riku, a human leader who aims to stop the war, meets an ex-machina by, Shuvi, by chance. Their encounter will soon change the face of the battlefield. Will they be able to survive before being targeted by the enemies?
First of all, as a prologue, the movie understands what it is and never hesitate to focus on the past, and although I did not read the light novel, this film has understandably managed to cover most of the important parts. As for the art quality, it is the MadHouse style with bright coloured background and colour schemes. It does sport a cleaner look compared to the anime series, where the bright colours can be a tad too bright to my liking. Also, as this story is a bit darker, the tone of the colours are dialed down as well in half of the scenes to emphasise the apocalyptic atmosphere. The animation is pretty smooth and there are some great action sequences with lasers and bunch of superpowers.
Then as for the ‘game’ itself, surprisingly, there aren’t many games shown aside from Chess, which is a hint to the future where the anime series is based on. This film is more about romance then playing games, and speaking of romances, they are filled with some nice comedic moments as well. The characters themselves are almost 80% the replica of Sora and Shiro, especially with their relationship aside from the fact that they are not siblings. Some of the audiences may cringe at the way they portray relationships here, but this movie is mostly for the fans of the anime series and the light novels. The soundtracks are one of the best I have heard, with many of them really enhancing the epicness of the scenes and especially during the crucial moments. As a fan, I love it. As for those that aren’t, this film will mostly be just for the visual feast and not much else.