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No Game No Life Season 2 : Everything fans need to know in 2021



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A popular Japanese anime series called “No Game No Life” on Netflix is going strong, but the fact that its first season has drawn to a close, leaving fans wondering if the steaming titan has greenlit season 2.

 

The show is also streaming on the evergreen online platform Crunchyroll, which is jam-packed with an assortment of mangas, animes, and Japanese dramas (classic as well as modern). You can also catch the “No Game No Life” series on Hulu and Amazon Prime.  

  

Everything We Know About “No Game No Life” So Far

 

Based on the Japanese novels written by Yū Kamiya, the show carries over plenty of literary charm and outstanding characterization. 

 

This series falls well within the ‘Isekai’ genre of anime. Directorial excellence from Atsuko Ishizuka has made this series beloved among anime fans since it premiered in April 2014. The show enjoyed a steady run through to June of that year. It grew so popular that it even earned itself a prequel movie, which aired on 12th July 2017.

 

From the various races of Disbord to a mesmerizing core narrative, season one gave fans plenty to look forward to. Most of them are anticipating a face-off between Shiro and Sora. Now there’s a battle if ever there was one! The books have most probably covered these angles, but not every anime lover is fluent in Japanese, obviously.

 

Official Announcements & Updates on “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

Let’s put it this way: Fans want more! They want to see more of this story, more about its characters, and certainly have their questions answered from season one of the series. Netflix has shown to give the go-ahead for shows that rank quite high on the viewer popularity meter. This series certainly checks all the right boxes, meaning we can expect a next season of “No Game No Life”. 

 

As official announcements go, there have been none as yet. The show’s action sequences are still fresh in fans’ minds as they await news of a potential season two.

 

The books are still ongoing, with author Yū Kamiya’s latest installment having been published as of 25th January 2018. He only released one book in that year, as well as in 2016. 2020 has come and gone, and no new light novels have been published, leaving fans wondering after the ending that may come in 2021. 

 

More Source Material Information for “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

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Anime is no stranger to adapting games, light novels, and of course manga. Readers are surely aware that “No Game No Life” season one and the movie based on the franchise were both adapted from the light novels by Yū Kamiya. 

 

It’s a no-brainer to assume that season two is going to go in an entirely original direction. In fact, it is due to unfulfilled story arcs and incomplete character journeys that thousands of fans even want a season two for “No Game No Life”.

 

So far, ten light novel volumes are circulating in Japan. There are also a couple of mangas based on the novels themselves. One is essentially a retelling of the original, and the other is a spin-off. 25th January 2018 saw the release of Kamiya’s latest volume in this super-popular anime. 

 

Light novels volume 1-3 were adapted to make all of season one, and we know that the movie version made good use of volume 6. This infers that light novel volume 4 is going to continue the series if or when it eventually does manifest into season two.

 

Six existing books are yet to be adapted, leaving fans with the realization that there is enough source material for season two of “No Game No Life”. 

 

Popularity details of “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

Doubtless, the show is loved by thousands of fans all over the world. This is despite the fact that the series’ official website was last updated back in 2018. Ever since they shared their thoughts on ‘Guidebook’, we haven’t heard a peep from the showrunners about season 2 of “No Game No Life”.

 

Twitter

With over 120K followers on Twitter, anyone will agree that the series has an, um, following. Their latest tweet was around March 2020, when they shared the word about the series in general and it's being viewable on Abema TV.

 

Google Trends

If we’re strictly talking popularity, Google trends have pegged the show at its peak in the year 2014, after which its ratings dropped.

 

A recent check saw its fame has gone up only by 10% as compared to what it enjoyed in 2014. When the movie version came out, it only resulted in a 30% increase in popularity as compared to the show when it was at its peak.

 

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Action Figures

WonFes 2020 saw to the announcement of six new action figures based on popular characters in this franchise. Manufacturers would have done their own research to ascertain the relevance and current fan-demands. This means “No Game No Life” still has fans waiting to enjoy some merchandise while they wait for a potential season 2 announcement. 

 

Expected Plot of “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

The story is expected to be much lighter than what unraveled in season one. Logically, the after-effects of the alliance between the show’s main characters and the werebeasts will need to be explored. 

 

Team Blank may quite readily head off on a new adventure, most probably teaming up with a male Dhampir and the character Izuna. The home of the Sirens, namely Oceanado, looks set to come into focus in season two. It’s going to be interesting if this is the case because we know the protagonists have been looking to awaken the Siren Queen.

 

There is also a must-win challenge that Team Blank needs to address versus the Werebeast God. 

 

Online Reactions for “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

Rumour has it that the anime’s author Yū Kamiya has been experiencing some health issues, but nothing out of the ordinary. Light novels have always come first on the market before any scripting even began for a visual adaptation.

 

Fans of “Noragami” experienced a similar scenario, which is why they were denied a season 3 of that show. The prequel movie “No Game” gave the franchise a much-needed boost in fame and funds. It also kept the series alive in the hearts of fans everywhere, even going so far as to stoke the flames of a potential season two. They’re still stoking those flames, by the way.

 

As far as source material goes, the author is spoiled for choices, as we’re certain he himself knows. It’s quite literally a matter of time, money, and creative vision that is keeping this show on the back burner, awaiting its turn to give fans another chapter in its excellent narrative.

 

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Ratings & Popularity Scores for “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

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Leading the rating meters on IMDB, we have 22.8% of users who gave the show a solid 10/10 rating, and around 25.6% gave it a steady 8/10. And we have 19.4% of them standing at the 9/10 mark, making “No Game No Life” a sure-fire favorite. 

 

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On Anidb too, the show has ranked quite high. The site has millions of users and comprises anime fans from al, over the globe. Around 17.9% have noted an interest in watching the show. Over 76% have already seen it and given it a stellar rating. The series ranked #1 in its starting year, 2014. The latest votes have placed it only at #37 since. 

 

Rating Website Rating
IMDB 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 73%
My anime list 8.23 (Ranked #272/ Popularity #10)

 

Sales & Profit Information For “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

It’s often a sequel, or in this, a second season, that either benefit or loses out based on profitability. The first season of “No Game No Life” stood its ground and earned sufficient repute and popularity among anime fans.

 

But how will a season 2 fare? We can judge that based on certain statistics related to this show’s profit and sales data that is already on record.

 

Blu-Ray Sales

Japan enjoyed a 6-disc (not Blu-Ray) release for this series and each one recorded sales in excess of 9,000 copies. In 2016 (24th February), fans were given a gorgeous Blu-ray Disc (BD) Box, aka BD-Box, of “No Game No Life”. This sold around 1,000 copies. 

 

As an accepted rule of thumb, anime that sells around 10,000 copies usually get a vigorous nod for a sequel, and it looks like “No Game” had no game in this regard. However, there are exceptions to the rule. “Accel World” springs to mind, another anime that despite hitting it big in BD-Box sales failed to get a season 2.

 

Movie Box Office

When “No Game No Life Zero” released in 2017, fans of the franchise knew it was going to make it past the finish.

 

The movie, directed by Atsuko Ishizuka, grossed ¥700,000,000, which is somewhere around $6.5 million. Not bad, not at all. Add to this the fact that the movie version of the popular manga sold more than 40,000 Blu-Ray copies in Japan, and you have yourself a winner worthy of a season two.

 

The movie saw an immense profit margin, especially estimating that it cost around $1,500,000 to make. A successful anime movie often dictates the future of its series counterparts, something that fans of “Konosuba” are familiar with. 

 

Merchandise

Action figures are the best merchandise when it comes to an anime rich in characters. “No Game No Life” has forty-five to its name, which includes various designs on the following characters: Stephanie, Schwi, Jibril, Izuna, and Shiro.

 

Tapestries, mugs, towels, and shirts based on the show cover around 500 unique products. Sales for these are not half bad, meaning they could induce the show creators to give eager fans a season two. 

 

Though three years have come and gone since the release of “No Game No Life Zero” (the movie), 2020 still saw an announcement for six new action figures based on the franchise. This seems to have set the tone for the future of this evergreen show.

 

Light Novels

We obviously need to cover sales data on the source material of this fantastic franchise, namely the lights novels from which the anime was even adapted.

 

Volume 9 went on the market in 2016 (25th August), and saw sales exceeding 160,000 copies. Volume 10 that came out in 2018 did slightly better, selling over 170,000 copies. 

 

Granted, these light novels are not cash cows for the “No Game No Life” brand, but they are an essential element regardless. This franchise has duly earned its place among the top-5 anime bestsellers by volume. 

 

Miscellaneous

There are plenty of other income avenues for “No Game No Life”. From OST (original soundtrack), international licenses for Yen Press and Sentai, mobile games, and web radio coverage to streaming collaborations with the likes of Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, and Netflix.

 

The show has proven that it has a large fan base. Now it’s only a matter of how popular the series still is going into 2021. 

 

Famous Characters We Hope To See in “No Game No Life” Season 2

 

Tet

The one who originally summoned several heroic favorites into the world of Disboard must surely make a comeback in season 2 of the series. We believe he should anyway.

 

Izuna

The werebeast renowned for her over-use of the word ‘please’, and a favorite of both Shiro and Sora, will definitely make for a great re-entry.

 

Sora

The strategy prodigy, prime member of ‘Blank’, an orphan who heavily relies on his step-sister, Shiro. He is as funny as he is loving toward his sis, and it has done him great credit in the eyes of fans. 

 

Shiro

A logician and calculation expert, the other half of ‘Blank’, and the pea that completes the pod containing two of this anime’s leading characters. Fans enjoyed watching how well these two gelled when together and felt panic attacks when apart. They are most certainly a non-negotiable element of this series.

 

Queen

Though not a major character, her narrative gave viewers a detailed look at the core natures of Shiro and Sora, and their collaboration as ‘Blank’. She saw talent in the step-siblings before anyone else did.

 

Jibril

The ‘flügel’, aka ruthless angelic race known to harbor great power. The 6000-year-old Jibril who belongs to this race will be an exceptional addition to season two.

 

In the first season, fans saw her earning Elkia’s library from Stephanie Dola’s grandfather. Many a story arc (sirens, Dhampirs, and more) has benefited and will stand to gain, with Jibril being involved in the show’s second season. 

 

Miko

Though she only made her appearance in the finale, the Werebeast High Priestess put on quite the show in season one, and fans are eager to see what she brings to the follow-up.

 

Stephanie Dola

Grand-daughter to Elkia’s former king, she hails from a complicated line and has a frown-worthy backstory, making Stephanie an integral character-driven addition to this anime’s roster. Her interactions with Shiro and Sora make for interesting viewing. 

 

Chlammy Zell

From her charm to her personality, this character seems to have accrued her own fan base. 

 

Feel Nilvalen

Fans have seen her working along with Chlammy, and using her magic to help her friend win games. Her tenderness and adorability are sure to work in season two’s favor, much as it did in season one.

 

Conclusion

 

Keep your ears peeled and your eyes open. An announcement can come anytime for this show. “No Game No Life” is simply too popular to be forgotten or shelved. We at Entoin suspect a possible 2021 holler from the creators/author concerning this amazing anime.

 

At the latest, we may get the word about it in 2022. 

 

Bear in mind that anime studios do not churn out content overnight, it takes years to get quality work out to viewers. Given the surge in streaming thanks to the Wuhan virus pandemic, such studios are keeping the flame of anime spreading wide, meaning they are all far too busy to make promises they cannot keep.

 

Announcements have been shown to take a few years to reach public ears. Patience is key where this series is concerned. One may even go so far as to say “No calm? No game, no life.”