The Best Anime Like No Game No Life

Need some No Game No Life anime recommendations for what to watch next? No Game No Life follows a brother and sister duo named Sora and Shiro as they conquer the world of Disboard with their incredible strategic skills. How did they get these skills? Originally from earth, they  once were too anxious and awkward to manage life outside their bedroom, and coped with their fear by becoming nearly undefeatable gamers. On Earth, their skills were useless outside of the gaming world, but in Disboard, everything is determined through gaming - which means that Sora and Shiro quickly rise through the ranks of society. This inventive plot is paired with splashy, vibrant art that will captivate even the pickiest viewers. 

If you loved this show,  you might be looking for anime that's similar to No Game No Life. There are no shortage of series about characters being transported to game-based worlds and showing off their specialized skills - Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, and Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They? come to mind. Other anime like No Game No Life that don't involve video games specifically, but still show off the protagonist's strategic chops - if you're into strategy over gaming, check out Code Geass, One Outs, or Kakegurui. 

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    The virtual reality game Yggdrasil is about to be shut down, and Momonga, who has spent countless hours leveling his character and feels more at home in Yggdrasil than he does in the real world, doesn't want to leave. He intends to keep playing until the last possible moment, but when the servers go down, for some reason he's still there. What's more, the formerly one-dimensional NPCs are starting to develop real personalities. He ultimately ends up becoming the 'Overlord' of the game.

    Like No Game Life, this anime features a protagonist whose gaming skills far outweigh his real world skills, but who gets the opportunity to display those abilities in a gamelike world.

  • Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?
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    Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? is basically No Game No Life with a longer title. Three teenagers possess incredible psychic abilities, but have no opportunity to use them. They're given the opportunity to make a new home for themselves in the fantasy world that will fully utilize their talents, but they can't just run rampant. Actually, they have to join a group with some pretty strict rules, and ultimately they end up fighting to restore glory to their disgraced new home. If this sounds exactly like what happens in No Game No Life, you're right - both series even have people with animal ears in them. 

  • If you're a No Game No Life fan who somehow missed out on the cultural phenomenon that is Sword Art Online, there's no time like the present to check it out. Kirito is trapped along with hundreds of other players in a virtual reality game that's turned into a death trap. The only way out is to beat the game - something that Kirito and his girlfriend Asuna may just have the skills to pull off. Just like in No Game No Life, gaming in Sword Art Online determines people's fates in a major way. 

  • The Irregular at Magic High School
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    The Irregular at Magic High School may not appear similar to No Game No Life if all you're looking at is the plot, but they do share some important elements. Specifically, both series feature a brilliant male protagonist who is has hardly any competition from anyone around him - except for his sister, with whom he shares a close bond. If you loved Sora and Shiro's powerful sibling bond, but would rather they lay waste to their opponents at a competitive magical high school instead of in the world of Disboard, The Irregular at Magic High School might be your new favorite show.