- Trailer: PV Trailer
- What it’s about: A pair of game-obsessed shut-in siblings, Shiro and Sora, are transported to a world where everything, from settling a trade to the fate of nations, is decided by playing games like chess or poker. Humanity, as the only race unable to cheat using magic, is at a severe disadvantage. But it doesn’t take the protagonists long to adapt to their new reality, and the show follows them as they set about rising to the top of the pile.
- Why you should watch it: By all rights, this show should not be as entertaining as it is – it has all the hallmarks of an awful show: unbeatable protagonists, absurdly levels of fan-service, and a crapton of cheesy referential humour. But somehow it comes together to be something more than the sum of its parts. It’s so ridiculously fun to watch that you find yourself enjoying it despite the out-and-out silliness that it’s based on, and the utterly gorgeous art and fantastic soundtrack only add to the experience. It was without a doubt one of the strongest shows to come out of the Spring 2014 season.
- Caveats: This is not a serious show in the least. If you’re looking for “mind games”, they’re definitely here, but they’re not played straight – the solutions are rarely going to be something you can (or are expected to) predict. It’s also very indulgent when it comes to fan service, to the point of straight-up pandering. The humour tends towards the referential – picking up on all of the allusions to other anime series and pieces of Japanese culture is a game in itself.
- Similar works: NGNL is something of a blend between One Outs and Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?. Also to some degree, it shares similarities with shows like Log Horizon, Kaiji and Outbreak Company