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No Game No Life

No Game No Life

An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they're transported to another world where conflicts, peoples' lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity's good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.

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Din0queen Din0queen says...

both animes are stationed in a world of games, though in SAO, it's all about survival and trying to win the games in order to escape the game and in NGNL, the leading characters are put into a world which is basically just one big game, even though the stories don't match up that much, in my opinion, if you like one, you'll like the other as well

Febrianne Febrianne says...

Awesome online gaming expernices, but from very different points, SAO is trying to get back home, trying to survive, and what it is like, NGNL is what if we don't want to go back? how do we make a life there and the expernice that is invivled with that :)

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both No Game No Life and Sword Art Online are set in a gaming world where the main character compete try to beat the game. In the Sword Art Online you have to beat game in order to live and in No Game No Life the main characters are challenged by God to see who can win the game.

They are visually different but very appealing and can relate to the same kind of fanbase.

AIex AIex says...

Similar characteristics in genre, along with relationships between characters. I'm able to happily recconmend viewers who've been left on their toes by No Game No Life towards what could be a next favorite, Sword Art Online.

blueangel06661 blueangel06661 says...

Both are unique shows based on gaming based life. If you like the idea of a game based anime genre then these shows are compatible together and each offer their own unique art and story.

Dmandude Dmandude says...

They're both interesting,action-packed anime's with likeable main characters and supporting characters. There is also nice amounts of humour in both of the above anime listed, and the story doesn't slow down at all.

Plazey Plazey says...

Both anime's are about people who love playing games, and happen to be very good at them. They are definitely different Anime's, but if you're a gamer, you will enjoy either one.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Both animes are game-based, although from different perspectives. SAO is more about survival and trying to ''beat'' the game, whereas NGNL is more focussed on living in the game and making your way. Nevertheless, both amazing animes.

Jennosaur Jennosaur says...

Despite the obvious similarities in plot, SAO and NGNL are pretty different. In both animes, the main characters are a female and male, who join together to fight for something, but they are fighting for different reasons. Kirito and Asuna fight for their reality, while Sora and Shiro fight to ultimately be able to challenge the God Tet. They have different plotlines, so therefore they are not the same. Basically, I highly recommend both shows. :)

saadebady saadebady says...

both are about game stuff but the Sword Art Online are in a holly big level ,but hey who dosen't want an awesome anime.

I recommend to whatch both of them.

warpop warpop says...

I totally agree. Both of them have a lot of strateggy although Sword art Online have much more action. No Game No Life don't have a romantic point of view but more a fraternal one.They both are about a world that is made of games but the difference is that if you lose in  Sword art Online you die.

Mizu1993 Mizu1993 says...

Both of those Anime are alike but also different. So if you liked one of those, you will probably like the other Anime.

XmasJoseph123 XmasJoseph123 says...

100% agree because of the amount of similarities between getting sent into the game.They may have different goals but gaming wise and knowledge wise they are VERY similiar

kireswe99 kireswe99 says...

Its not realy the same but somethings are the same and its a good anime so i think its worth to look on, and i think its one of the best ive seen (after SAO ofcource)

Telapathic Telapathic says...

Both anime a are about games. No Game No Life is incomplete and Swors Art Online has a story most people agree could have been better made. SAO has a plot about scalping the game whilst NGNL is about Living it.

Jarubakit Jarubakit says...

I just want to agree on this recommendation to help out. Now I'm just filling up hundred characters.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

When Haruhiro awakens, he's in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they'll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

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Bregrubb Bregrubb says...

It just has that same feel... You know?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- : ) 

00083115567 00083115567 says...

grimgar and sword art online are both anime of a group of peaple that were sudenly placed in a game were they have to become strong to survive.

Orre Orre says...

Both anime are set in RPG-styled fantasy worlds and feature a similar mixture of combat, character progression, and relationship development. Both of the anime also have a central focus on death as a permanent state, blurring the lines between fantasy/games and reality.

Asuna0San Asuna0San says...

they're both fanstasy, stuck in another world, but both have their own personalities too! Watch both!

Stormbrook Stormbrook says...

They have very similar premises. The stories have a lot in common, and there's a lot of similar themes that people would like. They are different enough that people cannot claim they copy each other.

Blukeah Blukeah says...

Both these animes share the elements of an RPG game with classes weapons and skills with death in the game being perminant

superjeppe1 superjeppe1 says...

Grimgar of fantasy and ash are a littel game like, but Sao are more technologi, also we are not cirtan that the cahrekters are in a game

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both are about a group of people stuck within an RPG world where you have to try and survive, and if you die then you die, there is no coming back from the dead. Both have generic characters and similar storylines so  guess if you enjoyed one of these then you should enjoy the other xx

BloodyRedRoses BloodyRedRoses says...

It's awesome, they both have many similar qualities in the genre and it's just worth watching in general.

kingnoah9911 kingnoah9911 says...

For the most part they have the same feel. With them both telling the story from the point of view of some type of melee fighter in a strange world. Additionally as the story goes in both, the mc's discover/develop hidden powers that rank them as one of th strongest in their worlds. The main difference is that Grimgar is a bit more team focused while Sword Art Online has some team focus, but for the most part it is all about Kirito.

an1manga an1manga says...

Both animes are about people suddenly forced to live inside a virtual reality MMORPG, but the group of people they follow are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. SAO follows the elite players' battles of conquest that constantly expands the borders of the players' known world and brings them closer to the "endgame" of winning their freedom from this virtual prison. Grimgar, on the other hand, follows a group of "leftovers"--people who lack any knowledge about how the game world functions and must learn everything the hard way through trial and error, where the price of failure is often death. It's not to say SAO is without deaths and sacrifices, but those are mere casualties of the protagonists' fights against world bosses and evil players, and each victory is celebrated as a major accomplishment by the good elite players. For Grimgar, each death is very personal, and each triumph is only a small step forward for this ragtag group. Yet over the course of the Grimgar series, each character has shown tremendous growth, mostly because they started with almost no skills to survive in this harsh world.

Despite their differences, the two series are also very similar in many aspects. They both deal with human interactions in an isolated online setting where one's identity in the outside world does not matter and where the laws of the outside world play no role. People are forced to make a living the same way one would expect to in the worlds of fantasy fictions. Most importantly, unlike in most games, you only get one life--no second chances. For these reasons, and because of their likeable characters and similar animation styles, if you liked one show, you would be likely to like the other show as well.

Zomok Zomok says...

Both thrive around the setting of arriving in a new world and having to learn how to adapt and survive.

mjm1620 mjm1620 says...

Grimgar builds up to a similar feel to the first SAO arc. SAO hits intense levels of emotion early on while Grimgar builds up slowly. For me, as with SAO, Grimgar's ending was absolutely satisfying and makes my imagination run wild. That's what fantasy is all about. Grimgar's characters are a lot more diverse in my opinion and the world has more potential. 

TLDR: They have a similar atmosphere in the end but very different pacing.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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bringiton265 bringiton265 says...

I'm not quite sure how to describe it but the graphics remind me a lot of DMW and if you liked the graphics in Sword Art Online you will like DMW, although just a warning, DMW has quite a bit more blood than this series.

Osiummaster Osiummaster says...

Both are about life and death games, though deadman wonderland didn't really have romance.  they both have a rather mysterious girl (though shiro is alot more mysterious)  and you come to understand the protoganist as the story progresses

Wirusan Wirusan says...

They Both feature characters put into live or die situations. While SAO is more fantasy and Deadman is more violent and the language is more mature they both have that "Will they make it." suspense feeling going for it.

KarnowoB KarnowoB says...

They both feature deathgames esq. story lines as well as very good fights. Though other then this factor its hard to say anything about them is similar.

SpaceCobra SpaceCobra says...

In both, the protagonist is locked into a life-or-death situation with no way out.  Of course SAO has more heartwarming events.

Risana Risana says...

Both main character push themselves beyond the limit....... and then go even harder. You simply can't beat that... or them.

sboy sboy says...

Both have a Life/Death scenarios although Deadman Wonderland is alot more gruesome and bloody, SAO has a very deep and interesting plot which will keep you hooked from episode 1.

Ranisimo Ranisimo says...

Having watched both SAO and DMW, I would recommend both to anyone - especially if you enjoyed one of the two. I'm not going to go into too much detail, although both of the anime’s feature the same pressure applied to the characters: You've got to fight to live, or die trying. A common interest in both the animes is that the characters are all locked up in a sick society against their own will where they'll receive no mercy, so have fun!

Note: DMW is far more gruesome and gory than SAO. So if you don't appreciate guts and blood, give DMW a miss.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both animes involve games you can't escape unless you win. There are large casts with varying abilities and the threat of death around every corner. Deadman is a tad bloodier, but both anime have a tense thrill underlying the episodes. 

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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Austin1397 Austin1397 says...

Both animes have great combat scenes. Attack on Titan will really give you alot of HUGE swists in the story. You will NOT be able to predict how Attack of Titan's story goes.

Ammar01 Ammar01 says...

Sword fighting, huge enemies, strange world, capable main character, badass girl fighter, medival(?) theme. If you liked one, you'll definitely ike the other.

panikinga panikinga says...

The action takes place in dystopian worlds. Main characters are fighters who know what they want. There is a community of friends fighting monsters. The main difference is that Attack on Titan is much more brutal. 

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both anime involve worlds where safety is no longer guaranteed. The main plotline is survival, and both anime revolved around a select few in the society that work to develop combat skills. There are also some epic battle scenes against creatures several times larger than the protagonists. 

Drakotol Drakotol says...

both have good sword fight, strange enemy, strange world. If you liked one of the two you will like the other one :)

ultimate2106 ultimate2106 says...

Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan are both animes based on fighting with swords that leads into epic scenes and creeps!

JonnySQ JonnySQ says...

More specific to the first 14 episodes of SAO, if you enjoyed the intensity of not knowing whos gonna come out alive and grinding though different dangerous areas of unknown dangers, then Attack on Titan would be a good one to try.

elkevm2000 elkevm2000 says...

I recommend Sword Art Online it's worth having a look! It's an exciting, adventure-packed, funny, romantic anime. Just like Attack on Titan. I think it is a very beautiful story and with a good, exciting end. I like all the Sword Art Online series. The stories are full of unexpected twists and turns. It has a lot in common with Attack on Titan.

Overlord

Overlord

In the year 2138, virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, one player named Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

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Noriko Noriko says...

These shows have a similar setting. A protagonist is stuck in a virtual world they can't possibly log out of.

In both shows, at first it's unknown why the players can't leave the virtual world. These shows have a similar setting, but not a very similar story, still, if you liked one of these, you might easily like another.

Frawd Frawd says...

Both anime are about people getting stuck in a virutal MMORPG. They are filled with cool battles and good story. Sometimes when you watch Overlord or Sword Art Online you just wish that you were a part of their world or that you would also get stuck in a virtual MMORPG.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both anime are quite similar between each other. In both of them the main character gets stuck in a virtual reality game and has to find a way to go back to his world. They have a little difference though, since in Overlord the lead is a not-so-evil villain while in SAO the main character is one of the good guys.

If you liked one you'll enjoy the other

tootalls tootalls says...

Both stories focuses on highly skilled and experienced super gamers trapped in RPG worlds.One accepts living in the world, the other triess to escape.

either way, if you're into RPG games, you should get a kick out of both shows as they are very loyal to depicting life in and RPG, just as an RPG gamer would expect.

themaster123 themaster123 says...

I think this anime is worth watching because the acționa is good, the idea of being trapped into a game that resembles the real life is very good. Another reason to watch this anime is the story the characters are following and the romance between Aduna & Kirito, with it's comedy.

animewatcher2002 animewatcher2002 says...

Both anime take place when the main character is stuck in a game. The plot covers what happens within the game from the main character's point of view.

rbrothers rbrothers says...

Both are very amazing anime. They also have similar aspects such being stuck in an VR game and trying to adapt to their new lives.

egon0044 egon0044 says...

Both shows take place in a virtual world and share other story concepts and themes, because of this, they also share the same genres.