(収束法) ルールナンバー１０ – Rule Number 10
If you do not follow the rules, how would you expect to play the game, much less win it? In this final episode, our 空白 siblings show us that despite breaking every conventional rule in the book when it comes to game play, they still play by the rules.
It was a jaw-dropping moment when 空白 lost to Izuna. When they were shot, literally, my jaw dropped. How could they have come so far, planned so meticulously, calculated so vigorously and thought so thoroughly, only to trip at the finish line? Ah, but that was beautiful suspense (all five seconds of) created by the writers. Because obviously, there is no way our 空白 siblings would ever go down just like that. As Shiro has reminded us repeatedly, 空白 never loses. I guess there is no better time to mind-troll us viewers like the last episode, is there? Although, having said that, in an unexpected turn of events, it was not Jibril, but Steph who delivered the winning shot. Steph’s surprise entrance really was a brilliant move by the siblings, because I am sure nobody would have placed their bets on a Steph. She is a Steph after all.
In the end, it is all about foresight. Our 空白 siblings are not just one step ahead of their opponents; they are miles over mountains ahead. We see this not only in the way they clinched victory against the heart stopping game against the Warbeasts, but also in how they managed to trick the elves. It was very impressive gameplay and perceptiveness on Sora’s part to have called for the right to alter Fi’s memories. These siblings focus on the details, but never lose sight of the bigger picture. If we have not learnt anything from them throughout the past 12 episodes, this would certainly be a good point to pick up.
Just when we thought Imanity v Warbeasts was over, Sora countered with Imanity v Warbeasts 2.0 – an all or nothing coin toss. Yes, you read correctly. A coin toss. In a way, I do believe that outcome of this final game very succinctly represented the nature of Disboard. Do the different races fight against one another (with one winner and one loser), or do they fight together (both sides win)? Certainly, the races make bets and pledge to uphold the rules at all times during their games. However, Rule 10 “let’s all have fun together” has never really been given much attention, has it? Why have a rule if nobody is going to follow it? And I suppose Tet’s aim from the very beginning was indeed to get the races to face him together. Why else would there be 16 races? Why else would Disboard be decorated with chess pieces? Why else would there even be the Rule 10?
From the get go, our 空白 siblings have been working with one goal in mind – to gain the right to challenge Tet and beat him in a game. I daresay if they can keep this up, they are well on their way to challenging the one true god of play. With Imanity (by default), the elves, the Warbeasts and presumably the Flügel on their side, that is four pieces that the siblings have gathered so far. Well, we did get a preview of race rank number 1: Old Deus. This final episode has tied everything up very nicely, but has also left room for more. After all, we are still lacking 12 pieces before the final showdown with Tet. All signs point towards there definitely being a sequel. As many viewers like to comment, season two or we riot! Lol, I had to use that, at least once.
All in all, No Game No Life started out strong and got better as it progressed. This was a rare gem of a series – with a story that kept viewers guessing and coming back for more, stunning visuals, colourful characters and entertaining parodies. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my Wednesday/Thursday (depending on how early sleep beckons) nights this Spring. And of course, this post can’t possibly end without giving special mention to the seiyuus who have delivered such flawless performances each episode – Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Kayano Ai, Hikasa Yoko,and Tamura Yukari fulfilled their respective roles as Sora, Shiro, Steph and Jibril beautifully. Also, let’s not forget Kugimiya Rie who plays the ever-elusive Tet, or Noto Mamiko as deceptively wispy elf Fi. For this episode, definitely listen out for Sora’s justification for preserving his kemonomimi girls, that was such a laugh.
And so, for one last time this season, let’s say it together: ASCHENTE~ let the games begin!