Now living in their ideal world, Sora and Shiro engage in gameplay to earn the right to rule Imanity and then extend their goals to world domination. After all, they wish to have fun while earning the chance to play against the One True God that freed them from a world of boredom and isolation. The problem is, the season ends on a cliffhanger, and we never do get to see what happens after the defeat of one nation. This may prove a satisfactory ending for some, but for others, there are obvious hints as to why this anime needs a second season.
10. The Exceed
The Exceed are those that make up the 16 sentient races that live on the world Disboard. Imanity ranks as 16th, the weakest race, while the 1st is Old Deus – those that are considered Gods. For Sora and Shiro to play a game against Tet – the One True God – they must earn the right to challenge him by winning against the other races.
In the anime, we meet with an Elf, Flugel, War Beast, and Old Deus. What about the other 11 races? The last episode leaves off with an extreme cliff hanger, but we’ve yet to receive word on a second season to complete our knowledge of all the races.
9. Saving Elkia
Elkia is the name of Imanity’s land. The previous king lost much of its territory to the War Beasts but had a trick up his sleeve so that the next king could win back the territory and more. Elkia is in dire straits; however, when Sora and Shiro take over, they begin the painstaking work of rebuilding the territory into a profitable place.
We see the beginning transformation of Elkia, but the season leaves off with the winnings of additional land. This begs the question: What happens to Imanity? As Sora and Shiro continue to battle using their race piece – leaving all of Imanity on the line – how will the civilians react?
8. Declaring War
When Sora and Shiro declare their intentions for Imanity, it’s a declaration for all the other races as well. It’s telling all the powers out there that they are going to be challenged by the weakest race of the Exceeds. This is an important part of the show, as it hints at other higher entities keeping a watch on Imanity.
As the weakest race, why is there a huge gathering for the newly crowned king and queen? In a world without war, the other races seek to crush Imanity, but with this declaration, they cannot make any careless moves. This foreshadowing tells us that there are higher powers waiting for Imanity to name their challenge, but the season only makes it to the conquering of the War Beasts – another obvious hint that demands answers in a second season.
7. Ultimate Goal: Defeat God
Sora is often documenting his goals into a memo on his smartphone. Those goals start small, such as finding living quarters and food. After securing the short term goals, Sora then reaches for the long term ones, such as becoming the King and challenging other races to a game where the stakes are all or nothing. When team Blank once again meets with Tet, they state that their ultimate goal is to defeat him in another round of chess.
If the ultimate goal is to defeat the One True God, then we desperately deserve another season to see this goal through. To hint at this battle hurts those of us who wished to see this gameplay from beginning to end.
6. Summoning Power
We learn from Jibril the Flugel that it takes a mass amount of power to keep an entity from another world in Disboard. It’s clear that Tet and those of the Old Deus are most likely the only race that can keep a pair of siblings grounded in Disboard for a long period of time.
So, what happens once Tet and Blank – team Sora and Shiro – complete the game? When a final winner is declared, do they go back to Tokyo, or does some higher magic allow them to stay in the world they’ve come to love? It’s just another one of the many questions that deserve an answer.
5. Foolish King
When gathering intel on the War Beasts and how they were able to beat the previous king, Sora and Shiro learn about his strategic play to leave documents for the next king. Imanity proclaimed him foolish for challenging a race that kept taking bits and pieces of their land away, but little did they know that it was for the greater good.
When Stephanie – the late king’s daughter – grants Sora and Shiro a key that leads to a secret chamber, they discover the documents he left behind to defeat the War Beasts. But, is that the only information he left behind? Or, did this foolish king leave information about the other races for the new king to use in order to restore Imanity.
4. Far Off Pieces
In the far off distance, beyond the shores of Disboard, lie giant chess pieces. They border the horizon, and even Sora questions their presence. He wants to learn more about this world and believes that there is a connection between those pieces and the key to challenging Tet.
The anime showcases the landscape of Disboard when Sora and Shiro freefall to the ground. One of the first shots is of the far off chess pieces. This leaves off with the mystery surrounding the landscape and what challenges it will mean for Blank’s ultimate goal.
3. Elven Garde
Near the end of the season, it’s mentioned that Blank’s next infiltration is Elven Garde, the land of the Elves. Blank has a prominent member of the Elf community on their side, but with magic, it’ll take more than that to slip their way into a winning game.
This region is next on Sora’s list in his efforts to dominate other regions through gameplay. After the War Beasts, it leaves us questioning how the Elves secure their victories in game play. The season leaves off with the anticipation of reigning over Elven Garde, but viewers have yet to see a followup to this infiltration declaration.
2. Tower Of Wisdom
Out of the 10 pledges, the last one states that everyone is to have fun and play together. Sora takes this literally, meaning he’ll gather those that have race pieces, and together they will earn the right to challenge Tet. Unlike some, Sora never thought a game wasn’t fun, or that it was a burden.
Imanity has proven themselves in the past as a race that possesses wisdom born from their weakness, but somewhere along the way, they lost this aspect of themselves. It became more about survival than about the fun of games. Another goal of Blank’s is to restore Imanity’s reputation and build a tower of wisdom as they gather the race pieces.
1. Summoning #1 Exceed: Old Deus
The last episode of No Game No Life is the biggest tease. After combining the Eastern Federation and Elkia into Elkia Federation, Sora mentions to the Shrine Priestess that she must have one. This then summons an Old Deus into the Priestess’ body.
This ends the episode and the season of No Game No Life. Quite a cliff hanger, right? Six years later, and we’re still waiting for the second season to drop. Not only do we need a second season, but we deserve one, especially when the highest sentient being is brought into play.