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• Information •
 Episode Number #01
 Adapted from Volume 1: Prologue -
Chapter 1, Part 7
• Release Date(s) •
 Japanese April 9, 2014 (most networks)
April 11, 2014 (BS11)
• Music themes •
 Opening theme This game
 Ending theme Oración
• Credits •
 Screenplay Hanada Jukki (花田十輝)
 Storyboard Ishizuka Atsuko (いしづかあつこ)
 Director Atsuko Ishizuka (いしづかあつこ)
 Animation Director Ōya Kōji (大舘康二)
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Beginner (素人, Shirōto)? is the first episode of the No Game, No Life anime series. It first aired in Japan on April 9, 2014 on most networks, and later on April 11, 2014 on BS11.[1]


The episode begins with a stream of game messages, all making remarks about 『  』 and about their own deaths. Following this proceeds a battle between Queen and 『  』's four characters as they furiously fight against each other. All the while, Queen questions their power and wonders how four players managed to defeat 1200 players. Using a hack to enable her to endlessly and repeatedly use overpowered spells, Queen bombards the 『  』 team, but it ends up being a failure as they dodge and defeat her. One unnamed gamer tells Queen that 『  』 may be using cheats and hacks (auto-aimers, auto-dodgers and hitbox manipulation) in order to defeat anyone they fight online. The narrator notes 『  』 as an urban legend, recounting how they have managed to remain undefeated in more than 280 different games online.

"Urban legends are a type of wish because in reality, the least interesting answer is usually the correct one."
―Unseen Narrator

After the narrator states this, the scene shifts to Sora and Shiro, step-siblings, in their room where each of them had controlled two of 『  』's characters, Shiro controlling hers with her feet. When Sora asks Shiro why she was using her feet to control her characters, she replies with, "I'm hungry." As Sora proceeds to start another game, Shiro feels tired due to having been up for five days straight, and hands over her mice to Sora to continue playing by himself as she starts to doze off. Soon, the pair receive an email from an unknown sender who asks them if they think they were born in the wrong world. When Sora clicks the link attached to the email, a chess game opens up and initially, Sora and Shiro assume it was a computer programmed chess match. However, Sora notices throughout the match that the moves being played did not seem to be those of a computer, and deduces that they might actually be playing against another person. Teaming up, the two of them resume the match against the unknown person. After what seemed like a very long time, they eventually defeat their challenger and are then sent another email by them, asking their opinion on their world; the siblings call life a "crappy game." They are then asked how they would react if there was a world with clear goals and rules where everything was decided by simple games. Sora replies by saying, "If there's a world like that, then we were born in the wrong world."

After replying, all of their screens become distorted and static. They are then "reborn" into another world where the sender introduces himself as Tet and welcomes them to his world, known as Disboard, and calls himself God. As Sora, Shiro and Tet fall, Tet explains to the siblings that everything is decided by games, including the lives of individuals as well as national borders. The world operates through Ten Pledges that Tet himself created when he became the One True God. While Tet explains the Ten Pledges, images are shown on screen of characters that appear in later episodes. As Tet finishes explaining the 9th Pledge, Sora and Shiro nearly crash into the ground but are stopped slightly above it and as a dazed Sora looks up, Tet explains the 10th Pledge and vanishes. Sora and Shiro then stand up, wondering where they are as a dragon soars up from underneath the cliff the two are standing on, and flies away. They respond by saying the game crashed.

Later on, the story of how Disboard came to be is explained to Sora and Shiro by a group of men they had just defeated in a game. After his explanation, one of the men asks if they could at least have some fun, as they had most likely offered up their clothes as well. Sora recites Pledge 6 and walks off with Shiro as the two of them enter Elchea, the capital city of Imanity.

There is a gambling tournament to decide the next King, as written in the will of the last king. Stephanie Dola and Chlammy Zell are seen having a poker game. An unnamed woman explains to Sora and Shiro about the tournament, and informs them that Stephanie is the grand-daughter of the last king and how she has entered the tournament in order to become the next king. Sora asks the woman if she is willing to enter the tournament. She replies by saying that the money she has is enough and Sora then taunts her into a game of poker in which the woman would wager her money while Sora and Shiro would offer their lives. The two swear by the Pledges and begin their game as Sora recounts to the woman about their day. The woman ends up playing a Full House while Sora ends up playing a Royal Straight Flush, beating the woman and earning her gold. When she asks who they are, Sora replies by saying that he is an outsider. After they walk away, Shiro tells Sora he cheated, but Sora recites Pledge 8 and tells her that since they weren't caught, it doesn't matter. Sora negotiates with the inn-keeper and ends up staying for four nights with just one gold coin. The inn-keeper asks for a name, and Sora replies by saying to keep it blank.

As Sora and Shiro walk off, they notice that Chlammy is cheating, but are unsure how. Sora whispers in Stephanie's ear that Chlammy was cheating and the siblings head up to their room. The two group what they still have from their old world and Sora is relieved that they still have that much. Sora notes that when a protagonist enters another world, they would usually try to make it back home, and Sora questions why. The episode ends with Stephanie coming up to their room and asking whether she has permission to enter.

Major eventsEdit

  • Sora and Shiro defeat Tet, the God of the world of Disboard.
  • Sora and Shiro are transported to the world of Disboard by Tet.
  • Tet teaches Sora and Shiro the Ten Pledges.


The following characters are listed by the order which they appear in.

Major charactersEdit

Minor charactersEdit

Speaking roles
Non-speaking roles


『  』VS 『Night Opera』 - Untitled Video Game
Challenger Challenged
Players VS Players
Sora Queen
1198 other players
Wager(s) Wager(s)
Win Lose
  • As this game did not take place in Disboard, no wager was set.
  • As this game started off-screen, it is unclear who the challenger was.
Tet VS 『  』 - Chess
Challenger Challenged
Players VS Players
Tet Sora
Wager(s) Wager(s)
Lose Win
  • As this game did not take place in Disboard, no wager was set.
『  』 VS Thieves - Unknown Game
Challenger Challenged
Players VS Players
Three unnamed thieves
Wager(s) Wager(s)
Unknown Direction to nearest street. (unmentioned)
Two sets of clothes.
Explanation of Disboard.
Win Lose
  • As this game started off-screen, it is unclear what Sora and Shiro's wagers were.
  • As this game started off-screen, it is unclear what the game played was.
『  』 VS Female Gambler - Poker
Challenger Challenged
Players VS Players
Unnamed Female Gambler
Wager(s) Wager(s)
Their lives. A bag of money.
Win Lose

Stephanie Dola VS Chlammy Zell - Poker
Challenger Challenged
Players VS Players
Stephanie Dola Chlammy Zell
Fiel Nirvalen (cheat)
Wager(s) Wager(s)
Clothes Clothes
Lose Win
  • Due to this game being part of the tournament to select the new King of Elchea, wagers/demands were not placed.


Key differences from light novelEdit

  • In the light novel, the poker match that Sora played was not against a blonde female, but a middle-aged man.
  • In the light novel, The Ten Pledges were told to the siblings by the thieves instead of Tet. Tet had only told them that the world was ruled by games before leaving them on their own.
  • In the light novel, Sora's question of why protagonists who are sent to the alternate world want to return to their original world was left unanswered as both the siblings fell asleep.


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