No Game No Life‘s hikikomori step-siblings, gamers and soulmates, Sora and Shiro, are about to brave the crowds and make the next step to the silver screen. An anime film of Yu Kamiya’s light novels was announced during MF Bunko J’s streaming of the Summer School Festival 2016 on Sunday (July 17th), and Kamiya drew the art above to celebrate the news. For now though, there are no further details to report.
Kamiya launched the light novels in 2012, drawing his own art for the series. After the anime adaptation aired in April 2014, Yen Press published their first English volume in April of 2015, giving the series the following summary:
In this fantasy world, everything’s a game–and these gamer siblings play to win!
Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!
Update: With a slight spoiler warning for No Game No Life fans who aren’t up to date with the light novels, author Yu Kamiya took to Twitter to give a hint as to the upcoming anime film’s plot, in relation to the art he created for the announcement.
— 映画『ノーゲーム・ノーライフ ゼロ』 (@ngnl_anime) July 17, 2016
ん？ あ、いえ。ノーゲーム・ノーライフ劇場版は、告知絵を見ての通り――ってそうか。区別つきにくいのか； リクとシュヴィですよ。つまり６巻ですよ。
— 榎宮祐 (@yuukamiya68) July 17, 2016
In the above tweet, Kamiya says “Hmm? Ah, yes. Regarding the No Game No Life movie, as you can see from the announcement image… Though it can be difficult to tell them apart. that’s Riku and Shuvi. In other words, it’s volume 6.”
In the sixth No Game No Life novel, Tet narrates the story of Sora and Shiro’s fellow Imanity, Riku, and how he ended the Great War of Disboard with the help of his companion, Shuvi. It just so happens that they look almost identical to our present-day heroes.