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SINoALICE is a free-to-play mobile game developed by Pocket Laboratory and published by Square Enix, released on June 6, 2017 for Android and iOS platforms.

In a world called Library filled with countless stories, the Characters within each story wish to revive their author for their desired future. To do so, they work together to gather inochi and fight the Nightmares that devour stories, knowing they will inevitably have to kill each other to get their wish.

The gameplay uses a real-time RPG battle system.

Notably Taro Yoko, known for his work on the Drakengard franchise and its spinoff series NieR, is the writer and creative director of this game, though there is no apparent connection between this game and his other works besides the crossover collaboration events held for this game. The Reality Arc and the Drakengard 3 collaboration connect both series to the mysterious world of Library.


A server for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau was announced on October 2, 2018 and was released on November 29 the same year by Komoe Games. About the same time, a global release was announced by Gree and later confirmed to be published by Nexon for a July 18, 2019 release, but 2 days before service started the official Facebook page announced that it has been delayed. On March 23rd, 2020 it was announced that global publishing was to no longer be handled by Nexon, but by the original development team, Pocket Laboratory. The global server of the game launched on July 1, 2020. On June 10, 2020 preregistration for the Simplified Chinese version of SINoALICE for mainland China had begun, with publishing being handled by Bilibili Games. During the August Live SINoALICE, plans were unveiled by producer Shogo Maeda for a Worldwide GranColosseum featuring every single player from all 4 servers in 2021.


A Manga serialization on Square Enix's MangaUP application began release in 2019, followed by a Light Novel serialization the same year titled SINoALICE - Black Fables. The Light Novel and 7 chapters of the manga were later compiled and published in August 2020, with the manga being split into 2 volumes.

Global server players, beware of spoilers from the Japanese version.

Tropes that appear in this game:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Most of the sentient Nightmares qualify; most of them just want to be left alone or achieve their dreams, only to be slaughtered by the characters.
  • Ambiguously Human: Pinocchio is a doll turned human who struggles to make a decision on his own, relying instead on others to give him orders. In Book One Chapter 4, Pinocchio realizes that he doesn't remember becoming a real little boy while his staff exhibits all traits associated with his doll self (foul-mouthed, mean, nose growing when lying). Pinocchio's concept art hint at the fact that the staff might be the real Pinocchio.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Some of the weapon stories and event stories describe the last moments of their previous owners/narrators.
  • Ax-Crazy: The whole cast really. Special mention goes to Little Red Riding Hood who is associated with Violence itself.
  • Baby Morph Episode: The Sanctuary of Nursery Rhymes event deages Alice, Little Mermaid, Dorothy and Aladdin to babies with Parrah and Noyah tasking Cinderella into taking care of the four of them until they turn back into their normal selves. Cinderella ends up getting attached to the 'children' after 5 years of being a Struggling Single Mother and as a result, Parrah and Noyah declare the world they gave her to raise the kids in a 'failure'.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A common theme among the weapon stories as well as the main story. Most of those who make a wish wind up Blessed With Suck or in a Ironic Hell. Said wish can also lead to being turned into a Nightmare as revealed in Book Two and is the cause behind the events Avatar of EnvyEN  and Avatar of SolitudeEN .
  • The Caligula: What Cinderella wishes to become by reviving her Author to make him rewrite her story.
  • The Corruption: The Nightmares, the main antagonist force through the game, who roam the Library, consuming the stories contained within. They come in various shapes and sizes, based upon monsters found in fairy tales and myths, including the characters. While they usually act as mindless mooks, some of them have shown the ability to speak. Book Two and some events explained the reason why: Nightmares are formed from human beings
  • Creepy Doll: Gishin/Parrah and Anki/Noya, the two Obviously Evil puppets who act as the characters' guide in the Library. Both look like young children but are foul-mouthed. They enjoy the misery of others, often taunting characters over their doubts as well as encouraging them to mercilessly kill any Nightmares they came across. They are also the ones in charge of the gacha.
  • Crossover:
    • It has a collaboration event with another Yoko Taro work, NieR: Automata, focusing on the amusement park boss Simone. 2B, 9S, A2, Emil in his No. 7 form, and several weapons from the game also make an appearance in this crossover.
    • Another crossover with Drakengard 3 featured Zero, One, Accord and Mikhail in human and dragon form, as well as some weapons (including weapons from the first 2 Drakengard games) and enemies from that franchise like the Intoners turned into Nightmares. The event's revival in June 2019 later added Two, Three, Four and Five.
    • The third Yoko Taro work to get a crossover event is the original NieR (specifically the Replicant version), with both versions of Brother Nier, Kaine, a human Emil and Devola and Popola as a single character being playable. The June 2020 revival run adds Yonah as well as the King of Facade as a double unit with Fyra.
    • Non-Yoko Taro works included for crossovers are Tsuri Star, Space Invaders, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Code Geass, Re:Zero, Higurashi: When They Cry, Rozen Maiden and virtual idol group Gems Companynote .
  • Cute and Psycho: Most of the cast can be qualified as such, in particular characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty or Gretel.
  • Darker and Edgier: The characters are a far cry to the stories they originated from. A jarring one is Gretel carrying around the severed head of Hansel in a birdcage blaming the witch as his killer. Her cross episode with Cinderella and her job story implies she was the one responsible for Hansel's death. Then Book Two, Chapter Three of Gretel's story reveals that Gretel was actually Hansel all along.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Pinocchio has a "vulgar staff" he has no control over and it does the thinking for him. Yeah...
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied all over the place, from weapon descriptions to character backstories, The Little Mermaid being an example, to certain characters' Reality Arcs.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • In the Taiwanese server as well as Globalnote , Briar Rose had her name changed to Sleeping Beauty to reflect the more common name of her fairytale known worldwidenote .
    • For the Global server, to preserve the pun from Gishin's and Anki's names, the two of them were renamed 'Parrah' and 'Noyah'note  respectively.
    • From the Late Summer's RecollectionsEN  event, the clam Nightmare that Sleeping Beauty and Little Mermaid befriend and protect is named 'Sary' in Japanese after the Japanese word for the littleneck clamJP . To preserve the naming convention in English, Sary became Lammy.
  • Elemental Powers: The weapons and Nightmares come in three different elements - Fire, Water and Wind.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Fire beats Wind, Water beats Fire and Wind beats Water.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Each character comes from a fairy tale and makes reference to the stories they originated from.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • When pulling the gacha, pay attention to Parrah and Noyah's dialogue. If either one of them mentions missing a rare, followed by Parrah hurling abuse on Noyah, one of the brown books (A weapons) will be replaced with a shiny book (S or SS weapons). If the rope breaks during the pull and Noyah loses his head, congratulations - at least 1 of the shiny books contains a SS weapon/Nightmare.
    • During Recycle gacha (exchanging an unused SS weapon for a pull which guarantees at least 1 SS weapon), players launch a book into a machine instead. If the book hits Noyah and he loses his head again, one of the new weapons is a cost 19 and above. However, should the player miss the first time, but subsequently cracks the ceiling, congratulations - there's more than 1 SS weapon in the pull.
  • Foreshadowing:
  • Gotta Kill Them All: The only way the characters can have their wish granted and have their Authors brought back to life is by collecting Inochi. Said Inochi can only be collected by killing beings that have been granted life through stories, which includes Nightmares and the Characters.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The world of Library is this. A place where countless stories can be found, from famous literature works to fairytales, including tales from unknown worlds. The appearance of the Library changes depending on the viewer, in the case of the players, it manifests as a giant library filled with books. Said books are used like Portal Book to travel to a world or are used to summon a weapon from one for the gacha.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subverted with Snow White. While her wish is to remain pure and just, Snow White acts like a Knight Templar who use her Justice as a way to justify her crimes. The bloodstain found on her white dress, that is present on all her job classes, symbolizes her sin. Her Breaker job story implies the blood is either the prince's who took a fatal blow for her or her mother's whom she killed in retribution.
  • Job System: Each character can switch between jobs, which like weapons when levelled will tell a story relevant to the character.
  • Little Dead Riding Hood: Inverted with Little Red Riding Hood. Instead, anyone who comes across her is the one whose life is at risk.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: Little Red Riding Hood is a Little Miss Badass with Ax-Crazy tendencies.
  • Living Weapon: A few of those are mentioned in various weapon stories, the most prominent one being Pinocchio's staff, who has an actual face and his own will, often dragging Pinocchio around in order to kills any nightmares meeting their paths. Oddly enough, the staff turns silent when Pinocchio is not alone. The staff is implied to be the real Pinocchio and the culprit behind the disappearance of Geppetto and other people related to the puppet.
  • Obliviously Evil: Though every playable character from the normal story has shades of this, being defined by a singular "Sin" that either keeps them from recognizing that their actions might be wrong or compels them to continue forward despite this realization, Red Riding Hood takes the cake. She doesn't understand that killing, dismemberment, and mutilation being fun for her doesn't necessarily mean it's fun for her victims, or even that there's a meaningful difference between death and sleep.
  • Mad Scientist: Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Her introduction PV has her voice excitement over the thought of collecting new samples in Library. Her wish is to put her Author's brain in formaldehyde. Her weapon story has her test a drug of her own creation on living beings with the expected effect. Her Gunner job story implies she used the cast of Wizard of Oz as her first test subjects.
  • Player Versus Player: Of the Synchronous kind - guilds play the Colosseum depending on their timeslots in the day for a guild vs guild battle, with the winner being the guild that scores the most points. Variants of the Colosseum aside from regular battles include:
    • Blood Colosseum, which rewards both victory and participation via giving out Character Blood to use in the guild-only Blood Gacha taking place at the beginning of the month.
    • GranColosseum, a monthly tournament where guilds have to register beforehand to participate. Gran Colosseum takes place for 5-6 days followed by 1 day's rest before qualified guilds fight in the Finals. This is also the only way to obtain the Half-Nightmare Jobs for the Characters as well as the Infinite Weapons; weapons with the motif of the Characters' respective Nightmare forms which can be evolved many times for better skills and more power.
    • Colosseum EX, a bi-monthly event which puts the spotlight on two different Characters - this was discontinued for the Japanese server in March 2020.
    • Colosseum SP, started in April 2020 for the Japanese server taking place at the end of each month where certain rules are changed.
    • Colosseum Sin, a bimonthly event taking place concurrently with Blood Colosseum in which only the best of the best take part depending on how they fared during the previous 2 GranColosseum matches.
  • The Reveal: The Library is a byproduct of the Cataclysm mentioned in Drakengard 3.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The premise for the Spirit series of Jobs, which boosts weapons of the Job's specialty Element while debuffing those of the element it's weak to.
  • Seven Heavenly Virtues: On the other hand, there's the Divine Job series, named after the Seven Virtues, which provide additional stats if they're in the Support Job grid.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Something Completely Different: Unlike the other arcs where 4 stories of 4 chapters each are released upon launch and subsequently add 1-2 more every now and then, the Elimination Arc updates 1-2 chapters every Thursday, and with every development, several things such as the Colosseum will change alongside it.
  • Story Arc: So far there are five Arcs/Books:
    • Impulse Arc, which introduces Alice, Snow White, Cinderella, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Princess Kaguya, and Pinocchio.
    • Hatred Arc, which provides more development for the aforementioned characters as well as introducing Little Mermaid, Dorothy, Three Little Pigs, Aladdin, Rapunzel, Hameln, and Little Match Girl.
    • Reality Arc, taking place in modern-day Shinjuku featuring versions of the Characters as ordinary people while also introducing Nutcracker. The Reality Arc was added in December 2017 in the Japanese server and will arrive in October 2020 for the Global server.
    • Fusion Arc, which was added in the Japanese server in 2019, marks the beginning of Library's fusion with the real world, with the Reality versions of the Characters Back from the Dead and caught in the fusion's events.
    • Elimination Arc, debuted in September 2020, focuses on Parrah and Noya observing the interactions between both the Reality and Library Characters as they fight each other to the death.
  • Story Breadcrumbs: The narrative is mostly delivered through vague and small nuggets of info spread apart, only offering hints at whats going on most of the time.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: What Gretel's character arc turned into. Gretel comes to a realization that Gretel is actually Hansel and the head in the cage is Gretel.
  • Was Once a Man: Several events such as both Incarnation events and a number of armour events reveal that the Nightmares the Characters fight are this.
  • Wham Shot: As if the situation in the Fusion Arc wasn't confusing enough, Chapter 4 of each Character's story ends with the portrait of their Reality versions fading out and replaced with that of their Library selves as both selves meet each other amidst the ongoing chaos on Tokyo.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Throughout story mode and job stories, the Characters will perform some questionable deeds that Anki and Gishin gleefully taunt them over with. During cross episodes, Characters call their partners out on their mindsets and actions throughout their inner monologue at the start of each stage. Starting Book Two, Nightmares do the same towards their would-be executioners.


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