Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi ~ Review
“Even though it has this title, this show is pretty godly!”
There are many fantasy anime series that revolve around a God, or a God-like creature or existence. But this anime flips that idea upside down; giving a view of a fantastical world where God is gone. And ironically, even though God is gone, this anime is one Godly anime series!
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi (translated as Sunday Without God) revolves around a fantasy world where God has abandoned Earth; people are unable to reproduce or die and the dead cannot die peacefully without being buried by The Gravekeepers. Ai, a Gravekeeper child, discovers after meeting a strange man who uses the name of her lost father, that everybody in her village is already dead. After, Ai goes on a journey to restore the world of peace, meeting new friends and running into all sorts of challenges along the way.
The anime uses contrast of innocent scenes with dark, psychological scenes of the many characters and their backgrounds
The anime contains 12 episodes and ran during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (July 2013 – September 2013, ending today to the time of this writing). The anime is based off a light novel series of the same name written by Irie Kimihito. The series is animated by Madhouse Studios, who have given us such acclaimed series as Gunslinger Girl, Paranoia Agent and Trigun.
The anime contains a cast of rather well-known voice actors and actresses, including Toyosaki Aki who voices Ai (and is also known as the voices of Kurokami Medaka from Medaka Box and Yui from K-ON!), Namikawa Daisuke who voices Hampinie Hambart (and is also known as the voices of Akune Koki from Medaka Box and Isana Yashiro from K) and Fujiwara Keiji who voices Yuri (and is also known as the voices of Ladd Russo from Baccano! and Sven from Black Cat).
Not to spoil anything, but the series ended on a rather large cliffhanger – although not so much that it left viewers unsatisfied – but there is a large chance that there will be a second season for this anime (that is, I hope there will be). Still, the anime is a very interesting take on people’s psychological and dark history’s taken into this fantasy world. It can easily be fitted into the psychological horror genre for some scenes, while other scenes put it into the light fantasy genre. All in all, the mix of genre’s and use of many characters and their backgrounds makes this anime very interesting to watch, and will even make you tear up at the end. I also heard the light novel series is good as well. This one is definitely a keeper for a sucker of unique and/or beautiful anime series.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10