This anime COMPLETELY BLEW ME AWAY! By far, one of the best opening episodes I’ve EVER seen. Pilot episodes are pretty tricky and within the span of twenty to thirty minutes, can determine the future of an anime or season. Cram too much into an episode and it confuses the heck out of us, but give too little and it doesn’t seem worth the effort to continue watching. Other elements such as promotional reception/hype, art, script and general storyline is also a really big factor.
The storyline is an interesting concept on its own…
God created the world on a Monday.
On Tuesday, He drew the line between Order and Chaos.
On Wednesday, He arranged each and every number.
On Thursday, He permitted the ebb and flow of Time.
On Friday, God explored every nook and cranny of the world.
On Saturday, He rested.
And on Sunday, God… forsook the world.
In a world where heaven and hell are too crowded, God acknowledges that he’s failed the human world… since then, humans have stopped dying. Even if they were burned alive, the dead are still animated. The last miracle that God sent to the world, was the gravekeepers. Only those buried by gravekeepers can find peace in death.
Ai is a gravekeeper, her role passed down from her mother Alfa. When a mysterious stranger bearing the same name as her father shows up and attacks her village, Ai’s entire world is shaken up as she comes to question her identity as a gravekeeper. What’s her link to Hampnie Hambert? What’s her mother’s story? What’s the stranger’s real name and what’s going to happen to Ai next?
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi AKA The Sunday Without God, is one such rare anime that takes all the determining elements of a great episode, and spins them into one hell of a pilot. The art is breathtaking. The character design leans towards a fantasy action kind of style, but our protagonist is almost chibi-like. Ai has that sort of naïve but kind-hearted personality that makes female heroes so attractive. She’s just a little girl, yet she bears a great burden of putting the dead to rest and I don’t think she completely understands how weighty (and morbid) this responsibility is. You can’t help but sympathize with what she’s going with. I’m looking forward to see her character evolve and mature throughout the series.
I am really impressed by this anime and I think it’ll be a hit with all audiences of every genre. If you haven’t watched this yet, I strongly recommend it! Stay tuned for reviews and recaps of Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi every week!
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