At my university anime club last week, we showed the first episode of Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi as part of a Summer Revisited Screening to introduce a few current series to new students and new members of the club. Re-watching the first episode of Kaminai reminded me that you should never judge an anime solely by its first episode… cause it gets really good.
This episode really throws us into the inner-workings of the world as well as the battles between Alis and Dee in Alis’s attempts to destroy the world and Dee’s efforts to deter him from such a goal.
From how I’ve seen Dee and Alis react, I did get the feeling that Dee may have romantic feelings for Alis and this gut feeling is really only confirmed by the fact that Ai has picked it up. I didn’t expect the reason behind Dee’s ghostly form to trace back to the fact that she was the victim of the incident that caused class 3-4’s strong wish. To be honest, I never really know what to expect from the world of Kaminai. Because the world itself is so unpredictable and there are so many exceptions to world rules because god, the supposed overseer of the world abandoned it, multiple exceptions and anomalies occur that are often unexplained and other times quite strange.
Regardless of all that, the ways the characters’ reactions and perspectives are set-up are really frankly very human. We especially see this in Alis’s subtly presented back story told through the eyes of our favourite little witch. I really like what they did with this plot ploy. Alis’s favourite sport is basketball but he was never really good. He practised day and night to improve and to shoot goals. When he makes a strong wish to become a buzzer beater, one with perfect aim, he realizes that part of the fun in sports is the unpredictability and uncertainty of shooting the ball. Telling the story through Dee’s eyes (and in this case, the antagonist of this setting), lends us to sympathize with her decision to save the world of class 3-4. She wants to live in this suspended time loop of happiness forever. What’s right and what’s wrong and what’s good is all thrown onto a scale hovering between choosing harsh reality and blissful ignorance. As Yuri tells Ai that it really is too easy to fall into the comforts of the world and Ai agrees. Since there are dead people are unable to enter through the portal and the world time loops every year, she almost forgets that she’s a gravekeeper.
Now, things are on a timer, once the world resets, Yuri, Ai, Scar and Celica will be reset with it and they may not remember what’s happened before. Also, the world is already adapting to accommodate the unknown variable that has been added to the world. This variable is Ai, who’s actually joined class 3-4. My hypothesis is that the time loop gets broken when the another incident happens that prompts class 3-4 to make a different wish that will break the rules of this world. Or perhaps it will be Ai who makes that wish alone, a wish strong enough to shatter the boundaries of this false world.
What particularly jumped out at me in this episode is the use of the fly (or is it a bee?) that’s trying to escape the confines of the classroom by repeatedly banging on the class. Despite what anyone tells it, it’s going to keep banging on class until someone opens the window for it. I found the little addition of the metaphor rather thoughtful of the writer.
The last episode is this weekend and I personally, strongly wish for another season because Ai’s adventures could go on for a very long time. After all, you can’t really save the world in twelve episodes, can you?
What are you pondering today?
- Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi Episode 10 Review (littlecloudcuriosity.com)