Summer 2013 Line-Up: ‘Sunday Without God’ Episode 1 [Anime Review]

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by Marlan Moore | staff editor

Sunday Without God (Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi) is a strange, new anime about a world where God one day got up and said “The afterlife is no longer taking any applications. My bad.” At that point, the dead stopped dying and people freaked.

To help prevent a zombie apocalypse, God appointed Gravekeepers to the world, whose soul duty is a three-step process:

Step 1 – Dig a grave.

Step 2 – Put a body in the grave.

Step 3 – Cover the grave with dirt.

And just like that, the walking dead would stop walking and turn into colorful wisps of light that may or may not journey into their just reward. And if they do get to go to the afterlife, then I’m not sure why God’s saying the afterlife’s all full up. But I guess that might be something that can be cleared up in another episode.


Sunday Without God is about a 12-year old girl named Ai who becomes a Gravekeeper after her mom dies. I get the feeling there’ll be an uncensored version of the show somewhere down the line, because right now it looks like there should be a lot more blood than there actually is.

This is actually a pretty confusing episode. Not only do the rules of the world seem contradictory, I’m not exactly sure what the problem is with the dead walking — they don’t act like zombies, they just kinda…don’t die. Other than overcrowding becoming a problem, you’d think people’d be happy with eternal life (unless they’re, like, hacked to shreds or really old and incapable of doing anything. I don’t know.). And the big twist *spoiler* at the end of the episode is that Ai isn’t a Gravekeeper — because Gravekeepers don’t have parents. I mean, I’m sure it’ll come to pass that she really is one, and a special one at that. But at the moment, it’s kinda “buh?”. *end spoiler*


Other than Ai, we’re introduced to this dude who calls himself Hampnie Hambert that so far is just a mass murderer that Ai thinks it cute. Why he kills people, who knows. He doesn’t seem insane, and his motives are a complete mystery.

Ai’s design reminds me of Cardcaptor Sakura, which makes me think this is going to be a magical girl series (as if her age and costume didn’t give that away), and Hampnie looks like one of those Sephiroth clones from Advent Children

I’ll stick through another episode, just to see where this is going (if anywhere), but right now Sunday Without God is looking like a mighty iffy addition to the summer 2013 line-up.

Watch Sunday Without God on Crunchyroll.

[NOTE: The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SPJA.]

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