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Posted 9/30/13 , edited 10/8/13
Written by Onymous

It’s nice to see Japan hasn't lost its propensity for taking terrifying religious concepts and boxing them up into a series where brightly dressed girls with supernatural powers solve everyone's problems.

Sunday Without God investigates a compelling spiritual conundrum. What would happen if heaven were to become full to capacity and souls could could no longer enter paradise. While not exactly a zombie apocalypse, it comes to some interesting conclusions. Instead, it seems that people are incapable of passing away and continue living beyond natural death or mortal injury.

The event took place 15 years ago. Since then, no one has been able to die or give birth to new life. Characters describe the event as something that seemed to begin as a miracle until 200 million undead began regressing to their basic instincts, becoming something less than human.

Although the world of Sunday Without God takes place in a idyllic countryside, the inability of the population to die could pose some issues with food supply. Perhaps predicting this problem, a class of individuals (populated primarily by emotionless females) has been tasked with burying individuals who should have passed by laying them to rest through some unexplained supernatural power.

Ai Astin, our protagonist, does not fit this role. Cursed with a human personality and underage by several years, her village assigned her the position of gravekeeper after the mysterious death of her mother. We also discover that Ai is special in other ways as well. Being 12 years old. her mother gave birth to her 3 years after the event. She is an orphan as her father, who her mother said was a traveler named Hampnie Hambart, left the village long ago.

It is apparent that each character carries more than a little angst about the event. The enigmatic gunslinging albino Hampnie Hambart states that the event allowed him to walk in the sunlight without discomfort but now refers to everyone affected by it as a monster. Past events are shrouded in mystery which most characters don’t seem keen on divulging. Hampnie himself enters the scene by gunning down every single person in Ai’s village for what we are forced to assume is a very good reason.

For those wondering, these Hampnies appear to be different individuals. The gunslinger claims the name came from his children's tale and Ai’s mother most likely lied about Ai’s origins. So no, he is not her dad (the ages don't seem to work out anyway). Despite Ai’s adorable ignorance and the bright colors, the setting actually seems to have some pretty dark themes.

Left with nothing, Ai decides to follow the man who singlehandedly murdered everyone she knew and loved as he continues his mission to find a flat-chested brunette (for reasons).

Telling the tale from the perspective of a sweet little girl is either a tool to enable the world to be explained to it’s viewers or heighten the sense of unease you feel during her interactions with others, but in both cases it seems like a particularly satisfying choice. Sunday Without God sets the stage with a very unique setting and some unusual events that promise some deliciously dark and twisted story in the future.
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Posted 10/8/13
This looks like a really good anime. I'm looking forward to watching it once it finishes.
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Posted 10/28/13
It sounds pretty cool!! Anime's with some sort of religious twist are usually pretty good - like Evangelion or Trinity Blood.
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Posted 10/28/13
Reminds me of the plot to Pulse. If it's anywhere near as disturbing I may give it a go.
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Posted 10/28/13
This was a fantastic series!! It was so much better then I thought it would be.
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Posted 10/28/13
This was a FANTASTIC series, I can't recommend it enough times.

The depth of philosophy and to some degree emotions expressed are awesome, as are the questions posed by the situations.
It concerns people's reaction to death, how they live when their dead loved ones can't die, and how people cling to life and alternatingly cling to the dead or want nothing to do with them.

Combine this with a great OP, amazing ED, outstanding OST, and gorgeous art and animation, and you've got a winner.
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Posted 10/28/13
It was really good! Having it be from the view point of a young girl, who is so innocent, makes all the situations more deep. It had a very dark feeling to it the whole time but was still really cute. It really gets you thinking about these morals people live by. I hope for a season 2 so i can see what happens to this world that has such a twisted god.
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Posted 10/29/13
I watched it and loved it! For all the innocent characters (especially Ai) there is a really dark theme to it. Add a religious twist to it and you get a really good anime.
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Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13
good review Onymous!! i'll be checking out this series then

(tho the one thing that threw me off was this line "Left with nothing, Ai decides to follow the man who singlehandedly murdered everyone she knew and loved..." I must say, what a brilliant plan...*sarcasm* but i'll see how it works out)
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