October is coming to Baltimore and fast. In the spirit of October, Baltimore is having its own little Oktoberfest down at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. A part of the autumn beer festival, OktoBEARfest, will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 to 16:00 at the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area. Don’t forget that there will be a variety of beers presented at the event outside of the ones you regularly see. Now for the fun part of all this, the anime review. This part, we review Sunday without god.
First experiencing this anime through Crunchyroll, the title was the first thing that drew attention. Watching the opening to the series even gave hope that this series would be interesting. To say the least, Sunday without god wasn’t something this reviewer found easy to get into at first. It had a very mellow start that didn’t do much to hook your attention.
The premise of the anime is that god has left the world. In turn, no one can be born. In an iconic turn of events, no one can die either. Instead, of when they’re “killed,” they become undead. As undead, they act exactly as they do when they were alive. The horrifying part is that they retain whatever injury is inflicted upon them. The exception to this rule are gravekeepers, who can kill people and put them to their final rest. Enter the little girl, Ai. She’s a self proclaimed gravekeeper for her village after being orphaned. She’s prepared forty-seven graves for every member of her village for when they inevitably die. Almost on cue, a man naming himself Hampnie Hambart arrives and slaughters the entire village. The irony is that Hampnie Hambart is Ai’s father’s name that she learned before her mother passed.
So the opening was interesting as it mirrored the Christian Bible in the way it started. It gave off this feeling of heavy and intense ambiance. Then it told you of what happened when god left which gave you hope that this series was going to be seriously impressive. So based off the description, you get the impression that there’s going to be some serious action involved in this. Introduce Ai, then all previous expectations get flushed down the toilet, for a time anyway. Ai is supposed to be the youngest gravekeeper, and nothing like the other example of a gravekeeper introduced. It’s rather ironic that something so young and innocent is involved in such the gory business of killing someone and putting them into the ground for good. The idea isn’t all too foreign in anime, however, once you’ve seen Ai, you’ll get why it’s so odd. Overall the story is decent, if you can make it past the first few episodes. But be forewarned, that first episode and part of the second takes some dedication. There are times when watching the naiveté of Ai is just painful. Beyond that, you’ll find that the anime is rather laidback, though serious and morbid where it has to be. As you get into the story, you find that it pulls you in and gets you interested in the initial storyline and where they’ll go after the first volume. It has a very good atmosphere that gives off a feel good vibe. On the flip side, everything else is a bit lackluster. The first few episodes tell you about Ai. However, why the world is in the shape it is in is all but ignored. The intro to the series had a wonderful set up that the series didn’t keep up with. It was a bit of a letdown as it was what drew this examiner towards this series.
As far as characters go, the centerpiece of the series is Ai. Suffice it to say, she can be as annoying as a buzzing fly. She’s so innocent that part of you feels sorry for her. You come to learn her secret as compared to another gravekeeper and it gives you the question of whether she’s really up for the gravekeeper’s duty. She is in almost every sense, a child. Nothing about her really lives up to the role she’s apparently trying to fill. And it stays that way throughout the first four episodes of the series. Still, there seems to be hope in there that she’ll make it as a priest or something of the kind. She’s almost unredeemable in the amount of innocence she has. This only changes near the end of fifth episode. In the alternative, you have Hampnie, who is almost entirely opposite to her, and a large part of what keeps you watching. He is cruel, ruthless, and for good reason. Still, under all that hatred, he has a softer side. There’s something there that keeps him from abandoning this little girl, no matter how badly he treats her. Like a lot of anime characters in a world of zombies, he has a troubled past he’s working through. One that seems to come back and visit him, and try to kill him at a few points. While the other characters help to build a decent story, there’s hardly anything in terms of characterization. From the first few episodes, the characters don’t change. You spend most of the time either find out about them or just finding out why they do what they do. There is not much evolution in regard to the characters as it has to do with the story.
In the end, this is an anime that takes some patience. It has a slow start, but if you can get past it, you’ll experience a decent anime. That said, the premise of the anime doesn’t seem to live up to the expectation that the anime presents in the first few episodes. All the same, if you’re really looking for an in-depth anime, this may not be the one for you. However, if you’re looking for a light hearted anime to fill out your time, give this anime a good once over. And as always, keep laughing, reading manga, and watching anime.