Sunday Without God

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Sunday Without God
Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi volume 1.
神さまのいない日曜日
(Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi)
Genre Fantasy, Supernatural
Light novel
Written by Kimihito Irie
Illustrated by Shino
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Male
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original run January 20, 2010May 20, 2014
Volumes 9
Manga
Written by Kimihito Irie
Illustrated by Abaraheiki
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Original run October 9, 2010July 9, 2013
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Yūji Kumazawa
Music by Hiromi Mizutani
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, CTC, tvk, TVS, SUN-TV, KBS, AT-X, TVA, BS11
English network
Original run July 6, 2013September 21, 2013
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed by Yūji Kumazawa
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Released February 5, 2014
Runtime 24 minutes
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Sunday Without God (神さまのいない日曜日 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi?), also known as Kaminai (神ない?) for short, is a Japanese light novel series written by Kimihito Irie, with illustrations by Shino. Fujimi Shobo has published nine volumes since January 2010 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation by Abaraheiki began serialization in the November 2010 issue of Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age. A drama CD was released by Marine Entertainment on December 29, 2010.[1] A 12-episode anime TV series adaptation produced by Madhouse and directed by Yūji Kumazawa, aired between July and September 2013.

Plot[edit]

The story is set in a fictional world where fifteen years earlier, people stopped giving birth, and even with their bodies damaged beyond repair, the dead can not find rest, unless they are buried by mysterious individuals known as "gravekeepers". According to legends, this happened because by that time, God had abandoned the world. Ai Astin, a young gravekeeper, has her life changed forever when an immortal gunslinger named Hampnie Hambart shoots everyone in her village except for her. Having no place left to live, Ai ends up relying on the same man who killed everyone around her as she travels the world to perform her duties as a gravekeeper and to learn more about the reasons why the world had reached such a state.

As she goes along her journey, she meets new people: Hampnie's childhood friend Julie, the gravekeeper Scar, a mysterious boy named Alice and a ghost witch who goes by Dee. When Hampnie leaves her due to circumstances, Ai and her new companions travel the world, with the goal of fulfilling her dream of saving the world.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ai Astin (アイ・アスティン Ai Asutin?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
Ai is the main character and a 12-year-old gravekeeper, taking on the job after her mother passed away. She is quite naïve, but cares a lot about others. According to her late mother, Lady Alfa, her father was called Hampnie Hambart, who somehow is the same alias used by her traveling companion, although he claims he never had a daughter, but she decides to follow him on his journey nonetheless to learn how the world became in its current state. Hoping to save mankind that God has abandoned. Ai was raised in a "village of the deceased" by her foster parents, Yōki and Anna. As the child of a gravekeeper and a human, Ai is arguably the last child born in the world, where ordinary children stopped being conceived three years before her birth. This and the fact that she has emotions is what make her different from the other gravekeepers.
Hampnie Hambart (ハンプニー・ハンバート Hanpunī Hanbāto?) / Kizuna Astin (キヅナ・アスティン Kizuna Asutin?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
Also known as "The Man-Eating Toy" (人喰い玩具 Hitokui Omocha?), he is a strange albino man who suddenly appears in Ai's village one day. Upon arrival, he proceeds to "kill" everyone in the village, or at least immobilize them. Hampnie's goal in traveling is to find a woman named Hana. He became immortal fifteen years ago when God abandoned the world, and can regenerate after being injured. Although he has a cold personality, he is kind on the inside, and only uses his gun on self-defense, or to destroy the bodies of those who already died, as according to him, the dead has no place among the living. His wish was to die happily beside his family, and it is realized when he learns that Ai is his daughter with Hana. After awakening as an undead, Hampnie is buried by Ai beside Hana's grave by his request.
Hana (ハナ?) / Alfa (アルファ Arufa?)
Voiced by: Yūko Gotō (drama CD), Rina Satō (anime)
The woman Hampnie Hambart is searching for. Hampnie describes her as someone who is quite sensitive, loves eating, with light-brown hair and a flat chest. Revealed to be the same person as Lady Alfa, Ai's mother and the first gravekeeper. Hana's dream was to have the world turn into a place for Heaven, then passed it down to Ai. She died when Ai was 7 years old.
Scar (傷持ち(スカー) Kizumochi (Sukā)?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
An emotionless skilled gravekeeper with no actual name that passes by the village in search of the "dead". She eventually joins Ai on her journey. As the group stops over at Ortus, she also saves Ulla's older sister, Celica, and adopts her as a daughter. Scar begins to express emotions when Julie vows to take care of her.
Julie Sakuma Dmitriyevich (ユリー・サクマ・ドミートリエビッチ Yurī Sakuma Domītoriebitch?)
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
Hampnie's childhood friend. Julie hid his wife away from the gravekeepers after she died due to illness to prevent her burial. Hampnie caught up to him and destroyed her body, and after the death of his child, he seeks revenge against Hampnie, although Hampnie claims that Julie actually wants to be killed by him. After Hampnie is put to rest, Julie starts traveling along Ai and Scar.

Ortus[edit]

Ortus (オルタス Orutasu?) is a closed city where the citizens are all already dead. They prevent those who were still alive to live there and kill any gravekeepers who come near the city. The living who want to live in Ortus are killed peacefully before they are allowed to enter.
Kiriko Zubreska (キリコ・ズブレスカ Kiriko Zuburesuka?)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
An apprentice at a government office in Ortus. He was first found asleep in Julie's van while Julie, Ai, and Scar are on their journey. He is also really close with Princess Ulla, being a schoolmate and a teacher. He was actually made of body parts from five people, born from their wishes of having a child by a witch. He also ages much slower than a normal human and has knowledge from the minds of the five people he was made from.
Ulla Eulesse Hecmatika (ウッラ・エウレウス・ヘクマティカ Urra Eureusu Hekumatika?)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu
Princess of Ortus, also known as the Idol of Murder. Her eyes are blindfolded and her body is fully clothed. Just before her birth, she had accepted her mother's wish before her death, that is anybody that she sees, speaks or touches will be killed by her thus preventing her to have normal interaction with the living. She instead writes down her thoughts or uses Kiriko as a communication medium.
Wreck (強攻 Rekkusu?)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
The ambassador of special foreign affairs of Ortus.
Pox (悪疫 Pokkusu?)
Voiced by: Nanako Mori
The vice-captain of the Ortus Imperial Guard.
Diva (紅雪 Diiva?)
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
The royal doctor of Ortus.

Goran Academy[edit]

Goran Academy (ゴーラ学園 Gōra Gakuen?) is a school for people with special abilities. Students in the school are not allowed to leave.
Tanya Swedgewood (ターニャ・スウェッジウッド Tānya Suwejjiuddo?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai
Tanya was born blind but she has the ability to use 'Reirigan', which allows her to hear the sounds of places and things, and can even sense the shape of color. After escaping Goran, she allows the other students to stay at her parents' household until they decide what to do furthermore.
Volrath Fahren (ヴォルラス・ファーレン Vorurasu Fāren?)
Voiced by: Sayuri Hara
Volrath possesses excessive destructive strength.
Hardy (ハーディ Hādi?)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi
A fat boy who is also Volrath's boyfriend. He has the ability to consume inorganic materials for his own sustenance.
Gigi Totogi (ギーギー・トートギー Gīgī Tōtōgi?)
Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai
His age is actually 22, but since he has been asleep for 10 years, he has the appearance of 12 years old boy.
Mimieta Gedenburg & Memepo Gedenburg (ミミータ・ゲーデンバーグ、メメポ・ゲーデンバーグ Mimīta Gēdenbāgu, Memepo Gēdenbāgu?)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma
Mimi is the first daughter, and Meme is the second daughter. Claiming to not be actual twins, but have multiple personalities, due to the third sister, Momo, who died and later buried by a gravekeeper, and who remains alive within them. They are also born in a noble family.
Rune Sagittarius (ルン・サジタリウス Run Sajitariusu?)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi
Rune can breathe underwater. She inspires to go to an underwater city called Espia.

Ostia[edit]

Ostia (オスティア Osutia?) is a sealed city accessed via Class 3-4 in a school building. Class 3-4 is the cause of a temporal loop which resets every July 28.
Alice Color (アリス・カラー Arisu Karā?)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
A male transfer student who desired to help others escape from Goran Academy, and he seems to have an interest in Ai. Despite having the same wish as Ai, he wants to save the world by destroying it. He also has a special ability "Buzzer Beater" that allows him to hit any targets that he shoots. Alice and Dee are first seen observing Ai in Ortus, and later they join Ai on her journey. After finding Scar, Alice invites Ai and the others to a desolated town, Ostia and enter into the world of Class 3-4, which happened 14 years ago where he was also part of this class. Fourteen years ago, while preparing for their cultural festival, Dee fell off from a window and Alice rescued her at the expense of him falling from the window instead and died. This causes Class 3-4 to make a wish for their happy days to be eternal and as a result it creates a delusional world that goes on a time loop about once every year on the July 28, and Alice wants to save his classmates who are trapped in this world. Due to Alice being dead and his body being buried by a gravekeeper in the outside world he materializes outside Class 3-4 in a physical form, unlike Dee who is in a ghost form. It is hinted that Alice might have romantic feelings for Ai. He is saved at the end of the anime series by Ai, who wished she could save him from perishing.
Dee Ensy Stratmitos (ディー・エンジー・ストラトミットス Dī Enjī Sutoratomittosu?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
A female ghost known to be "Western Witch" who travels the world helping or giving people advice and information, and she accompanies Alice in his quest to save the world. In the world of Class 3-4, Dee regains her physical form. The reason Dee was a ghost in the outside world is because her physical body is trapped inside Class 3-4. While searching for the answer of loop happened in Class 3-4, Dee found a newspaper, written that one student of Class 3-4 in Ostia co-educational school died with seventeen others missing. There she remembered that Alice died while saving her from falling out a window, and thus the rest of Class 3-4 wished the incident never happened and that Class 3-4 would be stay as it is. She prevents Alice from finding a way to free Class 3-4 so he won't disappear, as she is in love with him.

Other characters[edit]

Yōki (ヨーキ Yooki?) & Anna (アンナ Anna?)
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Yōki) & Akeno Watanabe (Anna)
A married couple in Ai's village who acted as Ai's foster parents.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi began as a light novel series written by Kimihito Irie, with illustrations by Shino. Irie entered the first novel in the series, originally titled Nichiyō no Hitotachi (日曜の人達?, lit. Sunday People), in Fujimi Shobo's 21st Fantasia Prize in 2009 and the novel won the Grand Prize.[2] The first novel was published by Fujimi Shobo on January 20, 2010 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint,[3] and the ninth and final volume was released on May 20, 2014.[4]

Novel list[edit]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi (神さまのいない日曜日) January 20, 2010[3] ISBN 978-4-8291-3477-1
2 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi II (神さまのいない日曜日II) May 20, 2010[5] ISBN 978-4-8291-3521-1
3 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi III (神さまのいない日曜日III) October 20, 2010[6] ISBN 978-4-8291-3579-2
4 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi IV (神さまのいない日曜日IV) February 19, 2011[7] ISBN 978-4-8291-3612-6
5 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi V (神さまのいない日曜日V) June 18, 2011[8] ISBN 978-4-8291-3649-2
6 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VI (神さまのいない日曜日VI) November 19, 2011[9] ISBN 978-4-8291-3699-7
7 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VII (神さまのいない日曜日VII) April 20, 2012[10] ISBN 978-4-8291-3738-3
8 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VIII (神さまのいない日曜日VIII) July 20, 2013[11] ISBN 978-4-8291-3912-7
9 Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi IX (神さまのいない日曜日IX) May 20, 2014[4] ISBN 978-4-04-070110-3

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Abaraheiki was serialized between the November 2010 and August 2013 issues of Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age, sold between October 9 2010 and July 9, 2013, comprising 28 chapters. Four tankōbon volumes were released between June 9, 2011 and August 9, 2013.[12][13]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Madhouse and directed by Yūji Kumazawa aired between July 6 and September 21, 2013.[14] Crunchyroll streamed the series in North America with English subtitles.[15] An original video animation episode included on the fifth Blu-ray was originally scheduled for release on January 22, 2014, but was delayed to February 5, 2014.[16] The opening theme is "Birth" by Eri Kitamura and the ending theme is "Owaranai Melody o Utaidashimashita." (終わらないメロディーを歌いだしました。?, "Begun to Sing an Endless Melody.") by Mikako Komatsu.[17] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[18] The series is being streamed on Anime Network.

Soundtrack[edit]

The background music for the anime was composed by Hiromi Mizutani, and the original soundtrack, titled Requiem, was released by King Records on September 25, 2013.[19] The first printing of the original soundtrack also included an image song titled "Hohoemi no Ame" for Ai Astin, sung by her voice actress Aki Toyosaki.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ドラマCD「神さまのいない日曜日」" [Drama CD Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi] (in Japanese). Marine Entertainment. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日" [Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi] (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "神さまのいない日曜日" [Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi] (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "神さまのいない日曜日IX" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日II" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日III" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日IV" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日V" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VI" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VII" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VIII" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日 1" [Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi 1] (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日 4" [Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi 4] (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi Fantasy Anime's 2nd Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds "SILVER SPOON", "The World God Only Knows: Goddesses" and "WATAMOTE" Anime to Streaming Lineup". Crunchyroll. July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "TVアニメ『神さまのいない日曜日』公式サイト|最新情報" (in Japanese). King Records. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Madhouse Reveals Fantasy Anime Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi's Promo". Anime News Network. March 31, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Sunday Without God/Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi Anime". Anime News Network. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  19. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日 オリジナルサウンドトラック (Soundtrack)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ "TVアニメ『神さまのいない日曜日』公式サイト|最新情報" (in Japanese). September 20, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 

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