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)
GenreFantasy, Mystery, Supernatural[1]
Light novel
Written byKimihito Irie
Illustrated byShino
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original runJanuary 20, 2010May 20, 2014
Volumes9
Manga
Written byKimihito Irie
Illustrated byAbaraheiki
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Dragon Age
Original runOctober 9, 2010July 9, 2013
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byYūji Kumazawa
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, CTC, tvk, TVS, SUN-TV, KBS, AT-X, TVA, BS11
English network
Original runJuly 6, 2013September 21, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byYūji Kumazawa
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
ReleasedFebruary 5, 2014
Runtime24 minutes
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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)
GenreFantasy, Mystery, Supernatural[1]
Light novel
Written byKimihito Irie
Illustrated byShino
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original runJanuary 20, 2010May 20, 2014
Volumes9
Manga
Written byKimihito Irie
Illustrated byAbaraheiki
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Dragon Age
Original runOctober 9, 2010July 9, 2013
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byYūji Kumazawa
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, CTC, tvk, TVS, SUN-TV, KBS, AT-X, TVA, BS11
English network
Original runJuly 6, 2013September 21, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byYūji Kumazawa
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
ReleasedFebruary 5, 2014
Runtime24 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.[2] 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, human beings lost the ability to have children and to truly die. Those who have died continue to exist, regardless of injury and decay. According to legend, God abandoned his creations, but left them one final gift in the form of "gravekeepers," strange individuals with the ability to give rest to the living dead. Twelve-year-old Ai is one such gravekeeper. Her life changes forever when an immortal gunslinger named Hampnie Hambart massacres the residents of her small village. With no place to go, Ai is forced to rely on Hampnie, and she comes to learn the truth about him and her village.

Afterwards, she sets out on a journey, performing her duties as a gravekeeper and striving to learn more about why the world has fallen into such a state, and she declares her desire to save the world God has abandoned. While on her journey, she encounters new people: Hampie's childhood friend Julie, the gravekeeper Scar, a mysterious boy named Alice, and a ghostly witch named Dee.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ai Astin (アイ・アスティン Ai Asutin?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Caitlynn French[3] (English)
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, 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 the world 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 (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
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 claims to only uses his gun on self-defense or to destroy the bodies of those who already died, as according to him, the dead have 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 at his request.
Scar (傷持ち(スカー) Kizumochi (Sukā)?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)
An emotionless and 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 (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
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.
Alice Color (アリス・カラー Arisu Karā?)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese), Mike Yager (English)
A male student from Ostia and 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 his 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 they enter into the world of Class 3-4. Fourteen years ago, while preparing for their cultural festival, Dee fell from a window and Alice rescued her at the expense of him falling from the window instead, which resulted in his death. This caused Class 3-4 to make a wish for their happy days to be eternal and as a result it created a delusional world that resets about once every year on the July 28, and Alice wants to save his classmates who are trapped by destroying the false world. Due to Alice being dead and his body having been buried by a gravekeeper, he has a physical form outside the sealed city, unlike Dee, is forced to take a ghostly 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 (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
A female ghost known as the "Witch of the West" 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, and the reason Dee was a ghost in the outside world is because her physical body is trapped inside the sealed city. While searching for the answer of the time loop Class 3-4 is trapped in, Dee found a newspaper said that one student from Ostia died while sixteen others went 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 had never happened and their peaceful days could last forever. She prevents Alice from finding a way to free Class 3-4 so he won't disappear, as she is in love with him.

Supporting characters[edit]

Hana (ハナ?) / Alfa (アルファ Arufa?)
Voiced by: Rina Satō (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English), Yūko Gotō (drama CD)
The woman Hampnie Hambart is searching for. Hampnie describes her as someone who is quite sensitive, loves eating, and with light-brown hair. Revealed to be the same person as 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 seven years old.
Kiriko Zubreska (キリコ・ズブレスカ Kiriko Zuburesuka?)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Tyler Galindo (English)
An apprentice at a government office in Ortus, a city for the deceased. He was first found asleep in Julie's van while Julie, Ai, and Scar are on their journey. He is also close to 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 (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
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.

Minor characters[edit]

Yōki (ヨーキ Yooki?) & Anna (アンナ Anna?)
Yōki: Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Kyle C. Jones (English)
Anna: Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
A married couple in Ai's village who acted as Ai's foster parents.
Yuuto (ユート?)
Voiced by: Eiji Maruyama (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
A blacksmith in Ai's village.
Hikotsu (ヒコーツ?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Kalob Martinez (English)
An undead who obsesses over Hampnie.
Wreck (強攻 Rekkusu?)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)
The ambassador of special foreign affairs of Ortus. One of the five people Kiriko was made from.
Pox (悪疫 Pokkusu?)
Voiced by: Nanako Mori (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
The vice-captain of the Ortus Imperial Guard. One of the five people Kiriko was made from.
Diva (紅雪 Diiva?)
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki (Japanese), Joanne Bonasso (English)
The royal doctor of Ortus. One of the five people Kiriko was made from.
Tanya Swedgewood (ターニャ・スウェッジウッド Tānya Suwejjiuddo?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
A student at Goran Academy, a school for children with special powers and from which they are not allowed to leave. Tanya was born blind but she has the ability to use "Spirit Vision," 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 (Japanese), Kara Greenberg (English)
A student at Goran Academy. Volrath possesses excessive destructive strength.
Hardy (ハーディ Hādi?)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
A student at Goran Academy 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 (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)
A student at Goran Academy. His age is actually twenty-two, but since he has been asleep for ten years, he has the appearance of a twelve-year-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 (Japanese), Meg McDonald (English)
Students at Goran Academy. 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 were born into a noble family.
Rune Sagittarius (ルン・サジタリウス Run Sajitariusu?)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese), Sarah Salimi (English)
A student at Goran Academy. Rune can breathe underwater. She wants to go to an underwater city called Espia.
Mageta Hausend (マギータ Magīta?)
Voiced by: Yuka Keichō (Japanese), Angela Foster (English)
An instructor at Goran Academy. She is stern and disciplines students with her revolvers.

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.[4] The first novel was published by Fujimi Shobo on January 20, 2010 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint,[5] and the ninth and final volume was released on May 20, 2014.[6]

Novel list[edit]

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi (神さまのいない日曜日)January 20, 2010[5]ISBN 978-4-8291-3477-1
2Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi II (神さまのいない日曜日II)May 20, 2010[7]ISBN 978-4-8291-3521-1
3Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi III (神さまのいない日曜日III)October 20, 2010[8]ISBN 978-4-8291-3579-2
4Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi IV (神さまのいない日曜日IV)February 19, 2011[9]ISBN 978-4-8291-3612-6
5Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi V (神さまのいない日曜日V)June 18, 2011[10]ISBN 978-4-8291-3649-2
6Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VI (神さまのいない日曜日VI)November 19, 2011[11]ISBN 978-4-8291-3699-7
7Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VII (神さまのいない日曜日VII)April 20, 2012[12]ISBN 978-4-8291-3738-3
8Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi VIII (神さまのいない日曜日VIII)July 20, 2013[13]ISBN 978-4-8291-3912-7
9Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi IX (神さまのいない日曜日IX)May 20, 2014[6]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.[14][15]

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.[16] Crunchyroll streamed the series in North America with English subtitles.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[20][1] The series was 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.[21] 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.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sunday Without God - Sentai Filmworks". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Announces Sunday Without God Dub Cast". Anime News Network. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ 神さまのいない日曜日 [Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyōbi] (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b "神さまのいない日曜日IX" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日II" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日III" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日IV" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日V" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VI" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VII" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "神さまのいない日曜日VIII" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi Fantasy Anime's 2nd Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds "SILVER SPOON", "The World God Only Knows: Goddesses" and "WATAMOTE" Anime to Streaming Lineup". Crunchyroll. July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "Madhouse Reveals Fantasy Anime Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi '​s Promo". Anime News Network. March 31, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Sunday Without God/Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi Anime". Anime News Network. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "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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