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. A 12-episode anime TV series adaptation produced by Madhouse and directed by Yūji Kumazawa, aired between July and September 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An instructor at Goran Academy. She is stern and disciplines students with her revolvers.
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. The first novel was published by Fujimi Shobo on January 20, 2010 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunkoimprint, and the ninth and final volume was released on May 20, 2014.
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.
A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Madhouse and directed by Yūji Kumazawa aired between July 6 and September 21, 2013.Crunchyroll streamed the series in North America with English subtitles. 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. 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. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America. The series was streamed on Anime Network.
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. 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.
Original soundtrack: Requiem
"Valley of Death"
"Rhythm of a Blue Sky"
"Death and Despair"
"Dark of Valley"
"Hohoemi no Ame" for Ai Astin
"Hohoemi no Ame (微笑みの雨?, lit. "Rain of Smiles")" (Performed by Aki Toyosaki)
"Hohoemi no Ame (微笑みの雨?, lit. "Rain of Smiles") (Instrumental)"