Animation Company: MADHOUSE
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Trailers: PV 1,
Summary: God abandoned the world on Sunday. As a result, nobody in the world can die or reproduce. A little girl, Ai, is the gravekeeper for a village. She has prepared 47 graves for the eventual deaths of every member of the village. Later, a boy who identifies himself as “Hampnie Hambart, the ‘Man-eating Toy’,” which is coincidentally the name that Ai’s mother left behind as the name of her father, arrives in the village and slaughters everybody. Just what is going on? – MAL
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi was divided into five arcs, so I am going to grade them individually as well give an overall score.
Valley of Death: 9/10
A heartbreaker that could have been very well a solid OVA with that air of finality. I can’t say anything in particular because I’ll just end up spoiling you.
Learning about the city of Undead and the secrets behind it. Drawing the contrast and comparison to Ai’s mother, Hana’s wish of one day having the living and the undead live together in harmony.
Gouran Academy: 5/10
The only real benefit from the arc is learning how common and how powerful and Wishes are. Certainly an informative arc to help lead to Class 3-4 and Ai meeting Dee and Alis, but otherwise it was quite dull.
Birth of the Gravekeepers: 0/10
This episode was an utter failure, and absolute crap. Basically we gained nothing from it except for Scar coming into terms that she is no longer just a gravekeeper, but something more. This was probably the one particular episode that was EXTREMELY rushed and for most part quite frankly USELESS. If you skip this episode, you’re not missing anything that is important.
Class 3-4: 7.5/10
After two boring arcs (aka four episodes), Class 3-4 was a breath of fresh air and was incredibly relieving to watch because it was interesting and emotional. However unlike the Valley of Death, Class 3-4 was far from perfect and left us viewers who are unfamiliar with the light novel incredibly confused and left to speculate answers for the unanswered questions. At the very least, we did get some answers, and the emotional delivery was good, but I wish they had done better and not have so many plot-holes.
Key to enjoying this arc: DO NOT OVER THINK!
In the end, as much as I did enjoy Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi unfortunately I have to rate the general storyline 5/10. Although it is a ridiculously low score for something I have enjoyed watching for most part every week, the unanswered questions and plotholes are responsible for the points deduction.
Characters and Development: 5/10
Character development, honestly there wasn’t much to begin with. Although Ai is incredibly naive at times, yet at the same time wise and quite mature for her age, it feels like she didn’t get much character development at all. She has been the same pretty much throughout the show. The only thing she has gained is new experiences during her travels and meeting new people where she tries to help them and others the best she can.
One of the things that have always bothered me is that at least throughout the entire five arcs, not once did Ai ever have to face the consequences of revealing the fact she is a hybrid gravekeeper (aka Half Human half Gravekeeper). That irked me because Yuri had stressed several times, especially during the Ortus arc to keep it to herself, and yet she still goes around telling everyone about it.
As for the rest of the cast, really it all comes down to Humbert, Yuri, Scar, Alis and Dee. Ortus did have cast members, but they really didn’t leave that much of an impact. Humbert had a tiny bit of development, but barely since it wasn’t actually necessary. It was more about learning about him and his wish. Yuri and Scar are the two character who I started shipping early in the game only to end up not giving two shits about them after The Birth of the Gravekeepers because I was so fed up with how they handled their relationship, and then there’s Alis and Dee who were both good characters with rather interesting backgrounds. Unfortunately neither of the two had any character development that really stood out except for Alis becoming noticeably softer and Dee taking selfish actions. And so in the end, none of the characters except for Scar had really changed since the first time we had met them.
Animation Quality: 8/10
At least, the animation quality was for most part stunning. MADHOUSE has always done a wonderful job with their animation and continues to get better with their magnificent backgrounds. The sceneries are definitely one of the main highlights of this show. The ED sequence didn’t have much since it was really only a picture panning from top to bottom, but the OP sequence was absolutely gorgeous and I always enjoyed watching it. Although the animation was not always perfect, they are least maintained the quality from start to finish, so I will give this a grade of 8/10.
Orignal Soundtrack: 10/10
The OST was probably my favourite thing about this show. I absolutely love and can’t wait for it to come out. Both the OP and ED songs are addictive to listen to, (especially the ending song)
Overal Score: 6/10
I have to say, it was really weird writing this out because my heart liked this show a lot, but the critic in my head is cutting no slack for the blunders this show had. I think if you’re looking for some time to kill with a short anime that’s only 12 episodes long that has a cute and at times an emotional storyline, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi would be something I recommend to watch. Honestly, I can only recommend this if you’re the type to not nitpick every problem this show has because it is unfortunately a flawed show that is somehow still enjoyable to watch. Yes at times it can be confusing, but the solution is to not over think about the mysteries. There are a few simple conclusions you can come up with your own personal speculations, but the deeper you try to dig for the answer, the more confused you will get.
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I see a lot of wasted potential here. For the most part, I agree with you Eva. Such a shame. I guess this one join the ranks of Angel Beats huh? Damn…
Agree, definitely a wasted potential, and it’s a real shame. I can only hope the Light Novel is actually better at delivering and explaining the unanswered questions and confusions.
Honestly, I don’t know whether having a second season would help very much. It might though (if done right) since Utapri for example was able to make a comeback in S2 by answering the unanswered questions from season 1. If Kamisama-nai were to get a second season, it would be nice if it could do that too.
I think I quit about halfway through specifically because they left out nearly all of the character development that was afforded to Humbert in the manga (I haven’t read the light novels). Simply put, the manga was much more enjoyable and while the anime didn’t really cause me to feel much about their relationship, the manga did. I finally marathoned the last six eps and didn’t really feel like I’d missed all that much. It’s a shame this entire anime felt so rushed in the worst way at times. I certainly feel it could have been much better!
Ooh I should check out the manga then! 8D
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