What To Watch: Kaminai/Sunday Without God / by shadebug


I think we've worked out by this point that the standard formula for anime is "take a situation; put children in it." Instant bildungsroman. It makes for some really boring and samey stuff when it becomes yet another high school romance because who really cares about high school romances (I do, but that's another argument entirely)? But it becomes really interesting when you put them in places they shouldn't be.

This becomes especially apparent when you end up in a post apocalyptic hellscape. The zombie genre has taught us through the likes of The Walking Dead and The Last Of Us that a young person that needs looking after is a powerful emotional trigger in such dire situations. But all the worse is when the young person has nobody to look after them and they're left to fend for themselves. It's one of the key draws to the likes of Tegami Bachi and Kino's Journey and even stuff like RAINBOW. Though RAINBOW's a whole world of pain that you don't want to go into unprepared.

So that brings me to one of my favourite shows of this season. Kami-sama No Inai Nichiyoubi tells the story of a world where people have stopped dying when they die. They don't become zombies (unless their brain was blown apart or some such) necessarily, but they just keep going, knowing they're dead but also knowing that they've not moved on. When people stopped dying a special group of people known as Gravekeepers turned up out of nowhere with the unique ability to put the dead to rest with their ornate shovels.

Kaminai follows the story of Ai, a girl whose gravekeeper mother died so she had to take on the role and become the town's gravekeeper. Eventually she's forced to move on from the town and explore the rest of the world that God left behind with all the civilisation and politics that have sprung up from that scenario.

In fact, so far, it doesn't really have a story as such. It's as if the author just thought, "what if people couldn't die?" and animated everything that came to mind. Normally that lack of structure would annoy me but this time the individual stories are good enough that I'm kept watching because it really is an interesting premise.

Deep and meaningful + unexpectedly awesome action sequences = Something you should be watching.

Now I'm off to argue with Mike Rugnetta about why Eva sucks and then I'll get back to seeing what else is on.