Sunday Without God: Episode 2 – “Valley of Death II”

Sunday Without God is an anime series that is set in a fictional world where 15 years prior to the start of the story, people stopped giving birth, and the dead cannot find rest unless they are buried by individuals known as “gravekeepers.” The story goes that God abandoned the world on a Sunday, and this is why these things have happened.

The main character is a girl named Ai Astin. Her mother was a gravekeeper, and she died when Ai was seven years old. At that point, Ai ended up having to take on the gravekeeper responsibility. One day, a man named Hampnie Hambart comes to her village and kills everyone except for her, since she was out doing her duty as a gravekeeper and digging graves for everyone in the village. Even though Hampnie has Ai bury all the dead villagers, he doesn’t believe that she’s a gravekeeper.

Right at the beginning of the second episode, Hampnie introduces Ai to a gravekeeper who goes by “Scar.” Hampnie explains this is a nickname for someone who has been blemished. Through questioning, Ai learns the gravekeeper has undergone many nicknames and has never had an actual name. This gravekeeper also lacks any emotion. He tries to use this information to prove that Ai isn’t an actual gravekeeper. However, when Hampnie asks Scar to properly bury the people Ai already buried, Scar says there aren’t any deceased nearby, and that she can sense that people have been properly buried. Hampnie is confused as to how Ai can be a gravekeeper.

While they’re in the village, Hampnie is shot by a huntsman named Julie Dmitrievich, who was once friends with Hampnie. Even though Hampnie is shot, he is able to get back up; it turns out that Hampnie never ages and never dies. Julie claims he’s getting revenge for Hampnie killing his wife, but Hampnie points out she had died a year earlier, and that Julie had been living in hiding with his wife and daughter. After Hampnie deduces that Julie’s daughter is now also dead, he realizes Julie’s motive is to have Hampnie kill him. Hampnie tells Julie to meet him at the village square at sunrise.

As it’s later revealed in the episode, Hampnie actually has no intention to fight Julie and intends to skip town with Ai. During the last few minutes of the episode, several revelations are made, and Hampnie hints that there’s a secret sealed within the village that Ai has no idea about.

When it comes to watching this episode, the part I enjoyed the most is when Scar is able to prove that Ai is actually a gravekeeper. It was nice to see Hampnie looking more surprised than smug.

I have to admit that there really isn’t much in the way of action that takes place; the main action is when Julie shoots and confronts Hampnie. However, enough details are revealed or hinted at that it made me want to watch the third episode of Sunday Without God to see where the story will go with these revelations.

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