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. At the end of the third episode, it’s confirmed that Hampnie was Ai’s long-lost father, but he ends up dying and Ai decides to go on a journey to save the world.
Early on in the episode, one month has passed since Ai and the others have entered the time loop in the world of Class 3-4. Ai celebrates her 13th birthday, and she and Alis have an important conversation. During this conversation, Alis notes how Dee seems to have changed over the years since the time loop began, and has now become his enemy in regards to trying to destroy this time loop world.
At school, Alis, Ai, Dee, and their classmates work on planning their entry for the school festival, which is scheduled for July 29th (the day after the world resets for the time loop). When Ai casts her vote, the world starts to subtly change. Alis explains to her that she is the first person he brought in that was able to infiltrate Class 3-4. By casting her vote, she changed the course of the time loop. He explains that the world is trying to work things out to return to normal.
There’s a sequence where we see Alis placing a clue he got from the outside world somewhere, but Dee finding it and destroying it before Ai can get there. However, the third time this happens, Dee misses something Alis hid in a book; however, Ai is able to find it. She learns that on July 28th, one student at the school died and 17 went missing. Before she can find the name of the student who died, Dee grabs Ai’s arm. Dee takes the paper in the book, crumples it up, and puts it in her pocket. Ai comes to the conclusion that Dee was the one who died, and Dee confirms it and tells her a story of how it happened. Ai also figures out that Dee is in love with Alis, and Dee says she’s only trying to stop Alis from what he’s doing for his own good.
Right at the end of the episode, another change happens in the world that Dee doesn’t expect, and it catches her by surprise.
I really like the idea that’s brought forward in this episode of how one small change can have such a ripple effect on everything else, and that sometimes something that may seem small and trivial can have such a major impact.
Another thing that was really nice had to do with symbolism surrounding a fly. At the beginning of the episode, Dee sees a fly banging against a window trying to get out, and Dee doing nothing to help. However, at the end of the episode, Dee has a flashback to when they were traveling in the van at one point. A fly is trying to get out, but keeps banging against a window. Ai reaches over and opens the window, allowing the fly to be free. When you consider what this story arc is about, it’s actually a really nice symbol to illustrate the two girls and what they want to accomplish.
I admit that I kind of anticipated that Dee had feelings for Alis, so that wasn’t too shocking of a revelation. I also thought that this episode flowed together rather well, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens this week.
I can’t believe there’s only one more episode of Sunday Without God left. It’s amazing that for me, this went from a show I wasn’t too terribly sure about to one that I always looked forward to watching every week. I hope the final episode provides a satisfying conclusion for this series.
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