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When God is away, the Dead will play

Sunday Without God

12 Episodes + OVA*

2013 (Series)

2014 (OVA*)

Alternate Titles

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyōbi



Fantasy; Drama; Mystery; Supernatural; Psychological; Tragedy; Post-Apocalypse; Zombie


Over a decade ago, God abandoned the world, meaning no existing people can die and no new ones can be born. Instead, the dead are left to walk the Earth as zombies. Before leaving, though, God granted one final gift: the Gravekeepers. These beings are the only left that can grant eternal rest to the dead. Ai, one of the last children born, is of both Gravekeeper and human descent. Since the death of her Gravekeeper mother, it’s been Ai’s job to dig graves for her village in preparation. However, one day, a stranger enters the village and massacres all of its residents before asking Ai about a woman who sounds an awful lot like her mother. The stranger calls himself Hampnie Hambart, which just so happens to be the name of Ai’s long-lost father. Free from her duties as a Gravekeeper, Ai must now build a new life and that new life just might lie with this peculiar man who so unceremoniously ended her last one.

Content Advisory

This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.

Please also note that the ‘colourful’ language I am referring to here is based on sentai FILMWORKS’ English Dub. The Japanese Dub may (and probably does) differ.

Strong Language

Occasional use of ‘Shit’ and other milder language.

Moderate Bloody Violence

While the heaviest injuries are caused off-screen, some bloody violence still remains. These include gunfights and the like, but do not feature heavy blood loss as a result of these sequences. The blood loss is fairly small for a zombie-film and for an anime.

Moderate Gore

Gore and heavy injuries are mostly censored by light streams, but are still implied. The implications are sometimes quite intense (e.g. bashed in heads, etc.)

Moderate Sex References

A few claims of certain characters being perverts throughout the series and some boob envy. Not many, though, and the references don’t go beyond this.

Mild Horror

Some viewers may find certain character designs to be a little frightening. Depends on your opinion of characters who are stitched together, etc.

Mild Sexualised Nudity

While a couple of scenes do depict fully naked characters, they are angled in a way that prevents any detail from being visible (e.g. genitalia and female nipple detail)

Reasons to Watch

This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this series’ fans give for enjoying it!

High production values (i.e. great artwork and animation) for those who are more visually inclined.

Viewers on the hunt for a new approach to zombie series need look no further. This series provides a uniquely psychological/emotional perspective on the zombie genre as it deals with those who wish to become zombies (and must, therefore, preserve themselves) and those where the zombie state is a passing moment before they seek final rest from a gravekeeper.

In general, those looking for a tearjerker/emotional series may find this show agreeable, also.

Barrier of Entry

Ai being so young may break some viewers’ immersion because her maturity can seem a little unrealistic for her age.

The zombie involvement is minimal and is generally played off more psychologically/emotionally than you might typically expect of a zombie series. In other words, this isn’t your average zombie series, so don’t expect such.
In fact, the show itself is probably fairly niche; for zombie-film-lovers, this series may be too psychological/emotional and have too few zombies, and for drama-lovers, this series may have too many zombies!

Some viewers may find the show to be too tame in terms of its gore-factor – particularly considering the zombie genre is famous for being a bloodbath.


Opening Theme

Birth by Eri Kitamura

Ending Theme

Owaranai Melody wo Utaidashimashita. by Mikako Komatsu

Hardcopy Notes

OVA* is included in all American series collections. The included OVA* is not crucial to the series as it is mostly a collection of side-stories occurring during the series’ timeline. Ultimately, they’re just a bit of fun.

Not available/licensed in the UK as of writing this [27/06/2019]. As such, an alternate version would need to be purchased, if you wish to own the series. The American Blu-Ray is Region A only and the DVD is Region 1 NTSC only, meaning multi-region players will need to be used in order to play them.

Staff List

Animation Production: MADHOUSE

Director: Yuuji Kumazawa

ADR Director: Kyle Jones

Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu

ADR Script: Kyle Jones & Lainee Hooks

Music: Hiromi Mizutani

Original Creator: Kimihito Irie

Original Character Design: Shino

Animation Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Shinichi Miyamae

Art Director: Junko Shimizu

Lead Voice Actor

Aki Toyosaki as Ai Astin

Lead Voice Actor (sentai FILMWORKS)

Caitlynn French as Ai Astin

For Your Anime Dictionary

*OVA (sometimes also referred to as OAV) stands for Original Video Animation and is basically a straight-to-DVD episode. They tend to be fun self-contained episodes that have little to do with the main plot of the series, though there are many complete series that have been entirely made up of OVAs! Because they aren’t subjected to broadcast content restrictions, these can have more explicit content and any length they find suitable.

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