Shinmaru and Inushinde are both faffing about at Anime Expo, so I’m stuck doing all the first impressions all by myself. If you read this before AX is over, you can probably find Inushinde there dry-humping the real-life tank Sentai brought along to promote Girls und Panzer.
I did originally giggle at the name Humpny Humbert because it was such a silly name, but I didn’t expect its silliness to be an actual plot point. I’ve just been ruined by Sunrise characters having ridiculous names like Straight Cougar or Full Frontal that a character’s name sounding very similar to a certain creature whom was actually a metaphor for a nation collapsing but in popular culture has been transformed into an egg, I just figured it was anime being anime.
I don’t want to be too down on Sunday Without God because it has got a lot of neat ideas that, in the hand of a master storyteller, could turn into something really interesting. My review of it here will probably make you want to pick it up yourself. The story is set in a world where nobody dies, except maybe they do if you just hit them hard enough? Then there’s gravediggers who supposedly can make sure a body stays dead if they bury it. Our lead girl is a gravedigger, but then a dude comes along and tells her she’s not. But then we only have his word for it, because she did bury her mother earlier on in the series and the mother didn’t rise up out of the ground spitting dirt out of her mouth.
The whole thing raises a lot of questions. The lead girl is rather adorable with her attempts to be taken seriously in this important position but the townsfolk don’t treat her with the respect she thinks her position deserves. Why did they give her this position in the first place? To give her some sort of home in the town when she had no parents? And why did this guy just waltz in and kill everyone? I would be dying to know the answers to all of these questions if this writer had done good stuff before because it could lead to some great depth of character and world-building and all the stuff that usually leads to a good story.
The problem is I am simply not convinced the writer is good enough. The dialogue so far has been shoddy. Dumping the drama on at the start wasn’t done particularly well, and watching the little girl get drop kicked in the face was more funny than shocking. This coming from a guy who loves Madoka Magica; the emotional torture dumped on the girl didn’t feel earned and was just done for shock value. It could lead to a fascinating tale of emotional hardening and overcoming loss, but it could just as easily keep this girl being naive and moe and then bashing her over the head repeatedly because being mean to little girls is what’s in now.
I guess that, as a blogger, it’s supposed to be my job to watch his stuff through and tell you whether or not the writing actually delivered on the interesting ideas the first episode set up. However the dodgy dialogue and the directing being bland keeps me from being hyped. The character designs, between the little girl having no nose and the dude’s outfit being composed entirely of black leather and belts, look clichéd and silly in a bad way that doesn’t necessarily suite the tone. The manga adaptation runs in Dragon Age, the same magazine that runs stuff like Maken-ki, Omamori Himari and Highschool DxD, so that should give you an idea of the kind of audience this is targeted at. I’m looking through my crystal ball and it’s telling me Sunday Without God won’t deliver on the ideas its presenting. This crystal ball did also tell me that Guilty Crown would be the best anime ever though.