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Summer 2013 – Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi

This is a story about a loli grave keeper.

Ai
Ai

Kind of. It’s more like a story of a God-forsaken world where a loli grave keeper lives in. And by God-forsaken I meant it literally. God abandoned this world, and so no one is then able to reproduce or really pass away. So it’s kind of a standstill world full of zombies.

Enter the grave keepers. Somehow, they’re the ones who are able to make these zombies move on, giving them eternal rest. So once a zombie corpse is buried by a grave keeper, that’s the actual end of that person.

And so it happens that Ai’s mother is one, but she passed away. And thus the village promoted a seven year old Ai as the village grave keeper, even if she’s really just a kid.

12 y/o at present time.
12 y/o at present time.

But one day, a mysterious guy shows up in the village…

Random dude.
Random dude you bump into after turning the corner…

A mysterious armed guy…

... immediately points a gun at you...
… immediately points a gun at you…

Ai runs into him, and grows curious about him. She asks about his name, which he gives as Hampnie Hambart. But then, that was supposedly the name of Ai’s dad according to her mother…

Father-child moment?
Father-child moment?

No, he is not. At least he claims he is not. The two of them go into some mundane nonsensical conversation, until Hampnie gives up and asks Ai to do her job. Apparently, he’s killed off the entire village.

Corpses. Corpses everywhere.
Corpses. Corpses everywhere.

Well this guy kind of survived… for a few seconds. But Hampnie kills him off soon enough.

Yeah, half of his head is gone.
Yeah, half of his head is gone.

And thus Ai, in confusion and rage, manage to actually do her job and bury them all, all 47 people in the village.

Too lazy to count.
Too lazy to count.

Losing her purpose or place in the world, Ai somehow follows behind Hampnie, who claims that she’s not really a grave keeper. Grave keepers are supposedly no longer humans, unable to have emotions not inclination to strike a living being, things that are incompatible to Ai.

A real grave keeper, this one is.
A real grave keeper, this one is.

So yeah, her whole life is a lie.

And that’s about the pilot episode. It has a nice mysterious feel to it, especially with the while God-abandoned-the-world setting as well as zombies. But the plot as far as the first episode is concerned doesn’t really have that much impact. It does make you ask what the heck is going on, which may make you want to see the next episode, but it also gives you the feeling that you really have no idea what this is about.

Yes, that means I have no idea what this is about. The thing about her life being a supposed lie kind of also suggests that everything revealed so far might not be true. So there, I really have no idea what this is about.

It does, however, have a nice feel to it: a feel that this might actually be good. And the visuals look fabulous.


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