God forsook the world on a Sunday, leaving mankind unable to stop living - even long after they've died. The sole hope left for humanity comes in the form of gravekeepers; only a burial by one of these chosen few will allow the deceased to finally rest in peace. Ai is a young girl who serves as gravekeeper for her sleepy village, taking over the job after her mother’s death five years ago. However the tranquility is shattered when Ai returns from digging graves to find that everyone in town has been slaughtered, and the culprit is a young man going by the same name as her long-lost father: Hampnie Hambart. Forced to lay to rest everyone she's ever known, Ai must now forge her own path into the unfamiliar world in search of answers.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
The protagonists of both series travel around a post apocalypitc world interacting with and helping people along their way. In both stories the world has fragmented into different societies that have bonded together in various ways according to lifestyle and beliefs so each protagonist gets to meet a broad cross section of humanity.
Kino's Journey is far more intelligent than Sunday Without God. It uses the people Kino meets to make a point about different aspects of humanity. Sunday Without God just likes to preach the same point over and over again, and insult the intelligence of the viewer, the animation is nice but that's about it.
Kino's Journey and Sunday Without God both revolve around episodic journeys through fantastical settings to explore aspects of humanity. However, Kino's Journey sets a much heavier tone with more philosophizing and exploration of the psyche. Sunday Without God doesn't aspire to be quite so insightful; its potential aphoric moments take a bit of a back seat to a more generic coming of age story of it's main character, Ai. SWG's tone is much lighter (expect some 'moe-ments') but still provides an interesting journey through a strangely structured land; I think fans of one series would enjoy the other.
At the height of civilization, mankind stretched its reach from the distant corners of the globe, to outer space. Man's fate took a turn for the worse when a sudden wind swept across the Earth, causing all human beings to lose every memory they owned, and in essence, their humanity. Now, in a primal world with no rules, one man must endeavor to survive, to discover the future of humankind.
If you like your anime preachy and filled with pretentious pseudophilosophy then these are the anime for you. Both feature a world that's been destroyed by a calamity and the survivors of that world have all taken the time to become dime store philosphers, and are just dying to spew their deep thoughts to anyone, whether they are willing to listen or not.
Amnesia at least has some 90s charm and decent action scenes even if their few and far between. Both anime try to at least make you think about the themes they present, but their effectiveness is questionable at best.
One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?
From the New World and Sunday Without God both have a similar feel to them. Although the settings are quite different from each other, they are both interesting worlds that have their respective problems. They both have simultaneous utopian/dystopian elements; they are visually lovely and peaceful, and you could imagine yourself almost being happy there even though you know things really aren't as they should be. In fact, in some ways things are quite horrible, but that dark side is not presented in the typical way. Rather, the real drive is the situations of the characters and how they deal with it. It gives a down-to-earth feel to a fantastical world.
If you enjoy these aspects of Sunday Without God, you should definitely give From the New World a try.
One day, Rahzel's father decides that she should go on a journey and see the world, so he does the only reasonable thing – he kicks her out of the house! However, Rahzel is an optimist and decides to find a traveling partner, and within minutes she stumbles upon the beautiful silver haired red-eyed Alzeid. Rahzel tells Alzeid that she will free him from his boring life and take him on a fun and wonderful adventure. Joined by a mysterious yet lecherous muscle head named Baroqueheat, the travelers head out without a destination in mind, seeking enjoyment and fulfillment, and encountering friends and enemies at every turn.
Both of these anime are about the travels of an upbeat girl and her unusual comrades. Both take place in a fantastical world and have an air of mystery around them. They can also be very dark at times.
Humanity has declined over time, leading to shortages in goods and the beginning of a bizarre relationship between humans and whimsical, sweets-loving fairies. Certain mediators help bridge the gap between the two species, as the magical, surprisingly-technological fairies are known to create various items the townsfolk need, albeit at oft-questionable quality levels. One such mediator, along with her faithful silent assistant, adorable fairy Nakata and frenemies such as yaoi-loving Y, will navigate her eventful daily life, whether it's investigating a strange factory or trying to escape the pages of a comic book.
In both anime humanity is on the decline, the great majority of the population had died in a pre-narrative cataclysm and what little remains of the human race will probably not last much longer. Despite such a hopeless premise these shows look absolutely beautiful with lush landscapes strewn with ruins.
With that said, Jinrui is for the most part lighthearted and self-consciously sarcast while Kamisama has plenty of tragedy. But few anime have ever managed to make the end of civilization look so breathtakingly stunning.