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.
Both series have a main character who travels about the world in a semi-post-apocalyptic and fully post-apocalyptic environment has contact with all those who inhabit said fragmented lands. They also attempt to tell different aspects of humanity, as to which Sunday Without God tends to get repetitive over. Both can have a light or serious tone depending upon what the episode is describing.
If you liked one, the other might be a watch for you!
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.
In the year 2016, a catastrophic incident at the Odaiba nuclear power plant contaminated the city with radiation and turned Tokyo into a ghost town devoid of life. 20 years later, Japan still struggles with the environmental consequences of that fateful day, and actively looks for survivors using Coppelions: genetically-engineered, radiation-resistant girls who scour the streets when SOS calls occur. With military support and funding to back them up, these young ladies continue to explore Tokyo and discover just who, and what, managed to survive.
Both these anime are about cute girls trying to save a post apocalyptic world by slowly restoring order. Both these anime preach about redemption and resisting the temptation to give into despair.
Coppelion has more of a sci-fi setting, feautres a lot more action and uses technobable to explain it's more fantastical elements. Whereas Sunday Without God has a fantasy setting with slower pacing and includes magic. However, despite these differences the anime share the same tone and put on emphasis on the relationships between the characters.
Both these anime also have a tendency to get very preachy with the messages they are trying to get across. Despite the post apocalyptic settings both anime keep an artificial upbeat cheerful tone of hope rather than despair that you would expect in this kind of setting. Both shows also include a lot of humor.
Finally both of these show start off with rather pretty animation that slowly degrades as the series continue on.
If you're looking for cute girls trying to change the world with a positive message then try these titles.
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.