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Rewatching the first episode of Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi with good quality was definitely the right choice. Without it, you can't appreciate its beauty.
Before we get to the episode, I'm just going to say that I'll be reviewing this series as the good quality subs come out. Watching webrips just cheapens the experience and now that I've seen the full extent of Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi's art, I can't go back.
In fact watching the low quality version has done the series even more of a favour. It made it that much easier to appreciate the detailed backgrounds and artwork which really brought the first episode to life. A delightful mix of soft, blending backgrounds with very pronounced character designs that's accompanied by a subtle soundtrack. All together, these elements came together to give Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi an atmosphere similar to that of Tegami Bachi.
Speaking of Tegami Bachi, the series is a good comparison to this one in terms of story also. The world setting has yet to be fully explained but the mystery of it all is entrancing. Right now anything could happen, and that's exciting. Especially after the following sequence was played at the beginning of the episode - a nice touch indeed - with elegance in its simplicity.
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This is very much an atmospheric first episode, but the characters were pretty interesting themselves. Our loli heroine Ai is a crybaby type and has plenty of cutesy, fan favourite moments ahead for her and her character fits the environment pretty well. Tragic heroine clichés aside, her being young allows for her naivete to be natural and her relationship with Hampnie Hambart to be interesting. Again, I'll refer you to Tegami Bachi for a similar type of setting, although in that series there was much less mystery. With both characters we have an opportunity to explore who they really are - grave keeper, man-eating toy - and watch a relationship build from the ground up. Then again, the mystery girl who appears at the end might complicate things seeing as how Hampnie told Ai that she was a real grave keep and not Ai.
What can we expect next? Presumably more details about grave keepers themselves and introductions to new characters both in the short and long run. There has been concern over pacing, because the first episode adapted such a large chunk of source material and I'm not sure if it'll be a problem. It didn't feel to fast for me and as long as there is a set plan, worries should be kept to a minimum. Whatever is in store for us, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi has my attention.
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi OP
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Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi ED
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Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi Episode 2 Preview
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