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The characters of Sunday Without God. Several of the characters are Walking Spoilers to some degree, so there may be unmarked spoilers below.

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Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (JP), Caitlynn French (EN)

The protagonist. She is the twelve-year-old gravekeeper of her little village, having been given the role when her mother Alfa passed away. Her peaceful life is torn apart when a man named Hampnie Hambart comes to her village and massacres everyone but her. After confronting him, she follows him, believing he knows something about the truth of her village that he isn't telling her. When she learns the whole truth and comes to terms with the loss of her home, she declares her desire to save the world God has abandoned.

  • A-Cup Angst: In the hot springs part of the bonus episode, she's rather envious of Scar's and Dee's larger busts.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Compared to the light novels, her hair is a darker shade of gold in the anime.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She's friendly toward nearly everyone she meets and does her best to help others, and she wants to believe the best in others, even getting angry or sad when people refer to themselves or others as monsters.
  • Alliterative Name: Ai Astin
  • Badass Adorable: She's a surprisingly capable fighter, and this is best shown when she rescues Hampnie from a group of undead psychopaths.
  • Berserk Button: She gets violently angry when people call themselves or others monsters.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's normally a nice girl, but she's not afraid to fight when her friends are in danger.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Does this with Scar and Julie in episode 3 to rescue Hampnie from Hiko's group.
  • Cheerful Child: She usually maintains a cheerful attitude about everything.
  • Children Are Innocent: While she has her bratty moments, she is a sweet, kind girl.
  • Compressed Hair: Somehow she manages to fit all that hair underneath her gravekeeper hat.
  • Cry into Chest: Does this to Alice near the end of the anime, to try to stop him from vanishing.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: The girls of Goran Academy think she's the cutest thing ever.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has the same vibrant green eyes as her mother, and the anime emphasizes them greatly.
  • Given Name Reveal: Or rather, Surname Reveal. After Hampnie tells her his real name and he dies, she takes his last name, making her full name Ai Astin.
  • Hair Antennae: Had two in the past, and then sprouted a third when she grew older.
  • Hair Intakes: The two "cat ears" that are part of her hairdo.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her golden hair signifies that she's as pure-hearted as you'd expect a young girl like her to be, especially with her wish of Saving the World because she simply loves everyone.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She's the daughter of a gravekeeper and a human. While she can't sense the presence of the dead like other gravekeepers, she can properly bury them just the same.
  • Happily Adopted: By Youki and Anna, and later by Julie after Hampnie dies.
  • Heroic Bastard: Technically speaking, as it's unlikely her parents were ever married.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Inverted; her father was human while her mother was a gravekeeper.
  • Iconic Item: Her gravekeeper's shovel, inherited from her mother.
  • Image Song: Has a beautiful one called "Hohoemi no Ame."
  • Imagine Spot: When comparing her "father" to what she believed her father to actually look like, we are shown a scene where a burly, Rambo-esque man wields a massive gatling cannon, screaming and gunning down a giant, purple, hydra-style cobra.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: None of the villagers ever told her they were all deceased and she was the only living being among them.
  • Meaningful Name: While her name is written in katakana, depending on the kanji used, Ai can mean "love" in Japanese, which fits her all-loving personality.
  • Messianic Archetype: Has some elements of this - mysterious circumstances behind her birth, kind and sometimes self-sacrificing, and tries her best to help everyone she meets.
  • New Transfer Student: To help Alice and solve the mystery of the sealed city Ostia, she acts as this to infiltrate Class 3-4.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, friendly, and kind-hearted, you really have to feel sorry for this poor young girl.
  • Nice Hat: Her gravekeeper hat.
  • Plucky Girl: In a world without God, she's surprisingly optimistic. Then again, if she's going to save the world, this is the attitude she needs.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Especially in the anime, where it typically reaches her thighs.
  • Saving the World: Her goal, and part of her journey involves learning what exactly it means to save the world.
  • Sole Survivor: Of her destroyed village. That, and she was the only living villager in the first place.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a mini-clone of her mother.
  • Super Strength: Not as much as Scar, but when fighting the group that captured Hampnie, she shows a surprising amount of strength for a little girl. Of course, she is half-gravekeeper.
  • Tender Tears: She has her moments, particularly after she has to bury her father.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the youngest person in the world at twelve years old, an anomaly in a world where people stopped giving birth fifteen years ago.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her mother's shovel.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Part of her regular gravekeeper outfit.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Both her greatest strength and her biggest flaw is that she loves everyone and wants to save everyone, which sometimes puts her at odds with reality, a fact that often makes her question if her way is really the "right" one. Her idealism does also help her to pull through to the end, though.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After her village is destroyed, she decides to travel the world God has abandoned in hopes of finding a way to save it.

    Hampnie Hambart 

Hampnie Hambart
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

An immortal gunslinger known as "The Man-Eating Toy," and the one who slaughters Ai's village. Since he knows more about her village than he lets on, Ai follows him, hoping to learn the truth. She also believes him to be her long-lost father, which he denies. He is searching for a woman named Hana.

  • Abusive Dad: While he is unaware that he is Ai's father, his initial treatment of her is undeniably child abuse.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: He fears the walking dead more than anyone, and then becomes a deceased himself when his wish for a happy death comes true.
  • The Ageless: He hasn't aged at all since he became immortal at age seventeen.
  • Alliterative Name: Hampnie Hambart.
  • Badass Longcoat: A tattered one, at that, proving he has seen many hardships and surpassed all of them.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Being in poor health due to his albinism, he wished for immortality. He later realized that meant he could be left as the last living human being on earth.
  • Bishounen: A handsome gunslinger.
  • Dead Star Walking: He at first appears to be a main character, but then he dies at the end of the first arc after his wish for a happy death comes true.
  • Disappeared Dad: He was absent for most of Ai's life and then he dies shortly after finding out she's his daughter.
  • A Good Way to Die: He gets the "happy death" he wished for. After being rescued from Hiko's torture, he bleeds to death while with family (Ai) and a friend (Julie) at his side.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: In his case, at seventeen.
  • Jerkass: He's not a particularly kind person.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: It turns out that he is Ai's long-lost father.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: His first reaction on being shot through the lung? Complain that his outfit is ruined. Although being immortal certainly helps.
  • Meaningful Name: In-series, "Hampnie Hambart" is the name of a toy from a fairy tale that kept moving even after it broke, and it's implied he took that name for himself when he became immortal. He also tells Ai it's likely her mother took that name from the same fairy tale.
    • His real name Kizuna can mean "bonds," and the bonds he shared with Julie and Ai happen to be the cause of his death.
  • Mystical White Hair: An immortal with white hair.
  • Noble Demon: Hampnie unapologetically massacres Ai's village and is very cruel, but he also answers all her questions and requests her services as a gravekeeper for his victims, and assists her with her duties while she is unconscious.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Hampnie Hambart, the Man-Eating Toy." Even his lover Hana never knew his real name. He eventually tells his daughter it's Kizuna Astin.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes due to albinism, and he can also be violent and cruel.
  • Resurrective Immortality: If he dies, he'll just come back good as new, all wounds healed. (And while he calls himself a monster because of this, he has no problem taking advantage of it if he needs to heal quickly.) However, if he suffers extreme trauma before dying, he'll lose his memories of that death.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's the most foul-mouthed of all the characters, especially in the dub.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He starts acting more like a decent person after he learns Ai is his daughter. Too bad he dies shortly afterwards.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: ...did we mention he's often a jerk, even to kids?
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: According to him, an immortal only desires one thing: death. He fears that he may someday be the last living human being in the world, and he wants a happy death surrounded by his friends and family.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problems beating up a child half his size, or even pointing a gun at her and threatening to shoot.


Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Genevieve Simmons (EN)

A true gravekeeper. She is polite and always smiling, but she has no emotions and her only role is to bury the dead. She joins Ai on her journey.

  • Born as an Adult: Gravekeepers are "born" as adults when they come down to Earth.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both her hair and eyes are a pale purple.
  • Emotionless Girl: Gravekeepers have no need for human emotions.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: Her main conflict - to live as a lonely, stoic gravekeeper or struggle with human emotions while trying to raise a baby.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She's polite, soft-spoken, and purple is her main color.
  • I Have Many Names: Gravekeepers don't have much of a need for a personal identity, and when Hampnie asks her name, she has a long list of names she has been called. However, in the manga, when Hampnie tries to call her something else, she's quite insistent that he calls her Scar. This becomes Fridge Brilliance when we learn that gravekeepers are usually "born" as groups of identical individuals, and having even just a small scar would set a gravekeeper apart from their identical "siblings," and this foreshadows Scar's eventual identity crisis.
  • Iconic Item: Like all gravekeepers, her shovel.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Julie.
  • Maternally Challenged: Being a gravekeeper, Scar actually doesn't know much about raising a baby, something Julie realizes while Ai is trapped at Goran Academy. After the group reunites with Scar, Julie promises to help take care of Celica too.
  • Not So Stoic: Her newfound human emotions after adopting Celica soon lead to a Freak Out and her running away to the place she was "born."
  • Parental Substitute: In Ortus, the baby Celica is quite Happily Adopted by Scar.
  • Psychopomp: Being a gravekeeper, she's something like this crossed with Artificial Human, and her role is to grant true rest to the walking deceased.
  • The Quiet One: Of Ai's companions, she speaks the least and tends to keep to herself. Even when she starts developing human emotions, she's still not very talkative.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her hips.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a small scar on her right eyebrow.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's about the same height as or taller than Hampnie, and most of the characters think she's beautiful.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's always smiling, but only out of politeness. Massive Character Development sets in once she actually learns how to cry.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: To go along with her general purple theme, which serves to make her seem more otherworldly when compared to the half-human gravekeeper Ai.
  • Super Strength: A trait of gravekeepers. She can flip grown men one-handedly and without breaking a sweat.
  • What Is This Feeling?: After adopting Celica, she starts experiencing human emotions, and this leads to an identity crisis. She runs away to Story Circle, the place where gravekeepers are born, and when Ai and the others find her, Julie promises to protect her and Celica, and she rejoins them, having wished to become human.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair.

    Julie Sakuma Dmitriyevich 

Julie Sakuma Dmitriyevich
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), David Matranga (EN)

Hampnie's childhood friend. He was happily married with a wife and a daughter, but seven years prior to the start of the series, his wife died of an illness, and he hid her from the gravekeepers for a year until Hampnie found them and destroyed her body. A month before the series, his daughter also died of an illness, and after a gravekeeper buried her, Julie decided to hunt down Hampnie for revenge. However, because he knows of Hampnie's immortality, Hampnie deduces that what Julie truly desires is to be killed by him. Julie later joins Ai on her quest to save the world, acting as her guardian and protector.

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: According to Hampnie, Julie is 32-33, which means he was only 17-18 when his daughter was born. It's hard to say if this trope was the intention or if it's just a case of Writers Cannot Do Math.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While not unattractive, he has a more rugged appearance in the light novels and manga, and the anime softened his features to make him look more Bishounen.
  • Badass Longcoat: And unlike Hampnie's, it's still in good shape too.
  • Crusading Widower: He seems like this at first, since after losing his daughter, he seeks revenge against Hampnie for immobilizing his deceased wife and forcing her burial by a gravekeeper; however, he knows that Hampnie is immortal, leading to the trope below.
  • Death Seeker: Due to the pain of losing his family, he initially wants to die for the sake of revenge, believing that will give his death more meaning than simply killing himself, and he knows he can't win against the immortal Hampnie. After Hampnie dies, he regains his will to live and acts as a guardian to Ai.
  • Declaration of Protection: After finding Scar when she runs away to Story Circle, he promises to protect her and Celica. When Ai and Alice think that sounds like a proposal, he also adds that he'll protect them too.
  • Family Man: Devotion to his family is his most notable feature in the series.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He's still hurting from the loss of his family, and he's also an efficient hunter, as Hampnie can (painfully) attest to.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: At first, before he warms up to Ai and the others.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Scar.
  • Messy Hair: Compared to the other characters, his hair is fairly unkempt.
  • Multiethnic Name: The most obvious case of all the characters. He has a German first name, Russian patronymic, and Japanese surname.
  • Not So Above It All: In the bonus episode, he's reluctant to waste time at a hot spring, though he relents at the insistence of the other characters. However, once they're actually there, he's the most excited about enjoying the hot spring.
  • Papa Wolf: Usually when Ai is in some kind of trouble.
  • Parental Substitute: Toward Ai and Celica.
  • Pec Flex: Does this in the bonus episode to show off in front of Alice.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has a small beard on his chin, which fits him as the father-figure of the cast and also contrasts with Hampnie's immortally youthful appearance.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Julie or Yuri? "Dmitriyevich" is about as Russian as you can get, but his given name in katakana is spelled differently (ユリー) than the Russian male name usually is (ユーリ). In fact, ユリー is usually how the feminine German name Julie is spelled in Japanese, and since "Sakuma" is a Japanese surname, it's likely his name is meant to be a combination of different ethnicities. For even more confusion, Crunchyroll and Hulu's official subtitles use "Julie," while Sentai's dub uses "Yuri."
  • Suicide by Cop: His true goal when he attacks Hampnie, although Hampnie refuses to kill him.
  • Team Dad: He fills his role toward the younger characters, and it helps that he's actually a father too.

    Alice Color 

Alice Color
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (JP), Mike Yager (EN)

A mysterious boy Ai meets while at Goran Academy. Together with Dee, he is also traveling the world, and believing that he and Ai are similar, he asks for her help. However, his definition of "saving the world" seems to be different from hers. His special ability is "Buzzer Beater," allowing him to hit any target he aims for.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His eyes are red in the light novels, but purple in the anime.
  • Asleep in Class: He's described as slightly delinquent, and he's shown to be sleeping in class during the Goran Academy arc; surprisingly, the trigger-happy teacher doesn't seem to care or notice.
  • Back from the Dead: Played with. The "Alice" who died before the time loop began is still dead (he even says he was buried by a gravekeeper), but before the seal breaks completely Ai wishes for the "Alice" who lived through all those time loops to be able to continue to exist in the outside world. Her wish comes true, much to his surprise.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wished for Improbable Aiming Skills so he could be better at basketball. However, he realized a skill like that is cheating, so he had to quit his beloved sport.
  • Bishounen: A handsome basketball player.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the novels both his hair and eyes are red. (The anime made his eyes purple to contrast with Dee's purple hair and red eyes.)
  • Dead All Along: His death was the catalyst for Class 3-4 trapping themselves in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. When he realizes this, the seal starts to break.
  • Guns Akimbo: In one novel illustration he's shown with two guns, and thanks to his special ability he doesn't even have to worry about a loss of accuracy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Was planning to let himself disappear with the false Ostia so that his friends could be free. Ai, however, Takes a Third Option and wishes to save him while also freeing Ostia from the timeloop.
  • Idiot Hair: Although from some angles it looks more Hair Antennae.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why he was willing to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to break the timeloop. He wanted Dee and his classmates to live freely and happily in the real world without him.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Ai.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His special skill "Buzzer Beater" allows him to hit any target with perfect accuracy, no matter how improbable.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Implied in his conversation with Julie in the bonus episode, as he hasn't aged at all since the seal over Ostia was formed.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: He's usually shown in his Ostia school uniform.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Alis or Alice? Crunchyroll's official subtitles and fansubs use "Alis," but in episodes 11 and 12 his name is shown as "Alice Color," and the subs on Sentai's BD/DVD release also use "Alice."

    Dee Ensy Stratmitos 

Dee Ensy Stratmitos
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

A ghostly girl Ai meets while at Goran Academy and Alice's traveling companion. She is known as "Whisper" and the "Witch of the West," and she can secretly whisper suggestions and commands to people, compelling them toward certain actions. In fact, she did this once to Ai so that she would head to Goran Academy's clocktower to meet Alice, and she claims the three of them were destined to meet.

  • An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Despite her ghostly appearance she isn't actually dead. Because she's still alive, she can't physically leave Ostia, so she manifests as a ghost in the outside world.
  • Blessed with Suck: While being a ghost has its advantages, the bonus episode shows that Dee is sometimes bothered by being unable to physically feel anything, or the fact her "boyfriend" can't touch her at all either.
  • Bokukko: She uses the masculine "boku" to refer to herself.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When the seal over Ostia breaks, she regains her physical body for good.
  • Cat Smile: When she's feeling mischievous or whimsical.
  • Compelling Voice: She can manipulate people by secretly whispering suggestions to them.
  • Cry Cute: She breaks down when Alice accepts that he died years ago and starts to disappear.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Except she isn't a ghost at all.
  • Cute Witch: She claims to be a witch, even calling herself the Witch of the West, and she's definitely cute.
  • Cute Little Fang: She sometimes has one to go with her Cat Smile.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her default hair style are two very long, thick strands of hair while the rest is rather short.
  • The Glomp: While in the sealed city Ostia, she has a physical body, and she's very touchy-feely with Ai.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She is in love with Alice, but he's oblivious to her feelings and seems to be falling for Ai.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Whisper" and "Witch of the West." She gets angry if someone doesn't include "of the West" when calling her a witch.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Everything she does is to prevent Alice from disappearing, as she is in love with him.
  • Magic Skirt: No flying ghost should leave home without one.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Toward Ai.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Like Alice, she usually wears her Ostia school uniform.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: One novel illustration shows her with a rather large submachine gun.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
  • Yandere: Turns out she's perfectly fine with resetting Ostia by force (which includes killing her fellow students) and keep herself, Alice and Ai in the time loop by erasing all their memories in the process of the reset, undoing the progress she and Alice made just so that Alice can be alive and "happy." Alice snaps her out of it at the last minute.


Voiced by: Yuko Goto (JP - drama CD), Rina Sato (JP - anime), Allison Sumrall (EN)

Ai's mother and the first gravekeeper. She passed away a few years before the series begins.

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Ai remembers her quite fondly, and everything we see of her does suggest she was a good mother to her daughter.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Shares green eyes with her daughter.
  • Genki Girl: Unlike other gravekeepers, she was quite expressive and cheerful. Julie also later states she was a unique gravekeeper.
  • Hair Intakes: Again, just like her daughter, her hairstyle includes a pair of "cat ears".
  • Hartman Hips: As seen in the OVA, she has a very attractive figure.
  • I Have Many Names: In addition to Alfa, she also went by Hana, and Hampnie says she might have gone by other names as well. Exactly what her true name, if she had one, is unknown, although Alfa may be the most likely, as she was the first ("alpha") gravekeeper.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Hampnie. She's Hana, the woman Hampnie is looking for.
  • Missing Mom: She's Ai's mother who died a few years before the start of the series.
  • Naked First Impression: As seen in Hampnie's flashback of their first meeting, she's completely naked when he encounters her. She isn't bothered by it at all.
  • Posthumous Character: She passed away a few years before the beginning of the series.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her daughter. It seems that Ai got none of her father's genes.

    Kiriko Zubreska 

Kiriko Zubreska
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Tyler Galindo (EN)

A government official from Ortus, the city of the dead. Ai and the others first meet him after he was drugged and left for dead by bandits, and he invites them into Ortus. He is also the tutor to Ulla, the princess of Ortus. He believes she will be the one to save the world.

  • Artificial Human: He is made from the body parts of five different people, who had asked a witch to grant them a child. He ages more slowly than other humans, and he's not quite living or deceased, as Ulla's Deadly Gaze doesn't work on him while Scar never tries to bury him.
  • Bishounen: A handsome bookworm.
  • Born as an Adult: Born as a teenager, actually. When he was created from his five "parents," he was also born with all of their knowledge.
  • Idiot Hair: He's definitely no idiot, being Ulla's tutor, but he does have a persistent strand of hair that sticks up.
  • Psychic Link: He has this with the five people he was created from, and he uses his access to their knowledge to tutor Ulla.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's rather standoffish toward Ai and the others, but he shows a softer side of himself toward Ulla.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: He often speaks for Ulla.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He actually has blue hair.

    Ulla Eulesse Hecmatika 

Ulla Eulesse Hecmatika
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

The princess of Ortus. When Kiriko introduces her to Ai, they quickly become close friends. She is often seen in long robes with her face completely covered, and she communicates through Kiriko and writing.

  • Deadly Gaze: And it's not just her eyes that can kill the living, but also her voice and very touch.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She doesn't get a whole lot of sun.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She isn't completely aware of her powers until Ai tells her, although she already understood that her gaze had some kind of effect on others.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind and soft-spoken, which makes it all the more shocking when it's revealed she's the Idol of Murder and has been unknowingly killing people since the day she was born.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: She accepted her mother's wish, while her twin sister Celica rejected it. Ulla also aged normally while Celica remained as a baby for fifteen years, frozen in time.
  • Rapunzel Hair: If her hair was perfectly straight, it would reach all the way down to her feet.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Anthracite hair and, since she doesn't see much sun, very pale skin.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her middle name is sometimes spelled as "Euleus," but it's shown on-screen as "Eulesse,", and the official subs also use that spelling.
  • Too Many Belts: They help keep all those robes on.
  • The Voiceless: She can speak, but her bindings don't allow her to. This is because her voice can kill the living.

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