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Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi – 07

「ゴーラ学園I」 (Goura Gakuen I)
“Gola Academy I”

A new arc means new characters, but as of now this cast doesn’t really mean much or makes me care. We now have all sorts of paranormal and supernatural going on here, all at what may be one of the last schools in the world–Gola Academy. It’s almost like a page out of Rosario+Vampire where everyone has their own special paranormal ability, only rather than hereditary gain, God bestowed it upon them in response to their wishes. Sounds interesting so far, right? First zombies, now everything else supernatural (and Railgun). Why not. Normally it would be an interesting concept to explore in a world abandoned by God, yet the entire premise seems to be passing at a swifter than swift rate. Stop show! Wait! I need to learn about all these characters before the–oh, they’re escaping already.

Though we do get a picture painted as to why they’d want to leave–forced digging for an adult’s personal gain under the guise of reformation is something you’d see out of the novel Holes–it’s a hastily drawn picture without much beauty or thought put into it. More time is spent on fanservice than developing any semblance of character motivations or personalities. We are introduced to a large cast of characters and their basic abilities, but no time is spent, or is even available, to develop the human side of these characters, something that’s played an important role in defining the morality of the show. Right now, Kaminai is filled with a largely generic cast of schoolchildren trying to escape a supposedly cruel institution, attempting to cover all the bases but sufficiently covering none in the process.

One such base that is severely lacking is Ai’s supposed ignorance about how a school should work. Theoretically, her comedic ignorance about not knowing anything about how a proper school should make sense, but unfortunately the execution to convince us of that is lackluster. Something about Ai irritated me this episode, not just because she’s lucks out on basically every situation, but also that her reactions to certain situations seems so forced. Apparently to her, a bunch of people in intimidating black suits who whisk you away from the people who care for you are apparently part of what makes a school a school in Ai’s eyes, or so she deduced. I understand that Hampney’s words were to be misunderstood, but really? I suppose given her context she’d believe Hampney, but it all comes off as a forced baka-moment to me. The pieces are strung way too strangely and awkwardly by Ai to make the plot seem cohesive, and as such one spends less time thinking about the world-building she’s supposed to be creating with her ignorance, and more time thinking about why Ai can be this blissfully unaware.

Frankly, I don’t have much hope for this arc, even though it does have some new elements to spice up the mix. It seems that this arc will be more character-driven rather than setting-driven–which basically means the show will focus less on what it does well and more on what it’s been failing to do, with Ai–the main suspect–as the central target. I am holding out for next episode though, as the preview indicates that once again, Ai’s beliefs will be shaken up by a sad turn of events, and as a result enhance our understanding of the world. Also, hopefully we get to see what our ghost character has to do with what’s possibly Ai’s mother. As long as this arc doesn’t morph into a side-show of “superhero kids fighting off evil!“, I’ll be able to find something good to say in these next few episodes.



August 21, 2013 at 12:03 am
  • August 21, 2013 at 12:12 amTSouL

    As uneventful as this arc appears for now, I think it will be important later, considering two characters introduced here roam throughout the opening song. Hope you will have more hope on this arc soon.

  • August 21, 2013 at 12:54 amZen

    Apparently to her, a bunch of people in intimidating black suits who whisk you away from the people who care for you are apparently part of what makes a school a school in Ai’s eyes, or so she deduced.

    This show…-_- C’mon guys, the cuteness card is effective but you can only play it so many times before it gets old and things start feeling forced regardless, you know…

  • August 21, 2013 at 1:10 amAndro

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:53 amchad28

    Is Alis the same red head guy that was in Ortus?
    He looks really similar to him.

    • August 21, 2013 at 6:17 amTez

      No, that guy was much older and dead.

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:20 amCroos

    The fact that Ai was oblivious to what real school is, was a win for me rather than t.he fan service in thid episode

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:46 amRyuuzaki

    the story suddenly turned into school life, i thought i missed an episode last week.
    my face suddenly turned sour after seeing that fat guy eats soil.

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:58 amricz

    I can’t help but think that yuri and scar are all alone w/ their baby

    Poor ai.. yuri can start a new life w/ scar now XD

    • August 21, 2013 at 5:48 amBaKaYaRou

      But tbh I’m all out support if ever will Yuri and Scar become a family, they’re really nice to see each other together of course Ai being the elder sister of the baby.

      I think that will be a pillar in that cursed world being a family.

  • August 21, 2013 at 7:49 amGoXDS

    question…how does the school even know that Ai was a half-human, half-Gravekeeper? the only possibility would be the people of Ortus but I doubt they’d throw her under the bus like that.

  • August 21, 2013 at 9:42 amEmD

    What kind of gluttonous fuck wastes the one wish God will grant them on the ability to eat anything?

    Kids these days, I swear…

    • August 21, 2013 at 11:02 amBear

      Possibly one having a near death experience (which was required for the wish to work) where he was starving or some other circumstance where that was the only way to survive?

      • August 21, 2013 at 11:20 amEmD

        I would buy that if it weren’t for the fact that they all have some of the lamest superpowers in existence. And I’m pretty sure the twins got their wish and theirs had nothing to do with being near death. Their triplet died, they wanted to speak with her and presto. Just add water.

      • August 22, 2013 at 10:11 amAki-Chan

        @EmD well the breathing-underwater one could make sense , if you assume her near-death experience was drowning or something along those lines.

  • August 21, 2013 at 10:46 amsunflorie

    I can’t take Yuri’s driving seriously in that Mystery Machine.

    • August 21, 2013 at 11:32 amKF

      And where’s Scooby by the way? They should go and track down the ghost girl.


  • August 21, 2013 at 12:15 pmTulicloure

    I think it’d be kinda hard to introduce the school, all the characters, their powers, their motivations, and still progress the plot somewhat in one episode. It’s too soon to complain the characters have no personality (and I don’t think that’s the case, but whatever).

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:44 pmlivevoid

    OK I’m still confused. How is Ai trying to save the world? Is she trying to return the world to the way it was before God left, or is she just trying get people to be born again? And does she have any idea of how to accomplish anything? This whole series just reminds of a little girl getting distracted by everything in a toy store and dragging her parents (Yuri and Scar) with her.

  • August 21, 2013 at 8:56 pmFuu

    How many episodes if this supposed to be? The light novels have not finished and we’re only on 4/7 of what is out so far.

    • August 22, 2013 at 4:04 amStarFang

      12 are the episodes in total, with each 3 adapting a volume of the novel (vol.1=1-3 ep. and vol.2=4-6).
      If the academy’s arc didn’t take long in the novel, it should ends by the next two episodes.

  • August 22, 2013 at 10:07 pmrandom viewer