Vatican Miracle Examiner Episode 1: Cliches Abound But Can This Find a Good Story To Tell?

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Overview:

In the heart of Vatican City, there is a secret organization dedicated to investigating reports of miracles. Robert Nicholas, an archivist and cryptanalysis expert, and Josef Kou Hiraga, a genius scientist, are members of the Assembly of Saints. As miracle investigators, they travel the world validating particular phenomena, only to uncover events tainted with conspiracy and deceit. With orders to find out the truth behind God’s works, Josef and the fiercely protective Robert venture out into the unknown.

– From AnimeLab

Review:

This is tricky because this first episode is riddled with the standard Catholic clich├ęs and it feels like the show is trying desperately hard to hook its audience by throwing literally everything at you. This includes crying statues, stigmata, devil worship, immaculate conceptions, and so on. Because of this, it doesn’t seem to have any kind of clear focus at this point other than make us feel that the church is dark and mysterious and full of potential mysteries. There’s also a heavy reliance on blood for shock at key dramatic points so if floating blood drops and smashed in heads aren’t your thing you may want to pass without trying this one.

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That said, this wasn’t a total wash out. The more serious tone is a nice change from so many other shows I’ve tried this season, and the two main characters have the potential to be interesting even if so far that is remaining strictly potential rather than reality.

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I’m going to give this one a bit longer to find its feet because it does feel like this story could go somewhere interesting, or it might just become the stock standard travel to new location, poke around a bit, debunk whatever myth is going on Scooby-doo style and move on. I’m hoping it does a bit more than that but to be honest, that would be enough to keep me interested for a season.


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