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



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


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.


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.


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

  1. Hmm okay, seems interesting. I’m a devout Catholic and so I appreciate that it the story is centered around people of the Church…but it seems like the view of the Church in this anime is very unrealistic and rather unappealing to that regard. At least in my opinion, of course.

  2. I felt like this was “Mythbusters” with a religious bent but I think Scooby Doo might be a more apt way to put it.

    For the first few episodes they seem to be sticking it out in the one town for a while, so it might not be as episodic as you suspect but I agree that this show tries to throw a lot into the mix. They pile mystery on top of mystery until it’s not clear what these examiners are really there for and, consequently, what the show is aiming to do.

    I’ll also try this out for a bit, mostly because I want to make the most out of having to pay for Anime Strike again, but I’m not terribly hopeful.

    1. Ah, see this is on AnimeLab in Australia (can’t watch Strike here even if I wanted it). I’ve watched the next couple of episodes and I’m not overly impressed but I’m not dropping it. I’m starting to think episodic might have been better given how cluttered this story became.

  3. Just dropping in to say it’s good to see seasonal reviews from you again and that the descriptors you’ve added to each episode are hilarious.

    1. Apparently just having the episode number is a boring title and the blog feedback I got before I went away was that a lot of people wanted a bit more creativity in that department. I think I’m going to struggle to keep up with them every week though. Still, I like trying new things which is why I started the blog at all, so giving it a go and seeing how it pans out.

      1. I can imagine the difficulty. It was hard enough finding such titles for Diabolik Lovers- and most of those were fuelled by spite – that I never want to try it again. Still, you’re doing great so far so good luck!

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