Japanese Title: Vatican Kiseki Chousakan
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Drama
Aired Date: July 2017 – September 2017
Episode Count: 12
Vatican City—Holy Land of the Catholics. Amidst the land, there is an organization that conducts rigorous investigations on “claims of miracles” from all over the world to ascertain their credibility. The organization is referred to as “Seito no Za” (Assembly of Saints) and the priests that belong there are called miracle investigators. Robert Nicholas, an ancient archive and cryptanalysis expert is partnered and good friends with Hiraga Josef Kou, a genius scientist. Together, the brilliant duo investigates the “miracles” and uncovers the incidents and conspiracies hidden behind them.– MAL
This is an other series from the Summer season 2017 that I was looking forward to watch. The synopsis made me curious, mysteries mixed with religion is the kind of thing I enjoy watching (or reading, I really like most of the Dan Brown book), plus one of my favorite voice actor (if not MY favorite voice actor) Suwabe Junichi voice one of the main character.
I enjoy the show even if I found the first case was way to pack, I really had the feeling the writers took all the “bad” side of the religion like the priest, and included it into this one case. And if this wasn’t enough they decide to add a little touch of Nazism into it. But even if the first case had way too much stuff going on, the story still make some kind of sense… maybe no the statue part, nah no matter how much I think about it, the statue part just doesn’t make sense at all.
That being said, I like how they distributed the case over the series. Through the series our Vatican priest have three case with some background information throw in it after that heavy packed case, the other give just enough information to let us think and assimilated the information given. Yes there was still a lot of thing going but at least, it was going all in the same direction.
On the character side, I haven’t feel like there was any major turning point into the character life, they were boring, but they didn’t changed much through the series. The two main characters, Hiraga Josef Kou and Robert Nicolas, are total opposite but still complete each other. Hiraga is the scientist of the duo, he is the one that will turn to the science to find an explanation. Robert, he is the bookworm, he will pass hour into the old dusty library to find the information he is looking for, he get turn on by looking at old book. Other interesting character, Lauren Di Luca (despite the name and the look it’s a guy), a genius hacker who “work” for the Vatican, he is the “tech” who provide information to Hiraga and Robert…a little bit like Penelope Garcia does in Criminal Minds in way less eccentric…way way less . I have to say I would have like to no more about him, like I would like to know more about the game Hiraga and him are playing, but that something else. On the antagonist side, the series have an interesting one, I will not use the word villain here, cause while Priest Julia is the “bad guy” of the series, he doesn’t do only bad stuff, ask Hiraga and his little brother. I think it’s one of those “Hell is Paved With Good Intentions” case.
If I had to give a brief description of the series, I would say it’s like if Scooby Doo and the gang were meeting Robert Langdon. It look supernatural but in the end nothing is supernatural, everything have an explanation even if the explanation given doesn’t make much sense.
Would I recommend the series, probably yes, however I will only recommend it to people who are planning to binge watch it and have a high concentration level. The series have a lot…wait A LOT of dialogue and speech, so if you are planning watching this series while you babysit….maybe you should watch something lighter instead like Paw Patrol.
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