Blu-Ray Review: Vatican Miracle Examiner – The Complete Collection

MVM Entertainment brings another unique series in the form of Vatican Miracle Examiner – The Complete Collection, but what type of experience will this offer other than the obvious religious connection. Let’s find out and take a look.

Synopsis:

Miracles don’t happen every day. But when something impossible happens that seems to be the work of supernatural forces or higher powers, it’s the duty of the Assembly of Saints and their agents to investigate.

Their job is to determine whether each incident is explainable via previously undisclosed information, a part of some plot to take advantage of the people’s faith, or a genuine miraculous event.

Priests Josef Kou Hiraga and Roberto Nicholas specialize in unveiling the truth and unearthing secrets that others might wish to keep buried, but when they’re sent to Mexico to investigate reports of a virgin birth, they end up in danger of being buried themselves. Murder, demonic summoning and deals with the devil are just the beginning of a new war against the ultimate darkness.

Our View:

Adapted from Rin Fujiki’s light novel of the same name Vatican Miracle Examiner, or Vatican Medical Examiner as I once assumed it was called, is a series which combines religious beliefs against that of science in order to create a murder mystery series that is both intriguing and incredibly boring at the same.

In hindsight Vatican Miracle Examiner was always going to be a difficult project to work, especially if you are unfamiliar with religion or the Vatican, but alas it does have some redeeming qualities in the way it is presented and the stories that are told.

In this case Vatican Miracle Examiner follows the agents of the Aseembly of Saints, known as Priests Josef Kou Hiraga and Roberto Nicholas, as they investigate mysterious events occuring throughout the world.

Whether this be a virgin woman pregnant with a child, a painter who is able to predict the future, or a secret cult hidden within the Vatican. Regardless of the events these are explored through Josef Kou Hiraga and Roberto Nicholas actions – each offering differing styles of solving the case.

These cases are presented over the course of multiple episodes but once a case has been resolved it’s never mentioned again and as such you could say that they are stand-a-lone arcs that continue to play out until the series has reached its conclusion. In this case the conclusion seems to be the death from the past serving meaning to those in the present.

A confusing, and intriguing story indeed but it’s not to everyone’s tastes and it doesn’t seem to feature an over-arching storyline to tie the events together.

Extras:

The amount of religious inspiration and knowledge within Vatican Miracle Examiner is impressive; but sadly this expertise is not carried over into the bonus features, as the only included extras are textless opening and closing songs from the series itself.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:36:09 (Disc 1), 1:36:44 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

I love a good mystery storyline with detective elements and this can be found within Vatican Miracle Examiner; however the extensive period these investigations take place – combined with the religious factor of the Vatican – makes this a rather tedious experience in long sessions.

It’s not that Vatican Miracle Examiner is a bad series; it’s just not for me – but the stories it does try to tell, and how they are presented to the viewer, are great. Visually appealing styles mixed with dark tones and music give this show that ‘eerie’ vibe that it should; but at the same time it doesn’t feel like the series is amounting to anything other than its own end.

Stories aside Vatican Miracle Examiner is consistent with previous Blu-Ray releases distributed by MVM Entertainment; with the disc themselves seemingly mastered by Madman Entertainment using Sentai Filmworks master as a base. The subtitles are presented (as one would expect) consistent and cleanly throughout with multiple dialogue situations split between Yellow and White (as well as small and large text) to make it easily readable.

Personal tastes aside Vatican Miracle Examiner is worth exploring as while you may not agree with the ‘context’ behind these characters it does offer an intriguing set of stories and sets itself aside from the usual type of anime we receive within the UK.

Score: review-stars-2

Vatican Miracle Examiner – The Complete Collection is now available on Blu-Ray within the UK via MVM Entertainment.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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