Vatican Miracle Examiner

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Vatican Miracle Examiner
Vatican Miracle Examiner, volume 1.png
The cover of the original 2007 printing of the first light novel.
バチカン奇跡調査官
(Bachikan Kiseki Chōsakan)
Genre Mystery[1]
Light novel
Written by Rin Fujiki
Illustrated by THORES Shibamoto
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Imprint Horror Bunko
Original run December 10, 2007 – present
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Eiji Kaneda
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Kai
Original run January 24, 2012January 24, 2013
Volumes 2
Manga
Written by Anjue Hino
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Monthly Comic Gene
Original run August 12, 2016 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani
Written by Seishi Minakami
Music by Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network WOWOW, Tokyo MX, AT-X, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11, TVQ
Original run July 7, 2017 September 22, 2017
Episodes 12 + OVA
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Vatican Miracle Examiner (Japanese: バチカン奇跡調査官, Hepburn: Bachikan Kiseki Chōsakan) is a Japanese light novel series written by Rin Fujiki and illustrated by THORES Shibamoto. The series began in 2007. A manga adaptation by Eiji Kaneda ran from 2012 to 2014, and a second one, illustrated by Anjue Hino, began serialization in 2016. An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff aired from July 7 to September 22, 2017.

Plot[edit]

The story follows two men, Hiraga Josef Kō and Roberto Nicholas, who work for the mysterious organization The Seat of the Saints (聖徒の座, Seito no Za), an element of the Vatican dedicated to investigating alleged miracles; during their work, they usually find themselves involved in mysterious murder cases, which they often end up investigating.

Eventually they cross paths with Galdoune, an ancient organization that secretely aims to control the Vatican and since the Middle Ages is involved in obscure alchemic and scientific experiments in search of a way to reach immortality.

Characters[edit]

Hiraga Josef Kō (平賀・ヨゼフ・庚, Hiraga Yozefu Kō)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[2]
A young Japanese priest of the Vatican in charge of investigating alleged miracles all around the World. He has an exceptional talent for math and science, and for this his role is to investigate the miracles using a scientific approach.
Roberto Nicholas (ロベルト・ニコラス, Nikorasu Roberuto)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[2]
Joseph's partner of investigation, he's an Italian priest with a great knowledge for syncretism and theology. He's deeply in love with ancient knowledge and books, and he's well versed with ancient and foreign languages (he knows Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, English and German). It's later revealed that he's an orphan, since his father has killed his mother before escaping when he was twelve years old.
Archbishop Saul (サウロ大司教, Sauro Daishikyō)
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara[3]
The chief of the Seat of the Saints, and a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, he's one of the most powerful men in the Vatican. He has a high consideration for both Joseph and Roberto, at the point of protecting them if necessary from disciplinary sanctions.
Lauren Di Luca (ローレン・ディルーカ, Rōren Dirūka)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[3]
A young but worldwide known Italian hacker, he's a genius with an IQ above 200 who was involved in many terrorist attacks and other crimes all around the World. After his arrest, the Vatican obtained custody of him from Italy to jail him in their prison, in order to make use of his exceptional talent. After having lost a game with Joseph he accepted an agreement to cooperate with him and Roberto, providing them with support and consulting from his cell. Due to his lack of morale and empathy, he's forced to wear a anklet filled with poison that will kill him immediately if he tries to go against the Vatican's orders.
Bill Suskins (ビル・サスキンス, Biru Sasukinsu)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto[4]
An FBI agent went in Africa to solve the mysterious death of his friend Amy Boness. During his mission he meets Joseph and Roberto, with which he successfully resolves the case, without however managing to capture the culprit Julia. Suskins and the two priests' routes meet again in Italy, where they'll cooperate once again to stop Julia's plans.
Priest Julia (ジュリア司祭, Juria Shisai)
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa[4]
An apparently benevolent missionary of an African church, Joseph and Roberto meet him while investigating about an alleged miracle in his mission. However, it's subsequentely discovered to be in sinister and machiavellian leader of Galdoune.
Ryōta Hiraga (平賀良太, Hiraga Ryōta)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga[4]
Joseph's little brother, stuck on a wheelchair due to a rare form of bone cancer that is slowly killing him, and due to this he's hospitalized in a special center in Germany for children with terminal illnesses. Joseph often suffers from visions or nightmares involving him. Later in the story it's revealed that since when he was little he's able to see the Angels of the Death.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Rin Fujiki published the first novel in the series, with cover illustrations by THORES Shibamoto, in 2007.[5][6] It and the second novel, which was released in 2009, were both published by Kadokawa Shoten.[1] The series was transferred to Kadokawa's Horror Bunko imprint in 2010, which republished the first two novels before releasing the third in 2011.[1][7]

Volumes[edit]

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1The Black Academy
Kuro no Gakuin (黒の学院)
December 10, 2007[5]
December 25, 2010[8]
ISBN 978-4-04-873823-1
ISBN 978-4-04-449802-3
2Satan's Judgment
Satan no Sabaki (サタンの裁き)
August 27, 2009[9]
January 25, 2011[10]
ISBN 978-4-04-873977-1
ISBN 978-4-04-449803-0
3Golden Darkness
Yami no Kogane (闇の黄金)
February 25, 2011[7]ISBN 978-4-04-873977-1
4Master of the Millennium Kingdom
Sen'nen'ōkoku no Shirabe (千年王国のしらべ)
July 23, 2011[11]ISBN 978-4-04-449805-4
5The Blood, the Rose, and the Cross
Chi to Bara to Jūjika (血と薔薇と十字架)
October 25, 2011[12]ISBN 978-4-04-100034-2
6Laplace's Devil
Rapurasu no Akuma (ラプラスの悪魔)
May 25, 2012[13]ISBN 978-4-04-100206-3
7The Game of Heaven and Hell
Tenshi to Akuma no Gēmu (天使と悪魔のゲーム)
December 25, 2012[14]ISBN 978-4-04-100629-0
8Our Lady of the End
Shūmatsu no Seibo (終末の聖母)
October 25, 2013[15]ISBN 978-4-04-101050-1
9The Winter Wolf that Swallowed the Moon
Tsuki o Nomu Kōri Ōkami (月を呑む氷狼)
September 25, 2014[16]ISBN 978-4-04-101969-6
10Original Sin Without Apostles
Genzai Naki Shito-tachi (原罪無き使徒達)
March 25, 2015[17]ISBN 978-4-04-101968-9
11The Imprisoned Detective
Dokubō no Tantei (独房の探偵)
June 20, 2015[18]ISBN 978-4-04-102937-4
12The Demons' Feast
Akuma-tachi no Utage (悪魔達の宴)
October 24, 2015[19]ISBN 978-4-04-102938-1
13The Descendant of Solomon
Soromon no Matsuei (ソロモンの末裔)
February 25, 2016[20]ISBN 978-4-04-102939-8

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Eiji Kaneda launched in Kadokawa's Comic Kai magazine on January 24, 2012.[21][6] The series was compiled into two volumes,[6] published on February 20, 2013 (ISBN 978-4-04-120572-3)[22] and January 24, 2014 (ISBN 978-4-04-120973-8).[23]

Anjue Hino began serializing a second manga in the September 2016 issue of Media Factory's shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Gene on August 12, 2016.[24][6]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced in the December 2016 issue of Monthly Comic Gene on November 15, 2016.[1][6] The adaptation was a television series, and aired from July 7[25] to September 22, 2017. The series ran for 12 episodes and an original video animation will also be released.[26] Yoshitomo Yonetani directed at J.C.Staff and written by Seishi Minakami. Character designs is by Kazunori Iwakura.[27] SCREEN mode performed the opening theme "Mysterium".[28] Nobuhiko Okamoto performed the ending theme.[25] Sentai Filmworks have licensed the anime and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.[29] MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK.[30]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Through God's Succor, My Eyes Are Opened"
"Omo no sasae ni yorite ga wa mezameru" (主の支えによりて我は目覚める) 
July 7, 2017
Hiraga Joseph Kou and Roberto Nicholas are sent in San Rosario's abbey in Northern Mexico to investigate about a supposed immaculate conception of a young nun, sister Dolores. That same night, however, one of the abbey's priests is found horribly dead, and shortly after a new apparent miracle occurs. 
2 "The Endless Unease of Existence"
"Sonzai no kagiri naki fuan" (存在のかぎりなき不安) 
July 14, 2017
The miracle of the stone's tears is easily explained, but new murders taunt San Rosario. Joseph and Roberto think that part of the answers could lie in the abbey's ancient history, but the other priests' hostility doesn't allow them to investigate further. 
3 "Secrets of the Gods and the Beast of 666"
"Kamigami no himitsu to 666 no shishi" (神々の秘密と666の獣) 
July 21, 2017
Dark secrets emerge from the past while Joseph and Roberto keep on investigating about the chain of deaths in San Rosario. Meanwhile, a supposed demonic possession proves to be something much more terrible, under which the two Vatican priests start understanding the true nature of San Rosario. 
4 "Even So, I Still Believe in the Lord God"
"Soredemo nao, waga wa kami o shinzu" (それでも尚、我は神を信ず) 
July 28, 2017
Joseph and Nicholas have finally discovered the truth about the supposed Immacolate Conception, which lies in the final days of the World War II, when from the asces of a dying Third Reich someone was already spreading the seeds for the birth of a Fourth one. 
5 "The Game of Angels and Demons"
"Tenshi to akuma no gēmu" (天使と悪魔のゲーム) 
August 4, 2017
While remembering his first meeting with Lauren, Joseph reminds of an old case still under investigation after many years: the case of a man and a bet with the Devil. Can an infernal gift be used for good purpose and the seek of happiness? 
6 "God Bestows Upon Us All His Revelations"
"Omo wa arayuru keiji o tare tamau" (主はあらゆる啓示を垂れ給う) 
August 11, 2017
Joseph and Roberto travel toward Central Africa to investigate a case of incorruptible body of a longtime dead clairvoyant, father John Jones. First analysis seem proving the miracle, as much as the true gift of the deceased priest. However, while Joseph is fascinated from the holy spirit of the church's main priest Julia, Roberto at the opposite sees in Jones' last prophecy a dark fate waiting for him. 
7 "Those Branded with a Curse"
"Noroi no rakuin o osare shisha" (呪いの烙印を押されし者) 
August 18, 2017
Roberto's desperate resarch to explain the miracle, and so avoid the propecy about his imminent death, will reach the point that his own soul, more than his life, will be put at risk. 
8 "Only Through Death Can We Full Comprehend Rebirth into Eternal Life"
"Shinu koto niyotte nomi, eien no seimei ni yomigaeru koto o fukaku satore" (死ぬことによってのみ、永遠の生命によみがえることを深く悟れ) 
August 25, 2017
Despite Roberto's salvation, the miracles around John Jones' prophecies and incorruptible body seem above any doubt. However, the truth lies right in Roberto's childhood, and what seemed to be the most holy spirit will prove being something completely different. 
9 "The Decapitating Clown and the Tale of Solomon"
"Kubikiri dōkeshi to Soromon no dōwa" (首切り道化師とソロモンの童話) 
September 1, 2017
Countless miracles seems to happen in a small village near Florence, Italy. Joseph and Roberto, while investigating them, find traces of an old and obscure legend: the Headhunter Clown that haunts the woods around the village. 
10 "The Ghosts of Past Appeared"
"Arawareshi kako no Bōrei" (現れし過去の亡霊) 
September 8, 2017
Joseph and Roberto's personal investigations about the murder in the church soon find a connection with a old case happened in 1985. Meanwhile, Suskins reveals that a probably still alive Julia the Headhunter Clown and Galdoune may be connected. 
11 "The Gold of the Darkness; I am with the Lord"
"Yami no ōgon, ga, omo totomoni" (闇の黄金、我、主とともに) 
September 15, 2017
Following the same route of the unfortunate 1985's expedition, Joseph, Roberto, Suskins and Bafi ultimately find Galdoune's hideout. However, after having discovered the organization's true ambitions, the two priests' faith is dramatically put on test: are they ready to sell their souls in exchange for seeing their deepest dreams realized? 
12 "Sinfonia"
"Shinfonia" (シンフォニア) 
September 22, 2017
While facing his appearently last moments on Earth, Ryota starts thinking about his life, signed since childhood from three hooded men visiting him each time someone close to him was at the point of death. There will be place for a true miracle this time? 

Reception[edit]

The series has sold over 950,000 copies in Japan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Komatsu, Mikikazu (November 15, 2016). "Anime Adaptation of Rin Fujiki's Mystery Novel "Vatican Miracle Examiner" in The Works". Crunchyroll. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Nobuhiko Okamoto, Junichi Suwabe". Anime News Network. March 27, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Sōma Saitō, Masashi Ebara". Anime News Network. May 20, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Casts Yusa Koji, Hiroki Yasumoto, Tsubasa Yonaga". Anime News Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b バチカン奇跡調査官 [Vatican Miracle Examiner]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Rin Fujiki's Vatican Miracle Examiner Mystery Novel Series Gets Anime Project". Anime News Network. November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b バチカン奇跡調査官 闇の黄金 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Golden Darkness]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 黒の学院 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Black Academy]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 Truth2 サタンの裁き [Vatican Miracle Investigator Truth 2: Satan's Judgment]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 サタンの裁き [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Satan's Judgment]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 千年王国のしらべ [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Master of the Millennium Kingdom]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 血と薔薇と十字架 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Blood, the Rose, and the Cross]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 ラプラスの悪魔 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Laplace's Devil]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 天使と悪魔のゲーム [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Game of Heaven and Hell]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 終末の聖母 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Our Lady of the End]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 月を呑む氷狼 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Winter Wolf that Swallowed the Moon]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 原罪無き使徒達 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Original Sin Without Apostles]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 独房の探偵 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Imprisoned Detective]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 悪魔達の宴 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Demons' Feast]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 ソロモンの末裔 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Descendant of Solomon]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  21. ^ 「片桐くん家に猫がいる」の吉川景都、コミック怪で新連載 [Yoshikawa Keito launches There is a Cat in Katagiri-kun's House in Comic Kai]. Natalie. January 24, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  22. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 黒の学院 [Vatican Miracle Examiner: The Black Academy]. Kadokawa (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  23. ^ バチカン奇跡調査官 サタンの裁き [Vatican Miracle Examiner: Satan's Judgement]. Kadokawa (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  24. ^ ジーン新連載「バチカン奇跡調査官」&女子力神レベル「職人男子 神田くん」 [New series Vatican Miracle Examiner & Craftsman Boy Kanda-kun launch in Gene]. Natalie (in Japanese). August 12, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  25. ^ a b "Nobuhiko Okamoto Sings Ending Theme for Vatican Miracle Examiners Anime". Anime News Network. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Vatican Miracle Examiner TV Anime Gets 12 Episodes, OVA". Anime News Network. March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime Reveals TV Format, Staff, Visual, Summer Premiere". Anime News Network. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  28. ^ "SCREEN mode Performs Vatican Miracle Examiner Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Vatican Miracle Examiner, Streams on Anime Strike in U.S." Anime News Network. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Here's the last of our announcements. Confirming we are releasing No Game, No Life: Zero movie. Also UQ Holder and Vatican Miracle Examiner". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 

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