Vatican Miracle Examiner: Thank God It is Over






I’ve never been a huge seasonal anime watcher but I am attempting to change this with each passing rendition of “hey heres 50 shows to watch.”


What i used to do was watch the big shows out there starting with erased during the 2015 season. while that series had its flaws later on I liked the weekly ride that it was. That is a rare feeling for me as I enjoy shows in a different manner than most. I prefer to watch my anime in shot gun bursts. Not entire marathons, not one episode per week but my ideal viewing situation is about 3 episodes at a time. This is roughly an hour worth of time and is perfect for my attention span. Anymore and I feel uncomfortable and less leaves me wanting to click next episode and lacking that ability. There are exceptions where I’ve binged and watched weekly so I see some value in both sides my my preferences are mine.


Vatican miracle examiner is a special show. Special in the sense that i planned to watch it weekly I drafted it just like Hand shakers. And like hand shakers i was severely disappointed.

This show seemed interesting in concept. Twos priests work for the vatican to investigate so called miracles using science and historical analysis to debunk them. Theres also the aspect of the priests wanting to actually witness a real miracle, but also having a grip on reality that these claims are likely bs. The opening theme song is also good and at first kept me somewhat entertained every week.


That’s the end of what’s good about this series. Let’s get to the bad and the ugly.


Let’s start with the characters. Hiraga and Roberto are seemingly deep at first glance with the former being the science research leg of the team and Roberto using some cunning analysis of situations and historical knowledge he gets from various old texts and biblical expertise. We also had glimpses to their pasts and struggles they have dealt with but only a glimpse. In addition they are just boring. Like the whole show. They are dull in design, voice and action. Nothing they do is memorable and I had to google their names still even after 12 episodes. Any development they have is lacking and the thing the series focuses on most is their pseudo homosexual bond. Seriously this show was very close to yaoi. The character designs are generic pretty boys (very few women are in the series at all). Loren, who is a guy,serves as an info broker for the duo while serving a prison sentence. He is an atheist and the show touches the idea of trying to convert him but barely. that plot line gets lost in a sea of ridiculousness.


This shows storylines are so bad they are funny. This could be a thing you watch when u want something to laugh at like Wolf Cop, Birdemic SAO or my videos.


The 12 episodes are broken into three mini arc mysteries in which the boring priests go to a boring setting and encounter some out of this world phenomena claimed to be a miracle. The series is at its best in the first arc where we investigate levitation,stigmata, and an immaculate conception. The road to debunking these claims is a slow burn at first but then slams the gas pedal into WTF land. At the end of this arc the series has gone down so many out of left field twists and turns it feels like a comedy. Antagonist motivations are insane and when the arc concludes there’s no sense of fulfillment, just confusion.

Skip this show. The animation is bad it’s too dark at times, character designs suck, voice acting isn’t much better the plot sucks and gets more and more boring with each arc. Maybe just maybe watch the first 4 episodes. Better yet just watch episode 4 and you won’t be missing much and will be perhaps as equally confused as I was. If you enjoy bad stuff once in awhile this anime isn’t even consistent in holding your attention.  -Miasma

Don’t Forget 3. Oct. 11: Why FMA is Great



Life lessons can be taken from a variety of media, anime included, and while I personally believe that you shouldn’t take every value you hold dear from things you watch or read, I think anime can offer a great deal of virtuous information.You may never be a champion athlete you may never travel into space but all of us have the ability to adapt and persevere through adversity. This is where the Elric brothers of the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise shine the most. The original FMA was my second anime I’d ever seen, and to this day its theme of perseverance, its questioning of authority and its yearn to seek truth still stand out to me.  


Fma is an epic fantasy tale about overcoming life’s negative aspects by breaking them down and turning them into positive notes. We see death, despair heartbreak and immense regret yet these emotions while tragic in nature all succumb to the human spirit. Human spirit aided by magic of course but yeah. We all suffer, we all go through pain. Even in circumstances that are seemingly out of our control. One is all and all is one.


In this world alchemy exists, and not only that but it is used as a tool by scientists and the military in various ways.  From medical care to bombings, from fixing a broken radio to spearheading a war of extermination, alchemy is a tool which is all about equivalent exchange.


Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law.


On a personal side note I am a Christian. And before you freak out about me supporting a show whose main characters are seemingly atheists, to me what I try to take most out of the teachings of my religion is that I try to treat people the way I want to be treated. I act nice to others so that’s sort of what I expect. now does this always work? hell no. but I believe in it and I believe that this principle also fits with hard work.  I. believe that the best things in life do not come easy.


We all face adversity in some form. The characters of FMA deal with life’s adversities. The Elrics deal with death and loss as well as forced maturity due to the lack of parents and their goal to abandon their previous life in order to obtain their goals. Mustang lives with regret, his horrible memories of the Ishvalan war of extermination haunt him. Scar is plagued by a broken heart felt for his brother who lost himself within alchemy and the outside world that had forsaken his people.


I love a revenge story and there are several instances of revenge and reclamation in FMA. Scar seeks to avenge his people, Mustang seeks to instill honor in Amestris, and the Elrics look to redeem themselves and in a sense, seek revenge on God himself for taking so much from them.


As Vic Mignogna has said many times, Ed is, by the end of the series not an atheist. he was a kid who had everything stripped from him leaving behind a shell. It’s for this reason Ed is one of my favorite characters of all time. He is human. he makes mistakes he has bonds he tries to separate himself from what should matter most to him as we all do once in awhile. We blindly value the material while sacrificing the emotional daily as we must do to survive. for example we go to work daily, and let work overshadow our day for that period of time.


That time can never return to us. it could have been spent with family, developing our interpersonal well being or even self reflection but that gets abandoned as a necessary sacrifice. Ed leaves behind the emotional to seek his goal and repay his debts and endures so much hardship along the way. He is the essence of perseverance and will to live. now he has little brother to help of course which ties into my next great point of fma: bonds.


FMA showcases what I expect out of immediate family members, love and devotion. They care for each other, put one another first and foremost and would shatter without one another. This bond is not shared by everyone in reality and it is in their undying loyalty to one another that I find the Elrics to be one of the strongest families I have ever seen.


Hawkeye and Mustang share a bond of military background and personal ties to flame alchemy. Hawkeye agrees with mustangs goals and guides him on the way there.


My favorite bond in the series is one that is often overlooked. Wenry and the Elrics. yes I know her and Ed get together and all but I think that her ties to both of them is so unbreakable it must be made of diamond. Wenry is part of what the Elrics abandoned yet she is their tie to their home they need her automail skills. Yes ed does have feelings for her but I always felt Wenry meant so much more than a mechanic and a waifu. She heals the wounds of the heart the boys Bear as much as she can, and is their tightest connection to humanity as they delve into a world of discord.


Wenry is a prime example of why home is always home even if only in memory. one could sever all ties to their town, but memories will remain and even when she is not in the show memories of their childhood with her resonate with Ed and Alphonse always.


Perseverance and bonds are just two of a myriad of factors that make fma a masterpiece. It has great music awesome visuals and the like, but what I relate to and love most are those characteristics. Some may hate on the series original ending like I once did and the actual full story development of fma may have been a little rocky and in truth I like Brotherhood better. You should still watch both, just maybe not back to back.


if there’s anything I want you to take from this just know.


“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson—they just don’t exist. … You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. A heart made fullmetal.”


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