Master Keaton

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Master Keaton
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Cover of an English DVD release.
MASTERキートン
(Masutā Kīton)
Genre Detective fiction, Adventure, Drama
Manga
Written by Hokusei Katsushika
Takashi Nagasaki
Illustrated by Naoki Urasawa
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Original
Original run November 1988August 1994
Volumes 18
Anime television series
Directed by Masayuki Kojima
Music by Kuniaki Haishima
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA
Original network Nippon Television
Original run Season 1
October 5, 1998 – March 29, 1999
Season 2 (direct-to-video)
December 21, 1999
June 20, 2000
Episodes 39
Manga
Master Keaton Remaster
Written by Takashi Nagasaki
Illustrated by Naoki Urasawa
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Original
Original run March 2012August 2014
Volumes 1
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Master Keaton (Japanese: MASTERキートン, Hepburn: Masutā Kīton?) is a Japanese manga series created by Hokusei Katsushika, Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki. It was serialized in Big Comic Original between 1988 and 1994, with the 144 chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.

An anime adaptation was created by Madhouse, with 24 episodes airing between 1998 and 1999 in Japan on Nippon Television. An additional 15 episodes were created and released as original video animations, bringing the total to 39 episodes. Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki created a sequel to the series, titled Master Keaton Remaster (MASTERキートン Reマスター?). Set 20 years after the original series ended, it ran in Big Comic Original from 2012 to 2014 and was collected into a single volume.

The anime and OVA series were dubbed into English and released in North America by Pioneer Entertainment. Viz Media began releasing the manga in North America in 2014.

Story[edit]

The story revolves around Taichi Hiraga-Keaton (平賀=キートン・太一, Hiraga-Kīton Taichi?), the son of Japanese zoologist Taihei Hiraga (平賀太平, Hiraga Tahei?) and well-born Englishwoman Patricia Keaton. Keaton's parents separated when he was five, and young Taichi moved back to England with his mother. As an adult, he studied archeology at Oxford University, in part under the tutelage of Professor Yuri Scott.

At Oxford, Keaton met and later married his wife, who was a mathematics student at Somerville College. The couple later divorced, with Keaton leaving his five-year-old daughter Yuriko (百合子?) in her mother's care. After leaving Oxford, Keaton joined the British Army and became a member of the SAS, holding the post of survival instructor and seeing combat in the Falklands War and as one of the team members that responded to the Iranian Embassy incident. His combat training serves him in good stead as an insurance investigator for the prestigious Lloyd's of London where he is known for his abilities and his unorthodox methods of investigation.

In addition to his work for Lloyd's, Keaton and his friend Daniel O'Connell operate their own insurance investigation agency headquartered in London. Even though Keaton is fairly successful as an insurance investigator, his dream is to continue his archaeological research into the possible origins of an ancient European civilization in the Danube River basin.

Characters[edit]

Manga[edit]

Master Keaton was serialized in Big Comic Original from 1988 to 1994. The 144 chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan between November 1988 and August 1994. A kanzenban edition of the series, including color pages, was published in 12 volumes between August 30, 2011 and June 29, 2012.[1][2] During its initial magazine run and tankōbon release, Hokusei Katsushika was credited as its writer and Naoki Urasawa as illustrator. Later reissues co-credit Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki as the writers.

Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki created a sequel to the series, titled Master Keaton Remaster.[3] Beginning in the March 2012 issue of Big Comic Original it finished in 2014 and was collected into a single volume on November 28, 2014.[4] A deluxe edition including the full color pages from the magazine run was released the same day.[5]

In 2014, Viz Media licensed Master Keaton for release in North America.[6] They began publishing the kanzenban edition with color pages on December 16, 2014.[7]

Volumes[edit]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 A Kahriman in Desert November 1988 ISBN 978-4-09-181691-7
  • Chapter 001 : "" (迷宮の男, Meikyū no Otoko?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (天使のような悪魔, Tenshi no Yōna Akuma?)
  • Chapter 003 : "Small Blue Lady" (小さなブルーレディー, Chīsana Burū Ledi?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (ダビデの小石, Dabide no Koishi?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (黒と白の熱砂, Kuro to Shiro no Nessa?)
  • Chapter 006 : "A Kahriman in Desert" (砂漠のカーリマン, Sabaku no Kāriman?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (背中の裏街, Senaka no Ura Machi?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (遥かなるサマープディング, Harukanaru Samā Pudingu?)
2 The Hunting Season June 1989 ISBN 978-4-09-181692-4
  • Chapter 001 : "Journey of a Lady" (貴婦人との旅, Kifujin to no Tabi?)
  • Chapter 002 : "The Hunting Season" (狩人の季節, Kariudo no Kisetsu?)
  • Chapter 003 : "The Prey Season" (獲物の季節, Emono no Kisetsu?)
  • Chapter 004 : "The Harvest Season" (収穫の季節, Shūkaku no Kisetsu?)
  • Chapter 005 : "Fire & Ice" (FIRE&ICE?)
  • Chapter 006 : "La Vie en Rose" (薔薇色の人生, Barairo no Jinsei?)
  • Chapter 007 : "Red Moon" (RED MOON?)
  • Chapter 008 : "Silver Moon" (SILVER MOON?)
3 Message from Aлекcеев July 1989 ISBN 978-4-09-181693-1
  • Chapter 001 : "" (屋根の下の巴里, Yane no Shita no Pari?)
  • Chapter 002 : "Little Giants" (小さな巨人, Chīsana Kyojin?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (ラザーニェ奇譚, Razānye Kitan?)
  • Chapter 004 : "Message from Aлекcеев" (アレクセイエフからの伝言, Arekuseiefu Kara no Dengon?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (すべての人に花束を, Subete no Hito ni Hanataba o?)
  • Chapter 006 : "Black Forest" (黒い森, Kuroi Mori?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (昼下がりの大冒険, Hirusagari no Dai Bōken?)
  • Chapter 008 : "Woman in Red" (赤の女, Aka no On'na?)
4 Dog Days November 1989 ISBN 978-4-09-181694-8
  • Chapter 001 : "" (喜びの壁, Yorokobi no Kabe?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (交渉人のルール, Kōshō Hito no Rūru?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (身代金のルール, Minoshirokin no Rūru?)
  • Chapter 004 : "Flying Hero" (空飛ぶヒーロー, Soratobu Hīrō?)
  • Chapter 005 : "14 Steps" (14階段, 14 Kaidan?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (穏やかな死, Odayakana Shi?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (長く暑い日, Nagaku Atsui hi?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (家族の瞬間, Kazoku no Shunkan?)
5 White Goddess April 1990 ISBN 978-4-09-181695-5
  • Chapter 001 : "White Goddess" (白い女神, Shiroi Megami?)
  • Chapter 002 : "Charlie" (チャーリー, Chārī?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (無関心な死体, Mukanshin'na Shitai?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (ノエルの休戦, Noeru no Kyūsen?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (ハーメルンから来た男, Hāmerun Kara Kita Otoko?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (ハノーファーに来た男, Hanōfā ni Kita Otoko?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (オルミュッツから来た男, Orumyuttsu Kara Kita Otoko?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (キートン先生の事情, Kīton Sensei no Jijō?)
6 The False Tricolour July 1990 ISBN 978-4-09-181696-2
  • Chapter 001 : "" (秘めたる宝, Himetaru Takara?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (青い鳥消えた, Aoi Tori Kieta?)
  • Chapter 003 : "Noah's Ark and the White Snow" (白い雪とノアの箱舟, Shiroi Yuki to Noa no Hakobune?)
  • Chapter 004 : "The False Tricolour" (偽りの三色旗, Itsuwari no Sanshokuki?)
  • Chapter 005 : "The False Union Jack" (偽りのユニオンジャック, Itsuwari no Yunion Jakku?)
  • Chapter 006 : "Safe House" (セーフハウス, Sēfu Hausu?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (化け猫荘の人々, Bake Neko Sō no Hitobito?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (アザミの紋章, Azami no Monshō?)
7 The Forrest of David Bobbid November 1990 ISBN 978-4-09-181697-9
  • Chapter 001 : "Memories of Elsa Lanchester" (エルザ・ランチェスターの思い出, Eruza Ranchesutā no Omoide?)
  • Chapter 002 : "Resurrection of Elsa Lanchester" (エルザ・ランチェスターの復活, Eruza Ranchesutā no Fukkatsu?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (瑪瑙色の時間, Menou-iro no Jikan?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (匂いの鍵, Nioi no Kagi?)
  • Chapter 005 : "The Forrest of David Bobbid" (デビッド・ホビッドの森, Debiddo Bobiddo no Mori?)
  • Chapter 006 : "The Return of David Bobbid" (デビッド・ホビッドの帰還, Debiddo Bobiddo no Kikan?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (黄金の鍵の夢, Kogane no Kagi no Yume?)
  • Chapter 008 : "No Way Out" (出口なし, Deguchi Nashi?)
8 The Leopard's Cage June 1991 ISBN 978-4-09-181698-6
  • Chapter 001 : "The Leopard's Cage" (豹の檻, Hyō no Ori?)
  • Chapter 002 : "The Eagle of Karun" (カルーンの鷲, Karūn no Washi?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (アナトリアの蟻, Anatoria no Ari?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (死の都市の蟻, Shi no Toshi no Ari?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (井戸の中の鼠, Ido no Naka no Nezumi?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (賭けの王道, Kake no Ōdō?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (禁断の実, Kindan no Mi?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (西からきたサンタ, Nishi Kara Kita Santa?)
9 The Wind of Cornwall July 1991 ISBN 978-4-09-181699-3
  • Chapter 001 : "" (血と名誉の掟, Chi to Meiyo no Okite?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (愛と悲しみの掟, Ai to Kanashimi no Okite?)
  • Chapter 003 : "The Wind of Cornwall" (コーンウォールの風, Kōnuōru no Kaze?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (王の涙, Ō no Namida?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (放課後探偵団の冒険, Hōkago Tantei-dan no Bōken?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (瞳の中のハイランド, Hitomi no Naka no Hairando?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (五月の恋, Gogatsu no Koi?)
  • Chapter 008 : "Chateau Lajonchee 1944" (シャトー・ラジュンシュ1944, Shatō Rajonshu 1944?)
10 Blue Friday January 1992 ISBN 978-4-09-181700-6
  • Chapter 001 : "" (仮面の奥, Kamen no Oku?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (緑のフーガ, Midori no Fūga?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (イシスの祝い, Ishisu no Iwai?)
  • Chapter 004 : "Blue Friday" (ブルーフライデー, Burū Furaidē?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (勝利の陰に, Shōri no Inni?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (ウイスキーキャットの村, Uisukī Kyatto no Mura?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (祈りのタペストリー, Inori no Tapesutorī?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (幸運は雨と共に, Kōun wa Ame to Tomoni?)
11 Both Wings of an Angel June 1992 ISBN 978-4-09-182851-4
  • Chapter 001 : "" (帰郷, Kikyō?)
  • Chapter 002 : "Both Wings of an Angel" (天使の両翼, Tenshi no Ryōyoku?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (フェイカーの誤算, Feikā no Gosan?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (鉄の砦, Tetsu no Toride?)
  • Chapter 005 : "Special Menu" (特別なメニュー, Tokubetsuna Menyū?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (聖夜の邂逅, Seiya no Kaigō?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (雪山の審判, Yukiyama no Shinpan?)
  • Chapter 008 : "Family" (家族, Kazoku?)
12 Kрaсньiҋ Betep November 1992 ISBN 978-4-09-182852-1
  • Chapter 001 : "Cheers to Catalonia" (カタルーニアに乾杯, Katarūnya ni Kanpai?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (狂った太陽, Kurutta Taiyō?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (オプの生まれた日, Opu no Umaretahi?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (永遠の楡の木, Eien no Nire no Ki?)
  • Chapter 005 : "Red Wind" (赤い風, Akai Kaze?)
  • Chapter 006 : "Crimson Sorrow" (赤き哀しみ, Akaki Kanashimi?)
  • Chapter 007 : "To the Sky..." (空へ…, Sora e...?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (靴とバイオリン, Kutsu to Baiorin?)
13 Knight of the Lion May 1993 ISBN 978-4-09-182853-8
  • Chapter 001 : "" (渡り鳥の黄昏, Wataridori no Tasogare?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (死者からの贈り物, Shisha Kara no Okurimono?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (神の棲む森, Kami no Sumu Mori?)
  • Chapter 004 : "Smile of Legend" (伝説の微笑み, Densetsu no Hohoemi?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (臆病者の鳥, Okubyōmono no Tori?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (トム・バウワーと少年, Tomu Bauwā to Shōnen?)
  • Chapter 007 : "Knight of the Lion" (ライオンの騎士, Raion no Kishi?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (銀月の騎士, Gingetsu no Kishi?)
14 An Inhabitant in the Sunless World August 1993 ISBN 978-4-09-182854-5
  • Chapter 001 : "" (バラの館, Bara no Yakata?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (心の壁, Kokoro no Kabe?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (面接の日, Mensetsu no Hi?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (塔の男, Tō no Otoko?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (いいパブの条件, Ī Pabu no Jōken?)
  • Chapter 006 : "Happy New Year" (ハッピーニューイヤー, Happī Nyū Iyā?)
  • Chapter 007 : "An Inhabitant in the Sunless World" (光なき世界の住人, Hikari Naki Sekai no Jūnin?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (光をくれた女(ひと), Hikari o Kureta On'na (Hito)?)
15 God-Given Village January 1994 ISBN 978-4-09-182855-2
  • Chapter 001 : "" (不死身の男, Fujimi no Otoko?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (家庭教師キートン, Kateikyōshi Kīton?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (御婦人たちの事件, O Fujin-tachi no Jiken?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (真実の町, Shinjitsu no Machi?)
  • Chapter 005 : "" (寄り道, Yorimichi?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (探偵志願, Tantei Shigan?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (神の愛(め)でし村, Kami no Ai (Me) Deshi Mura?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (聖者のいる村, Seija no Iru Mura?)
16 Sunset of Lunadale April 1994 ISBN 978-4-09-182856-9
  • Chapter 001 : "Sunset of Lunadale" (ルナデールの夕日, Runadēru no Yūhi?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (二人の父親, Futari no Chichioya?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (名探偵再登場, Meitantei Sai Tōjō?)
  • Chapter 004 : "Made in Japan I" (メイド・イン・ジャパンⅠ, Meido in Japan Wan?)
  • Chapter 005 : "Made in Japan II" (メイド・イン・ジャパンⅡ, Meido in Japan Tsū?)
  • Chapter 006 : "Made in Japan III" (メイド・イン・ジャパンⅢ, Meido in Japan Surī?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (冥府からの愛, Meifu Kara no Ai?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (失われた天才監督, Ushinawareta Tensai Kantoku?)
17 The Day I Become a Scholar June 1994 ISBN 978-4-09-182857-6
  • Chapter 001 : "" (壁の忘れもの, Kabe no Wasuremono?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (最後の挑戦, Saigo no Chōsen?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (ベンタヌ山の誓い, Bentaruyama no Chikai?)
  • Chapter 004 : "" (山の裁き, Yama no Sabaki?)
  • Chapter 005 : "The Day I Become a Scholar" (学者になる日, Gakusha ni Naru Hi?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (夢を継ぐ者, Yume o Tsugu Mono?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (本日多忙なり, Honjitsu Tabōnari?)
  • Chapter 008 : "" (合格祈願, Gōkaku Kigan?)
18 A Digger for Dream August 1994 ISBN 978-4-09-182858-3
  • Chapter 001 : "To Romania!!" (ルーマニアへ!!, Rūmania e!!?)
  • Chapter 002 : "" (チャウシェスクの子供達, Chaushesuku no Kodomodachi?)
  • Chapter 003 : "" (ブカレスト脱出!!, Bukaresuto Dasshutsu!!?)
  • Chapter 004 : "TA89"
  • Chapter 005 : "" (チャウシェスクの隠し財産, Chaushesuku no Kakushi Zaisan?)
  • Chapter 006 : "" (虐殺の村, Gyakusatsu no Mura?)
  • Chapter 007 : "" (絶体絶命, Zettaizetsumei?)
  • Chapter 008 : "A Digger for Dream" (夢を掘る人, Yume o Horu Hito?)

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of Master Keaton was created by Madhouse, with 24 episodes airing between October 5, 1998 and March 29, 1999 in Japan on Nippon Television. An additional 15 episodes were created and released as original video animations, bringing the total to 39 episodes.

The opening theme "Railtown" is by Kuniaki Haishima. The ending theme song for the first thirteen episodes is "Eternal Wind" by Blüe, the ending theme for episodes 14 to 25 is "A Sigh" (ため息, Tameiki?) by Kneuklid Romance, and theme for the remaining episodes is "From Beginning" by Kuniaki Haishima. New ending themes were used for the anime's rebroadcast; "Tsuki to Kimitoboku no Kankei" (月と君と僕の関係?) by Kneuklid Romance for the first thirteen episodes and "Ever" by Blüe for the remaining.

The anime and OVAs were licensed in North America by Pioneer Entertainment (later named Geneon), with an English dub produced by The Ocean Group. They released eight DVDs between June 10, 2003 and August 10, 2004. Each DVD had 5 episodes, except the last one, which had 4.

Episodes[edit]

Episode Japanese title English title Description
Case 01 迷宮の男 Man in a Maze The mysterious death of a soldier in Greece causes suspicion. Lloyd's sends Keaton as an insurance investigator.
Case 02 小さな巨人 Little Giant Bounty hunters stakes out a former German Red Army member, Rosa. Keaton is hired by her wealthy family to protect her.
Case 03 ラザーニェ奇譚 Strange Tale of Lasagna Keaton is hired to retrieve nine-year-old Flora from Italy. They flee for France where her mother waits.
Case 04 不死身の男 Immortal Man Keaton saves the "immortal man" from the Russian Mafia. The man reveals the secret of the "Romanov Treasures.
Case 05 屋根の下の巴里 Paris under the Roof After being fired from a college in Tokyo, Keaton finds a job as an instructor at an adult education center in France. There he meets...
Case 06 白い女神 White Goddess Keaton meets Anna in Scilly Islands in England, who is protecting an archaeological site all by herself.
Case 07 遥かなるサマープディング Memories of Summer Pudding Keaton, hoping to spend the summer vacation alone with Yuriko, heads for a farmhouse where he spent summers as a boy.
Case 08 交渉人のルール Negotiator's Rule Keaton heads for the countryside in Wales to rescue a kidnapped manager of a Japanese electronics corporation.
Case 09 貴婦人との旅 Journey with a Lady Keaton meets an arrogant old lady on a train from Germany to Switzerland who claims to be pursued by the Czech Secret Service.
Case 10 チャーリー Charlie Keaton helps a childhood friend Charlie Chapman, also a world-renowned detective, with the murder case of an art dealer.
Case 11 特別なメニュー Special Menu Keaton assists an Englishman to become a Chinese chef with the help of a secret recipe.
Case 12 御婦人たちの事件 A Case for Ladies Keaton and an elderly woman who loves detective movies pursue the truth behind a high-profile murder case.
Case 13 穏やかな死 A Peaceful Death A terrorist finds his conscience and seeks Keaton's help to locate and defuse two IRA bombs in a crowded London shopping mall.
Case 14 心の壁 Wall in One's Heart Keaton helps a German businessman to locate his long-lost daughter while she seeks to avenge her mother's death in a labor camp in East Germany.
Case 15 長く暑い日 Long Hot Day An attack dog ruthlessly stalks Keaton deep in the mountains of Spain.
Case 16 永遠の楡の木 The Elm Tree Forever Earl Fenders' bankruptcy leaves him a broken man, but his son, Robert, needs his father's overbearing personality to inspire his music - can Keaton restore the father's domineering arrogance?
Case 17 バラの館 A Mansion of Roses Edmond Layman was found murdered in his rose garden and his widow fears for her life. Their gardener, Eric, disappeared and is the chief suspect but Keaton soon unburies a thorny secret!
Case 18 フェイカーの誤算 Faker's Miscalculation Professor Bennington runs for Chancellor to save the college only to be targeted by a team of con men. But will the con men's professional pride lead them to change their minds?
Case 19 空へ… Into the Vast Sky Keaton's daughter meets a childhood friend who wants to free a hawk. Keaton and the boy's father secretly follow out of concern for the boy who also desperately wants to be free.
Case 20 臆病者の島 The Island of the Cowards The Polish Mafia takes over Keaton's hotel in a blaze of gunfire. Although accused of being cowards for their inaction, Keaton and a secret legend use their experience to win despite the terrible odds.
Case 21 アザミの紋章 The Thistle Emblem Keaton flies to Scotland to investigate a watch preserved in a shrine in Japan.
Case 22 シャトー•ラジョンシュ1944 Chateau Lajonchee 1944 Keaton visits Burgundy to insure the extraordinary vintage wine Chateau Lajonchee 1944.
Case 23 出口なし No Way Out Keaton must escort a fugitive through a perilous road across a bottomless swamp.
Case 24 オプの生まれた日 The Day the Op Was Born Keaton recalls the first time he met Daniel and became the insurance investigator 10 years ago...

OVA[edit]

Episode Japanese title English title Description
Case 25 砂漠のカーリマン Kalihman of the Desert Keaton and the excavation team are left for dead in the Taklimakan Desert.
Case 26 家族 Family Keaton, asked to recruit a former East German Olympic swimmer, but first Keaton must deal with the swimmer's depression and face off against a group of skinheads.
Case 27 赤い風 The Red Wind Razin left Russia to attend an air show in the UK, but after his two bodyguards are murdered, Keaton finds himself between Razin and a killer KGB agent.
Case 28 アレクセイエフからの伝言 A Message from Alexeyev While visiting a resort on a Spanish island, Keaton meets Sendel who reveals a tale of passion and betrayal between Russian agents and locals the Spanish Civil War 50 years ago.
Case 29 禁断の実 The Forbidden Fruit Keaton crashes a party for the newest board member of the premiere accounting firm in the UK after he suspects the board member of murdering his way to the top!
Case 30 瞳の中のハイランド The Highlands in Your Eyes Keaton attempts to rescue an artist forced to paint forgeries who has been held hostage in a house by his extreme shortsightedness and his shattered confidence.
Case 31 匂いの鍵 The Scent is the Key A man requests Keaton to investigate the untimely death of his friend who lacked a "scent of death."
Case 32 背中の裏街 The Back Street A reluctant Keaton believes he is handing enticement money to a woman on behalf of her father, but soon discovers quite a different story.
Case 33 天使のような悪魔 Devil like an Angel Keaton searches for a Japanese art student in Italy only to discover the student has become involved with a terrorist group!
Case 34 瑪瑙色の時間 The Agate Color of Time Keaton shares stories of his youth in Cornwall with his daughter, Yuriko.
Case 35 五月の恋 Love in May Keaton's daughter becomes involved in a purse-snatching investigation in London while her father rests his broken leg in the hospital.
Case 36 ブルーフライデー Blue Friday While Keaton chases after an elusive insurance beneficiary, his partner Daniel pursues a new beauty.
Case 37 面接の日 Interview Day Keaton, unsure about pursuing a career as an archaeologist, allows himself to be distracted by his father on his way to an interview at Tozai University.
Case 38 狩人の季節(前編) Hunting Season Part 1 Two knife murders in London drags Keaton into a chase tying the SAS to a vicious drug ring.
Case 39 狩人の季節(後編) Hunting Season Part 2 Two knife murders in London drags Keaton into a chase tying the SAS to a vicious drug ring.

Controversy over creator[edit]

Hokusei Katsushika is a pseudonym of Japanese manga story writer Hajime Kimura, who was also a co-writer of Golgo 13. Originally, Kimura created the series' story, while Urasawa did the artwork. However, after Kimura died of cancer in December 2004, Urasawa claimed in an interview with weekly magazine Shuukan Bunshun in May 2005 that Kimura stopped work as a story writer due to a personal conflict with Urasawa at one point, after which Urasawa alone created both story and art. Because of this, Urasawa demanded that Katsushika's name appear smaller than Urasawa on the manga's cover. Manga story writer Kariya Tetsu, who was a close friend of Kimura and an influential figure at Shogakukan, opposed this action vehemently, which resulted in the discontinuation of the further publication of the manga as of July 2005.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Viz Media's release of Master Keaton was nominated for the "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia" category two years in a row at the 2015 and 2016 Eisner Awards.[8][9] The series was also included on the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTER KEATON / 1 完全版』" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  2. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTER KEATON / 12 完全版』" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Master Keaton Manga to Get Sequel After 18 Years". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTERキートン Reマスター" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  5. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTERキートン Reマスター 豪華版" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Viz Media Adds Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton". Anime News Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Viz Media Debuts Naoki Urasawa's Suspenseful Manga Series Master Keaton". Anime News Network. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  8. ^ "All You Need Is Kill, In Clothes Called Fat, Master Keaton, One-Punch Man, Mizuki's Showa, Wolf Children Nominated for Eisner Awards". Anime News Network. April 22, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Assassination Classroom, A Bride's Story, Master Keaton, Mizuki's Showa, A Silent Voice, Sunny Manga Nominated for Eisner Awards". Anime News Network. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  10. ^ "A Silent Voice Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens". Anime News Network. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 

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