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)
GenreAdventure, mystery, thriller[1]
Manga
Written byHokusei Katsushika
Takashi Nagasaki
Illustrated byNaoki Urasawa
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineBig Comic Original
Original runNovember 1988August 1994
Volumes18
Anime television series
Directed byMasayuki Kojima
Produced byHiroshi Yamashita
Michiru Ōshima
Manabu Tamura
Masao Maruyama
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byKuniaki Haishima
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkNippon TV
Original run Season 1
October 5, 1998 –
March 29, 1999
Season 2 (direct-to-video)
December 21, 1999
June 20, 2000
Episodes39
Manga
Master Keaton Remaster
Written byTakashi Nagasaki
Illustrated byNaoki Urasawa
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
MagazineBig Comic Original
Original runMarch 2012August 2014
Volumes1
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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 extremely 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.[2][3] During its initial magazine run and tankōbon release, Hokusei Katsushika was credited as its writer and Naoki Urasawa as its illustrator. The kanzenban reissue co-credits Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki as the writers for the first five volumes, while Katsushika and Urasawa are co-credited as the writers from volumes six on.

Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki created a sequel to the series, titled Master Keaton Remaster.[4] 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.[5] A deluxe edition including the full color pages from the magazine run was released the same day.[6]

In 2014, Viz Media licensed Master Keaton for release in North America.[7] They began publishing the kanzenban edition with color pages on December 16, 2014.[8]

Volumes[edit]

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1A Kahriman in DesertNovember 1988ISBN 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)
2The Hunting SeasonJune 1989ISBN 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)
3Message from AлекcеевJuly 1989ISBN 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)
4Dog DaysNovember 1989ISBN 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)
5White GoddessApril 1990ISBN 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)
6The False TricolourJuly 1990ISBN 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)
7The Forrest of David BobbidNovember 1990ISBN 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)
8The Leopard's CageJune 1991ISBN 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)
9The Wind of CornwallJuly 1991ISBN 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)
10Blue FridayJanuary 1992ISBN 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)
11Both Wings of an AngelJune 1992ISBN 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)
12Kрaсньiҋ BetepNovember 1992ISBN 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)
13Knight of the LionMay 1993ISBN 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)
14An Inhabitant in the Sunless WorldAugust 1993ISBN 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))
15God-Given VillageJanuary 1994ISBN 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)
16Sunset of LunadaleApril 1994ISBN 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)
17The Day I Become a ScholarJune 1994ISBN 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)
18A Digger for DreamAugust 1994ISBN 978-4-09-182858-3
  • Chapter 001 : "To Romania!!" (ルーマニアへ!!, Rūmania e!!)
  • Chapter 002 : "Ceaușescu's Children" (チャウシェスクの子供達, Chaushesuku no Kodomodachi)
  • Chapter 003 : "Escape from Bucharest!!" (ブカレスト脱出!!, Bukaresuto Dasshutsu!!)
  • Chapter 004 : "TA89"
  • Chapter 005 : "Ceaușescu's Hidden Fortune" (チャウシェスクの隠し財産, Chaushesuku no Kakushi Zaisan)
  • Chapter 006 : "Village Massacre" (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 Title
01"Man in a Maze"
(Japanese: 迷宮の男)
Leon Papas, a former mercenary soldier, dies suspiciously in Greece and his beneficiary is Ox Bayer, a shady art dealer. Lloyd's sends Keaton to investigate and he discovers that Bayer is after the ancient coins of Ithaki island which Papas salvaged and are being held by his lover Sophia. Keaton exposes Bayer and accepts one of the coins from Sophia in return.
02"Little Giant"
(Japanese: 小さな巨人)
In Düsseldorf, Germany, bounty hunters led by Little Giant stake out terrorist cell, including a former German Red Army member, Rosa Raine who wants to surrender. Keaton is hired by her wealthy family to protect her and has to work with the bounty hunters to save her.
03"Strange Tale of Lasagna"
(Japanese: ラザーニェ奇譚)
Following Marco Belnine's death in Florence, Italy, his mother asks Keaton to retrieve Flora, her nine-year-old granddaughter, from her mother in a tug of war over the child. However, as Keaton comes to know the child, he decides to take Flora to her mother in Marseilles, France instead.
04"Immortal Man"
(Japanese: 不死身の男)
Keaton saves the "immortal", Andrei Semionov from the Russian Mafia and Andrei reveals the secret of the "Romanov Treasures”. However, Andrei is also a storyteller and a swindler.
05"Paris under the Roof"
(Japanese: 屋根の下の巴里)
At the Simons Adult Education Center in Paris, Keaton provides a series of guest lectures before the building id to be demolished. Meanwhile his daughter Yuriko arrives, and Keaton reminisces about his past and desire to be an archaeologist.
06"White Goddess"
(Japanese: 白い女神)
Keaton meets Anna Plummer on Scilly Islands of England, who is protecting an ancient matriarchal archaeological site from development by the son of the previous owner. Keating, and then the wife of the former owner, join Anna to stop the bulldozers.
07"Memories of Summer Pudding"
(Japanese: 遥かなるサマープディング)
Taichi Keaton, hopes to spend the summer vacation in Japan alone with his daughter Yuriko, in a farmhouse where he spent summers as a boy, however Yuriko also invites his father, hoping for them to want to reconcile with the wives who left them to reunite the family. Instead, the men resurrect her grandmother Patricia’s garden to be able to recreate the pudding she made in summer when Taichi was a child.
08"Negotiator's Rule"
(Japanese: 交渉人のルール)
Shuji Takita of manager of Yazawa Electronics in Wales is kidnapped. Lloyds's send Keaton in to negotiate, but then refuse to pay the ransom because Takita quit the day before the kidnapping. However, Keaton stays and successfully negotiates Takita's return.
09"Journey with a Lady"
(Japanese: 貴婦人との旅)
Keaton meets an arrogant old lady on a train from Germany to Switzerland who claims to be a descendent of Bohemian nobility and pursued by the Czech Secret Service. He helps her out, even with crossing the border although he realizes the stories she tells him are false. However, she finally gives him a valuable ring proving her last story was true.
10"Charlie"
(Japanese: チャーリー)
Charlie Chapman, a famous detective, appears to solve the murder case of an art dealer. However, Keaton, his childhood friend, suspects that the suspect was framed, successfully points Charlie towards the real culprit.
11"Special Menu"
(Japanese: 特別なメニュー)
Keaton assists Roddy, a young Englishman, to become a Chinese chef in London with the help of a secret recipe which Yuriko obtains from a traditional Chinese restaurant in Japan.
12"A Case for Ladies"
(Japanese: 御婦人たちの事件)
Keaton initially accepts the police results in the high-profile murder case of the murder of Liddy Wain by her nephew Thomas Little. However Keaton is pressed by an elderly woman who loves detective movies pursue the truth behind the case and discover that the jealous wife of Wain's long time lover Walter Goldman is the murderer.
13"A Peaceful Death"
(Japanese: 穏やかな死)
IRA terrorist Richard Connelley finds his conscience and seeks Keaton's help to locate and defuse a bomb he built which has been hidden by the IRA in a crowded shopping mall. Keaton uses his SAS training and knowledge of chemistry to stop it from exploding.
14"Wall in One's Heart"
(Japanese: 心の壁)
A German businessman asks Keaton to help locate his pregnant wife who he left behind in East Germany when he fled to the West. Keaton finds that his wife was sent to a labor camp where she had a daughter, but later died. Her daughter was adopted out and sexually abused, and planned revenge against her biological father. However, Keaton finds her and they are successfully reunited.
15"Long Hot Day"
(Japanese: 長く暑い日)
On a long hot day, Keaton tracks down a man deep in the mountains of Spain who owes money to the insurance company for a false claim. However, the man lets loose his ex-military attack dog which kills the taxi driver and then pursues Keaton. Keaton eventually traps the dog, and its owner is arrested.
16"The Elm Tree Forever"
(Japanese: 永遠の楡の木)
The Earl of Fenders' bankruptcy leaves him a broken man, like his favorite elm tree which was struck by lightning. However, his son Robert, misses his father's overbearing personality as motivation to create his music. Robert engages Keaton to restore the father's interest in life.
17"A Mansion of Roses"
(Japanese: バラの館)
Edmond Lyman is found murdered in his rose garden and the chief suspect, the gardener Eric, has disappeared. The widow Flora fears for her life and hires Charlie Chapman, as her bodyguard. However, Keaton is suspicious, and discovers a thorny secret which stems from his investigation that Flora killed both Edmond and Eric whose body she buried in the rose garden.
18"Faker's Miscalculation"
(Japanese: フェイカーの誤算)
Keaton visits his old friend, Professor Bennington, who is running for Chancellor to save Lambeth College. He is targeted by a pair of con men who fake a car accident and demand a large sum of money, but later sympathize with his situation. When his corrupt opponent, Professor Stephane tries to take advantage, the con men target him instead.
19"Into the Vast Sky"
(Japanese: 空へ…)
Keaton's daughter Yuriko meets a childhood friend who wants to free a hawk and she takes him into the woods to which he is completely unaccustomed. Keaton and the boy's father secretly follow out of concern for the boy who also desperately wants to be free.
20"The Island of the Cowards"
(Japanese: 臆病者の島)
In blaze of gunfire Polish gangsters takes over Keaton's hotel on Cara Island, Scotland. Keaton and an old former mercenary appear cowardly by their inaction, but then use their experience to overcome their captors despite being outnumbered by the armed professionals.
21"The Thistle Emblem"
(Japanese: アザミの紋章)
Keaton flies to Scotland to investigate the provenance of a Scottish watch engraved with an unknown coat of arms preserved in a shrine in Japan. He discovers the long history of the lord behind the crest, Angus T. Carmichael, who took his whisky-making skills to Japan and his connection to a sake made near the Japanese shrine.
22"Chateau Lajonchee 1944"
(Japanese: シャトー•ラジョンシュ1944)
The owner of a vineyard in Burgundy is in financial difficulty from trying to reproduce the extraordinary vintage wine Chateau Lajonchee 1944. Keaton visits to insure the only bottle of the vintage which still exists, meanwhile the owner must make difficult financial decisions to ensure the vineyard’s viability.
23"No Way Out"
(Japanese: 出口なし)
Keaton captures the criminal Bruce Kendall in the Lake District, and he decides to escort him cross country by foot to avoid Kendall's men. Keaton overcomes several incidents along the way, until they meet a disillusioned Kendall supporter and psychopathic killer who plans to kill them both and leave them in the bottomless swamp. However, Keaton manages to disarm him and walks them both to the waiting police.
24"The Day the Op Was Born"
(Japanese: オプの生まれた日)
Keaton recalls the first time he met Daniel O'Connel, 10 years ago at an archaeological excavation in White Wells, Yorkshire, when Keaton helped Daniel solve the suspicious death of an assistant archaeologist.

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Episode Title
25"Kalihman of the Desert"
(Japanese: 砂漠のカーリマン)
Keaton visits an archaeological excavation by Prof Takakura in the Taklimakan Desert of Xinjiang within the Uygur Autonomous Region of China. After Takakura excavates against the wishes of the local leader, Keaton and the excavation team are left for dead in the desert. Using his survival skills, Keaton manages to lead the group to safety.
26"Family"
(Japanese: 家族)
In Leipzig, a former East German Olympic swimmer who was accused of doping Karl Neumann, shares an abandoned building with Yugoslavian migrants and stands up to a group of nationalist skinheads. Keaton is asked by Neumann's former competitor to find him, but after saving a Yugoslavian boy from drowning, Neumann decides to stay with their community.
27"The Red Wind"
(Japanese: 赤い風)
Three Russian boys, Stefan, Mikhail and Nikolai vowed to always remain comrades. Many years later, Russian businessman, Stefan Razin, is in the United Kingdom to attend an air show and his two bodyguards are murdered. Razin asks Keaton to protect him from a potential KGB assassin. The assassin is in fact Mikhail who accuses Stefan of killing Nikolai, and in a confrontation, Stefan and Mikhail end up killing each other.
28"A Message from Alexeyev"
(Japanese: アレクセイエフからの伝言)
While visiting a resort on Formentera island in Spain, Keaton meets Sendel who tells of his part in the Spanish Civil War 50 years ago. He fought with Russian agents, Tomski and Alexeyev, but their friendship became a tale of passion and betrayal. However, Keaton's joy for life convinces Sendel to abandon revenge for the events which occurred in the past.
29"The Forbidden Fruit"
(Japanese: 禁断の実)
Keaton crashes a party for the newest board member of a premiere accounting firm in the United Kingdom. He is investigating the suspicious deaths of three board members, but when the culprit is exposed through using fruit of the poisonous monkshood plant, he kills himself rather than being arrested.
30"The Highlands in Your Eyes"
(Japanese: 瞳の中のハイランド)
In Finchfield, Essex, Keaton attempts to rescue the artist Mr. Douglas who is forced to paint forgeries. However Douglas has little interest in escaping because of his extreme short-sightedness and his shattered confidence. Eventually, Keaton's persistence prevails and they escape together.
31"The Scent is the Key"
(Japanese: 匂いの鍵)
While in Dresden Mr. Heinen engages Keaton to investigate the untimely death of his elderly friend Seidel who lacked a "scent of death". Keaton finds that there was a scent of peaches about him, similar to the smell of the poison, potassium cyanide. Keaton identifies the killer as the former case officer of Heinen and Seidel who were spies for the East German government and who is seeking to cover his tracks.
32"The Back Street"
(Japanese: 背中の裏街)
A woman gives money to Keaton's father Tahei because she believes that he is her biological father, but Tahei asks Keaton to track her down and return the money. Keaton finds her, but she is depressed and suicidal because her boyfriend and business partner stole their business information. Keaton steals the data back for her, but he also realizes that she is not the daughter of his father.
33"Devil like an Angel"
(Japanese: 天使のような悪魔)
Keaton is sent to Florence to find Hiroshi Matsui, a Japanese art student who is studying at Massachino Art Institute of Higher Learning, as he is the beneficiary of a will. However he has been missing for some weeks, and is believed to be involved with a man called Meda in the Red Brigades terrorist group. Keaton discovers that Hiroshi’s flatmate is in fact Meda, who duped Matsui to steal his money.
34"The Agate Color of Time"
(Japanese: 瑪瑙色の時間)
Keaton travels through Cornwall with his daughter, Yuriko. He recalls the time in his youth when stayed there with his grandmother where he learned about the limited opportunities for the locals, and their resentment towards the wealthy summer holidaymakers. However, he met the kindly bus driver Chris who looked after him and took him to a special place where the sea appeared in a beautiful agate color.
35"Love in May"
(Japanese: 五月の恋)
While Keaton rests his broken leg in hospital, his daughter Yuriko becomes involved with an elderly Japanese woman in London when her bag is snatched. Later, Yuriko helps the woman track down an Englishman she met 50 years ago in Japan and helps to reunite them.
36"Blue Friday"
(Japanese: ブルーフライデー)
Keaton chases after an elusive insurance beneficiary while his partner Daniel romances a beautiful woman he met recently. However, Keaton discovers that the woman is a working for the family of the deceased who do not want the beneficiary found.
37"Interview Day"
(Japanese: 面接の日)
Keaton is unsure about pursuing a career as an archaeologist and has an interview scheduled at Tozai University. However, he allows himself to be distracted by his father who becomes involves with a Malayan Tiger and Chinese gun-runners.
38"Hunting Season Part 1"
(Japanese: 狩人の季節(前編))
In Earls Court, London, a knife-wielding man murders Paul Sparrow, a former military agent and who is now involved in heroin importation. Later, the same man saves a woman, Clare, from a group of Corsicans, killing the leader. Chief Otter leads an investigation into the deaths and their main suspect is the former SAS officer, James Wolf. Meanwhile, Wolf shelters Clare, who worked for Leo Hannah, a boss in the Corsican Mafia and trader in women and drugs. Wolf tries to buy Clare's freedom, but Hannah is only interested in revenge. Meanwhile Keaton is called in to hunt Wolf, his former instructor in the SAS.
39"Hunting Season Part 2"
(Japanese: 狩人の季節(後編))
Keaton meets Wolf who reveals that he became involved with Sparrow and Swan to undermine the Corsican Mafia who sold drug to his daughter. However, they joined forces with the Corsicans instead. Meanwhile, Hannah takes Clare hostage to trap Wolf, but Wolf and Keaton break into Swan's mansion and save Clare. Otter arrests Swan and breaks the drug ring, but Wolf escapes, the hunter now being hunted.

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.[9][10] The series was also included on the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Master Keaton". Viz Media. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTER KEATON / 1 完全版』" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  3. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTER KEATON / 12 完全版』" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  4. ^ "Master Keaton Manga to Get Sequel After 18 Years". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "小学館:コミック 『MASTERキートン Reマスター" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Viz Media Adds Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton". Anime News Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  8. ^ "Viz Media Debuts Naoki Urasawa's Suspenseful Manga Series Master Keaton". Anime News Network. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "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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