Sunday, October 18, 2015

Manga Review: Master Keaton, Volume 1, by Naoki Urasawa

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2014
Volumes: 12
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, the son of a Japanese zoologist and a noble English woman, is an insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. Educated in archaeology and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth...


This volume reminded me of an older fashioned mystery show, especially with the art. It has some mystery elements, with archaeological and insurance related cases. But at the same time, Keaton is just taking care of stuff in his spare time, around his teaching job and things with his family.
The cases were fine, with a lot of history and backstory for each chapter that had one. And I’m sure a lot of people find that more interesting than I do. This is definitely aimed at people who enjoy this older man point of view, with history. But I enjoyed the story lines featuring his family more.
His daughter is pushy and strong-headed, and I liked her. She has a boyfriend and she’s in college, but mostly she’s fed up with her father being still not over her mother after being divorced for years. Him being in the same position as her grandfather, as well. The best chapters, for me, were when Keaton and his daughter talked, and the one where Keaton and his father get caught up in old memories of his mother.
This is very much a seinen, mystery/history, slice-of-life series. It had an older-fashioned feel to me. Not quite up my alley, but I know a lot of people are enjoying it.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

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