Sunday, November 8, 2015

Manga Review: Master Keaton, Volume 3, by Naoki Urasawa

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 2015
Volumes: 12
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, the son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, 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...


I did not read the second volume, but since this series is very episodic, I don’t think I missed too much. Perhaps something happened with his family and he lost his job in the second volume? Either way, almost all of this volume featured single-chapter cases.
Since I prefer the chapters where Keaton is with his family, and there was only one chapter like that, I did miss it. There was another chapter at the end where he fools around with some friends, and that was a nice reprieve.
Otherwise, Keaton travels around for insurance cases the rest of the book. There’s a lot of history, he sees some old friends, and he does a lot of good in helping save historic ruins. It’s a pretty slow series, very chapter-by-chapter based, with little real family or character progression. But it’s a good series, if you like this kind of thing. If you like history, if you like some mystery, and watching an older guy as he lives his life. I just don’t think that’s my kind of thing.

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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