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Master Keaton

Master Keaton

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Master Keaton: Blood and Bullets
Japanese: マスターキートン


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 1998 to Mar 29, 1999
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Popularity: #2752
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Taichi Keaton is a half-British half-Japanese archeologist and SAS veteran of the Falklands War. He solves mysteries and investigates insurance fraud for Lloyd's around the world.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Master Keaton
Sequel: Master Keaton OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Keaton, Taichi
Keaton, Taichi
Inoue, Norihiro
Inoue, Norihiro
Shinohara, Emi
Shinohara, Emi
Chapman, Charlie
Chapman, Charlie
Sugawara, Masashi
Sugawara, Masashi
Hiraga, Yuriko
Hiraga, Yuriko
Kuwashima, Houko
Kuwashima, Houko


Tamura, Manabu
Kojima, Masayuki
Shimura, Jouji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Aoyama, Hiroshi
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Aired  Oct 6, 1998 to Mar 29, 1999
Status  Finished Airing
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Nov 24, 2011
“The master of life always lives his destiny as he chooses...”

Ex-SAS, Archeologist, part time lecturer, traveler, historian, Insurance agent; Taichi Hiragi Keaton is a Jack of all trades and a “master of life”. He is simple, intelligent, humble, and a moralistic goody-two shoes infused with the love of life and the possibilities it brings.

The show itself is an exact mirror reflection of its main character; a “Jack-of-all-trades” in that it touches a wide variety of genres and themes, from slice-of-life, romance, mystery to historical, war drama, thriller. It dips into almost everything an anime of its premise possibly can. And the result is read more
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Aug 26, 2009
If variety is the spice of life then Master Keaton delivers one hell of a spicy dish. It is hard to say what genre the shows is because it is almost everything. But is variety by itself enough?

Master Keaton's greatest asset is its variety. One episode it is a mystery, the next it is an action show, and the one after that it is a slice of life. The show really does end up getting it fingers in to almost every genre there is. To go along with the different genre, the show is in a different place every episode. In the rice patties of read more
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Jan 27, 2010
More people need to check this out, it’s great as an episodic show and at trying out many different genres and has a genius main, always a plus ;) Everything applies exactly the same to the OVA as well, be sure to check out one if you like the other.

Plot: ?
This varies from episode to episode to be honest, some are solid 10s, others are lower, but there’s no real bad ones to be fair, just ones that are more interesting than others. Plot episodes vary greatly, one episode Keaton might be disarming a bomb with chocolate, surviving in the desert, or making a windmill read more
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Feb 16, 2011
Master Keaton is a decent work, but not a must see. It is a great and enjoyable episodic anime. Katsushika/ Hokusei is its creator, who also created masterpiece Monster. Thus there are a lot of similarities (Master Keaton aired about six years before Monster, and in all aspects Monster is better than it).

It is an episodic anime, therefore do not expect a great plotline or significant developments in story. But it does not make Keaton a dull anime, because Katsushika/ Hokusei pours his 'vast' knowledge on Europe into it and creates an interesting story in each episode. In every episode we read more
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Their original mangas are made by the same author. They have kinda the same type of main character and the atmosphere of the stories are the same, with suspense and adventures. 
reportRecommended by dnqw97dhqu9d
After only watching one episode of Master Keaton, I could tell that Mushishi is similar. Ginko travels and solves problems with mushi, and Keaton solves problems for (insurance problems if the anime stays consistent) people who are in trouble. They both have the slice of life style pace, and from what I hear it is kind of episodic. But you probably would have heard of Mushishi before this one. 
reportRecommended by eternalmetal
A very skilled and well educated Japanese man solves mysteries around the world. Another contemporary setting but the look and feel is a bit different. If you are looking for something more mature and thoughtful take a look at Gallery Fake. 
reportRecommended by lisnoire
Both series are slow slice-of-life mysteries. Without children and school. Without supernatural things. With similar atmosphere. But Keaton is episodic. 
reportRecommended by irenika
While 'Master Keaton' is not exactly a detective anime (some episodes may be thriller, action or slice of life), Keaton works as an insurance investigator for Lloyd's and frequently has to solve cases for his clients. 'Detective Conan' is an example of a classic detective and is much more deduction-oriented. Both shows can be recommended to mystery lovers, but at the same time they both feature strong non-detective storylines. 
reportRecommended by eillart
Both shows are of an episodic nature. The main protagonist in both titles is a highly-skilled professional who helps people he encounters in solving their life problems - while Sasakura deals with his clients at a bar stand, Keaton usually solves tough insurance-related cases. 
reportRecommended by eillart

Opening Theme

"Opening Theme" by Kuniaki Haishima

Ending Theme

#01: "eternal wind" by BLÜE (eps 1-13)
#02: "A Sigh" by KneuKid Romance (eps 14-24)

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