Taichi Keaton, a former British special forces operative, now works as an insurance investigator for the world-renowned insurance agency Lloyd's; but his true passion is history and archaeology, which he fulfills by teaching at universities and visiting various ruins. Make no mistake though, there is far more to Mr. Keaton's job than simply filing insurance forms and writing reports! His investigations take him around the world and into situations ranging from run-ins with the Russian mafia to solving murders and even foiling terrorist plots. There's never a dull moment, much to Keaton's dismay!
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Both of these series feature a Japanese (or half-Japanese) man in serious and mature stories set in and around Europe. Master Keaton is a duller, more episodic series that is spread over all of Europe while Monster is more focused, compelling, darker, arced, and confined to Germany; but both are well worth watching. As each are based on works by the same seinen mangaka and are produced by the same director, animation studio etc., they are remarkably similar in style, execution, tone and so on. A fan of one simply must try the other as well.
Keaton may be more episodic and light hearted while Monster is more darker and story-driven. However, they share a similar animation style and character designs (their respective source manga is made by the same artist), low-key atmosphere and plots and settings that feel very much grounded in reality.
The biggest similarity between these two shows is the more realistic settings. Both take place in Europe during the late 80s and early 90s. However even more than that both series feel more grounded in reality than most other anime. Characters act in a more believable manner and all of their actions are possible in the real world.
Keaton is basically Monster's more light hearted older brother. Monster is a much more plot driven story with much greater scope but both shows are worth checking out for their more grounded and realistic approach.
Both shows are REAL. Real in the sense that they very well could be happening around the world now. There's mystery in humanity that each of these main characters explore one day at a time. Keaton takes the episodic approach where Monster has one plot all the way through. They are also both made by the same creator so there's a lot of similarities there as well. Check out one if you liked the other.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Admittedly Master Keaton, while slow-paced, is rather dull and not even half the depth of Mushishi's expertly executed, complemative beauty, but both are serious, mature-minded and slow-moving series of an episodic nature where a protagonist moves from location to location aiding various people in their problems.
Master Keaton and Mushishi star an adult man with a pretty unconventional job as he travels around to help various people with their various problems. Both are mature and very slow.
They're both slow-paced, rather contemplative shows that feature a male protagonist traveling around solving problems for people using his unusual skills. While the settings are wildly different they have a similar feel and atmosphere.
Both of these episodic anime share a simlar relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for more thoughtful episodes that focus more on developing the characters and various themes than the actual plot.
While the settings for these shows and kinds of stories they tell are completely different, it's really the characters that drive both of them. Each episode features the protagonists meeting and helping new people while actually getting to know and understand those people.
Also they share similarly likeable protagonists. Both Keaton and Ginko are masters of many different arts which helps to make the plots varried and interesting.
If you want a break from the usual frantically paced anime and want something a little more thoughful then both of these shows fit the bill.
Gallery Fake is an art gallery that deals exclusively in counterfeits of well-known masterpieces... or is it? Rumor has it, the store is just a front for owner Fujita Reiji's black market sales of stolen paintings. Mitamura Sayako, the curator of Tokyo's Takada Museum, has made it her mission to expose Fujita's shady deals to the public. But is that what's really going on?
both anime have realistic problems and very adult like theme. you can learn a lot of things by watching these like from gallery fake one can learn about paintings and from master keaton one can learn about history and survivalist skills
Duke Tougou - otherwise known as Golgo 13; he's loved by the ladies, hated by his enemies, is enamored with firepower, and can take out a target from several kilometers away. With an arsenal of weapons at his command, Golgo 13 is hired by a variety of people to take down hijackers and more - but he also must protect himself against those who want to take down the legend himself!
These 2 shows are worlds apart plot wise but both would appeal to the seinen fans. Keaton is slow paced and about a detective. Golgo 13 is simply about a man that is an assassin. They are both however are episodic and the lead characters are very strong willed that will do anything to get their jobs done. Just try one if you liked the other.
It is the Andalusian section of the 'Vuelta a España' bicycle race around Spain, and Pepe Benengeli is in trouble. As his brother is getting married to Pepe's former girlfriend, Pepe faces a grueling ride in burning hot weather, through his hometown. In the sunbaked hills of his native Andalusia, Pepe launches a make-or-break effort to win the day. At stake is Pepe's career and, more importantly, his self-respect. All of this, against the backdrop of the majestic beauty of Andalusia's arid terrain... and pickled eggplants.
Call me crazy, but Nasu: Summer in Andalusia is the episode of Master Keaton that wasn't. From the attention to detail regarding regional European customs, to the mostly genial and affecting seinen tone, and with extremely similar character designs, all Nasu would need to be an episode for Taichi Hiraga-Keaton to happen by and make insightful remarks from the sidelines.