Taichi Hiraga-Keaton’s dream has always been to solve the mysteries of the Danube river basin and prove that both his and his mentor’s theories are true. Somewhere along the way, though, he became an insurance investigator; and now, ten years later, he isn’t any closer to proving their theories. However, Keaton isn’t any ordinary insurance investigator! With assignments ranging from protecting clients from the KGB to thwarting Stasi assassinations, and even raiding the Corsican Mafia, he’ll wish he stuck to excavating ruins! Just what is the significance of Keaton’s title of “master,” and who is the man who trained him to be what he is today?
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.
From the same studio, by the same mangaka, director and composer, about a Japanese man who travels through Europe - primarily Germany in Monster's case. Monster has much in common with the darker episodes of Master Keaton - if the titles about the seedy and corrupt interested you, or the disaffected former citizens of East Germany - or their handlers; well, more of the same is provided here. Indeed, the episode in the OVA where Yugoslavians are threatened by skinheads - and are defended by the half-Japanese Keaton - touches on a theme expounded at much greater length in Monster.
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.
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 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.
Like Master Keaton, Mushishi is an episodic series about a solitary protagonist who goes from place to place, often solving the problems of those he encounters. A reserved, slow-paced, mature tone permeates both works, but more markedly so in Mushishi. If you enjoyed the Master Keaton series, you really should consider watching this title.
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.
There's an episode in this Keaton OVA where we see the emotional turmoil of an athlete from the Olympics, who has sunk to his lowest point. It's far darker then Nasu: Summer in Andalusia - which more resembles one of the more charming, upbeat episodes of Master Keaton - but the ambivalent relationship that athlete has with East Germany isn't entirely dissimilar that Pepe in Nasu feels towards his native Andalsuia. If you liked that episode specifically or Keaton in general, by all means check out Nasu: Summer in Andalusa.
Beppu Yugo is one of the world's most successful and celebrated negotiators. His cases have ranged from big to small, from secretive to in the public eye. His work doesn't come cheap, but his skills are the top of the line, and through words, not violence, his failure rate is minimal. After a period of inactivity, Yugo is back on the job, to help negotiate the release of a hostage in Pakistan. With harsh terrain and deadly enemies before him, will he survive long enough to save the hostage, and return with his life?
Both shows center around highly skilled men that travel the world in order to solve problems that are unsolvable for most other mortals. Both focus a lot on the tricks of their trade, strategies and being quick-witted in order to survive. They really have a similar feel to each other, so fans of either should check out the other one.