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Viz Media Adds Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton

posted on by Karen Ressler
12-volume suspense series has never been published in English

Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katushika, and Takashi Nagasaki's Master Keaton manga series under its Viz Signature imprint. The series, which has never been published in English, is slated for release in December in North America.

Viz describes the story:

The riveting detective drama introduces Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, an archeology professor and part-time insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford 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.

Urasawa drew the series and Katushika and Nagasaki co-produced the story. The creators launched Master Keaton in Big Comic Original in 1988 and it was published in 12 compiled volumes. Urasawa also drew a sequel series in 2012 titled Master Keaton Remaster with a story by Nagasaki. The series inspired a television anime adaptation in 1998, and a original video anime (OVA) continuation in 2004. Geneon released the television series and OVA in North America.

Viz Media also publishes several other Urasawa titles including 20th Century Boys and its follow-up 21st Century Boys, Pluto and Monster.

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