Posted by psgels on 7 January 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews

The OVA of Master Keaton is pretty much what you’d expect of it: more Mater Keaton episodes that keep the standards of storytelling quite high with well researched settings and characters. What makes this particularly interesting is that it was written not so long after the Berlin Wall collapsed, and therefore it offers quite an interesting look at Germany compared to the one we have now.

Also, it’s too easy to label the new episodes as more random episodes of Master Keaton, because what the OVA also does is fill in a bit of the gaps here and there. There is an episode that goes for a really intense survival story, every main member of the cast gets his or her own episode, Keaton’s past also gets explored a bit, The cast definitely got better after the OVAs.

And at the same tme I do have to say that the episodes of Master Keaton that made the most impact were in the television series, so it is a bit of a tradeoff. Not to say that the episodes of the OVA aren’t great, of course, although there are a few weak points here and there. It stands out when in a series that prides itself with using really well researched stories, one of the episodes takes out members of the maffia in a way that is surprisingly similar to the way in which most kids movies take care of mafia members…

Those are just small incidents, though, but with a show as well written as Master Keaton, they do stand out. In any case the Television did have surprisingly little character deevelopment, and that’s exactly what this OVA gave us, so I’m happy.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Still well told, still well built up, the fights and heartwarming moments are still very neatly written, with a few exceptions this time, though.
Characters: 9/10 – Some nice extra character development for the main cast really helps.
Production-Values: 8/10 – This was pretty much produced in the same way as the TV-series.
Setting: 9/10 – Still well researched, and it still adds to the universe where this series takes place.

Suggestions:
Mushishi
Yugo the Negotiator
Darker than Black

4 Responses

  1. Firechick says:

    Don’t you mean the Berlin Wall?

  2. ChobitsChi says:

    You will notice that the setting in Monster is very true to real world as well. Actually it’s so incredible that I cannot put it into words o.O (Especially for someone who’s been to some places described there)
    I am saying this because you should be prepared for a real feast. Savor it :D

  3. jzar says:

    A very fun series, too bad they didn’t include the wife…she gets mentioned so much it would have made a great way to tie the whole thing together. Thanks for putting your review up.

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  • ;(
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 03:27 AM)
    @Jerkoff: kindly do so as well please. Preferably the latter, you cause your parents nothing but grief anyway, so this is actually the best for everyone.
  • jerkocaust
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 02:11 AM)
    @Miyabi Talk like a normal human you faggot or kill yourself you pathetic weeaboo
  • miyabi
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 12:41 AM)
    Ne mina-san I recommend Be My Sweet Darling it’s such a kawaii manwha desu~
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 09:52 PM)
    @Mintopia: A yes that one, I recommended it on here recently.
    Though I need to read more of it myself.
  • Mintopia
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 09:48 PM)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:51 AM)
    Fury, like blackhawk down, weren’t really of note, they were just action movies, never poor, never great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:49 AM)
    Theres an old French documentary, it might be from the 50s or a bit later than that which dealt with the holocaust.
    Shoah is another long loooong doc about WWII.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:46 AM)
    Haven’t heard of men behind the sun.
    And I actually didn’t want to watch inglorious basterds because I was certain it was gonna treat a serious subject unseriously.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:45 AM)
    @;(: I had to watch boy in the striped pajamas twice to really appreciate it.
    Pianist is more my thing because its bleaker and in general I’m quite the fan of Polanski’s films.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: actually I found boy in the striped pajamas to be underwhelming in comperasion to how holocaust stories are. And the pianist is a great movie. But when you think about it, the guy kind of avoided a much worse fate by hiding and never being found.

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