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The amazing Taichi Keaton works on cases around the globe that always lead to adventure! He combines his arsenal of multidisciplinary expertise in investigation, archeology, and survival with his experience as a professor, a Falklands Conflict veteran and a SAS agent to unravel the often dangerous challenges in each riveting episode. In this volume, he rescues the beautiful Sofia from a gang of thugs in Greece, then works with bounty hunters to locate a terrorist in Germany. Later, after he escorts the heir to an Italian fortune to France, he meets an "immortal" being chased by the Russian mafia in Poland, and finally returns to Paris for an emotional reunion!

Animated by Mad House (Trigun, X, Ninja Scroll, Patlabor WXIII)
Character design by Kitaro Kosaka (Director of Animation/ Princess Mononoke)
Menu Design by Nightjar (Akira, Hellsing)

Bilingual format (English/Japanese language) with optional English subtitles
Two separate fan friendly subtitles streams (1) Dialogue translation and (2) Signs only translation
Scene access and extras including textless opening/closing and the "Hidden Feature"
Interactive menus


Taichi Hiraga Keaton, the archeologist-hero of this engaging 1998 TV series, works as a globe-trotting insurance investigator and part-time professor. On a Greek Island, he probes the mysterious death of a salvage diver--and breaks up a ring of black market dealers in ancient art. He helps a repentant terrorist escape from a cell in Dusseldorf, and learns about a missing fortune in Russian gold during a blizzard in Poland. With his prominent, Karl Malden-esque nose and understated personality, Keaton is an unlikely adventurer: his demeanor suggests a grown-up Tintin, rather than an Indiana Jones. But as he proves in his numerous (and perilous) adventures, Keaton is good man to have on your side in pretty much any situation. (Rated 13 and older, but suitable for viewers two or three years younger: violence, mild profanity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Claude Knowlton, Alexandra Carter, Anna Cummer, Eva De Viveiros, Trevor Devall
  • Directors: Hiroshi Hara, Mamoru Kanbe, Masayuki Kojima, Shin'ichi Masaki, Shinsaku Sasaki
  • Writers: Hideo Takayashiki, Robert Chomiak, Shinzô Fujita
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Master Keaton - Excavation (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Iván A. Antezana Q. on June 23, 2003
In addition to the well focused comments in the editorial description, it will be useful to say that "Master Keaton" involved some very important names on the japanese anime and manga industry that helped it become a blockbuster in his native country. First of all, the original manga author is Mr. Naoki Urasawa, well-known for his previous stories ("Yawara!", which was the base for a very successful 123-episode judo anime; "Happy", about tennis; and "Pineapple Army", a war manga). He won the very prestigious Osamu Tezuka manga award for his disturbing but superb "Monster". For "Master Keaton", he teamed with writer Hokusei Katsushika and published 12 volumes about Taichi Keaton's adventures all over the world.
In second place, the animation production house was Mad House, one of those rare anime studios that are not to blame for any anime that came out from their hands ("Trigun", "Card Captor Sakura", "Perfect Blue", "Millenium Actress", "Metropolis", "Pet Shop of Horrors", and a very large etcetera). "Master Keaton" was sure a very "outsider" project for anime. Its hero is not a teen, but a rather mature man reaching his forties. Also, he is surely not a "bishounen" (a term used in manga and anime for "beautiful boys"). The animation doesn't include remarkable effects, and though there are many action sequences (remember, Keaton is a retired SAS trainer), those do not involve espectacular explosions, frantic car chases or anything you may call "eye-popping" by modern standards. We're definitely in front of an adult-oriented series, which focuses greatly in each episode's story, bringing always a little human drama.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. A Huffman on October 13, 2003
This is a very engaging and accessible anime drama. The plot device is great: an ex-S.A.S. instructor and part time professor, Keaton travels the globe and gets involved in adventures while working as an investigator for LLoyds of London.
No giant robots or super-powered martial artists are in this series but there is alot of realistic action. The animation is not "Macross Plus" or "Spirited Away" quality but it is very good.
Keaton's understated character should appeal to anime fans and will probably create some new ones.
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