Master Keaton: Blood & Bullets - Volume 4
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Murder, bankruptcy, blackmail. Can Keaton really claim to lead a quiet life with this caseload? Even when not working a case, drama still works its way into Keaton,s life in the form of a friend of his daughter's who wants to leave his stifling life behind to be free like a hawk... Finally, Keaton goes to Scotland to visit a friend: naturally, danger soon follows in the form of mercenaries from the Polish Mafia who take over the hotel after getting into a gun battle with the police! Keaton,s friend accuses him and another man of cowardice for laying low, but in the end, Keaton joins the "White Leopad of Angola" in a smart display of heroics.
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The best episode on the disc is "Into the Vast Sky," in which a boy in Japan seeks to release a pet hawk into the wild against his father's wishes. He somehow enlists the help of Yuriko, Keaton's daughter, and the two cut school to seek an area in the mountains where the hawk, a member of an endangered species, can find some relatives. This mad quest finds the two fathers teaming up to find the kids. Another good episode on the disc, "The Elm Tree Forever," also tackles father-son issues as a celebrated English composer finds himself suffering a creative block when he learns his hated, once-powerful father, Lord Fenders, has fallen on hard times. The other episodes include a murder mystery involving a rose garden and a game of blackmail played around a race for university chancellor.
I watched the four episodes set in England with the English dub track and the Japan-set episode with the Japanese language track, which seemed to make perfect sense. The English dubbing is adequate, particularly the accents on so many of the supporting characters, but I kept wishing they'd gotten someone stronger for Keaton's voice. I understand that budget limitations keep Pioneer from hiring a "Masterpiece Theater"-caliber voice cast. Still, such a move would have made a great anime series even greater.