Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton is fascinating to read alongside his later series Monster. If Monster is an HBO prestige television series, Master Keaton feels much more like a syndicated TV series. Both are mysteries, but Monster pushes forward on a tightly plotted course toward its conclusion. At the same time, Master Keaton is willing to tell a collection of more episodic stories, often moving back to a particular status quo at the end of each episode. That’s not bad, it’s just a different approach.
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There’s a point, in a flashback sequence in The Detective Is Already Dead, where the titular Detective, Siesta, is asked by our protagonist and her sidekick, Kimihiko, why she calls herself a detective when she’s closer to being a spy. Siesta responds that she protects the interests of her client, which what a detective does, so she chooses to identify herself (professionally) as a Detective. This kind of encapsulates the show in a nutshell.
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was going to describe ID: Invaded
to someone in an elevator, it would be Inception
crossed with Criminal Minds.
It’s probably the closest I’ve come to a more standard procedural
in a genre anime for quite some time, in a very imaginative way.
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Lord El-Melloi II is a mystery series that breaks from the conventions of the genre. Specifically, the convention of using the question of “Howdunit” to determine “Whodunit”. When urban fantasy normally sets into this territory, you see writers structure out their magic system to fit within this magical structure. Lord El-Melloi II, on the other hand, tosses convention out on its head and decides to play Calvinball instead.
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This week I’m reviewing an urban fantasy mystery novel – Ben Aaronovich’s book “Midnight Riot“, published in the UK as “Rivers of London”. Nash’s video about The Cartmel Masterplan can be found here: http://blip.tv/radio-dead-air/doctor-who-classic-the-cartnmel-masterplan-6368641 Continue reading Book Review – Midnight Riot