“A train robbery is where you take a train to your destination, make your move, and take a train back, right?” – Isaac Dinan
Title: Baccano! (バッカーノ！)
The show aired from July 26, 2007 to November 1, 2007 with a total of 13 episodes. 3 specials later aired on February 27, 2008 to May 28, 2008.
During the late 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis, are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.
Based on the award winning light novels of the same name, this anime adaptation follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story – one of alchemy, survival and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved.
The cast for this show is HUGE but I literally loved every single of them! Even the ones that annoyed me at the beginning of the show managed to amaze me. Isaac and Miria are probably the most love characters ever. They never fail to put a smile on my face and are currently at the top of my ‘favorite characters’ list. The rest of the cast includes psychopaths, thieves, mafia families, the Rail Trace, immortals and gangsters. Right at the beginning of the show, you will get over twenty characters thrown at you and believe me, you will be very confused. The characters are then slowly explained through out the 13 episodes. The thing about the cast is that they’re all incredibly diverse, from their beliefs to their attitudes and it was very interesting watching a lot of characters arguing over what they think is right.
I have no idea how they managed to put 24 episodes worth of content into only 13 episodes. The writers somehow managed to pull it off. The plot is extremely interesting and there was never a dull moment. There was a great deal of mystery, gore, comedy, and at times romance. There are three main story lines: One involving immortality in 1930, one involving the Flying Pussyfoot train in 1931 and another involving a girl looking for her older brother in 1932. The episodes are basically leaps from one story line to another at different times. So yeah, you will be really confused in the first episode, that changes very quickly though. I am going to stop here regarding the plot due to me not wanting to spoil anything.
The animation was fantastic, combining anime and western styles. The fighting scenes were beautifully animated and were a joy to watch. The character designs were all different and you could easily distinguish all the characters. The colors for the show were a little dark (comparing the art to current shows) but it worked well with the overall mood of the show. In short, outstanding job.
The music in the show is just plain addictive. The OP, Guns & Roses, is one of my favorite anime openings ever. It just fits the show perfectly. The ending, Calling, is also stunning and the singing is really good. The songs throughout the show are fast paced and exciting.
Also, a warning. There will be a lot of gory scenes in this show. Example: Violence, torture and blood. If you are disgusted by things like these, do not watch this because there is a lot of it.
The Rating: 10/10
I can’t even say that I love Baccano!, I adored it. I recommend this show to anyone and everyone. The story will probably never end for me, it’s incredibly enjoyable. Please watch this! Also, if you are about to watch it, I really do envy you.