Alternative Title: Japanese: バッカーノ！ Other Information: Genres: action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, horror
Each of the stories in the series involves several unrelated plots intersecting and crossing each other as events spiral farther and farther out of control. Immortal alchemists, mafia operated speakeasies, and many other elements of pulp fiction mashed together for a world straight out of the movies.
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.
Whoever said that this is a horror anime, sure is weird…
Baccano jumps from one timeline to another. Suddenly you’re at 1930, then 1932, then 1931, and so on and so on. At first it’s seriously confusing. Especially if you don’t know the names of the characters. Then the changes in the time also makes you want to pause every time. But even though it was like that, as soon as you get to the 3rd episode, you’ll enjoy it. Not coz that’s when it gets better, it’s coz that’s when you memorize their names.
Anyway, the story gets a 9/10 for me.
The main plot is actually simple. People are just trapped inside the moving train. ANd when I say trapped- I mean it. Because -this is the complicated part- not only do they have a group of ‘cult’ wanting to sacrifice all of them, they also have a group of psychopaths who wouldn’t want anything more than to kill them. ANd as if that wasn’t enough, there’s another group who wants to take over(?) the train! And of course that’s not all, there’s also a pair of wanted thieves board! And wait, there’s more. They have an assassin for a conductor! Now, think that’s already too much?! Well, think again. Coz there are immortals aboard too! I wonder what the people inside did in their past lives that made them deserving to have this kind of fate… Any ideas?
After that complicated stuff, I think it’s safe to say that it is, indeed, worthy of 9. But what makes this really a great story is the fact that they are all connected! Every main character is connected to each other, that it is so freaky. And even though it’s complicated, as you watch it, you begin to catch up with what’s happening and maybe, even make predictions on what’ll happen next. Anyway, the anime is really easy to understand once you get the hang of it.
As for the characters, 9/10 too.
The characters are all lovable and unique. It would take me forever to tell you why, so I’ll just make it short. THEY”RE THE BEST! It’s so hard to explain why, they just are!
For the art, it’s not that great but it’s good. 8/10.
I think this review is short so just let me make one final comment:
BAccano is worthy of your time, no matter how busy you are. The episodes always leaves you hanging. Always, always, the action is in the last part of the episode. And it’s actually frustrating if you don’t have all the episodes. And to tell you the truth, it’s too short. But it’s great. It never got boring and definitely one of the best anime this century!
Last one, I hope you won’t think that I’m over rating this, this is all my opinion. If it’s different from you then, it is. We are different after all.