Baccano! ~ Review
“Taking anime to the next generation in more ways than one!”
There aren’t so many, let’s say, “cult” anime series out there. You know, those anime series that made its own “revolution” in it’s own medium? Those type of anime’s that made anime series after seem different or better than anime series prior to it? Well, this series right here might be one of the few “cult” anime series that we’re on about…and hopefully you’re about to see why.
Baccano! follows the story of the Flying Pussyfoot; a transcontinental train running to New York, and the terrifying scene aboard it. The scene is set in mainly three time-frames – 1930, 1931 and 1711 – following the story of a group of alchemists that once summoned and demon and gained eternal life, living their eternal lives among those who live in 1930’s New York. The story is told from multiple characters, all giving their own personal stories to the one plot. Little do these characters know that what they do or say next will alter the story of another character, and the entire crime scene on the train itself.
The anime can be very closely related to the 1994 cult film “Pulp Fiction” in terms of the gangster theme, black comedy and jumping timelines and points of view
The anime aired for 13 episodes (with 3 OVA’s) during the Summer 2007 Anime Season (July 2007 – November 2007). The anime is based off an ongoing light novel series written by Narita Ryougo (most famous for writing the light novel series Durarara!!). The anime is animated by Brain’s Base Studios, who brought us such iconic anime series including Durarara!!, Natsume Yuujinchou and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun.
As the series contains quite an immense number of important characters, it is hard to compress the notable voice actors and actresses that make an appearance in this anime, but I’m going to try: some notable voice actors and actresses include Onosaka Masaya who voices Isaac Dian (and is also known as the voice of Don Patch from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo), Koyasu Takehito who voices Luck Gandor (and is also known as the voice of Aokiji from One Piece), Sakaguchi Daisuke who voices Jacuzzi Splot (and is also known as the voice of Sunohara from Clannad) and Kobayashi Sanae who voices Ennis (and is also known as the voices Allen Walker from D.Gray-man). But of course there are many more that you would most likely recognize, so look out for them when watching this anime!
Like I mentioned earlier, if you’ve ever watched the film “Pulp Fiction”, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, then you will know that this anime is basically an anime attempt at the film, but with a fantasy twist to it. And I’m not saying that in a bad way. In fact, that’s what makes this anime so freaking awesome! The non-chronological story and multiple main characters telling the same story makes the story deep and easier to understand, while also piecing the, what was seemed as a complicated, story together nicely. But I definitely think this is one the more cleverly constructed anime’s; so far as to say that this anime (along with Narita Ryougo’s other work, Durarara!!) is a cult classic that all anime enthusiasts should watch at least once. And with that, I leave you this one piece of advice: if you haven’t watched this yet, then seriously… what are you doing right now?
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 10/10