Baccano! (2007–2008)

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A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

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Series cast summary:
Masaya Onosaka ...
 Isaac Dinan / ... (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jerry Jewell ...
 Claire Stanfield (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Masakazu Morita ...
 Claire Stanfield (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Ladd Russo (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
J. Michael Tatum ...
 Isaac Dinan / ... (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Sayaka Aoki ...
 Miria Harvent (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Caitlin Glass ...
 Miria Harvent (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Firo Prochainezo (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Hiroyuki Yoshino ...
 Firo Prochainezo (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Ladd Russo (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kinryû Arimoto ...
 Slizard Quates (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
John Burgmeier ...
 Elmer Albatross (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Leah Clark ...
 Sylvie Lumiere (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 Nice Holystone (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Adam Dapkus ...
 Chick Jefferson (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
R. Bruce Elliott ...
 Slizard Quates (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Sean Hennigan ...
 Sean Hennigan / ... (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ryô Hirohashi ...
 Chane Laforet (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Chuck Huber ...
 Ronny Sukiart (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Atsushi Imaruoka ...
 Dallas Geonard (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Marina Inoue ...
 Eve Geonard (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shizuka Ito ...
 Rachel (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Akemi Kanda ...
 Czeslaw Meyer (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Sanae Kobayashi ...
 Ennis (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Yu Kobayashi ...
 Nice Holystone (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Joel McDonald ...
 Jacuzzi Splot (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
 Maiza Avaro (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Trina Nishimura ...
 Rachel (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Ennis (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Chane Laforet (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
 Jacuzzi Splot (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Carrie Savage ...
 Lua Klein (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jad Saxton ...
 Eve Genoard (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ian Sinclair ...
 Dallas Genoard (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Huey Laforet (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Maxey Whitehead ...
 Czeslaw Meyer (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
 Chick Jefferson (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Eri Yasui ...
 Lua Klein (16 episodes, 2007-2008)
Phil Parsons ...
 Berga Gandor / ... (7 episodes, 2007)
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In the year 1711, a group of alchemists are granted an elixir of immortality, with the stipulation that they must kill each other until there can be only one. The now-immortal group unanimously decides it wasn't worth it and destroy the elixir; but one of them, Slizard Quates, starts to kill off his fellow immortals. To reduce the risk of Quates tracking them all down, the group separates and goes their separate ways. Neither of them crosses paths again till 1930, Manhattan, when Quates manages to create a new elixir of immortality. However, he loses it and it ends up going around town, taken to be a bottle of alcohol and unknowingly drunk by many residents. The drinkers of this new elixir include Isaac and Miria, an eccentric pair of thieves; the Gandor brothers, a Mafia family; and their associates in the Camorra, the Martillos (who employ some of the original immortals). Now, not only are a new group of immortals created, but the simmering criminal underworld is about to explode. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Ryohgo Narita's original draft of the story focused on an ancient magician who was revived during the Prohibition era and started to terrorize New York, thus causing a bunch of Mafiosi to gang up to fight him. The supernatural elements were also more pronounced: Maiza Avaro was a hypnotist, Ennis was a succubus, and Szilard was a magician. However, Narita scrapped and revised these concepts, making the final story very different. See more »

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Different Lives, Different Destinations, Endless Stories
20 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The people we pass by everyday all have stories, it's always the choices people make that either make the stories or even throw themselves into intentionally or unintentionally, design by fate or chance by choice, either way makes each characters story more broader because other people with stories intersect and connect. This is a principle in the mysterious art of storytelling but also life itself.

This is one of my personal favorite animes, I can't say too much about this anime since discovering things for yourself is actually one of the best things about this show. This show has so much going for it it truly will require more than one watch because it's just one of those stories where you uncover more as you revisit it making it long lasting. The animation is great the background animation is probably the most impressive to me cause it both captures decades long gone but also it's not static it's actually lively.

The story telling format is similar to films like "Pulp Fiction", "Watchman" and "Memento", which tell their stories in a non-linear format. I always loved this format in storytelling because it adds a great amount of intrigue and depth to both story and characters and makes you constantly wanting more info about their lives. There are lots of characters in this show it's confusing at first but if you stick with this show for a while you'll know who is who, how their connected and actually care about them. My favorites are Isaac and Mira whom are both eccentric airheads but their hearts are always in the right place and they do take actions that do have fruitful results.

The show is literally a puzzle another reason why it requires more than one watch. By it's nature the story is really simple it just doesn't seem that way due to it's jumbled arrangement and the fact there is so much happening and information, just when you think you have it all figured out think again because there is another twist that can throw you perception off balance. It's also beautiful mix of genres,there is alchemy, action, romance, gangster crime, noir, martial arts, slasher horror, comedy, fantasy, it's an exhausting mix but it all blends in perfectly like throwing in different fruits to make a tasty fruit punch.

As an old saying goes, "Everything happens for a reason." Rating: 4 stars


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