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Baccano! 

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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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Ryôgo Narita
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Series cast summary:
Michael C. Pizzuto ...  Dallas Genoard (2009) 16 episodes, 2007-2008
J. Michael Tatum ...  Isaac Dian 15 episodes, 2007-2008
Caitlin Glass ...  Miria Harvent 15 episodes, 2007-2008
Akemi Kanda Akemi Kanda ...  Czeslaw Meyer 14 episodes, 2007-2008
Maxey Whitehead ...  Czeslaw Meyer 14 episodes, 2007-2008
Masaya Onosaka Masaya Onosaka ...  Isaac Dian 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Sayaka Aoki Sayaka Aoki ...  Miria Harvent 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Sanae Kobayashi ...  Ennis 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Kunihiro Kawamoto Kunihiro Kawamoto ...  Nick / ... 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Bryan Massey ...  Ladd Russo 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Joel McDonald ...  Jacuzzi Splot 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Brina Palencia ...  Ennis 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...  Jacuzzi Splot 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Yoshinori Sonobe Yoshinori Sonobe ...  Donny / ... 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Charles Baker ...  Nick 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Bob Carter Bob Carter ...  Donny / ... 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ...  Ladd Russo 11 episodes, 2007-2008
Tetsuharu Ohta Tetsuharu Ohta ...  Dallas's Nakama / ... 11 episodes, 2007-2008
Todd Haberkorn ...  Firo Prochainezo 11 episodes, 2007-2008
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ...  Maiza Avaro 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Hiroyuki Yoshino Hiroyuki Yoshino ...  Firo Prochainezo 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Yû Kobayashi ...  Nice Holystone 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Jerry Jewell ...  Claire Stanfield / ... 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Nice Holystone 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Sean Hennigan Sean Hennigan ...  Maiza Avaro 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Ian Sinclair ...  Dallas Genoard 10 episodes, 2007
Masakazu Morita ...  Claire Stanfield / ... 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Atsushi Imaruoka Atsushi Imaruoka ...  Dallas Geonard 9 episodes, 2007
Marina Inoue ...  Eve Geonard 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Takayuki Sugô ...  Goose Perkins 9 episodes, 2007
Yukito Soma Yukito Soma ...  Randy / ... 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Jad Saxton Jad Saxton ...  Eve Genoard 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Jason Liebrecht ...  Luck Gandor / ... 9 episodes, 2007
Phil Parsons ...  Berga Gandor / ... 9 episodes, 2007
Mark Stoddard ...  Goose Perkins 9 episodes, 2007
Kinryû Arimoto Kinryû Arimoto ...  Slizard Quates 8 episodes, 2007
Takehito Koyasu ...  Luck Gandor 8 episodes, 2007
Kenta Miyake Kenta Miyake ...  Berga Gandor / ... 8 episodes, 2007-2008
R. Bruce Elliott ...  Slizard Quates 8 episodes, 2007
Tôru Furusawa Tôru Furusawa ...  Nicholas Wayne 7 episodes, 2007-2008
Christopher Bevins ...  Nicholas Wayne 7 episodes, 2007-2008
Trina Nishimura ...  Rachel 7 episodes, 2007-2008
Amy Rosenthal Amy Rosenthal ...  Natalie Beriam 7 episodes, 2007-2008
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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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A life of crime can last forever...


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Метушня! See more »

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(16 episodes) | (Entire series)

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Dolby Digital

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16 : 9
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Claire Stanfield goes by the alias "Vino". This is the Italian word for "wine", and alludes to his technique of coating his targets in blood to make them look "cooked in wine." See more »

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Written by Yuki Kajiura
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Miria my dear, this is Fabulous!
19 March 2015 | by ThatMOVIENutSee all my reviews

A multi-strand tale of mobsters and alchemy, 'Baccano' is the 16 episode story of a colourful cast of characters on the other side of the law (including hit men, gangsters, socialites, robbers and well, an alchemist or two) whose lives change over the course of three years (1931-1933) as they deal with the likes of a turf war, gangland murders, an elaborate train heist and the convergence of 'immortals' seeking the means to produce an elixir of eternal life. And that's just a quick skim! A fun and distinct period romp, 'Baccano' is told in a manner akin to 'Rashomon': jumping between different characters and times and seeing their effects on the story, and given our diverse cast, this equals a lot of possibilities. The train is the main anchoring point, and where most of the story takes place, but we cut back to prior years to help inform characters, as well as the bigger narrative of the show, which deals with immortals, alchemy and their ongoing battle. Despite all this though, the show is for the most part a drama with comedic elements (mainly in the form of cosplaying thieves Issac and Miria), and not a big whizzbang fantasy or action show. In fact, this would make a great beginner's anime, given how restrained it actually is and not using a lot of the 'eccentricities' that the form has become notorious for. If the West produced mature dramatic animated series, this is how I imagine it would look.

Animation is solid, sleek and dynamic without being hyperactive, the voice work is good despite some accents, and the 30s setting allows for some really neat recreations of the contradiction that was 30s America: really gorgeous skyscrapers and trains versus very dingy warehouses, dark speakeasys and slummy neighbourhoods. The large group of characters are also by and large rather likable and fun, even if they are slightly stock mafia archetypes, with special note going to the aforementioned Issac and Miria. They are such wonderfully charismatic and energetic goofballs yet not so much so they clash with the darker elements.

As far as complaints, I really can't offer much, except that having a big cast does mean some of them, as well as certain plot threads, are not fully tied up by the end, yet their introductions make them feel more important than they actually turn out to be. Plus, the returning immortals angle is not explored as much as you would think, with really only one episode being the focus and then a quick cap off at the end. I wish they did delve a little more into their lives and what the effects of living so long do to different people. However, the rest of the show is so engaging that it didn't become too big an issue.

In the end, 'Bacanno' was a neat little surprise. It's not 'FullMetal Godfather' as one may be lead to think at first, but it's an exciting and often lively romp through the unlikely blend of mob and magic. Not sure about anime because of all the fanservice, kawaii and ADD action? Give this a shot ya mug.


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