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Baccano! is a TV series starring J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, and Akemi Kanda. 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:
...  Isaac Dian 15 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Miria Harvent 15 episodes, 2007-2008
Akemi Kanda ...  Czeslaw Meyer 14 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Czeslaw Meyer 14 episodes, 2007-2008
Masaya Onosaka ...  Isaac Dian 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Sayaka Aoki ...  Miria Harvent 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Sanae Kobayashi ...  Ennis 13 episodes, 2007-2008
Kunihiro Kawamoto ...  Nick / ... 13 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Ladd Russo 13 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Jacuzzi Splot 13 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Ennis 13 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Jacuzzi Splot 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Yoshinori Sonobe ...  Donny / ... 12 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Nick 12 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Donny / ... 12 episodes, 2007-2008
Keiji Fujiwara ...  Ladd Russo 11 episodes, 2007-2008
Tetsuharu Ohta ...  Dallas's Nakama / ... 11 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Firo Prochainezo 11 episodes, 2007-2008
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...  Maiza Avaro 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Hiroyuki Yoshino ...  Firo Prochainezo 10 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Nice Holystone 10 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Claire Stanfield / ... 10 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Nice Holystone 10 episodes, 2007-2008
Sean Hennigan ...  Maiza Avaro 10 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Dallas Genoard 10 episodes, 2007
Masakazu Morita ...  Claire Stanfield / ... 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Atsushi Imaruoka ...  Dallas Geonard 9 episodes, 2007
...  Eve Geonard 9 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Goose Perkins 9 episodes, 2007
Yukito Soma ...  Randy / ... 9 episodes, 2007-2008
Jad Saxton ...  Eve Genoard 9 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Luck Gandor / ... 9 episodes, 2007
Phil Parsons ...  Berga Gandor / ... 9 episodes, 2007
Mark Stoddard ...  Goose Perkins 9 episodes, 2007
Kinryû Arimoto ...  Slizard Quates 8 episodes, 2007
...  Luck Gandor 8 episodes, 2007
Kenta Miyake ...  Berga Gandor / ... 8 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Slizard Quates 8 episodes, 2007
Tôru Furusawa ...  Nicholas Wayne 7 episodes, 2007-2008
...  Nicholas Wayne 7 episodes, 2007-2008
Trina Nishimura ...  Rachel 7 episodes, 2007-2008
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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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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Featured in JesuOtaku Anime Reviews: Baccano! Review (2010) See more »

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Calling
Performed by Kaori Oda
Written by Yuki Kajiura
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An Anime For Almost Everyone
3 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

This show is incredible - and it's only 13 episodes. If you're like me, and you prefer anime shows with a bit more of a mainstream, perhaps even "Westernized" flavor, this is a great choice. The only irritating cutesiness comes from the slapstick duo of Isaac and Miria, a pair of dopey criminals; everything else is brilliantly scripted and slickly animated.

The ridiculously complex plot spans several time periods and involves an enormous cast of characters, all seamlessly intersecting in fascinating ways. Everyone, from the homicidal gangster Ladd Russo to the cocky mafiosi Firo Prochainezo, to the blood-caked assassin Clare Stanfield, receive their share of great scenes. The show is tender, surprising, violent, funny, and always compelling. The editing is some of the best I've seen in an anime, with the subplots bouncing off of each other through different time periods - 1930s Prohibition-era New York, to the 1700s, to the present day. No Japanese aesthetics here, outside of the obvious fact that it's a Japanese cartoon; characters and settings are all clearly influenced by European and American culture.

The action sequences are brutal and fluid, with plenty of great fights throughout. Lots of foul language in the English dub, which suits the show's style. As Anime News Network similarly pointed out, the English dub here is preferable just because of how well the voice cast pulls off all the different accents the characters have. Some characters are French, some are working-class "New Yohkahs" and still others are bourgeoise. One of the best English dubs you're likely to ever hear, I'd say.

There is a supernatural element to the show, but it's wonderfully subtle: some characters are immortals, growing back appendages and digits in wonderfully animated sequences that show every drop of blood coagulating and returning to the flesh from whence they came - almost like a slow-motion vacuum. The ways in which characters can become immortal function as one of the great wrinkles of the show, and there's even a unique way for immortals to kill each other known as "devouring"; saying anymore would be spoiling the fun. Needless to say, the desire to be immortal (or the desire to die) propels lots of the different factions in the show to clash with one another (often unintentionally).

As a feat of multi-pronged, centuries-spanning, character-heavy writing, this is undeniably an anime epic for the ages. I've never seen ANYTHING like it, and I doubt I ever will again. The only flaw is the ending, which feels a bit abrupt - like there should be more (I know the light novel series upon which the show is based did continue after the events of the show). One of my favorite anime shows ever, one that I often think about, and one that I rewatch at least once a year. Near perfection.


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