Anime Review: Baccano!

Anime Review: Baccano!

Despite a confusing first episode, Baccano! blends great action, compelling characters, and excellent storytelling into one hell of a mix.

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I love Baccano!

But I can't stand the dub. Those accents really do grate on my ears. They seem too false for me.

It's a remarkably violent series, really. I wasn't expecting it to be.

I wasn't all that put off by the first episode, but I still haven't finished watching it. I became distracted, I guess. Now I think I'll finish watching it, so thank you.

Well... That sounds great! I'm probably going to watch that one.

Thank you for a wonderful review of what I hope to be an equally wonderful anime.

Thanks for the wonderful review, I was hoping that this would be a good series.

Baccano is one of the best anime I've seen in years. I mean, come on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msg8ypnLqaw

Have you seen an opening that stylish since cowboy bebop?

It's also one of the few series' where the dubbing makes sense. It's set in fricken new york.

vivaldiscool:
Baccano is one of the best anime I've seen in years. I mean, come on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msg8ypnLqaw

Have you seen an opening that stylish since cowboy bebop?

It's also one of the few series' where the dubbing makes sense. It's set in fricken new york.

I still maintain that "Jacuzzi Splot" is the worst name I have ever heard.

CantFaketheFunk:

vivaldiscool:
Baccano is one of the best anime I've seen in years. I mean, come on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msg8ypnLqaw

Have you seen an opening that stylish since cowboy bebop?

It's also one of the few series' where the dubbing makes sense. It's set in fricken new york.

I still maintain that "Jacuzzi Splot" is the worst name I have ever heard.

Probably why he cries so much.

Sounds interesting. It, too, will be added to the list (as mentioned in a previous anime-review response). First, I have to check to see if it isn't already on the list (the list contains many anime I've never heard of, as it was something a friend sent me, and I've been slowly working my way through it).

It sounds like you had a better reaction to the series than I did. It had some decent moments and I liked the visual style of it, but the overall series got an overwhelmingly "meh" response from me.

Edit: I suppose I should qualify that statement. The sporadic and unfocused nature of the storytelling, combined with a lack of any truly central protagonist, left me rather disinterested in the events. I've seen plenty of shows that have bounced around in the timeline but they all did it better. To me, Baccano felt like somebody's attempt at a Guy Ritchie film (ie. Snatch) with none of the charm.

Wow, I couldn't agree more with your appraisal of the first episode... I downloaded it on Xbox and my first thought was that it was way too disorganized and rushed for me to form any coherent thoughts about it. It wasn't awful, but it didn't stand out and pull me in and consequently I decided not to download any further episodes. However, I may go back and give it another shot after reading this. It makes it much more interesting to me.

Furthermore, the knowledge that this was one of the reviewed shows makes me REALLY wish I'd written some reviews for that competition instead of looking for a job.

Edit: JACUZZI SPLOT?!?

I liked Baccano! quite a lot, really. It's deliciously pulp, stylish, and its central conceit of immortality--as well as some rather ironic ways certain characters with certain philosophies interact with them--all come together into a package that's just a whole lotta fun.

I think I'm going to have to add this to my 'To watch' list
perfect for helping me remember where I am in a series and get started on the next one :P
Now I just need to find it... good thing I'm going to Forbidden Planet today then...

Hmmm... I'll have to watch this. That is, of course, after I finish Trigun, and Vampire Knight, and Blade of the Immortal, and Eureka 7, and D.N. Angel. Wow, I need to catch up.

My friend introduced me to this and, after a little cynicism, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! It's a very intriguing plot, and it's story is something you don't see in a whole lot of anime, much less in any American TV show. Also:

RavingPenguin:
Hmmm... I'll have to watch this. That is, of course, after I finish Trigun, and Vampire Knight, and Blade of the Immortal, and Eureka 7, and D.N. Angel. Wow, I need to catch up.

Those can wait. This is only 13 episodes, and is probably one of the best anime-watching experiences you'll ever come across. Trust me, it's worth it.

This is an anime that is very rare to come by with interesting characters that you will love so much you'll totally forget about the lack of a central protagonist. Also Baccano is an anime that made a dub that is truly amazing and enhances the experience rather than bogging it down there is not a single voice that feels out of place. I admit some of the voices weren't what I expecting but quickly proved to be better choices then I expected. In other words this series is a must see that will only get better every time you watch it and those who give up based on the first episodes small issues don't know what their missing.

Oh, man. I love this series. Baccano is awesome!

I watched the Japanese w/subs so I haven't listened to the dub yet. So, no idea how it went but that is one awesome little series.

Catch the 3 episode OVA too after you watch the series, it's just as good. Do it subbed though -.- dubbings just never catch the full flare and usually makes everything so... saturday-morning-cartoon-ish.

I watched this anime a year ago and completly loved it.

It is a beautiful tapesty of events weaved perfectly together, with just the right amount of gore and torture, it is impossible to look away

I really liked this when I watched it a few days ago. Was very Tarentino-esque in a lot of areas and is probably one of the best non-mainstream animes out there.

Glad to see a positive review for my favorite series.
To bad it's still gonna be one of those amazing series no one fucking watched.
It got a bad timeslot in Japan combined with the fact they don't like things without stuff they can relate too and here it had no timeslot and no advertising. Too bad.
Personally, I'd want Adult Swim to air, but since they're trying to erase anime completely I doubt it'll happen.
(They even put the insanely popular Code Geass at like, 3AM. What? That show had insane levels of success.)

I watched the first two episodes and i have to say you liked it a lot more than i did.

The intro was very stylish indeed, immediately reminded me of cowboy bebop. I loved the setting, and felt the series had a lot to offer. A few things however completely turned me off

Isaac and Miria were a complete flop to me compared to what I hoped they could be. Comedy wise they fail to deliver and voice wise Miria sounds 13 years old.

The series has this weird japanese touch to it, weird humor not everyone will like and really weird naming; "the flying pussyfoot" ? seriously??

What sealed the deal for me was this dude called jacuzzi, he is your extremely shy male adolescent loser type they like to throw around in media, perhaps so they give the audience someone they can relate to *cough*Vaan*cough*

This is probably one of the best animes I've ever had the pleasure of watching.
Most characters are great/hilarious/demented/bad ass and if they aren't in the beginning even with a terrible name and a screechy voice (I'm looking at you Jacuzzi) you will in time love every character. A great blend of Comedy, Drama, Gore, and historical inaccuracies we all love to believe in, I'd say if you like anything that has to do with laughing, exploding, mysteries, guns, knives, the Mafia, Anime, and breathing you should check this show out.

I have very little (at the moment) to say about Baccano, but I hope my Avatar does all the talking for me.

loved Baccano! Great story, took a bit of a beat around the bush approach to the storyline, so unless you were paying attention, you could get 6 or 7 episodes in without realizing entirely what just happened. Good development of characters, and pleasing actions sequences made this one of my favorite animes. Only complaint is the shortness forced them to wrap a couple things up a little quickly and forced, but left just enough sidebars open to let your imagination continue after the last credit rolled.

I watched this anime some time ago, and while it was a little too violent for my usual tastes, I found the story to be extremely compelling and well paced.

I think that your review was very well written and summed up everything nicely.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a anime which differs from the usual formula.

EDIT: I apologise, having commented on this anime review at a much earlier date I went and commented again. The new format confused me and I ended up ninjaring myself. Vast vast vast apologies for my stupidity

Funny how when I googled Baccano I came back to the escapist.

standokan:
Funny how when I googled Baccano I came back to the escapist.

lol same here.

awesome show loved it. first and last episodes as well.

To be honest, I hate baccano. It is one of the most disgusting and brutal anime series out there and I do not think that it should be continued to air as it is now. Whether you want to believe it or not, anime is still crowded mostly by those under 15 years of age and if they start growing watching brutal animes like these, they are going to get turned into psychopaths and sadists. Period!

i don't watch a lot of anime, but I was pretty surprised by this.

I liked...but man, it was too violent to stomach a points. It was very well written but sometimes it felt like it was a little...overkill? I dunno...

 

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