I’ve been meaning to watch Baccano! since I learned of its close connection to Durarara!!. I like Durarara!! a lot, well, most of it anyways. But as usual, I dragged till after a long while before finally picking up Baccano!. I gotta say – Baccano! is addictive. It made me just want to continue on and on, watching one episode after another.
I decided to go with a different approach with this post. Usually, I’ll just jot down a few thoughts regarding a series I recently saw. With Baccano!, I decided to list down a few of my favorite scenes. These scenes are randomly ordered. Not by episode and not by favorite ranking. Just totally random.
Warning – I’ll be showing screenshots, hence possible spoilers!
1. This is one of the best scenes I saw. I like how these informants are constantly alert and ready. I just love the look on the bad guys’ faces when they saw these much guns pointing at them.
2. One of my favorite fighting scenes. Firo fights rather gracefully here. The most appealing part has got to be how the hat manage to drop back on his head in one piece.
3. I didn’t quite like how this screenshot turns out, but this is the best I could do. What happened here was how in a midst of such terrible mess on the train, Isaac and Miria managed to suddenly recall how they forgot to buy souvenir for Ennis. If I were them, I’d worry more about my safety than a forgotten souvenir.
4. In case you don’t know, Isaac and Miria are robbers and they always “cosplay” when they rob. Here, they’re being extremely loud when attempting to rob the Genoards. The fact that Eve just let them rob her house without putting up a fight is even more hilariously.
5. Another Isaac and Miria moment. I like how they set the mood to tell a horror story. Those looks on their face pretty much tell me that I’m in for a scary story. I like how the color tone changes too. It’s a good way to set the mood.
6. For some reason, the subtitle doesn’t want to appear. By right, there should be a “Isaac’s died!” – which I think it’s very funny. Some form of a freak accident happened here, supposedly. The old man just fired the gun in celebration, not knowing Isaac and Miria was just right on the floor above them.
7. Thissss iiiis whennnn Isaaaaaaccc and Miiiiriaaaa waaaaas drriivvviing a caarrrr onn a bummppyy rooaaaddd, aanndd startteed sttutterrring. (Read: This is when Isaac and Miria was driving a car on a bumpy road and started stuttering). All the way. Haha. Clowns of Baccano! What more can I say?
8. This time around, the passengers of the train used the guns freely available and aimed them at the black suits who terrorized the train. Love this part. It made me feel like bad things end with good people’s victory. Yay!
From the favorite scenes above, you probably have guessed how much I like Isaac and Miria. They are so random and so funny. Any moments with them in it are enjoyable.
Baccano! is a series with good music. From the first moment on, the music has been consistently amazing, and to my liking. It has been a pleasure listening to such wonderful music. There are anime out there with good music, but Baccano! stands out on its own cuz the genre isn’t mainstream. Meaning to say, it’s not all pop or R&B and such, instead it’s more jazzy, very oldies. That’s how I feel it though. Mostly cuz the setting of the series is set way back in the 1930s anyways.
While Baccano! is a fun series to watch, I have a few of my own personal complains. First of all, I personally think there are too many characters to keep track with. Besides Isaac and Miria, I’m not confident that I could name anyone else without thinking long and hard. They’re the outstanding characters among the bunch. Secondly, I dislike how the story jumps back and forth between 1930, 1931 and 1932. It’s hard to remember what happened first and what happened later. In other words, you might need a really good memory to connect the incidents to fully understand what Baccano! is trying to tell you. Did I also mention that it’s gruesome and bloody? Body parts coming off without warning and blood pouring out like a never ending stream.
Overall, I enjoy the show. I’ll recommend to anyone without hesitation. But there is one question I’ll never know how to answer – Is Dallas alive at the end of it all? I don’t think it was revealed at all. After roaming around the Internet for answers, I realize that there are more than 13 episodes for Baccano!. It’s just that I never get to see them…yet.