This lovely cluster fuck 13-episode is packed with gore, child abuse, torture, a massive cast of characters, and too many psychos to count. I must say I was very impressed with this anime. Though I wish it was longer.
It is impossible to actually describe the plot in a few sentences, and frankly I don't entirely get it. I could watch this over and over again and still have questions. That's due to all the plot holes. But plot holes are to be expected in an anime this complecated. The plot holes could have been easily fixed with a few more episodes. I think that's why I can't get enough of this deliciously bloody anime! The 18 main characters and jumpy plot line really tied the cluster fuck together and left me with a head ache so big I felt like the Rail Tracer had pulled me into the anime through my computer screen and dragged my head along the railroad tracks. The story it's self isn't all that deep, but for some reason the final episode blew my mind. I was up till 2:00 in the morning trying to decipher the plot.
Baccano! tells the story of 18 people that is seemingly unrealated untill the story wraps up into a nuclear expolsion of a final episode. The crazy duo of robbers (Isac and Mira) added comedy and a touch of light into Baccano! I think without those two this anime definately would have been different. Infact if even one character or event was taken away Baccano! would have sucked more than a vaccum cleaner. The story is jumpy to say the least. It is really about the events on a curiously named train (The Flying Pussyfoot) in the year 1931. (My favorite year). Though the side storys tend to explain the relationships between the characters, their back storys, and how and if they are immortal were interesting, it made it super confusing. You can't just stop watching Baccano! you have to watch it all or it will bother you for years. Really though, I liked hearing how Chezlaw knew Miza, and why Chez was afraid of other immortals; and I liked the story of why Jacuzzi has a sword tattoo, though it was confusing as hell. But for some reason Baccano! wouldn't have worked if it was linear. The immortality was an interesting touch. It added fantasy into an anime that may have worked with out it, but just wouldn't have been the same. This anime is definately not for the faint of heart. People are dragged along railroad tracks, strangle to death, cemented into oil barrels and thrown into rivers (alive), and burned alive.
Only Baccano! can get away with something so twisted and confusing it rivals Neon Genesis Evangellion. You know an anime is good when your favorite character is a psychotic killer or when for some reason you don't mind people having their fingers bitten off.