Okay, wrong piece of fiction. But this does involve a couple who're robbing some persons of something valuable... and another couple that're makin' explosives... and another just hooking up and taking down an evil Alchemist hell-bent on-
What the hell am I talking about?
It may not make sense now, but it's just like 'Pulp Fiction', where we have about a million different things happening at different times (namely, 3 in the broadcast version of the series, plus a coupla more in the DVD extra episodes) and as many characters to tell their sides of the same story. Sound zany? Well, so did the Quentin Tarantino work of ages past. And you know what? It works.
When you have as many stories here with as many characters to tell them, something's going to get maimed. What's getting maimed here (aside from a few gangsters)? The timeline in which it's all told. Jumping between 1930 and 1932 with a brief stop in 1711, we can see the course of events that unfold in New York City at two different times, on board the commercial passenger train known as the Flying Pussyfoot, and (ever so briefly) below the decks of the ill-fated Advenna Avis. What occurs in these events- and afterwards- changes the course of everything for those involved... for better and for worse.
But for something that tells a great story (or series of them), we need to have great people tell them. That's where FUNimation's really shining through with their dubbing on this. The people involved sound like they would have from the prospective eras and locales. Personal favorite being Bryan Massey's portrayal of Ladd Russo. My GOD- this man can put on such a thick accent and sound so devilishly FUNNY whilst beating the living HELL out of his opponents! Where has gusto like this been in the past 15 years of English-dubbed anime releases?
And the visuals! Good Lord in Heaven... there's little to be able to say about the scenery, set pieces, and characters themselves in the midst of blood, gore, fist-fighting and gun battles. I can only use one word- GORGEOUS.
The fact that I'm left relatively speechless now just shows how awesome this Japanese portrayal of 1930's prohibition America is... the whole alchemy thing aside, of course.