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It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...

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Baccano! Specials DVD Special 2008 TBD "Episodes 14-16" released on volumes 5, 7 & 8 of the DVDs.

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Baccano! (Light Novel) 2002 TBD
Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad 2007 TBD
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Takahiro KISHIDA Character Design
Takahiro OMORI Director
Makoto YOSHIMORI Music
Ryohgo NARITA Original Manga Creator

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Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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Durarara!! is like a modern day Baccano!

I have only seen the first three episodes of the former, and this is what I thought.

First off, both animes are told from the POVs of several characters. This causes the story to start off sporadically. However, if Durarara is anything like Baccano the story will intertwine and everything will be clear.

After viewing the very first episode to Durarara, I was left trying to figure the other series I've seen that introduces characters through the opening sequence. This could be merely a studio property; I havn't seen enough of Brains-Base to pass judgement.

Although I cannot look further into the plot Durarara(No, I won't read the novel), I can say without a doubt that fans of Baccano will compare the western drama to this urban tale and vice versa.


Because both features a large array of characters, rapidly changing points of view, a simellar visual style, and identical ways of doing the op


Both anime are a cluster of many characters where their stories eventually somehow become linked together. Same style, same awesomeness. Baccano takes place in america where durarara takes place in japan. Same dark gritty type of story telling. If you liked one I can not express how much you'll like the other. Perfect match.


Same creator, same animation studio, same feeling, same idea of a wide cast of varied yet interconnected characters.


A lot of mystery, action, a lot of characters.. Also great music and same style of OP and ED themes, really similar animation. Well, even their titles are similar. Baccano! and Durarara!! have many things in common, and it's hard to explain them all, so i better recommend you to watch both series to understand. If you liked one you can't miss another! :)


This is a recommendation with a "but". Baccano! and Durarara!! are two anime following the same formula: you have a wide range of extravagant characters, stories that jump back and forth with different leads in different episodes, and huge amounts of awesomeness at every corner.

So far so good, but the main difference between the two is in the setting. Part of Baccano's appeal comes from its '30's setting and over-the-top violence. Durarara!! on the other hand is situated in modern day Ikebukuro, with gangs and crime as main theme. They both have genuinely awesome supernatural elements aplenty, and if you don't mind the difference in setting and level of violence, you're bound to absolutely love both.


Each of these series have a very similar style of story telling, animation, and music, while involving an unexpected amount of the supernatural (moreso with durarara, though). Each cast is rather large, but does a great job developing almost every character, while maintaining a fast paced story with a  lot of truly epic moments. If you loved one of these, you'll love the other.


This is a very obvious recommendation imo. They're made by the same people, looks similar and both have an equally fun, high-tempo pace where they mix action and comedy with their huge colorful and creative casts.


I just noticed it  after few episodes of Durarara!!.  Both animes Baccano and Durarara are  about  many  character stories that  link connection each other  in  one . Both series  got similar  climate, both are comic.


It is most likely to enjoy Durarara if you enjoyed Baccano. Both series are about lots of people interacting with each other in entertaining way. Both series have same kind of humor and were made by same studio. Also manga of both series is written by same artist.  


Baccano! and Durarara!! are both produced by the same team, delivered in the same fashion, and animated in the same style.  Both series feature a unique and very creative cast of characters and frequently shifts focus from different character's point's of view to move the story forward.

If you liked either of these shows you owe it to yourself to at least try out the other.


Well Durarara is told in multiple views much like Baccano!, even the style of how the story is told, whether it's from the rumors right down to the urban legends.  Baccano! also gives fans the random chaos scenes we all love from Durarara!!


I strongly recommand you watching Durarara!! if you have watched Baccano!, or the other way around, because both animes use a similar way of story telling and charackter design. In adition to the statet things above, both animes are made out of action, drama and a good part of humor.


It took me 2 episodes of Durarara for me to figure out what show gave me this same familiar feeling- Baccano! They both feature large casts and not-so-clear plots that gradually pulls you in and doesn't let go until the final plot twist as been revealed. If you liked these elements in one of these shows, take a chance on the other.


Both series have excellent writing and story progression, though i have to say DRRRA's second half wasn't as strong.  If your looking for a similiar show to Baccano then Durarara!! is certainly an excellent choice to go with.  They're also both by Brains base so maybe that's why they're so good.



Baccano and Durarara both tell a complex naritve by weaving together several plots that come together in suprising ways. The story is Durarara is more straight foward in its presentation, but both shows are good at handeling multiple plots that include many twists and turns. Both show have some fantasy element.

However what really makes these shows so great are the characters. Both shows have a large cast of unique characters. 


Durarara!! and Baccano! are similar not only because they're animated by the same studio or written by the same author, but because they weave together a multitude of almost completely unrelated plotlines and turn out very different than you would think from watching just the first episode.


Durarara and Baccano share the same way of storytelling, at first showing you scraps from every thread, which feels a bit chaotic, and then shows you more and more and more, and suddenly every piece combine into well-thought image. If you enjoyed story of either of them, I'm certain you'll enjoy the other - durarara is basically a modern baccano.

Also both have amazing cast of various(often crazy) characters, and both are worth watching for characters alone.


I personally watched Durarara!! first, then watched Baccano! but within 2 episodes I was hooked due to the mention of a certain company from Durarara. It's only a small mention at best, but you can immediately tell that the stories are in the same universe.


they are from the same creator and have both have a bit of gore but not to much they are both really one of a kind


Baccano and Durarara!! are from same light novel author, animation studio, music composer and both of them have supernatural and comedy. If you like one of them you would sure like other.


Similar character styles, and both anime use varying view points to tell the story. There is a mixture of reality and fable in each anime. The two also have the same character designer and director. In fact, several characters and scenes from Baccano make cameo appearances in Durarara. The mix of humor, violence, and drama is a common factor in both anime.


Durarara!! is very similar to Baccano! in that it follows the lives of several people and mixes them all into a story with no main protagonist. The art is very similar, but I admit the character designs for Baccano! are much more visually detailed, whilst Durarara!!, being a newer anime, has much smoother and clearer animation. Both of these series are written by Ryohgo Narita.


Both series follow the intricacie of events that occur when the lives of various characters intertwine. Since both are light novels based on the same author and are produced by the same animation/production company, they have a similar feel in story-telling, art, and music. They plots are dark, slightly twisted, contain a hint of the supernatural, and have an incredibly complex and well-thought out story-line with a highly entertaining and diverse cast.  While Baccano! is set in the 1930's and conveys events that occurred in the past, Durarara!! is set in the modern time and conveys events that are occurring at the time, with some flashbacks. If you like one, you will most likely enjoy the other as well.


Now these are two series filled with random, awesome and violent stuff. Baccano! wins at every point, from the story to character development and animation. Durarara!!'s latter part disappoints and lacks the awesomeness that would've made it epic. Nevertheless, both series are good, with similar plots and characters, humour, and it will entertain every single fan of randomness and mindf*ck.


Both are well-animated, and are just fantatsic anime in general. Both have similar themes, and both will likely appeal to the same audience (an audience of action, comedy, and good taste:)). It is recommended you watch the [original?] Baccano! before Durarara!


They are alike in how the characters interact. With both stories so focused on character development and their interactions, it's likely if you liked one you will like both. Baccano! is much more violent, and this should be taken into consideration. Both are excellent and there are even shoutouts to Baccano! within Durarara!! I cannot recomend these series enough.

Seriously, check them out.


If you love Baccano! and you would still love it if it had less violence and less jazz/1930s awesomeness, then add Durarara!! to your list.If you love Durarara!! and also like The Godfather, then Baccano! is the anime for you.


Both share a similar storytelling and feeling. Instead of just following a plot, it focuses in the different points of view of all the characters (which are a lot) and how all their stories are linked together. So, if you liked one, you would like the other.


Both have a bunch of characters in which all of their seperate   stories collide together into one big story, and plus both of their first episodes leave a huge cliffhanger that makes you want to watch it and see how they got there.


Not only are they both from the same studio, but both weave a bunch of seemingly unconnected plot threads into a finished product of a great and cohesive story.  Large casts of really lovable characters whose interactions are both touching and hilarious, and plenty of intrigue in both.  Definite candidates for your new favourite series!


Both of these anime tell a very disjointed tale at first, from many different points of view, and slowly start to lose the blurs to reveal the true story.

They both use similar storytelling methods, but are set in completely different times.

The characters in both are instantly likeable, which is needed in order to grip the viewer right from the confusion at the beginning.

And I only noticed, both are Brains-Base, I don't know what significance that holds, but I'll certainly be checking out more animes from B-B. :)

If you liked one, I'm confident you'll enjoy the other.


Same creators, same feel, both feature large cast with a lot of amazing characters and both are extremely entertaining and story instead of being linear focuses on certain characters.


They were both created by the same person and are very similar in that they are about several different people who's stories ultimately intertwine.


I hate going with the flow so much because it makes your rec useless, since so many other people have said the exact same thing. but well, what needs to be said must be said, and Baccano! and Durarara!! are very similar. A huge cast of epic characters you won't find in any other anime, each of them with their own background and individual stories which intertwine into the main plot. Complex and intriguing, these series are both worth a shot... And you're sure to find in each at least one character you'll love!


I totally agree that this is a great two-way rec. Baccano and Durarara are similarly choreographed stories. Groups of unrelated persons wind up in the same overarching plot for their own reasons, with plenty of action and suspense.


This is really a no-brainer. Both Baccano! and Durarara!! are anime produced by Brains-Base, and they are stylistically very similar. A ton of memorable characters, crazy comedy, gangsters, gritty violence and a healthy dose of the supernatural. If you enjoyed one you will undoubtedly enjoy the other.


Durarara!! Has a few Baccano! references, Both series are super awsome. Both series where made by the same people and have simular ways of telling the story.

I advice you watch Baccano! first and right after it watch Durarara!!.


it's pretty obvious. They're from the same creator. Now that wouldn't mean much but!!!!

As a huge baccano fan I have always had trouble finding an anime that could come close to it. IMO even durarara doesn't, but it's above everything I've seen.

The character design is flawless - in both animes - not sticking to the anime character stereotypes and the stories are both uniquely told (is that a word) so that you actually have to keep up with the story in order to understand something.

Yet it isn't dry. Not at all. It's fun to watch thanks to flawless animations and the character design.

You will definitely enjoy the other one!!

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Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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If you enjoyed Cowboy Bebop's ultra-jazzy soundtrack, then you will surely find Baccano's music to suit your taste. The opening and ending themes to each show are similar, too. Baccano's OP is a jazzy, upbeat tune that gets you pumped up for each episode, while the ED is a soft, melodic J-pop tune that can soothe even the hardest heart. 


Bebop and Baccano! are all about style. It’s the thirties: tommy guns, stars from black-and-white movies and jazz. Bebop is more like blues with its sadness and noir films features. Baccano! is a jazz like it was in really beginning, totally improvisation. You don’t know what will happen next. Great cocktail from retro, detective stories, comedy, cruelty and heartbreaks. Both these series was inspired by films like “The Godfather”, “The Untouchables” and so on. You’ll find crime families and gangland killing, fire-fights and pursuits, maniacs and comedy characters in Bebop and Baccano!

Soundtrack is also magnificent, when I watched Baccano! it was like I’ve met a Yoko Kanno’s genius work for Bebop one more time. Although storytelling is extremely different, for Bebop it’s a story per episode, Baccano! is a mosaic from plotlines that fully combined, they are really similar. You'll share an entire range of emotions with each character and find that these creations are somehow cast in the same mold.


Jazzy music, comedic insanity, a myriad of characters, mafia ties, and blood --- both CB and Baccano have all of these elements and more. Baccano is compressed into 13 episodes, so the plot is jumbled at times, but always engaging. CB is for the most part more episodic, so that is the main contrast between these series; well, that and CB has a major character that is a dog.


both of the series can make you a fan by justwatching the opening. Also the animation of both anime are really good, and both baccano and cowboy bebop have the most awesome OST that I've ever seen! They also have a retro mood with a pinch of supernatural/sci-fi. They both balance comedy, drama and suspense really wel, and I do reccomend both without even mentioning the characters!!! Each person will have a different favorite character, I can assure you ^^


One of the shows that got me into anime was Cowboy Bebop, so I was delighted to discover Baccano!

The feel of the two shows is the same, with a very slick cast, numerous comedy moments and a superb blues session type music.

One of the most notable differences is the casts. Bacanno intimidated me a little at first with such a large selection of characters. However, each episode focusses on a different person and the plot winds through carefully to the final episode. Bebop focusses on just 4 characters (plus one dog), so you feel like you get to know them. Each definitely has its benefits...

In summary, the characters are drawn, voice acted and developed perfectly. The storyline is faultless in both series. The soundtrack is something you will want to buy. Both shows are definitely anime gems that shouldn't be missed.


Both are very episodic without being cheesy and hoaky in the process. They take a setting or a theme and put a a interesting spin on it. Cowboy Bebop with its spin on the future bounty hunter and all the interesting characters in the mix of it all. Baccano with this huge group of seemingly unrelated characters that have one special thing in common (can't say for spoiler), and also the fact that it is placed back in the roaring 30s. It makes for something you haven't seen in anime before.


Get a jazz soundtrack, a series oozing style with great, oversized characters and a very witty sense of humour and you just might have Baccano! - or Cowboy Bebop. Bebop is an episodic series with a narrative slowly falling into place, while Baccano employs a nonlinear narrative style and is densely plotted, but if you enjoyed one you should give the other a try too.


i don't know what is is, maybe its the action, or the way the story is, but for some reason when ever i see baccano! i think immediately of  cowboy bebop. they take place in completely separate universes, and even the theme is different, but i believe if you like one, you'll enjoy the other


Jazz, gun fights, awesome characters, and gore. That's what brings these series together so well. If you liked all the action and music in one of these series, go check out the other one.


With a jazzy soundtrack and a similarly snappy narrative style, Cowboy Bebop is also a more episodic and more heart-felt predecessor to Baccano. Where Baccano leans heavily on its high concept of intertwining plots, Cowboy Bebop simply offers stronger themes and meatier character development.


Fast paced action, intriguing characters, complex mysteries, and a mesmerising backdrop that reminds us as much of the bleakness of the 1930s as it does of the frontierism of the old American west. Both series also revel in moments of comedy created at the intersection of the perverse and the absurd.

Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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Both anime are extremely violent and full of bloody scenes absoultely not suited for people with weak stomach. Action, drama, bloodshed and a bit of humour makes them incredibly watchable. Try it and see for yourself !


Both shows are about underworld ( though Baccano is set in 30s, while Black Lagoon is set in the present time)  and are quite violent. Both feature a large number of crazy killers fighting each other in gruesome ways. And both have the same  "happy killing" mood - the actions that should normally bring very dark and gloomy feelings, makes you grin. If you like one, you should enjoy the other a lot as well.


Each of these series center around a very violent view of the underworld (although in different eras) with many characters that love killing and have warped senses of justice.


This is the single best recommendation I could make for both these shows, as the one thing that made them memorable over so many other shows, was the sheer amount of awesomeness. Fast paced action, eccentric characters and a long adrenaline rush are what made these two into what they are. If you loved one of these, I see no reason why you should not pick the other up as well.


A love of violence, guns, and bloodshed make these two anime very similar. Both involve a glimpse at the underworld of gangs and pirating (Baccano had it's speakeasies, Black Lagoon had its black market) There are also bits of humor in both anime as well.


Both Baccano! and Black Lagoon take place in a dark, brutal and unforgiving criminal underworld with a very similar cast of bad-ass characters whose only way of grappling with the world is through violence. Also, they both have some great action sequences with tonnes of bloodshed and gore. If you enjoyed one, you might like the other too.


Both of these shows have a strong western influence and have tons of action scenes with badass characters. If you enjoyed Black Lagoon for those reasons then Baccano! will be right on the ball in those categories.


Gangsters and violence are equally present in these animes however.....Baccano! is a on the supernatural side, but they both give offer a dosage a gritty entertainment.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Baccano and FMA take place in similar times and have a lot of action.

The truth is that the main reason for this recommendation is one theme that appears in both series. I can't tell you what it is though since it can be considered a big spoiler.


Alchemy leads to joys and sorrows in Baccano and FMA, the main difference being that Baccano tells the story of many different characters, while FMA focuses on the Elric brothers. I'm not saying FMA doesn't have its violence, but Baccano's violence is much more gratuitous, and although Baccano has a few comedians (Isaac and Miria in particular), FMA is more lighthearted and humorous.


Although the feel of the two shows is very different--FMA is definitely shounen, while Baccano! is a little more complex and cerebral, particularly with the atypical way it tells its story--there's a lot of elements in the show that makes these series very similar. Both series are set in a similar time period (although FMA is a fictional world, it still feels very much like the early half of the 20th century), feature plots revolving around people tinkering with alchemy, and have a mix of action, drama and comedy. It should be noted that Baccano! is much more violent than FMA, so if you're a Fullmetal Alchemist fan be sure that you can handle the content first, but there's a lot of similar elements in both of these great series that means fans of one will have a high chance of liking the other.


Baccano! and Fullmetal Alchemist center around something supernatural that makes the characters more powerful than normal humans, in some way. That power helps carry the characters through the story with humor and seriousness laced in.

Each character has their own quarks and personality, and some are shared from one series to another (Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist and Chane Laforet from Baccano!, for example). Just because you loved one doesn't mean you'll love the other, but the other is worth a look.


Both of these animes have subplots about the dangers of alchemy, the dangers of being greedy, and the dangers of being on trains. There are elements of comedy in both anime, though drama and action take presidence. Both anime are also set in a similar time era.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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These series are united with one goal: catch you on a bait (of cute girls or stylish atmosphere of 1930s) and then give you blood. Gallons of the stuff. But while Higurashi is famous for it and can't be imagined without it, Baccano! isn't as dependent on it - the atmosphere and characters are worth watching even without murder scenes and such. And both series have nice humor. While I wouldn't recommend Higurashi to anyone who watched Baccano!, it's still worth trying. And I certainly would recommend Baccano! to anyone who watched Higurashi. Or just to anyone.


While they don't have exactly the same genre, where Baccano! is action/thriller/mystery and Higurashi ishorror/mystery they share a similiar style of story telling where you start off with having to try to piece together the story yourself and step by step the story unravels.

The gore-factor in both shows could also attract interest. Even though Higurashi greatly excels Baccano! in that aspect


Both series are a bit episodic, and someone dies in a diffrent manner. There's a lot of blood and quite a lot of drama. Both series are a good watch that leaves no regrets on the viewer. My only complain is that Baccano! doesn't have a sequel yet while HnNKn has already 2 sequels ;p. I know I know Baccano! is a very fresh series. Anyhow, If you liked one you might enjoy the other.


Both of these series are centered around some sort of super-natural phenomenon and seem to be a lot more... family friendly than they actually are.  That means they are both extremely violent series with many different, and often cruel, forms of death in them. Beyond this, they each have an interesting, non-linear style of telling a story that will leave the watcher guessing what exactly is going on in some points.