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Baccano!

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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Baccano! Specials DVD Special 2008 TBD "Episodes 14-16" released on volumes 5, 7 & 8 of the DVDs.

related manga

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

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Baccano! mariprosa 8.5/10 Jan 12, 2008

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Gungrave

Gungrave

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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DeathCrunch

Both series revolve around at least near immortal people and their gangland surroundings.

Plenty of gunning and gangs in both. A much higher sci-fi element in Gungrave though.

Annalyn

First of all, I've only seen the first 15 episodes of Gungrave so far, but I think I can confidently make this reccomendation.

Both Baccano! and Gungrave involve the mafia and related questions of loyalty (and, at times, betrayal), friendship, tasteful "supernatural" strength, and amazing action.

Whenever I reccomend Baccano! I must warn that it is the bloodiest, most violent anime I have ever watched. It's been labeled TV-MA almost exlusively for this reason.  But the action is very well done, and I greatly enjoyed watching it.

Gungrave's fight scenes were just as enjoyable, although less emphasized than in Baccano!. Where it perhaps has less action (relatively), Gungrave spends more time developing the plot and characters - in a much more orderly manner than Baccano. Don't get me wrong - Baccano! has great characters, developed plot, and intrige, too.

If you liked Gungrave, you'll probably like Baccano!, provided blood,gore, and chaos doesn't scare you away from a mafia action masterpiece. And, if you like Baccono!, you'll probably enjoy a peak into the the action and inner-politics of the mafia in Gungrave.

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Mnemosyne

Mnemosyne
  • OVA (6 eps x 45 min)
  • 2008

Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person. That isn’t to say that being immortal doesn't have its problems. With 'angels' wanting to devour them, the being Apos sending wave after wave of professional assassins to kill them, and constant hangovers from long nights of drinking, being immortal still has its downsides. With Apos' attempts at removing them from the picture increasing, can Rin and Mimi figure out what he is after so they can return to their morning shots of Vodka?

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2007digitalboy

Pure. Unadulterated. Sadism. Baccano and Mnemosyne are obsessed with blood and gore and make sure to portray them in the most absolutely badass and sadistically fun ways imaginable. In addition, both feature a cast made of of more than a few immortals who make a point to get hacked, blown up, and tortured more often than you can easily count only to come back as bad ass as ever. If you enjoy violence just for the hell of it with no meaning, and no attempt at darkness or deeper societary judgement, you'll love these shows.

Surealism

Both of these shows deal with immortality and portray it with lots of gore. However Mnemosyne lacks the humour of Baccano! and Baccano! is more fast paced. If you're looking for something a little darker and slower paced, go with Mnemosyne, if you're looking for something not quite as twisted and with a little more romp to it, go with Baccano!

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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Morwen

Although the settings for these two shows are VERY different, there's a big similarity between both of them. Both series have a large cast of characters that seem unconnected, but when you see all of their stories together they combine into a cohesive whole. Although the theme of "everyone is a protagonist in their own story" and people's lives bumping together and drifting apart is far more obvious in Baccano, you can see it in Paranoia Agent as well. If you enjoyed the twist and turns of one series and are looking for another great cast of twisted characters to follow, give the other a try!

Wickerman

Evan though both shows are fitted into completely diffrent genres there is a similar feel of affection the viewer has over the charectors of both stories. Paranoia Agent a show in where all "moseique charectors" we're search episode for each charector were its up to the viewr to diagnose the case and Baccano were the moseique chectors are all capers.  Fonobility shows youll laugh with a smile and drop your jaw in shock of there events.  I'd also recomend the non anime movie Magnolia (thought I'd be cheeky and put that in there.

Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

In a land where the souls of humans fossilize to become books, a group known as the Armed Librarians strive to maintain and protect the tomes stored within the Bantorra Library. Meanwhile the Shindeki church is transforming people into living weapons. These human bombs are known simply as ‘Meat’, and they have been programmed to carry out a single action: to kill Hamyuts Meseta, the Armed Librarians’ director. Now, alongside the threat of Dragon Pneumonia, the Librarians use their powerful and unique psychic abilities to stop the Shindeki Church at all costs. But when one of their colleagues betrays them and steals one of the seven war machines of the past, the Librarians must work even harder to prevent their enemies’ nefarious plans from coming to fruition.

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eaper

The two things that draw these two series closest to one another are their story telling methods and the violence in each. Both of these series switch characters so rapidly it can get hard to follow what exactly is going on, but all of it manages to fit together quite well in the end. Also, each of these series are fairly graphic in their portrayal of violence.

Iro

I usually don't follow recommendations on this site because people on this site usually only recommend anime with similar themes without much regard to quality. Its somewhat annoying because a lot of the times, for example, you'll have one good ninja anime paired with 2 garbage ninja animes. Me? I prefer it if one good ninja anime came recommended with 2 other GOOD action animes rather than be crap and restricted to ninjas.

Anyway where was I? Oh right, if you loved Book of Bantorra you'll love Baccano. They're both top notch animes. Both stand out with their awesome multi-layered characters. They both have stellar, fluid animations, awesome fight scenes and a solid, thrilling plot (imho most important). They both tell their stories in arcs, switching between characters in each, now some people say that's confusing? ....But that's bullshit. You won't have trouble following if you have half a brain. The storytelling from multiple prospectives is a plus not a minus.

I wholeheartedly recommend fans of one to watch the other. You won't be disappointed.

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Trigun

Trigun

“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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LAnn

Both Baccano! and Trigun carry a great balance of hilarity and seriousness because of the characters. Although Baccano!'s introduction of 10 different main characters makes this a little easier because characters don't really have to change, Trigun's characters are really fleshed out and understandably all ranges of emotion.

There's also a supernatural touch added to both series that makes some characters live much longer than others. Music also plays a role; both soundtracks have an odd, western sound to them that help carry the emotion in the series. With so many things in common, if you like one, you should at least look at the other.

FireFlower

If you happened to watch the Baccano! still the end I think you're thinking why there ain't secuel? Sadly there are just 3 special episodes but don't worry. Here is something a bit similar yet still whole different story.

Trigun is a story of one young man who wanders trough wasteland searching for the arch enemy of his. Unfortunately his character is so unique he always ends fighting against different people and this causes a lot damage around him. Well guess I should say he is a lot similar to Isaac from Baccano! So you will find a lot humour from this show.

Basically it is wild west shoothing where Isaac's character is involed.

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