The main portion of the story is set in the United States around the 1930s, though the story jumps from one time period to another unlike any other anime I’ve ever seen. From the very first episode, you’re introduced to a whirlwind of new characters, the timeline skipping around like no tomorrow. Unless you’re insanely good at keeping track of characters and storylines straight in your head, you will doubtless find yourself incredibly confused by the end of the first episode. But I’m here to tell you: keep on watching.
After a while, the storylines become clearer and more separate, and you will find yourself drawn to the characters, each with their own beautifully elaborate histories. The storytelling tantalizes and teases you, showing glimpses of an important scene then cutting away to a different character’s stories and perspective. The story culminates as the many plotlines all converge aboard a train named “The Flying Pussyfoot.” As for the “ending”…well, you’ll just have to watch it and see.
Filled to the brim with comedy and action, Baccano still manages to contain a serious, darker, and more emotional side. Starring mafiosos, detectives, two zany robbers, train conductors, alchemists, journalists, and many more, Baccano manages to showcase the infinitesimal perspectives a single story can be shown from. This is one anime that you don’t want to miss!