Ranked #65

Baccano! (Novel)


Alternative Titles

English: Baccano!
Japanese: バッカーノ!


Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 10, 2003 to ?
Authors: Narita, Ryohgo (Story), Enami, Katsumi (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.641 (scored by 748 users)
Ranked: #652
Popularity: #982
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Aboard the Advenna Avis in 1711, a group of alchemists summon a demon in the hopes of gaining eternal life. The demon gives them an elixir of immortality and the method of ending their existence by "devouring" one another. Soon after, one among them begins to devour his companions. Realizing the danger posed by staying together, they scatter across the globe.

Centuries later in 1930's America, a certain federal investigator tries his best to combat the rise of organized crime during Prohibition, send a particularly infuriating terrorist to Alcatraz, and catch an outrageous thief duo. Meanwhile, the transcontinental train, the Flying Pussyfoot, begins its trail of blood across the country.

In 2002, a small group of the original Advenna Avis alchemists are on a journey to find the rest of their fellow immortals. However, there is one companion they did not expect to meet again.

Seemingly unrelated events, from a sleepy Italian city in the early 1700's to a modern luxury cruise ship traveling across the Pacific, reveal themselves to be far more connected than anyone could imagine...

(Source: Wikipedia & MAL Rewrite)


Baccano! won the Dengeki Novel Gold Prize in 2002.

The series will be published in English by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint starting from April 19, 2016.

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Jul 14, 2010
“Take Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction, cross it with Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s famed 1986 work The Alchemist, carefully add a dash of the widely known 1972 American Gangster crime flick classic The Godfather to thus end up with the brilliant light novel series titled Baccano! By Ryohgo Narita.”

The story, ah yes the story; is there even a beginning or a focal point to begin this tale? Perhaps it’s best to look back, the year is 1711 when a group of alchemists together aboard the Advenna Avis summon a demon to grant them the secrets of immortality; little did they know a tragic scene read more
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Oct 22, 2012
I have yet to be disappointed by any of Narita's work, but even that didn't prepare for how much I ended up loving these novels. I've sat here in disbelief as the ground shifted from underneath me by a single line (“This building... is my laboratory”). I've groaned at Elmer's bad jokes (“Would being popular with aliens mean I’m universally attractive?”). I've been left in awe by the sheer badassery of Claire (“Do you think that I just sat here and had this strength handed to me on a silver platter?”). And now I patiently wait for Narita to wrap up the pieces once and read more
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Both Baccano! and Durarara!! are written by similar author, Narita Ryohgo and have similar twisted of time-lines. There are a lot of main characters in both series as well; making it difficult to pin-point which one is the leading-main-characters of both series. Although they are very different in terms of era (Baccano! in classic English era while Durarara!! is written in modern-Japanese era) and plot, both series have their own unique characters with their respective twisted personalities. While in Baccano! there are a lot of violent scenes such as killing someone using railroads and a moving train or some intense fighting scenes, in Durarara!! you  read more 
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I find Kazuma Kamachi's and Ryohgo Narita's styles to be very similar and they're both extremely good. Both series also have a huge cast of characters and each volume does well to make sure that all the cast gets some focus. The main characters differ from volume to volume. 
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While neither series has a similar premise, I find that Noblesse and Baccano has a few similar style in their stories. Both series experiments with power/science that is beyond human imaginations. There is storytelling formed by major themes and connections relating to interconnecting events. And all in all, both series' cast of characters has a great range of diversity. Composed of an adventure-like format, Noblesse and Baccano can be appealing to any fan with its writing and composition. 
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Baccano! and Kekkai Sensen has a similar style with the way their story operates. In particular, some of the main characters possesses supernatural abilities that sets them apart from normal humans. There's also an urban like feeling with noir-style chemistry in terms of their setting. Character relationships also plays an important factor to develop certain parts of the story in both series. Among other things, both series also follows a cleverly crafted story about people interconnected by events that brings strange happenings together. 
reportRecommended by Stark700
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Known for their gimmicks as well as their colorful cast of characters, Baccano and Reborn! are two series that I'd recommend for anyone who are interested in something fun. Both series connects their characters in many stories with a variety of themes. The main characters also have unnatural talents that has superhuman traits. Both series also involves the mafia/gang conflicts that becomes more and more complex as their story progresses. 
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