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English: Baccano!
Japanese: バッカーノ!


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 27, 2007 to Nov 2, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:30 (JST)
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.551 (scored by 172,937 users)
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Ranked: #832
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Popularity: #64
Members: 354,368
Favorites: 14,958


Same author, same studio. Both animes focus on various characters from the underworld -- criminals, violent gangs and misfits -- with splashes of the occult and the supernatural but set in a thoroughly modern society not unlike ours. While Baccano! had immortals and mysterious elixirs propelling the story along, Durarara! has a dullahan, which according to Irish myths, is a headless rider. Like Baccano!, Durarara! is told by an all-seeing narrator, populated by a large cast, and initially seems very scattered in terms of its storyline but should begin to make sense the more episodes you see. 
report Recommended by jutester
Both of them are themed around Jazz and Blues. Both animes display alot of martial arts and gunplay. Definetily check out Baccano! if you loves Cowboy Bebop! 
report Recommended by Sandgolem
Surely both series do share a big part together which is the alchemy.
Alchemy and all its related things: immortal beings, legends, immortality elisir/philosophical stone and so on.
Both stories evolve around the same epoch (first years of 1900) and share amazing main characters.
Even if, the style to tell the stories is very different, they both still share a very good music theme as well.

If you enjoyed one I'm sure you'll like the other too! I can definitely affirm that both of them are masterpieces. 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
If you liked the non-stop action and eccentric/intriguing cast of characters in Baccano! I have a feeling you'd definitely like Black Lagoon. Sure, it doesn't have quite the focused storyline Baccano! had, but it is well worth watching nonetheless.  
report Recommended by Touhou
Alchemy seems to play a role in a different twist. both shows have addicting characters. 
report Recommended by jushin
Both take place in the US in the 20's/30's. They are animated similarly, have similar music, and could later be comparable in other ways. 
report Recommended by QuirkyIceHeart
Both stories are not exactly linear, and both have some comedy dispite the violence. 
report Recommended by Jessikitax
Both have that American vibe with a jazzy urban feel to it where violence and destruction happen frequently as if they are the norm of everyday life.

These shows also have a large array of unconventional characters who have different back-stories which eventually intertwine with one another until it eventually unravels and converges into a single event that affects everyone around them.

I would see Kekkai Sensen as the Baccano &/ Durarara in a distant future setting. 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
If you like Baccano! you will like Joker game for sure!!
First they are in the same era, second both have similar soundtracks, also they both adapted from novel.

When watching Joker game you will defiantly remember Baccano! not just for these facts!! They both gives off the same air, the tension, also you can't guess what will happen next!! thats what makes both series similar and amazing! 
report Recommended by asooia_san
Since Gangsta. deals more of the seriousness of the underworld, Baccano! is the lighter version of that and yet it still retains its action sequences and intrigue in terms of its mysteriousness in certain things. However, there is more comic relief in Baccano! than Gangsta. Both also deal with heaviness of the characters' pasts as well as current predicaments.

The biggest difference would be that Baccano! has more characters that take center stage which makes it a little bit more complicated as it also has a wide interval of time that's involved.

All in call, Baccano! is a less serious version of  read more 
report Recommended by Noehlina
Looking for gratuitous violence that doesn't always take itself seriously, dark humor, and interesting takes on characterization? These shows have it all. 
report Recommended by Pontifus
Darker than Black follows a more episodic structure, but both of them have memorable soundtracks filled with jazz. 
report Recommended by heiserx
A simple deal of people who have the ability to regenerate anything from being shot in the head to having a thousand needles stuck in their body~ 
report Recommended by DivergentKarma
Though not similar in content, Boogiepop and Baccano share a similar dark, urban-magical atmosphere and web-like plot which reveals itself slowly through each episode in the fashion of Pulp Fiction. 
report Recommended by madeener
The only story of any kind I recollect seeing executed like the fifth Kara movie, where the events switch between past, present and future on the fly for mindfuck purposes, is Baccano. Neither of the stories when told in order are complex, and Baccano in particular is easy enough to follow as is if you pay attention, but they can give headaches due to the mindfuckery.

Unlike Baccano, Kara 5 starts out totally linear, and stays that way for the first 40 minutes or so. Then, it proceeds to jump around like a rabbit on crack, and it left me pondering at the end  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both anime feature characters in certain organizations (an army special ops group in Senkou and the mafia in Baccano!) that have superhuman powers, but they do not distract from the historical setting of the anime. If you like how these two elements do not overpower each other, then I recommend this anime. 
report Recommended by Lucena
Both are intensely bloody, using physical decapitations/trauma and psychological teasers that bring interest and diligence. Their story lines are similar in the aspects of immortality, violence, power, and interest. 
report Recommended by CiaoBella
Both of these Anime have a non-linar storyline, an obsure mystery element and a supernatural side that one doesn't usually see in an anime series. (I'd go into more depth, but that would mean more spoilers.) 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Same feeling. Incredible and unique characters. Each episode focus on a different character. If you like Baccano, you may like Dogs.  
report Recommended by frailpopuri
Dark but classy shows full of intelligent dialogue and super awesome action sequences. Both have some very weird supernatural stuff going down, in secret, in an otherwise ordinary, mundane environment. 
report Recommended by Loogs
Mafia families, need I say more? How about interesting characters and a supernatural twist? How about nice humor being built into this. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
There is something about the way the two stories are told. There's the same sense of a story not necessarily told in chronological order, that slowly reveals more and more of the plot as it goes on. There is violence in both these shows, and a focus on several characters, although Michiko to Hatchin stays mostly with those two. It's a great combo of violence and plot in both of these anime.  
report Recommended by Halo_s_Maze
While Baccano is not about time travel, I feel that people who enjoy Steins;gate should try out Baccano. It is bloodier than Steins;gate, but full of mystery and you get the thrill of understanding more and more each episode. Once you finish the series, you will want to rewatch it to understand it better just like Steins;gate. 
report Recommended by butterflystudios
Both are thrillers.Both have numerous interesting and conspicous characters with no defenition of which is the main.Both have a fast pacing with something always happening but with quality dialogues as well.Both have supernatural elements and heroes with sad back stories. 
report Recommended by ElectraHeart6
Both Baccano! and 'K' have the same method of story telling in the case of having the first episode not starting from the start of the plot in the hopes of getting the viewer hooked.
They are also both based off novels and have the brilliant skills of Shingo Suzuki (K: Director, Character Design. Baccano!: Animation Director) 
report Recommended by atmosphic
Everything comes together in the end. Events happened during the series seems unrelated, but there's something in them that reveals a much bigger scheme at the end.

Baccano! is a much better series to watch though, honestly. At least it won't let you hanging. So if you're reading this from Baccano!'s side, my bad. It shows up both ways. Shikatanaimon. 
report Recommended by riri9
If you loved Book of Bantorra you'll love Baccano. They're both top notch anime. 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.
report Recommended by Iro
Both stories deal with the supernatural and both are much more than what you originally expect.
They have well develped characters, comedy and still manage to tell a deep story.
Great music and art. 
report Recommended by tsuki77
The way the story is told - that everything is related and linked to other events in the story.  
report Recommended by firerez
Well, the genres are completly different if I may say so myself but when concerning the characters, both anime are on par. Both Gintama and Baccano! have instant love characters and they both invlude characters that are so crazy, it's simply hilarious.  
report Recommended by Jasonbear
Both are slightly brutal, both have first episodes that are hard to understand... but both are awesome beyond belief 
report Recommended by Tekky99
The stories take place during the same time period. Two sides comprised science and supernatural duke it out see who would survive. Each character has it's own charm as well. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
When I saw the first epsode, it feels like Baccano! Lots of characters are introduced. And, with same dark and comedic feels to it.

No witch in Baccano though. 
report Recommended by Lieila
These are for people who can really enjoy an artful story. These are both quite unique anime.

The only real similarities between these involve immortality, but they play into the stories in very different ways. 
report Recommended by Corruptbomber
Both series involve the mafia and a load of action. 
report Recommended by Monkey_D_Luffy
Why these anime, they are so original, have a lot of action and comedy, if you watch both you will love them. 
report Recommended by Xzorcist
If you want an anime like Psycho-Pass which feature a lot of blood and gore packed with an intense mystery and drama then Baccano is for you. Like Psycho-Pass you will meet different criminals with psychopath minds and different ways of producing torture, ones will do it to obtain information and others because they simply enjoy it. Hence, if you want to meet new criminal minds and how the "good" guys deal with such threat, give a try to Baccano. 
report Recommended by Duo02
The sense of adventure mixed with real life danger is present in both although Baccano is a whole lot more graphic. Plus Lupin and Issac feel like exactly the same character. 
report Recommended by Breakfastcamel
Despite BOM being classified as an OVA and being only two episodes, if you enjoyed this part of the Kuroshitsuji series, and probably the rest of Kuroshitsuji, you'll probably enjoy Baccano! as well.
-Murder mystery setting
-Various 'parties' that contribute to a bigger scheme
*Kuroshitsuji: Demons, nobles, shinigami
*Baccano!: Gangs, mafia, alchemists, criminals
-MC duo that bring the various events/plot together
-MCs with supernatural powers
-Story about who you can/can't trust despite what they appear to be

report Recommended by RidaThePanda
Same crazy natured plot and characters with a tint of the supernatural. 
report Recommended by MasterDetective
The large ensemble casts for these series work well because everyone is relevant. Episodes (in the case of Soul Eater) or sections of episodes (Baccano!) tend to focus on a small group (i.e. a meister-weapon pair or Jacuzzi's gang) of the main cast, but when they function strongly as a united whole also. Soul Eater's length allows for more interaction between the many characters, but Baccano!'s multiple time periods gives it the illusion of being longer than just 16 episodes. Both also have a great balance of humor and drama. If you like supernatural without horror, I believe you will enjoy both of these shows. 
report Recommended by peacenotus
Both are action-packed and crazy series with unexpected twists, great villains and a bit of violence. 
report Recommended by Vetras
Both have a historical setting. Both are quite dark but have some comedy too. Both feature elements of mystery and supernatural. Both have good dubs (I personally prefer to watch Kuroshitsuji in sub however). Both feature a lot of plot and character development for a very limited amount of episodes. The two animes have a similar feel despite being quite different in plot and have lots of good characters, some of which are quite similar to each other (Clare Stanfield and Grell Sutcliffe, Czeslaw Meyer and Ciel Phantomhive, Graham Spectre and the Undertaker, Chane Laforet and Snake, probably more I can't think of because it  read more 
report Recommended by TheCityAtNight
Strong Characters, Strong story line and also very mature even that has comedy on it  
report Recommended by freizel
Both have great theme songs. Both animes focus on various characters from the underworld. with splashes of the occult and the supernatural.  
report Recommended by Ennis1001
Both anime feature over-the-top characters who provide lots of action and much comic relief. 
report Recommended by Kwertie
Both have gore and graphic violence and cool fighting women in the lead cast. Both have mafia and criminals. Black Lagoon is however more episodic and lacks an overall plot, and Baccano has a very tight, complex plot. Both series are relatively short, with Baccano having 13 episodes (16 counting the specials) and Black Lagoon 2nd season having 12 episodes (the first season has the same amount) 
report Recommended by DiaanIsac
Similar humor, both actually make you have fun watching it. 
report Recommended by Whitemanhattan
Both have unrelated characters that end up indirectly linked by a chain of events. 
report Recommended by nightlord6
The most obvious title to recommend to anyone aware of either series but Durarara and Baccano are practically siblings.

-both deal with gangs
-both have an ever-changing 'point of view' narrative
-both take place in a backdrop of a bustling city
-both have supernatural elements in a fairly grounded setting
-both have a plethora of quirky characters

They even have characters from Baccano (Isaac and Miria) make cameo appearances in Drrr.
While the quality of both are often debated there's no denying the similarities they share.  
report Recommended by ZephSilver
Both series have lot of gore and have twists and turns that will keep you interested.
Both have characters whos motives and backgrounds are a mystery at first but are slowly revealed as the story progresses.
The mystery in Baccano! is also on par with Psycho Pass 2 and its definitely good at leaving you guessing
I think that anyone who enjoyed the art plot and characters in this show will enjoy Baccano! 
report Recommended by Probably_a_Human
Anime that you can no longer stop watching, the story follows a perfect course every episode and all episodes intertwine * - *
is a dificel to understand, understand more when you realize it's perfect anime. 
report Recommended by AnHMenma
- Unconventional storytelling methods (time jumps, not in chronological order, etc.)
- Short length (12-13 episodes) - more specifically, the short amount of episodes may leave you thinking that the series did not live up to its potential. A larger episode length could have lead to a better understanding of characters' motives, actions, and (in the case of Mekakucity Actors) backgrounds.
- Large cast - the episode count, combined with this large cast, inevitably means that characters will have to fight for screen time (figuratively, of course), which in turn leads to some characters getting more screen time and development than others. Whether or  read more 
report Recommended by Ottermelon
Both series...
1. Deal with fantasy or occult combined with gangs
2. Are written by the same author, Narita Ryohgo
3. Have scattered story lines that come together in a greater plot
4. Both series are Action and Supernatural
5. Have many smaller character groups 
report Recommended by SilentReality
A group of misfit supernaturals wherein the mafia gets involved and death and staying dead are pretty much plot devices played with. Large cast with all kinds of fun tropes, and a similar aesthetic as far as clothing and the scenery goes. 
report Recommended by aleaha
both are a "Immortal Human vs Mortal Human" series
both character appearance are similar (Look at Izumi from Ajin and Ennis from Baccano!)
But beside it, Baccano! Use Alchemy And Ajin have some science theory / reaction for explain what is the Immortals are.. 
report Recommended by ExTz_Thomazz
both Gantz and Baccano! are Gorey, bloodshed and the most violated animation series that you are
about to see .Gantz is more like a survival Game were the Boys and girls should kill each in
order to survive while Baccono! is about a group of people seeking immortality
if you like violence, killing then probably you should like this

report Recommended by 009-1
Very Similar Classic Vibe , Baccano Is A Early 1900's New York Italian Style Mafia Immortal Mystery Anime

Its also in the same universe as Durarara !! :3 ... Also Check out lupin castle of cagliostro 
report Recommended by newyorkdragon14
The most similar anime by far, indeed same studio, author i can call them siblings.

*both has to deal with gangs wars
*both take place in busty town, where everyone has unique character
*both have supernatural elements included
report Recommended by Kapo-kun
both featured with superpower characters who have a certain goal to reach.
the main characters are competing against each in a destiny Competition Which would you rather win or die.for death note the competition is between L and Kira to solve the mystery before the other guy solve it, while in Baccano it's between our main characters and who will find the chemical mix for the immortality.
Death note is more darker then Baccano and mind blowing. but Baccano has more Action and Violante set into it.

report Recommended by 009-1
Two action, funny anime that are enjoyable fast paced stories. If you like anime with many different story-lines happening all at once, as well as flashbacks, then try both; if you liked one I'm sure you'll like the other. Densetsu is more of fantasy-magic and Baccano! is more supernatural but their are similarities in the characters of the two shows. 
report Recommended by KazuyaKujo
-Both have a large cast with multiple plots with a "Main Character" who actually isn't that important in the big picture
-Both have great music (Hiroyuki Sawano, music director for Aldnoah also did AoT, Guilty Crown and KLK if u didn't know) 
report Recommended by BigMangoWydferr
Hunter x Hunter and Baccano! differ in plot completely, however, different aspects do come close to being similar.

- Have a unique character cast (With tons of likable characters)
- Contain tons of action
- Can get really dark and brutal
- Are very entertaining and enjoyable 
report Recommended by Wexik
Storyline revolves around Trains ( one train in baccano)
Both are action anime but Baccano is somewhat more mature and awesome.
Main character is Railways employee and loves Trains.
report Recommended by chattha15
Not only do Baccano! and Heat Guy J have nearly identical Japanese voice casts, the two shows share many of the same themes: showing groups of eccentric characters (often criminals, and especially the mob) living their lives, all while backed up by a quirky soundtrack and very snappy dialogue. Both shows having psycho males named Clair(e) is a plus.... 
report Recommended by fetchie
Both involve mystery, one slice of life/arc based, the other built over a scattered timeline. Both deal with supernatural. (Sort of, depening on how you look at it). Both happen to also take place in a yester year, have a similar Gothic style, not to mention interesting characters. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both are short but excellent murder mystery stories 
report Recommended by Dynneekx
The story line is comedic, the cast is rather out there and the animation styles are similar. At first glance they may not appear like series which will appeal to fans of the other series, and yet there is something which can very much appeal to fans either. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Funny, random and occasionally violent.  
report Recommended by firerez
While Baccano is more lighthearted, and Red Garden has more drama:

They give a similar sort of feel (YMMV). Maybe it could be called rather artsy? (If you could call Baccano artsy at all).
The rather deceptive mood that yo-yos back and forth between a lighthearted piece (for that: Baccano has the comedy, Red Garden has the slice-of-life) and a dark and melancholy blood fest...Though Baccano can sometimes managed both at the same time.

+both have NYC as a major setting/Guns & Roses heavily reminds me of Jolly Jolly/both have smiliar-sounding jazz-styled BGM

Oh, and thar be lots of "Hey I'm back  read more 
report Recommended by SoneAnna
Immortals, switches between multiple timeframes, and some truly awesome stylish violence. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
Baccano! has more gore and comedy, while Phantom is slower, colder and more serious, anyway both are for a mature audience and have, in different amount, murders, guns, mafia, mystery, violence.
In both you'll find at least one cool and emotionless female killer (Chane in Baccano!, Ein in Phantom).
Both also have great music and animation. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both involve trains, guns, action, and badass women.
Also, neither of these anime is set in the modern era. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
A dark and intense atmosphere is what distinguishes both series! And the directing for both anime is extraordinary good. But I recommend both of them for an older audience. 
report Recommended by LazyMan
Similar pace, both have more than a little eccentric characters, somehow keeping an air of realism between all the bizarre impossibilites it continues to throw in. 
report Recommended by Splitter
Both involve alchemy and homunculi, though their portrayal of them differs. 
report Recommended by Monkey_D_Luffy
Baccano is set in the earlier 20th century while Nijuu Mensou is around the mid-20th century. Both involves gangs, thieves, criminals and clans. Although the plot differs, they are very similar in terms of setting at least. 
report Recommended by wakka9ca
Both are non-linear and complex, with several stories and characters intricated in various places and ages. Both have immortal people, magic/alchemy, and comedy. Both anime are long 13 episodes (3 OAV of Baccano! excluded). Also, both Baccano! and Yamibou are set, always or in part, on a train. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Alright, if any of you out there liked Gungrave, I can assure you you'll *love* Baccano! And vice versa. ;D

Both have the fantastic gritty mafia settings, plus plenty of violence, action, and even a bit of the supernatural.

I was surprised no one else had linked these two animes, I saw the similarities at once, even the art styles are very reminiscent of each other.  
report Recommended by MistressMorbid
Anti-heroes living on the wrong side of the law. War and competition between gangs and lots and lots of action and violence. There is a supernatural aspect in Baccano! you won't find in Tokyo Tribe 2 as well as more comedy. 
report Recommended by lisnoire
You will definitely feel the same aura if you watched Black cat and baccano ! .. Both give you the same excitement .. If you Liked black cat you should watch baccano <3  
report Recommended by Lulu-94
Bloody things, hard to understand, similiar artwork. Both is from light novels.  
report Recommended by MizukoAoki
All the action takes place in a train. 
report Recommended by aZeldin
These 2 are presented in multiple perspectives. What I mean is that the point of view constantly switches between different main characters. While this method may cause audience to be less attached to a single character, the story unfolds from many angles.
Also, both are really bloody and gory (surpassed my comfort zone).
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
Both series are set between the wars, though Dantalian is set in Europe rather than the United States. The series are also both decidedly cerebral in style, though Baccano breaks up the piecing together of its mysteries with a lot of action and comedy while Dantalian has some light comic relief but tends to focus more on the mysteries. The art styles are rather similar as well. 
report Recommended by moonstruck_twolf
Both of these anime are character driven anime with a bonus of a great story that unfolds in a non-traditional way. Giant robo is more serious than Baccano, but other than that everything that is good about Baccano is at least as good in Giant Robo 
report Recommended by wingshad0w
It locks us into a mysterious labyrinth novel in which he does not forget to leave lying Ariadne's thread so as not to get lost. At the discretion of the episodes, the pages turn imaginary, bringing to pass the pieces of a puzzle, a real investigation where you are the detective...

After traveling a few lines, if this is not done, a board, take the train. Destination: a world where extravagance and excellence jazzy become one.

Action - Fun - plot - investigation. 
report Recommended by AlucardReal
For some reason, I always compare these 2 a lot. Both have a huge set of characters, Angel Beats somewhat fails on this while Baccano succeeds. Both include comic relief breaks to make the pacing refreshing in the forms of T.K. and Isaac and Miria. If you love to see a big cast of characters go crazy, both are must see. 
report Recommended by ASAPCyrus
Both involve the mafia and gratuitous violence. However, Baccano! is much lighter than the deeply disturbing Gunslinger Girl. 
report Recommended by PoweredByRamen
Both have themes of immortality, great fighting scenes, and the story sequence brings you back and forth as well.  
report Recommended by toneytigre
Now, I know there's going to be a lot of people questioning my sanity for such a recommendation, but I'm going to do it anyway because, quite frankly, there are a lot of similarities between Baccano! and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya that are interesting and scare me just a bit.

First, the stories are not normal for the time and place they are set in. Rather, the activities that happen with the characters during each series could be described as "paranormal". These happenings really do help make some of the characters, and give the "normal" characters defining moments in each series. This parallel  read more 
report Recommended by MoWriter
Blood , gore scenes and great fighting battles  
report Recommended by Miss-Cherry
Lots of interesting characters, each of them are powerful, lots of action and most importantly, lots of fun 
report Recommended by togeyanagi
There both about history and alchemie. They both have confusing stories where if you dont follow along closily you will be lose. 
report Recommended by gizmo99
The atmosphere is alike in these series, but Karneval is more bright, while Baccano is dark. If you like this anime you shoud try and watch Baccano)  
report Recommended by BelovedUsa
Elements of this series were similar to Baccano.

Both deal with what it is to be human and what one does with power and near-invincibility (ability to regenerate).

Both are dark and have nice battle/action scenes.

Ken reminds me of Czeslaw, especially in the level of initial innocence, being tortured for no apparent reason and then "snapping" mentally/emotionally and loosing that innocence and trust.
Jason = Ladd, both are blond, have very little back story, wear white, are built similar, and enjoy torturing people.
Touka = a mixture of Ennis and Nice, being very strong but having forced restraint and being awkward  read more 
report Recommended by Kittykate13