Three DVD-only episodes made from the light novels, which flesh out characters and plot events from the original series and establish closure to the story as Carol and the Vice President return to New York.
The Baccano! Specials are based on 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad Revisited, a bonus novel that came with the Baccano! drama CD The Grand Punk Railroad. The bonus novel was later expanded into 1931 Another Junk Railroad, the 14th novel of the main light novel series.
- It was a joy to see many of the characters is a more casual setting.
- Production quality was retained.
- Rail Tracer!
- The eccentric nature of the new antagonist is tiresome, especially compared to Ladd.
- There's really no story; just more insight into the lives of some of the characters.
- A good portion of the characters had only minor roles.
- The ending.
I gave Baccano (the series) an 8, and it just wouldn't be fair to give the OVA the same score because the series was so much better. If you loved Baccano, however, the OVA is a must-see.
Anime: The Baccano! OVA was produced by Brains Base (who also produced Natsume Yuujin-Chou and the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ OVA) and was directed by Takahiro Omori (director for Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori and Natsume Yuujin-Chou). The three episodes were released on DVDs 5 (released February 27th, 2008), 7 (released April 23rd, 2008), and 8 (released May 28th, 2008) as bonus episodes in Japan; it is unclear if, in Funimation's licensing of the series Stateside, the OVA is included in what was licensed.
The Baccano! OVA picks up on some of the plot lines from the series that, despite being wrapped up, weren't quite complete and needed some more explaining, and also introduces some new characters.
I watched Baccano! almost a year ago now, and watching this reminded me of why I liked the series so much. There's an amazing amount of detail in this production, especially in the story and backstories of the characters, and how things in the past and future dovetail into each other to bring things full circle and fill out and finish the last of the plot lines that weren't quite perfect. The new characters also make their entrances nicely within all this, fitting in perfectly.
Art style is pretty much unchanged from the original series; still a great amount of detail given to the character designs, which is where it matters most, and the animation in general is smooth and well-done.
Music is still mostly jazz-based and good, while the OP and ED stays the same as from the series.
The seiyuu all returned for the OVA, and Tomokazu Sugita (famous for his roles as Mayama in Honey and Clover and Soldier Blue in Toward the Terra) makes an appearance as the new OVA-exclusive character Graham Spector.
The length was pretty good on this, though I would've liked to have this expanded into a second season. There's a rather metatastic moment at the end of this, though, and it very much leaves the possibility for a continuation open, and I would hope that they pick up on this.
All in all, an excellent OVA, though not quite as good as the series itself, that expands and brings the series full-circle while leaving the possibility for continuation more than open.
Ah~ A continuation of one of the best series' out there.
Basically, this OVA picks up RIGHT where Baccano left off, showing the outside story of Graham Spector, and his plot to capture Eve Genoard. His plan however, is ruined with the showing of.... Claire. Its a story that really wasn't needed, but all the more enjoyable to watch play out.
Hasn't changed from the original series, which I am grateful for. Usually, more than often, the OVA art changes dramatically compared to the original series. This didn't. the art was unchanged and still very well detailed as it should be.
Same kind of jazzy BGM fitting well with the time period. With the introduction of a new character (Graham Spector), we got a new voice, Tomokazu Sugita. With him, in the English dub, you get to hear Chris butcher a Chicago accent, along with an evil type of voice. This played out very well, and I liked listening to Graham in English WAY more than in Japanese. Sorry Sugita. The them song weren't any different, and I still think the ending song does NOT fit the series well.
The reason why I loved the OVA a lot, was because of Graham. To see a back story on just him, and him more in the story, would have been amazing. He quickly became my favorite character, witch his insane POV on the world, and bipolar thoughts. We also go to see more of Claire, who wasn't killing anyone... Wait. That's a lie. He wasn't killing AS much as he was in the original series. He definitely changed, from a homicidal maniac to someone in.... ahem... LOVE. It was a strange change yet hysterical at the same time. I just wish Graham was in the original series a lot more. :\
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Seeing as it wasn't much of a change from the original series, I loved it just as much. With Graham, I think I like the OVA just a smidgen more. If you like Baccano, definitely continue the series by watching the OVAs. Its soooooo worth it.
There is a belief that every story must have a beginning and an end. However, what people fail to realize is that true stories have no specific beginning or end, they just keep on going even after you think they are done.
Does the final 3 episodes of Baccano conclude the series is spectacular fashion? Or are lame attempt to keep the franchise alive?
Taking place after the events of the finale, these 3 special OVA episodes attempt to wrap up the several dangling plot threads that were left hanging at the end of show, and mainly on new characters Graham Specter's attempt to locate Dallas Genoard, while at the same time Jacuzzi and his gang deal with Chane Laforet and her complicated relationship with Claire Stanfield.
These events are fuel the events that transpire within these 3 small episodes, and for the most it wraps up many of the dangling plot threads. All of the characters are back, ableit in cameo roles for some of them.
Even the ending, while somewhat disappointing, makes sense in the context of the show and actually gets better upon repeat viewings.
As with the series, the animation here is of the highest quality possible, with very little corner cutting in sight. From the gorgeous looking backgrounds to the fluid character movements, as well as little touches like the attention to detail in the attire and food of the 1930s makes this a very immersive.
Sadly, while this won't affect the score of this category since it's more of a nitpick then anything else, I was kinda disappointed that it didn't upgrade from the series and make use of a much bigger OVA budget. Either way, the series still looks wonderful.
The jazz and blues soundtrack of the show returns in full force here, and it is great once again. The OP and ED also return and are a delight to hear on screen. The soundtrack to this show is truly one of the great.
The entire dub and sub casts return, along with newcomers Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese) and Chris Patton (English) as Graham Specter. And as fantastic as the Japanese cast (cause they are), the dub once again has them beat with their clever usage of 30s slang and New Yorker accents.
Everybody returns for at least a brief cameo here, and while it's nice to see these characters back, most of them feel... pointless, and there for the sake of being there (especially the scenes with the Martillo family).
Despite this, where the series makes up for this is with the introduction of the new character Graham Specter, and while he may not be as likably insane as Ladd Russo, he still has a charm to him that seems to come with being a character in Baccano.
Chane, a character who was severely under used in the series, is put at the front and center here, and what we got was some excellent development for a character who really needed some.
Oh, and Claire is awesome in this, though seeing as you have probably seen Baccano already you already know how badass Claire is.
It's Baccano. It's violent, has witty dialogue, great characters and an undeniable sense of fun. It is a endlessly rewatchable series that keeps you coming back for more, whether it be the action, the characters or the dialogue.
That being said, I did feel that the final episode did drag a bit, however for the most I didn't notice it until after the episode was done, which could be a testament to the enjoyability of the series.
While it may not be what we were expecting, the Baccano Specials give much needed closure to a series that needed, as well as giving a enjoyable new character to gush about.