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.
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.
Expanding on its highly praised and successful prequel, Baccano! Specials give us something new but still remain quite as nostalgic and familiar, satisfying our hunger for knowing more about the beloved rich characters and making even more sense of the prequel. What we wanted from a sequel was delivered in a mere 3 episodes (approximately 30 minutes each) of content, and nobody's complaining.
- Story (8.0/10):
These animations tend to dive more into the characters, giving them more depth and backstories, driving their motives out, and even giving them more treats and characteristics we never knew they had.
The specials follow the same path as their ancestor, jumping
back and forth between timelines and places, but this time around as we already know the parent story, it's not as hard to keep up with, the thing that made it really good to invest in.
In addition to the main timelines, 1711, 1930, 1931, and 1932, other time periods were added in a purpose of presenting certain important and influential past events that made a lot of sense of other stuff. It's undoubtedly the pairing and ships that were the focus of this specials, while they went through telling how the couples made up after the events of the main story, while also shading some light on other initial immortals that we never got to see more about them.
- Art (7.5/10):
The animation was decent, or a better rephrase, above average, nothing to complain about. I would argue that the main show did it best with better quality, but the fast-paced moments also retained their flashiness.
- Sound (8.5/10):
They went back at it again with the perfect accent of the era, you can't help but blend in with the characters just focusing on their voice alone, the music was amazing as always, you can never get fed up with the classic jazz soundtracks that kick in every now and then.
- Character (10.0/10):
Baccano! has always managed this on itself with no backing up, the characters were always interesting and engaging, you can help but side with both the good and bad people. but with this specials, they had a lot more to them to show, there was the focus on Chane, Nice, and Jacuzzi, now she got those burn marks and how he got his tattoo and what for, stuff like this really make the interactions worth it.
There was a yet astonishing maniac introduced that compliments perfectly Ladd, it makes you wish he was present on the Flying Pussyfoot and lead the action.
- Enjoyment (9.0/10):
I enjoyed this more than I accounted for, I signed in for a sketchy watch, thinking I would just be lost in a great mess again, but it really was easy on the mind this time around, feeling like having the ultimate experience.
- Overall (8.6/10):
I bet if you enjoyed the parent series, and actually understood the story, that would be all the assurance that you have several affections to multiple characters, these specials where like an expansion pack with the greatest features you could think off to your favorite game, why miss on it if you have the time and energy?