Baccano is probably the best thing I’ve caught up on and finished watching since Gurren Lagann.
One of the few shows sporting a purely instrumental OP, the music, as far as I can remember, is catchy and jazz-like. It seldomly stands out but provides excellent background music. The only weak point would be the ED; I didn’t care much for it.
Great! There are a few dips in the quality here and there, but they’re easy to overlook when considering the droolworthy combat scenes. (Fingers being sliced off never looked so good, I would imagine.)
The storytelling is splendid. It basically follows three different parts of the storyline, taking place mostly in 1930-32, and jumps back and forth between them while gradually piecing everything together. It’s so disjointed yet makes so much sense and all comes together well to form a coherent whole. Really, It’s amazing. The characters, too, were great when you consider that there were so many of them and only 13 episodes, yet by the end I was completely attached. At the same time, this is also quite possibly the most violent anime I’ve watched this year (last year, I mean), but even with two crazy killers romping around and grinding people up on train tracks, among other things, it never feels gimicky or even overly focused on it.
It’s just so… good. And so much fun. I really can’t think of anything bad to say about it.
The most important thing to mention about Baccano! is that I’m left wanting more. I want the light novels, even though they’re in Japanese and my Japanese-skills aren’t good enough (yet) for anything past the dialogue found in manga aimed at elementary school girls. I want the manga, too, and I want the anime to get licensed. Most of all, I want a sequel, because, as far as I know (from Wikipedia), this covered the first four novels or so out of the thirteen out by now.
P.S. Happy New Year!