Series Review: Baccano (biting off more than it can chew)
Instant Summary: A bunch of characters in a bunch of separate, but related events in 1930s America.
I never re-watch anime, but I had to give Baccano! a second look to understand what it was trying to be. Well, Baccano! has a huge and interesting cast that could each be a protagonist in their own right. Instead of having a story of their own, the Baccano! is a series of events over a few years with roles for each of these characters. Simply put, it feels like a eloquent showcase of characters.
And it's hard to call it a story. A number of these characters, like Czes and Chane, have a huge amount of screen time, but other than giving a little insight into their personality, they have no real role of impact on the overall plot. And except for a few like Firo and Ennis, I don't feel that there's a proper climax in the other characters's accounts. I've no knowledge of the source material, so either they're terribly bad with the transition, or there simply isn't the intention to have much of a story.
I know that Baccano! is popular and highly rated, but here's what I differ from the other opinions: I don't see how it all paints a bigger picture. While the events are related one way or another, I can't see how it ties together, mostly because the development and conclusion are in completely different directions, with zero impact on each other whatsoever. I get that all series of events as a whole helps draw a conclusion for each of the characters, but that kills the impact for me. It's literally a quantity over quality here, no?
So, I didn't really enjoy Baccano. It's pretty unique and interesting, and it's a rare but certainly not new method of telling a story, but perhaps Baccano! isn't a very entertaining example.
Story Style: Boring
This has got to be one of the hardest reviews to write...