Well, okay. Technically, this is the first review of this kind that I am going to post if you don’t count my rant about a certain iconic anime. In this post, I bring you a popular Japanese light novel series turned anime, Baccano!.
Baccano! is a 16 episode anime about some people spending their lives doing crazy stuff. It is considered by some people as one of the best anime of all time. It was pretty entertaining to see them (try to) kill each other and stuff, and that thief couple could really get some grins out of me once in a while, but hey, guess what? I dropped it after episode 7 – or was it 5? Ah, yeah, I remember! That episode where they started using godd*mn alchemy to explain things! (do I remember it correctly? If not, I apologize.) I still can’t remember the exact episode though. *shrugs*
Okay, let me make this clear. I am in no way opposed to this kind of plot device, but man, please don’t make it look like you want me to take the plot seriously. I’ll be honest. I thought the show, or more specifically, the parts I watched, were terrible. Okay, this post will definitely make me look like a jerk, so I’ll try to present to you my case. It won’t be pretty, though. You have been warned.
That train creature thing, whassit called? Train Tracer? Rail Tracker? Whatever. Okay, this creature starts to randomly (?) kill people on the train called “The Flying Pussyfoot” (WTF!?) apparently because of some curse or some other thingamajig. Coincidentally, most, if not all, of our important characters were there. Some young guy with a scar (?) on his face (forgot his name already) starts freaking out like a little girl after hearing the story about said creature (again, I am not sure if I’m getting the facts right here since I tried to erase this show from my mind). And oh, he starts to freak out even more when he sees people die and stuff. His reactions to deaths outrank Madoka’s, and that’s saying something. I thought it was VERY annoying that a character, and a male one at that, is able to be such a pathetic little piece of horse dung. Okay, I have to hand it to him for getting things done when it counts, and not to mention having a personal mini-army (FTW), but it wasn’t enough to keep me from wanting to punch his lights out.
What about the other characters? I mostly did not give a damn about all the other characters except for:
and maybe that other couple from the past story about the supposed “elixir of life” thing. Or maybe that’s because they were the only characters I remember… I don’t know. Hmmm… let me refresh my memory.
Nope, nothing’s coming.
And that, my friends, is what’s left of my vague memory of this show. In my final attempts to find enjoyment in Baccano!, I was starting to ask myself, “Why did I start watching this again?” and I was finding trouble keeping my eyes open throughout an episode.
“But @fkeroge, you don’t have any right to bash the show if you haven’t finished it yet!” is something one may say to me, and I won’t argue with that. I’m clearly not using reason to properly give the show an objective review, and I do think that my own reasons for not liking the show are a little, no, very shallow and petty, but I believe that, a show meant to entertain should be, well… entertaining. Baccano!, in my book, clearly fails to accomplish this.
On a positive note, hate is not the opposite of love. It’s indifference. The fact that I still have an opinion on the anime means that I actually cared about it, even if only a little. It’s just not my type of anime, I guess. For those who were offended by this post, I apologize and feel free to point out my mistakes. Who knows, I may see this show in a different light if you can convince me to pick it up again! I haven’t deleted it from my hard drive yet. Just… don’t make me watch Evangelion ever again.
Next time, I will bring you more classics and “classics.” Next in line (hopefully) are Chobits, Code Geass, FMA, Aria (3 seasons of it), Haruhi, CLANNAD ~After Story~, Legend of the Galactic Heroes (if I get into the mood to search for 110 episodes of this), some Ghibli movies and a lot more of iconic anime. Rest assured that I enjoyed most of those that I watched from these. Hope to see you again soon!