Posted by psgels on 26 October 2007 with categories: Baccano!


I already had some sort of vague feeling that the climax for this series would turn out worthwhile, and indeed: the second half of this episode was just awesome. One of the advantages of having so many characters in a series is that you can show many fights at the same time, and as it seems: the creators of Baccano are masters at this. Seriously, if you haven’t given Baccano a try, you really should consider. I can’t think of many other anime that have better writing than this series.

Only few anime realize that if you want to have a great fight, the inclusion of comedy can be a great addition, and Baccano finally made me understand why. The combination of excitement with Isaac and Miria’s quirks was just awesome. Some creativity in the choreography also helps, like how Isaac, Miria and Chezlaw just came flying by, while Jaccuzi was busy trying to fight off the leader of the guys in black suits. ^^;

Rachel also surprised me with some actions I honestly didn’t see coming, even though the reason for her leg to be in bandages hadn’t been explained yet. She basically freed both the Nathalie, Merry, Nick and Nice, and got hurt in the process. Then she tried to save Isaac and Miria, were nearly falling off the train in an attempt to save Czeslaw, who had just about given up hope of trusting someone (it seems that the companion he was with went crazy, making Czeslaw eat him).

Meanwhile, Rail Tracer kicks Ladd’s ass, while suddenly Lua shows up (finally!), and Rail Tracer threatens to kill her, a task that Ladd assigned to himself, though I really think that he feels something for the girl. It’s a strange kind of feeling, considering how he’s insane and all, but he basically tries to save her, but jumps off the train along with her in the process.

Back in 1930, it seems that Isaac and Miria have been sharing the two bottles of “sake” with Firo, Luck, Berga and Keith, as we see them get shot by Dallas around the middle of the episode. Meanwhile, Maiza manages to escape from Szilard by jumping through a window. Szilard follows him and bumps into his own car, driven by none other than Isaac and Miria, who just ran over Dallas and his two companions, who happened to stand there as well. Obviously, Szilard doesn’t like this, but he decides to go after Maiza first, and orders Ennis, who happened to be nearby as well to kill Isaac and Miria.

Surprisingly, there was nothing about Eve this episode. Jaccuzi rocked, though, as he showed himself to be something much more than just the coward of the first few episodes. I also laughed at the passion Nice seems to have for her bombs. The people inside the dining car also surprised me when they took up guns to defend themselves. ^^

There’s one episode left, and I’m pretty interested in how this series is planning to end.

5 Responses

  1. taikx says:

    ^^. i’m so excited and uh.. impatiently ^^ waiting for the subs to come out!!!
    Thanks so much for blogging this. I really wish this got more attention, also, i wonder when the DVDs come out… (crosses fingers…

  2. Alice says:

    Actually, you can watch episode 12 without subs right here! ^^ http://community.livejournal.com/baccano/
    (for people that can’t find the episode without subs)

  3. KaminaLives says:

    Actually, they do show how Rachel’s leg gets hurt. The black suited Wolverine-ish looking guy with the muttonchops shot her in the leg just as she tumbled out the window onto the train’s roof. What are the chances the newspaper director Rachel works for is the same well dressed chap at the very start of the series accompanying the girl on the train?

    This really is a great show, and really hope they make a 2nd season for it. And we finally see what makes Cheslaw the way he is, having been tortured by that crazy long-haired guy.

    I was disappointed Chane kinda got pushed to the side and just stood there watching Vino and Ladd fight. We get that Vino aka Rail Tracer is this great assassin and all, but I wonder if he’s immortal like a lot of the others. He hasn’t been hurt yet nor have we seen him regenerate his wounds.

    Nice and the way she sighed everytime her bombs went off was pretty funny. It explains how she lost an eye and got all those scars (play with fire and get burned). Gotta love a girl who’s into explosives.

    Ennis will probably turned against Szilard in the final episode, though I wonder if she and Firo will develop anything romantically (she’s immortal but also not quite human since Szilard said he created her as a homunculus; wish they’d shed more light on that).

    The subs can’t hurry fast enough!

  4. SinsI says:

    Vino is not immortal. Cheslaw told him a false name – and he would’ve been forced to say the real one if he was.

  5. 1118 says:

    does anyone know if the subs for this ep are out yet?
    gah..Im so impatient XD

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    @Bam, he deflects it with is manly human jawline.
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    @Bam: Although rare…if I recall. But we never get 18s ratings all that much anymore.
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    Also I’m going to present the age old question here: what happens if you shoot Robocop in the mouth?
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    @Emma: wait, you guys have separate 15 and 16 and over ratings?
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    The lack of actually 18s cert films now is awful. And really a 15s AND a 16s rating, ridiculous.
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