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Baccano! (TV Series 2007–2008) Poster

(2007–2008)

Trivia

The show doesn't really have an ending, but the final fates of the characters are established (as taken from the "Baccano!" comic) as follows:
  • in 1933, Dallas is abducted by Huey's group so that Huey can develop his own immortality elixir
  • in 1934, Ladd, Firo and Isaac are separately arrested and sent to Alcatraz prison, where they finally meet and befriend each other, and encounter Huey, who is incarcerated there for bombing a government office that researched-developed military weaponry
  • in the 1970s, Maiza and Czeslaw go on a voyage to reunite the other remaining Immortals since Slizard, the reason they split up, no longer exists; they finally return to the (still-around) Martillo family in 2001
  • during Maiza's voyage, he tracks down Sylvie Lumiere and Elmer Albatross (the only unrelated Immortals seen in the show; the other Immortals appear only in the manga)
  • in 2002, Firo and Ennis finally marry after living together for seventy years
  • around 2002 Jacuzzi and Nice have a great-grandson named Bobby
  • Claire and Chane have two great-grandchildren named Claudia and Charon Walken (circa unknown)
  • and in 2001, Isaac and Miria, who have stayed with the Martillos since 1932, finally realize they are Immortal.
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Ryôgo Narita's favorite character in the "Baccano!" saga is the hitman Ladd Russo.
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According to Ryôgo Narita, the main protagonist of the whole saga is Firo Prochainezo. Narita however found him a plain character and had difficulty giving him a suitable storyline within the saga; he solved the problem once he had Firo fall in love with Ennis.
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The word "baccano" is Italian for "ruckus."
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The series creator Ryôgo Narita cites The Untouchables (1987) as an influence on the story.
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Ryôgo Narita did not create a detailed storyline, but instead focused on the characters and how they would interact and impact on the original plot/storylines. Although he allowed the characters to "move how they want", he found it troublesome since some characters were hard to move along with the plot and other characters "moved too much, leaving the plot in ruins."
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To accurately depict the locations in the series, art director Satoshi Ito took a team of staff members to visit Manhattan and the surrounding neighborhoods, which included Hell's Kitchen, Chinatown, Little Italy, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn and the East River.
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Tyler Walker held auditions for six days (the longest casting period Funimation has held), during which about 140 people came for the 18 main roles. Walker feels that this show gave him a chance to discover new talent.
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Ryôgo Narita wanted to create a character that didn't act like he looked, so he made the outlaw Jacuzzi Splot a shy crybaby, and gave a large sword tattoo on his face.
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Ryôgo Narita considers the character of Claire Stanfield to be the saga's "No 1 problem child," since his role within the story caused far too many revisions/rewrites to occur.
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The character of Isaac Dinan was loosely based on Monkey Punch's fun-loving thief Arsene Lupin III.
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Director Tyler Walker, who worked on the series' English dub, watched as many Prohibition-era gangster films (these included The Untouchables (1987), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Gangs of New York (2002) and James Cagney films) to get an idea of just what the dialogue of that period was like. He admits that he put more lingo into the script to make it more extravagant, since he considers the show "a stylized gangster flick."
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The Martillo Family runs a speakeasy called the Alveare. "Alveare" is Italian for "beehive"; the speakeasy aptly specializes in honey and honeyed dishes.
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To accurately depict steam locomotives as seen in the show, Satoshi Ito's team visited the Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania, USA.
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The show is 16 episodes long instead of the normal amount of 13, and the last three episodes were never publicly aired but released on DVD.
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In the "Baccano!" comic, Slizard's elixir is imperfect and grants only long life; anyone who takes it will age, and eventually die. In the anime, the elixir has no defect and grants pure immortality and eternal youth; the third episode however alleges that Slizard had earlier created an imperfect version in his experiments.
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Claire Stanfield goes by the alias "Vino". This is the Italian word for "wine", and alludes to his technique of coating his targets in blood to make them look "cooked in wine."
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Ryôgo Narita's original draft of the story focused on an ancient magician who was revived during the Prohibition era and started to terrorize New York, thus causing a bunch of Mafiosi to gang up to fight him. The supernatural elements were also more pronounced: Maiza Avaro was a hypnotist, Ennis was a succubus, and Szilard was a magician. However, Narita scrapped and revised these concepts, making the final story very different.
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When Ryôgo Narita designed Nice Holystone, he wanted her to have an appearance that left a strong impression and so gave her an eyepatch. Upon realizing that many other characters sported an eyepatch, Narita had Holystone wear her eyeglasses over the patch, making her look distinct.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ryôgo Narita was not fond of Chane Laforet and thought of getting her killed at the "Flying Pussyfoot" hijack, but as time passed he grew fond of her character and rewrote her as surviving the hijack.
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Ryôgo Narita was originally going to kill off all the Lemures, Ladd Russo, and all the Camorras except for Firo. However, their fates were changed in later drafts: some of the Lemures survive, Russo is sent to prison, and most of the Martillos were revised to be immortals.
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