Baccano! was originally a novel series by Ryohgo Narita. Narita is also the dude behind Durarara! The two shows take place in the same universe. And in case you’ve never heard of them, I feel sorry for you. (At the end I’ll tell ya where to find it) Baccano jumps back in forth in time, but ‘Carol’ starts the story from November, 1930.
Now let’s get to those screen shots!
Characters Isaac and Miria, in a alley (during the OP)
Firo and a beggar on a side street. Looking good.
Grand Central Station!!! \(>.<)/
Okay, despite the fact its name is Grand Central Terminal, most of us call it Grand Central Station.
(And apparently, New Yorkers have been doing so since 1913)
This one is really great. (Ignoring the clone people at the bottom.)
Still looking Amazing.
Did I mention its about Immortal Gangsters? Good stuff.
Putting the Backdrop aside, the fashion in this era are accurate too, if you ignore Isaac and Miria. They have a habit of wearing things that break the realism every now and then.
And since I showed them in the last two Anime, here are the Fuzz:
I could respect some feds that look like that.
Baccano hits very few snags in Accuracy. There is a moment when Grand Central is spelled wrong, but I’ll over look that ’cause heck, I can’t even write in Japanese so why complain about their English spellings?
Baccano! is released in the U.S. by Funimation. You can watch it on Hulu or Youtube. You can also find it at the New York Public Library.
Now for our second show, Get ready for Nuns with Guns and Demons! It’s Chrono Crusade.
The Chrono Crusade Manga starts in 1924. The Anime starts in 1928. Why, I have no idea. But, I must also say that the Anime isn’t a complete adaptaion from the Manga, it was also directed to look more like a horror movie, then a Shonen title. (Kinda like what they did in the original FullMetal Alchemist.) Anywho, Let’s see that old timey NYC!
I’m totally digging Rosette’s car.
Now, if only she could drive without almost killing them.
In comparison to Baccano! Both look pretty similar. Chrono crusade has a slight AU feel due to the demons, but Baccano isn’t too far behind.
Our main characters, Sister Rosette Christopher and her assistant Chrono.
I’m also curious about where the Magdalene Order’s New York Branch is supposed to be. Sister Kate refers to Brooklyn like its a separate place, there’s no mentions of Queens or the Bronx, they can get to Grand central pretty quickly so I don’t think its Staten Island. But the grounds are kinda big, I have trouble believing they’re in Manhattan.
Chrono Crusade was originally released by ADV films, and is now available from Funimation. You can find it on Youtube and Hulu. You can also borrow it from the New York Public Library.
Aside from the Backdrops… The English Dubs get extra points for authenticity. The team at ADV did extensive research on the time period, resulting in some jazzy slang. It’s definitely worth listening to. The actors over at Funimation seemed to be pulling their weight too (for Baccano!).