Baccano! is written by Ryogo Narita (writer of Durarara! you can read my review of it here) and illustrated by Katsumi Enami. It was first published in 2003 and is still on going. There is a two volume manga that is a side story for the series there is an other manga that is currently running that is an other side story for the series. There is also an anime that runs 16 episode, it came out in 2007. (I did a review of the anime you can check that out here) There is also are two drama CDs with two side stories on them. Also, there is a DS game that fallows the events of the anime and the second and third book.
One of my favorite things about this novel is that it’s an ensemble piece. I like that there are so many different characters. Some people may find it confusing but it makes it an easier read I think. The reason, if you don’t like a particular character you can just read past them and get to the characters you like. Also, if you like multiple characters you get to see what they are doing more often then if they were just side characters. My main problem with so many books is that I like the side characters so much more then the main characters. That means I quickly read through the main character’s part just to get to the side characters. Even though it’s supposed to be the other way around.
I am a sucker for history. I love historical fiction. Even if there isn’t much history in the story, very much like this one, I still love it. I’ll always have a soft spot for period pieces. Since Baccano is set in the 1930’s, I was interested in it even before I read it. Then I read it and couldn’t help but enjoy it. The 30’s are normally depicted as a hard and dark time. This story though is set at the beginning of the 30’s before alcohol is legalized again and crime was rampant. Since every thing is from the eyes of the criminals, the story is lighter and not about people going hungry.
The main thing that I like about this particular novel is that it’s a contained story. So many light novels are long stories spawned of multiple books. I don’t mind these long stories if they are well written. However, it is nice to read one book with a single contained story. All the Baccano stories are self contained. They keep the same characters but that particular story normally only takes place over one or two books. I can appreciate that.
Do I suggest this novel and this series. Yes! 100% yes. It is entertaining and enjoyable. It’s dark but not to dark that you feel depressed after reading it. It also has a lot of humor in it, all be it dark humor( just my type). If you like the anime read the novels, I know it’s cliche to say the book is better then the movie, but it’s true most of the time. Also, if you like Durarara, this is some to check out too. If you want some more of the same style in your life.
Next week I will be reading I’m a High School Boy and a Bestselling Light Novel Author, Strangled by my Female Classmate Who is My Junior and a Voice Actress.
Do you have some thing you want me to read? Let me know in the comments down below.
Photo Credit: Baccano!, Ryogo Narita, Katsumi Enam, MediaWorks, Inc., ASCII Media Works, Yen Press