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Baccano! (バッカーノ! Bakkāno!, Italian for ruckus) is an ongoing light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Enami Katsumi. It takes place in the same universe as Narita's light novel series Durarara!!, Vamp!, and Etsusa Bridge, and is known for its non-linear presentation, heavy western influences, and the interconnected quality of its large ensemble cast.


HistoryEdit

Heavily influenced and inspired by western gangster films (such as the 1987 movie The Untouchables), and wanting to write a story with a unique premise and setting, Narita decided to research and write a story incorporating fantasy elements into an American Prohibition era setting and wrote his first full-length novel over the course of two weeks during the spring break between his junior and senior years of college. He submitted the novel – The Rolling Bootlegs – to the 9th Dengeki Novel Prize Competition, and the novel tied for the Gold Prize: one million yen; and a guarantee that the novel would be published by Dengeki Bunko with full illustrations from a hired artist.

Narita had not written the first Baccano! novel with the firm expectation that it would become a series, and many of the characters and elements of later novels, such as the character Czeslaw Meyer, were not conceived until after the first novel was a published success. The Rolling Bootlegs itself was quite different from some of Narita's early drafts of his story, which featured Ennis as a succubus familiar of an evil sorcerer, whom the main characters and various gangs would fight until they could successfully steal her away from him. [1]

Plot Edit

VolumesEdit

No. Title JP Release Date NA Release Date
1 The Rolling Bootlegs Feb 10, 2003 May 24, 2016
2 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad: Local Aug 09, 2003 Aug 30, 2016
3 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad: Express Sep 10, 2003 Dec 20, 2016
4 1932 Drug & The Dominos Oct 10, 2003 Apr 18, 2017
5 2001 The Children of Bottle Feb 10, 2004 Sep 19, 2017
6 1933 <First> The Slash -Cloudy to Rainy- Sep 10, 2004 Dec 19, 2017
7 1933 <Last> The Slash -Bloody to Fair- Nov 10, 2004 Apr 24, 2018
8 1934 Prison Episode Alice in Jails Oct 10, 2006 Aug 21, 2018
9 1934 Street Episode Alice in Jails Dec 10, 2006 N/A
10 1934 Peter Pan in Chains Apr 10, 2007 N/A
11 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra Jul 10, 2007 N/A
12 2002 (A Side) Bullet Garden Oct 10, 2007 N/A
13 2002 (B Side) Blood Sabbath Nov 10, 2007 N/A
14 1931 Another Junk Railroad - Special Express Episode Jan 07, 2009 N/A
15 1710 Crack Flag Apr 10, 2010 N/A
16 1932 ~ Summer: Man in the Killer Jun 10, 2011 N/A
17 1711 Whitesmile Dec 10, 2011 N/A
18 1935-A Deep Marble Sep 10, 2012 N/A
19 1935-B Dr. Feelgreed Dec 10, 2012 N/A
20 1931 ~ Winter: The Time of the Oasis Mar 09, 2013 N/A
21 1935-C The Grateful Bet Oct 10, 2013 N/A
22 1935-D Luckstreet Boys Aug 10, 2016 N/A
23 1935-E The Buzz Messengers POSTPONED N/A

ReceptionEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The majority of the novels are named after western bands. 

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dengeki Taisho interview