Baccano it a 13 episode series that follows a large casts intertwining stories about missing relatives, a formula for Eternal youth and Immortality and one of the most muddled and gory train heists history will ever see each taking place in separate time lines. To make things a bit more complex the time lines are mixed together so enjoy trying to remember what happened when.
There's also something to do with Alchemists but I doubt anyone here would like that kind of stuff.
Now when I say large cast I mean it. I think we have about 15 main characters, all of whom have significant roles. So without further, or lesser, ado here they are:
The idiot thieves Issac and Miria;
This lovable pair of fools show up in the 1930 and 31 stories.
During the 30's we see their eventful trip through the city and their biggest heist yet, a good chunk of a mafia families wealth. One year later after a fruitless attempt to steal all the World's gold (yes, that's grammatically right (I think), they do try and steal gold from poor old Earth) they are invited by a friend to ride the Flying Pussyfoot, a transcontinental steam train. What could go wrong?
Also on the train we have the murderous representative of the Russo family, Ladd Russo and his dear wife Lua whom Ladd swears to kill.
They and their gang (wearing all white so the blood shows up better) have a job to do on the train and, by sheer luck, a score to settle with someone who killed a few of their men. Ladd is not a pleasant fellow but damn if he isn't cool. He's pretty handy with guns and knives but he'd make a good boxer.
To keep the men in white company we have Nice and Jacuzzi.
They're a couple of crazy kids who have interest in the luggage compartment of the Flying Pussyfoot. They also happen to be very handy with explosives. Despite their intentions they and their two friends are a pleasant group.
Also on board are a few strange individuals;
A girl in black who travels with an Orchestra and appears to be armed with a menacing knife, a young boy who's more than he seems (take wild guess) and a strangely clad woman who enjoys ninja'ing about the place.
Oh, and let's not forget the Rail Tracer that's claimed more than a few lives.
Back in the 30's we have Firo and Miaza.
Part of a small Mafia family, they're about to celebrate Firo's inauguration. Firo isn't a bad guy though, as shown when he helps an old man being mugged for just two bottles of Liquor.
They are also friends with the Gador family.
They're having a bad day dealing with a local gang leader who wants to play with the big boys. Safe to say things turn nasty. Two years later their actions come back to cause them a head ache.
Also causing trouble at the start of the decade is Dallas.
The no good Texan city name sake is out looking to make a name for himself. After a tough day I think he could use a drink...
Also on the scene is Szilard and Ennis.
They don't get up to much until later but I'll include them because they're in the OP.
Now in '32 we have Miss. Eve.
She's searching for her dear brother, Dallas, who has been missing for quite some time. She'd best get asking about town.
Naturally I could have avoided a lot of fuss resizing images and fighting imageshack just by showing you the very catchy OP.
As I said, the series is 13 episodes long and covers two of the 13(?) Light Novels. Despite my light hearted description this is often a very dark series and while no as gory as Elfen Lied it is just as graphic in it's depiction of violence and is at times fairly brutal. Still, it's very well written, it's funny, it's engrossing.
There are also three DVD only episodes that cover the days after Flying Pussyfoot arc and introduce one more character, Graham.
Picked up by Funi;
Dub now available for sampling;
First two eps for your viewing pleasure.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baccano! (contains spoilers)
Warning: I have been up all night. As such I may have gotten a few plot points slightly wrong. But only slightly. Also, imageshack is terrible. Why am I not using photobucket?