If you watch the first episode of Baccano! and are thoroughly confused by it don’t worry, that’s supposed to happen. The story is presented in a very disjointed way, constantly jumping back and forth between years and locations. It’s all very confusing until you get far enough into the series for things to start actually getting explained. Baccano! really isn’t something you can just stick in your DVD player and let play in the background while you do something else. You’d never be able to understand what was going on as you really need to give it your undivided attention. Luckily Baccano!‘ is such completely wild, crazy, over the top fun that you won’t have any trouble putting in the time to follow it.
One of the things that can make the story hard to follow is the surprisingly large cast of characters for such a short show. With most of these characters playing a major role in the story at one point or another, it’s a necessity that you know who’s who. So many character and organization names get tossed around so frequently that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them. With a cast as large as this it would be impossible to talk about each one and still keep this review a reasonable length. Every character is interesting in their own way, but I’ll just focus on the ones that I feel really stood out from the rest for one reason or another.
Normally when someone is doing a list of this sort it’s about anime that actually aired during the year. Unfortunately I can’t do a list like that because I generally don’t watch anime as it’s airing. I’ve just never been fond of having to wait a week between episodes. I prefer to watch at my own pace, so I tend to wait a while and watch something when the whole thing has been subbed or it’s out on DVD. While you’re all talking about your Oreimo and your K-ON!, I’m over in my little corner talking about Trigun. As such, my list won’t be top 5 anime that aired in 2010, but the top 5 anime I watched in 2010. The list is limited to shows I watched for the first time in 2010, and TV series only.
#5 – Princess Tutu
When a well-known writer died, he left behind an unfinished story about a prince and a raven. Now the story has started to spill over into the real world, causing its characters to come alive and finally bring about an end to the tale. One of the things that drew me to Princess Tutu was how silly the whole thing can be. It’s a series about a duck who changes into a girl named Duck, who then changes into Princess Tutu and solves whatever conflict has arisen through ballet. And her ballet teacher is a cat. It’s all so strange and odd, but when you take into the account that the series is supposed to be a fairy tale, it all strangely fits. The random talking animals, the duck changing into a girl; none of it is really that absurd for a fairy tale. It’s a cute, and sometimes emotional, little fairy tale and despite me being not even a little close to its intended audience I still found it entertaining.