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Gang members. Immortal beings. Alchemists. Criminals and outlaws. An elixir of life. These are just a few of the types of characters found in "Baccano!" "Baccano!" is an anime (Japanese cartoon) that was made and based on the Japanese manga (comics) of the same title. A relatively short series compared to other shows that run into 20-some episodes in length, "Baccano!" features just 16 episodes, each of which clocks in at just over 20 minutes. "Baccano!" takes place in a fictional United States (the equivalent of telling a fictional story in an alternative timeline of a real place). The general storyline in the show is that a number of individuals are brought together over a long period of time thanks to the gift (or curse) of immortality bestowed upon a group of travelers decades in the past. Critics have highlighted the fact that the show's story telling style is notably different than the typical TV show or cartoon. "Baccano!" reveals its plot in a very non-linear way; a single episode will feature a time-jump multiple times, bouncing anywhere between the 18th century and the 21st century. Most of the episodes, though, take place in the 1930s. "Baccano!" also differs from other shows in that it does not have a main protagonist. It features at least 20 main characters (maybe more depending on how a viewer defines a main character). Just a handful of characters the audience must follow during the duration of the show include two comedic criminals, a murderous immortal child, multiple members of competing gangs, and the psychotic guardian of the railroads known as the "Rail Tracer." "Baccano!" has been summarized by critics as a "fantastic" (i.e. fantasy filled) show that asks an audience to understand and follow a lot of information in a limited amount of time.