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While the television broadcast of Baccano ended at 13 episodes, there are 3 extra episodes labeled as episodes 14 through 16 that are being released on DVD, spread across the 5th, 7th and 8th and final Japanese DVD.
"Baccano" is Italian for "ruckus."
The US flag shown at around 11:08 of episode 16 has 49 stars. In 1932, there were 48 states, so the flag should have had 48 stars. It should have 6 rows of 8 stars each. Instead, it has 7 rows of 7 rows each. Now, as to why they used 49 stars in particular, who knows. But regardless of why, the number of stars is wrong.
The series creator Ryohgo Narita cites The Untouchables (1987) as an influence on the story.
Ryohgo Narita's original draft of the story focused on an ancient magician who was revived during the Prohibition era and started to terrorize New York, thus causing a bunch of Mafiosi to gang up to fight him. The supernatural elements were also more pronounced: Maiza Avaro was a hypnotist, Ennis was a succubus, and Szilard was a magician. However, Narita scrapped and revised these concepts, making the final story very different.
Ryohgo Narita did not create a detailed storyline, but instead focused on the characters and how they would interact and impact on the original plot/storylines. Although he allowed the characters to "move how they want", he found it troublesome since some characters were hard to move along with the plot and other characters "moved too much, leaving the plot in ruins."
To accurately depict the locations in the series, art director Satoshi Ito took a team of staff members to visit Manhattan and the surrounding neighborhoods, which included Hell's Kitchen, Chinatown, Little Italy, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn and the East River
To accurately depict steam locomotives as seen in the show, Satoshi Ito's team visited the Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania, USA.
Director Tyler Walker, who worked on the series' English dub, watched as many Prohibition-era gangster films (these included The Untouchables (1987), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Gangs of New York (2002) and James Cagney films) to get an idea of just what the dialogue of that period was like. He admits that he put more lingo into the script to make it more extravagant, since he considers the show "a stylized gangster flick."
Tyler Walker held auditions for six days (the longest casting period Funimation has held), during which about 140 people came for the 18 main roles. Walker feels that this show gave him a chance to discover new talent.
According to Ryohgo Narita, the main protagonist of the whole saga is Firo Prochainezo. Narita however found him a plain character and had difficulty giving him a suitable storyline within the saga; he solved the problem once he had Firo fall in love with Ennis.
Ryohgo Narita wanted to create a character that didn't act like he looked, so he made the outlaw Jacuzzi Splot a shy crybaby, and gave a large sword tattoo on his face.
When Ryohgo Narita designed Nice Holystone, he wanted her to have an appearance that left a strong impression and so gave her an eyepatch. Upon realizing that many other characters sported an eyepatch, Narita had Holystone wear her eyeglasses over the patch, making her look distinct.
Ryohgo Narita's favorite character in the "Baccano!" saga is the hitman Ladd Russo.
Ryohgo Narita considers the character of Claire Stanfield to be the saga's "No 1 problem child," since his role within the story caused far too many revisions/rewrites to occur.
The Martillo Family runs a speakeasy called the Alveare. "Alveare" is Italian for "beehive"; the speakeasy aptly specializes in honey and honeyed dishes.
The character of Isaac Dinan was loosely based on Monkey Punch's fun-loving thief Arsene Lupin III.
In the "Baccano!" comic, Slizard's elixir is imperfect and grants only long life; anyone who takes it will age, and eventually die. In the anime, the elixir has no defect and grants pure immortality and eternal youth; the third episode however alleges that Slizard had earlier created an imperfect version in his experiments.
Claire Stanfield goes by the alias "Vino". This is the Italian word for "wine", and alludes to his technique of coating his targets in blood to make them look "cooked in wine."
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