Baccano! - The Rolling Bootlegs (Novel 1)
Translated for the first time in English, the first light novel in the Baccano! novel series that inspired the hit anime show, is now available on Amazon.
Baccano! - Vol. 1: The Rolling Bootlegs
"New York, 1931. The manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law, but behind this prohibition, organized crime flourishes - so, too, do bank robbers, bootleggers, assassins, and homunculi. Some want money, some are chasing the secret to immortality, and others just want to have a really good time. You know what they say, though: You can't always get what you want."
You can also preorder the second novel in the series, which comes out in August, 2016.
Baccano! - Vol. 2: 1931: The Grand Punk Railroad
"The place: America. The year: 1931. The setting: the transcontinental express train known as the "Flying Pussyfoot." Aboard the train are a gang aiming to make some extra cash, a group of revolutionary terrorists trying to recapture their leader, and a pair of thieves looking to meet up with an old friend in New York City. But drunk on the excitement of their departure, none of them are prepared for what awaits them on the rails…"
These are nice, hardcover editions with great art. In the source article I used, the author reviews the book and how it compares to the anime, if you're interested. For me, this is really awesome. I am a huge fan of the anime series, and I think it would be a lot of fun to read the original source novels. It is especially awesome since they continue past the anime series! It looks like this is the beginning of a proper translation of the entire series, so I plan to get this one post haste. Baccano! fans rejoice!
Nice to see that these are finally becoming available to us, even though the anime was so wrongfully taken from us.
THANKS, ANIPLEX. >0<
Yeah, it's pretty cool that they decided to translate them, especially since it is still an ongoing novel series. I think learning more about what happened after the show would be enough to hook anyone.
Seriously though, I am still pretty sore about that one too. :/ It feels like an appropriate time to pull out this old image:
BTW, if anyone is interested in continuing on from the anime, the show only covers the first two books, There are currently 21 novels in total, with more being written. So, there is a lot of Baccano! to look forward to!
I like the way they are releasing it, since it doesn't bog you down with too many books all at once. If you start now, you shouldn't have any problem keeping up with the release schedule. Also, for those of you who have never read a light novel, they have nice art in them as well. I am really excited to check this one out. Book 5 will be especially interesting to see how it starts to differ from the anime.
Baccano! - Vol 2: 1931: The Grand Punk Railroad: Local, comes out next month on August 30, 2016. Yen Press recently released the cover for vol 2, which you can see below. All of the currently released Baccano! books are available on Amazon.com, in hardcover and kindle editions.
Baccano! - Vol. 2: 1931: The Grand Punk Railroad: Local
- Release Date: 8/30/16
The place: America. The year: 1931. The setting: the transcontinental express train known as the "Flying Pussyfoot." Aboard the train are a gang aiming to make some extra cash, a group of revolutionary terrorists trying to recapture their leader, and a pair of thieves looking to meet up with an old friend in New York City. But drunk on the excitement of their departure, none of them are prepared for what awaits them on the rails…
- Preorder on Amazon.com:
The next two light novels are also available for preorder on Amazon.com.
Baccano! - Vol 3: 1931: The Grand Punk Railroad: Express
- Release Date: 12/13/16
The year is 1931. A boy boards a train to visit his friend in New York. A woman in a jumpsuit boards a train to meet her employer in New York. And the conductor? He boards because it's his job. If it had been any other day, they all would have gotten where they were going just fine. But it's not any other day. The Rail Tracer is on the hunt. The gonzo tale of gangsters, immortals, and outrageous luck (both bad and good) speeds into its third volume!
- Amazon Preorder: (https://www.amazon.com/Baccano-Vol-3-light-novel/dp/0316270415/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469508592&sr=8-1&keywords=baccano+vol+3)
Baccano! - Vol 4: 1932: Drug & The Dominos
- Release Date: 4/25/17
- Amazon Preorder: (https://www.amazon.com/Baccano-Vol-4-light-novel/dp/0316270431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469508837&sr=8-1&keywords=baccano+vol+4)
- Release Date: 8/30/16
Ryohgo Narita, author of the light novel series Baccano! and Durarara!!, posted on Twitter last Wednesday that he is currently writing the final book in the Baccano! series. The light novel, the 23rd in the series, is expected to be released in Japan sometime next year. Narita first began publishing Baccano! in 2003, and 13 years later, it is finally coming to an end. The last volume does not yet have a title.
UPDATE: The article was later corrected, and it was clarified that Vol. 23 is not the last Baccano! light novel being written, but rather the last book to take place in 1935. The series will pick back up in Vol. 24.
Baccano! Vol. 4: 1932 Drug & The Dominos, light novel, is out in stores now! Fans of the anime should really check this volume out as it is the first book in the series to go on past the anime, so this is a book exclusive story arc. These are really fun books, so check them out!