Studio/Creator: Brain’s Base/Ryohgo Narita (writer of light novels) and Katsumi Enami (artist of light novels)
No. Of Episodes: 16, counting a 3-episode epilogue
Suggested Age: 16+
My Rating: 8/10
Summary: This anime focuses on various characters people who only have one thing in common–all were on board the Flying Pussyfoot train when it was robbed in a gang war and terrorized by a shape-shifting monster known as the Rail Tracer. The anime shifts between each character’s story and tells events out of order as well.
Review: To be honest, I actually didn’t expect to like this story. I’m not a fan of mafia stories, not even the Godfather trilogy. However, I found myself intrigued by the various threads within and thought it an interesting approach. Some of the POV’s were even unreliable. My favorite characters were Isaac and Miria, a couple who dressed up in costumes when they robbed people. Yeah, they were doing wrong, but they had such fun and were so funny to watch, especially Isaac. I also liked Jacuzzi Splot because he evolved from a wimpy dude who realized he was in over his head into a somewhat capable, but still kind of wimpy person, thanks to his explosives-loving partner, Nice Holystone. Ladd Russo is like the Joker, without the makeup. The order of events was kind of confusing at first, but as I got more into the story, things were easier to follow.
The animation is pretty good. All the characters are designed well and the Flying Pussyfoot looks neat.
This is a great character-driven story, and if you’ve heard all the hype, I suggest giving it a try.
Music/Score: Since this is mostly set in the 1920’s and 30’s, it makes sense that the score is quite jazzy. I liked it a lot, especially the opening theme. The closing theme is also very pretty.
Violence: (9/10) Pretty graphic, but it’s to be expected in a crime story.
Religion: (1/10) Szilwald Quates is an alchemist and has a homunculus. There’s also a specter known as the Rail Tracer, as I mentioned in the summary.