The main character isn't from Baccano. Instead...It's Orihara Izaya
Rachel is related to Huey Laforet, possibly his HomunculusShe has the same gold colored eyes as Huey and Chane, and her hair, color aside, is VERY similar. She also lacks a last name.
The Japanese tourist Firo talked to in the Frame Story of The Rolling Bootlegs is Ryogho Narita with some personal details changed in the publicationUpon returning to Japan, he figured he could write a book on it to make some quick cash. Sometime later, the first volume of Baccano! is published. Firo finds out and is not only amused by it all, but offers to give him more of the story for a cut of the profits. The rest is history.
Claire Stanfield is faking his solipsismHe seems to care about certain other people like the Gandors and Chane, which isn't consistent with a genuine belief that everyone else is a figment of his imagination. His whole speech about being the only thing in the universe was just a calculated effort to unnerve Ladd.
Ladd's promise to kill Lua is rooted in insecurity from his past.It's possible that due to the murder of his former fiancee, Ladd is afraid that if he doesn't kill Lua himself, someone else will and he doesn't want to go through that again. His constant reminder to her that he's going to be the one to kill her is as much a reassurance to himself as it is to her.
Isaac and Miria are actually fae.The two of them clearly have no real understanding of human behavior, as evidenced in the haberdashery scene. They hold onto a weird orange and blue mortality in which crippling a family's finances is a good deed that will make up for the evil deed of stealing chocolate bars. They also fail to understand thresholds, thinking that no one will be able to cross into the museum without a door.
Chane isn't Huey's daughter, she's his homunculus.Pretty simple: she's ridiculously adept at fighting, something Ennis also was, she doesn't seem to have a mother, and most importantly, he's able to affect her to the point of taking away her voice. At no other point in the series do we see immortals being able to affect anyone like that except with Szilard and Ennis. I'm American, so I haven't read the books at all, so I don't know if she ever ages. I assume she does, since otherwise this point would be more obvious, but it could be simply that Huey wasn't as adept at creating his homunculus as Szilard was.
Sometime during the torture, Fermet decided to rape Czeslaw.I know I'm not the only one to come up with this idea, but hear me out; Many might ask why Fermet would rape him when his "experiments" involved "testing the limits of their immortality". While most would cite the obvious reason, I imagine that Fermet's excuse, at least, would be that he wanted to see if Czeslaw would be so traumatized that he would try to take his own life, and see if he'd come back from that. Czes did, and after that Fermet may have threatened to do it again if he ever disobeyed him]]. That's why Czes didn't try to run away or eat him again until the day that he finally couldn't take it. It also gives another reason as to why he hates being touched.
The Heiwajimas of Durarara!! are descended from Huey Laforet, possibly through Chane and Claire.Huey's descendents have an established tendency to look just like him. Except in eye color, Kasuka Heiwajima looks... a lot like Huey, and almost exactly like Chane and Claire's great-grandson Charon Walken◊, a fact pointed out in-universe. This ancestry also helps to explain Shizuo's Super Strength.
Claire is part-Dullahan.It makes sense if you think about it...
Claire blames himself for his parent's death.Claire believes the world revolves around him, he'll never die, etc. He basically thinks he's a god. All well and good, until you consider the fact he must then feel responsible for everything that happens. Including the death of his parents. Regardless of how they actually died, that's a lot for a kid.
Rachel and Graham Specter are siblings.I got to thinking this when I saw this image◊. Isn't there a similarity, both in their hair colours and hair style? Besides, we don't know Rachel's last name either, or anything about Graham's father...
Bobby's Gang will become immortal.Probably not for a few years, but since they've joined the Martillo Family, it is more and more likely.
Claire Stanfield is a direct descendant of Cu Chulainn.Incredibly violent, apparently superhuman Ace that commands a presence canonically compared to the series' local Eldritch Abomination?note No way in Hell he's completely human. The red hair/pale skin combo (MC1R) has its highest concentration in Celtic nations, Celtic mythology is real in the Baccano! universe, and going by Charon, the superhuman athleticism seems to be in part genetic. Sure, Cu Chulainn killed his only son before he came of age, but who's to say he hasn't fathered a bastard daughter in his years of sleeping with just about every damn woman in Ireland? And Claire does seem to fancy himself as a sort of Folk Hero...
Claire: When you’re fighting demons in those fairy tales, you’ll need the hero in fairy tales! In other words, me.
Huey is the owner of or somehow affiliated with Nebula.Possibly, his first mentor and fellow Immortal, Rene Paharmadeus Brinvilliers, in the 1934 events is a head researcher for the recently (at the time) built Lab: Nebula Sky Laboratories, financed by Senator Beriam himself and with the main subject of research being the Homunculus and Immortals. Taking into consideration that Huey is on the run after the Alice in Chains novel, maybe this might trigger Nebula Sky's growth and eventual shortening of its name to Nebula.
Isaac and Miria are at least semi-responisible for everything that happens in the series from the 1930s onwards.You know how in the opening credits there's a Joker card with them on it? Well, that refers to more then their status as the comic relief. The term 'joker in the pack' refers to "someone or something that could change a situation in a way that you do not expect", which is exactly what they keep on doing, whether it's accidentially making the mobsters immortal, kick starting Ennis' character development, or just indirectly effecting events by being in the right place at the right time, eg them getting run over delayed Ennis and Szilard's arrival at the meeting, which had a knock on effect which led to Ennis meeting Firo and failing to find the man she was looking for before Dallas and co, nicked off with the bottles, and we all know where that led. Basically a butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane, Isaac and Miria do something random and awesomeness happens.
Although the main character of the events surrounding November of 1931 changes depending on which story is being told, the main character of the Baccano! anime is Carol......Because the anime is a story about stories, and how a young girl learns something interesting about the nature of meta-discussion.
Fermet is a Hive Mind HomunculusSo, the recent question on everyone's mind is how Fermet can apparently return from being devoured twice. Well let's go back and take a look at Children of the Bottle, which deals quite a bit in the fact that it's possible to create and incorporate people into a Hive Mind. Said Hive Mind also serves as a plot element in the Alice in Jails arc, where Huey makes use of it, meaning it's likely to serve as a recurring thing. One of the people capable of making that Hive Mind? Szilard Quates. One of the people Szilard Quates devoured? Fermet. Who wants to bet Szilard got the idea from him? Now this brings up a new question - namely, how could Firo and Czeslaw not know this when they have the memories of the person in question. This isn't as contradictory as it might seem at first. It's shown that Firo has to actively bring up and search for the memories he's acquired. More importantly, it's shown that, when Firo is prompted to access Lebreax's (aka Fermet's) memories, his mind is immediately repulsed by the idea and shuts down any attempts to do so. Czeslaw's situation would probably be no different, as Fermet's memories are probably the last thing he'd want to go searching through. Such a reaction means that it's entirely possible that they would be unaware of this very critical information despite having access to it. After all, would you want to search through the memories of a man that vile?
Fermet was never eaten at allA massive source of trauma for the characters (and fans) is Fermet's apparent ability to survive two instances of being consumed. Both Czes (directly) and Firo (by eating Szilard who ate someone else who supposedly ate Fermet) have Fermet's memories, which should be impossible. But there are two ways for an immortal to acquire another's memories and experience— through consuming them, or through the knowledge being voluntarily transferred. As Maiza demonstrates with his brother, Immortals can push memories across through touch even if the recipient isn't wild on the idea. Combine this with the fact that Fermet is a top-notch Sadistic Manipulator, and it seems entirely possible that he could feign enough terror to make the memories seem to end with him being eaten. It's also unlikely anyone wanted to look too closely. This lets him fake his own death in a way other Immortals (and very importantly, Szilard, who might actually have eaten him) will believe. Plus he gets to torment Czes in a heap of entirely new ways— by inflicting his own memories and emotions on him via memory transfer, by coming back later to shatter the illusion of safety, and by deliberately planting the idea that Czes might have eaten someone else entirely. "If this is the case... who was the 'me' that you devoured before?" After all, it's no fun to play with toys that are already broken past repair.
Fermet is responsible for Szilard's turn to crazyThis is pretty much spoilers all the way down, so read at your own risk. Consider the following:
The series takes place in an alternate universe, perhaps one where France won the Seven-Years WarThere are an awful lot of weird names in the series, but in particular, a lot of them are vaguely-French sounding (i.e. Isaac Dian) and there's also the odd thing that Huey is imprisoned in Canada seemingly under orders of American government officials. So, my conclusion is that in this universe, French Canada took over the United States. And for some reason, Alchemy works.
The world really DOES revolve around Claire StanfieldAfter all, we already know that Baccano is just a fictional story. Maybe there's some kind of self-referential thing going on.
Specifically, the world is a video game, and Claire is the player character.While he knows none of the other characters are really real, he’s still taking a basically “good karma” route. Thus, he responds well to friendly characters and those invoking Video Game Caring Potential (particularly the “family” and “love interest” NPCs), yet easily responds with the traditional player response to unsympathetic /antagonist characters. This is also why he’s an ordinary human who can still effortlessly take on hordes of mooks and ostensibly more powerful bosses. On top of the usual player character advantages, he’s either good at the game, or simply reloading when he screws up (or both). This is why, despite his ostensible mortality, he’s never worried that he might die- if Claire dies, he can simply reload from last save and do it right.
The anime exists in the future of the world of the books.Sometime after the events of Durarara!!, a documentary series is made about the Daily Days' most significant reports, and Isaac and Miria as themselves are invited to do an actors' commentary. The director loved their goofy little foreshadowing comments over the Next Episode previews, and left them in. To sum up the series' connection to the fictional "reality", it's a release of a series about a report on the events that took place in the books, which in turn don't exist within their own continuity.
Baccano takes place in the same universe as Eternal Darkness.Because.
Baccano takes place in the same universe as Fullmetal AlchemistNo one's said this one already? I thought it was obvious, with the alchemy and all...
Baccano takes place in the same universe as Chrono Crusade....It's not that much of a stretch.
Claire Stanfield will die on July 7th, 2007Actually, "die" isn't the proper term here; rather, he'll decide that he's tired of being Claire Stanfield and decide that he wants to be Haruhi.
Claire Stanfield IS Haruhi, who has become aware of his/her powersHaruhi eventually learned the truth about her self and decided to make the world more interesting. Her first action was to create aliens( the demon) espers (people like Ladd and Graham) and time travelers (the immortals, via The Slow Path). She also decided to genderbend herself, because why the heck not? Its mentioned that Claire is adopted, and since he's so willing to throw away the name 'Claire' its probably not the first time he changed his name. And all those stunds he does? He's more badass than anyone else in the series. In short, he wasn't kidding when he said 'the world is mine'.
Claire Stanfield is an ancestor of Marlo Stanfield.Okay, Marlo's a monster, Claire isn't, but they have a name and a lot else in common. Marlo is separated from previous kingpins due to his lack of remorse or mercy. What's more, he is completely obsessed with himself and his own reputation, he has utterly no conception of any other life but what he's doing now, and he shows impressive fighting skills against multiple armed opponents. Marlo is Claire distilled through generations of Baltimore drug culture. Maybe Claire had a fling with a black girl in Baltimore in the '20s, Lamarck Was Right, and the rest is history.
Baccano! takes place in the same universe as Highlander.The alchemist was trying to distilling immortal blood to make the immortality potion.
Baccano! takes place in the same universe as Portal.And Chell is an Immortal. Getting shot at by turrets, she loses her weight in blood throughout both games only to be healthy and unhurt a moment later. The only logical explanation for her insane Healing Factor is that she's an Immortal!
Fermet is a Time LordIt could explain how he came back after being eaten by Czeslaw: he regenerated. As for what his TARDIS is, he could have lost it or it got destroyed somehow, and he got stuck in the 1700s.
The final scene in episode 13 takes place on 9/11Isaac and Miria are shown wandering around the streets of NYC in the year 2001. One of the final shots is a closeup of an airplane.