If you are a fan of anime, you might have noticed a subtle connection between two popular series: Durarara!! and Baccano!. Both series are based on light novels written by Ryohgo Narita and feature a large cast of characters, a mix of realistic and supernatural elements, and multiple timelines and perspectives. But did you know that there is a hidden Easter egg in Durarara!! that references Baccano!?
In Season 1 Episode 10 “Never Before Seen” of Durarara!!, the main protagonist Mikado Ryūgamine has just saved a girl with a scar on her neck who has Celty Sturluson’s head. While thinking about the situation, and how it’s all connected to other crimes in Ikebukuro, he decides to do some searching on the internet. As Mikado is logging into his computer, he types the password “Baccano”.
This Easter egg is not just a random word, but a clever nod to the fact that Durarara!! anime was made by the same people who created Baccano! anime. Baccano! is set in Chicago in the early 1930s and follows the events aboard the transcontinental train known as the Flying P***yfoot, where a war between mafia groups, immortals, and alchemists unfolds. Baccano! means “ruckus” or “commotion” in Italian, which suits the chaotic nature of the story.
Do Baccano! and Durarara!! Share the Same Universe?
The connection between Durarara!! and Baccano! goes beyond this Easter egg, however. There are also several cameo appearances of Baccano! characters in Durarara!!, such as Isaac and Miria, who are immortal thieves and comic relief duo; Firo Prochainezo, who is an executive of the Martillo Family; and Shizuo Heiwajima’s brother Kasuka Heiwajima, who plays a character named Ruri Hijiribe in a movie adaptation of Baccano!. These cameos suggest that Durarara!! and Baccano! share the same universe, or at least that Baccano! is a fictional story within Durarara!!.
Durarara!! and Baccano! are both brilliant anime series that offer complex and engaging stories with memorable characters and twists. If you enjoyed one of them, you might want to check out the other one and look for more clues and references that link them together. You might be surprised by what you find!