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Excel Saga 

Heppoko jikken animêshon excel saga (original title)
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Ilpalazzo wants one thing: to rule world so he can better it. Excel just wants to help. Too bad she sucks at her job.
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Series cast summary:
Kotono Mitsuishi ...  Excel / ... 26 episodes, 1999-2001
Takehito Koyasu ...  Il Palazzo 25 episodes, 1999-2001
Jason Douglas ...  Il Palazzo / ... 25 episodes, 1999-2001
Omi Minami Omi Minami ...  Hyatt 24 episodes, 1999-2001
Monica Rial ...  Hyatt 24 episodes, 1999-2001
Rob Mungle ...  Pedro / ... 19 episodes, 1999-2001
Takashi Nagasako Takashi Nagasako ...  Pedro 16 episodes, 1999-2001
Shôtarô Morikubo ...  Norikuni Iwata / ... 15 episodes, 1999-2001
Jay Hickman ...  Watanabe 15 episodes, 1999-2001
Mark Laskowski ...  Iwata 15 episodes, 1999-2001
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...  Toru Watanabe / ... 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Brett Weaver ...  Nabeshin / ... 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Jessica Calvello ...  Excel / ... 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Larissa Wolcott ...  Excel Excel 13 episodes, 2000-2001
Shin'ichi Watanabe Shin'ichi Watanabe ...  Nabeshin 12 episodes, 1999-2001
Satomi Kôrogi ...  Menchi / ... 12 episodes, 1999-2001
Paul Sidello Paul Sidello ...  Koshi Rikdo 12 episodes, 1999-2000
Tiffany Grant ...  Misaki Matsuya / ... 11 episodes, 1999-2001
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Excel works for Across: an organization bent on world domination to create a better society. She ain't exactly great at her job but she definitely tries hard. And with her new partner from outer space she ain't giving up. Meanwhile 3 roommates get a job with a weird government agency, a foreign construction worker is forced to be the love slave to the embodiment of the universe (a vortex with slender womanly arms) and a man with an afro gets into all sorts of weird messes that remain unexplained. And this is only the tip of the iceberg to this hilariously twisted series! Written by Kai-18

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Country:

Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Japan) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

In episode 17, Excel performs an obvious parody of Sailor Moon. Kotono Mitsuishi, voice actress for Excel, also voiced Sailor Moon. See more »

Quotes

[Hyatt has died again]
Excel: Hyatt, if you continue to so cavalierly play with the definition of death, they're gonna dissect you for real one of these days!
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Crazy Credits

Every episode of the North American DVD release has different joke credits (at least three or four items per episode) during the listing of the ADV Films staff. For example, episode one lists "Ms. Calvello's Wardrobe by Straightjackets R Us", while episode nine includes "Who knows what evil lurks in the nostrils of men? The Shadow nose". See more »

Connections

Featured in Anime Abandon: Excel Saga (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai (Chûseishin)
(Love (Loyalty))
Opening theme (episodes #1-24, 26)
Performed by Excel*Girls
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Watanabe
Music and arrangement by Toshio Masuda
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Now presenting the most insane anime in existence!
21 July 2002 | by johnnysugarSee all my reviews

I bought the first Excel Saga DVD based on the rather humorous description on the back of the package ("Contents may be hazardous to your sanity"). What I discovered was the first five episodes of the most insane, most hilarious, and most enjoyable anime series of all time! A wonderful parody of all things anime and a good number of Western movies, everybody and everything is a satire of something.

This is the story of Excel, the typical over-exuberant, love-sick teenage girl who is employed by Ilpalazzo, the typical enigmatic, white-haired villain and the object of Excel's affection. Together they are the secret ideological organization ACROSS, bent on taking over the world, but starting in the place where global takeovers always do in anime: urban Japan. They are soon joined by Hyatt, the typical overly-feminine, overly-frail, beautiful anime girl, always falling over from some ailment or another.

Other characters include Excel's neighbors (three jobless, lecherous ronin), Nabeshin (the everpresent action hero with a wicked afro), Pedro (a dead immigrant worker who keeps seeing visions of his family), the puuchuu (dangerously cute aliens intent on taking over the galaxy with futon beaters), and Menchi, Excel's dog/emergency food supply.

Excel Saga has a madcap, anarchic energy that is sure to cause vast amounts of head-scratching and laughter, usually at the same time. Multiple viewing is recommended to catch all the gags, especially since on the Reigon 1 DVDs, you can enable a "pop-up video" type of commentary that explains jokes specific to the Japanese dialogue.

Excel Saga is not for everyone, however. Casual anime viewers (i. e., those who aren't die-hard fanboys) won't get many of the jokes, and many people have expressed dismay over Menchi, who is in a constant state of being THIS CLOSE to being eaten by the ever-hungry Excel. In fact, the closing theme (which is one of the funniest parts of the series), features Menchi singing a mournful ballad in dog speak (translated by a woman in the corner), begging Excel not to eat him even as she sprinkles spices on him.

However, if you don't mind being subjected to what may be the funniest anime series of all time, I STRONGLY recommend that you watch this show!


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