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Excel Saga 

Heppoko jikken animêshon excel saga (original title)
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:
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Il Palazzo / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Excel (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
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 Il Palazzo / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Omi Minami ...
 Hyatt (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
...
 Hyatt (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rob Mungle ...
 Pedro / ... (16 episodes, 1999-2001)
Shôtarô Morikubo ...
 Norikuni Iwata / ... (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...
 Toru Watanabe / ... (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jay Hickman ...
 Watanabe (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mark Laskowski ...
 Iwata (14 episodes, 1999-2001)
Takashi Nagasako ...
 Pedro (13 episodes, 1999-2001)
Brett Weaver ...
 Nabeshin / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2001)
Larissa Wolcott ...
 Excel Excel (13 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jessica Calvello ...
 Excel / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Satomi Kôrogi ...
 Menchi / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
Paul Sidello ...
 Koshi Rikdo (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Shin'ichi Watanabe ...
 Nabeshin (11 episodes, 1999-2001)
...
 Misaki Matsuya / ... (11 episodes, 1999-2001)
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Storyline

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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7 October 1999 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

At the end of the second episode on Region 1 DVD #1 there is a joke added by the ADV production team, which requires that the viewer watch both the original Japanese and the English dub versions simply to notice it. In the final scene of Episode 2, Excel is being interrogated by a band of soldiers. In the dub version, one asks her "What is your purpose?", to which she inexplicably replies "A big fish?" In the original Japanese, her answer is a simple "I don't know" - but the Japanese actor playing the soldier speaks in English, and does it so badly that his question comes out sounding like "What is a porpoise?" See more »

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Background voice: I can't believe they killed the main character in the first scene!
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Crazy Credits

On region 1 DVDs, the copyright screen at startup reads: "ILPALAZZO IS WATCHING YOU! The contents of this Excel Saga videogram are licensed for private home viewing purposes only and are protected under the terms of both U.S. Code (Title 17, Sections 501 and 506) and the 1998 ACROSS treaty (AKA the Don't Toucha My Toot-toot Pact). Under the express orders of Ilpalazzo, supreme leader of ACROSS, any unauthorized duplication, public screening or use of the packaging as a coaster, musical instrument or contraceptive device is strictly prohibited, and will be dealt with in the most severe manner possible, most probably involving chicken feathers, cod liver oil, and a very, very depraved walrus." See more »


Soundtracks

Menchi Aishû no Bolero - Gyakuna
(Menchi's Bolero of Sorrow - Reversed)
Ending theme (episode #26)
Performed by Excel*Girls featuring Satomi Kôrogi
Lyrics by Shin'ichi Watanabe
Music and arrangement by Toshio Masuda
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Oh wow...
12 May 2004 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

There are some things out there that are beyond belief, reason, and most of all, sanity. Excel Saga is one of these things. The continuous stream of visual/verbal gags, inside jokes that are also funny from the outside, and such wonderful and irreplaceable characters such as Ilpalazzo, Nabeshin, and (most of all) the Puchuus make Excel Saga one very interesting trip.

There is so much to laugh about in this series, and so much of it is so nonsensical that it makes sense. I watch and I watch, and though I know what's going on, does anyone *really* know what's going on in the series? Hrm...but it doesn't matter. It's all about the jokes and giggles, not some answer to the Deep Philosophical Question of Life. Go watch Eva or something if you want that.

However, Excel Saga is still smart and funny, which is much more preferable than brainless funny anime like DiGi Charat. I firmly believe that watching DiGi Charat likely kills brain cells.

The only bad thing I have to say about this anime is I did not like the English dub at all. Jessica Calvello wasn't so great as Excel...to put it mildly. What can I say? I'm not a fan of the "nails on chalkboard" effect.

Other than that, watch. Watch Excel Saga.


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