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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)
 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)


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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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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(26 episodes)


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Did You Know?


The name of the mysterious and ever-present character Nabeshin, played by director Shin'ichi Watanabe, was created from the director's own name. See more »


[Nabeshin didn't help Excel out of a predicament]
Nabeshin: But you looked heavy...
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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 »


Spin-off Puni Puni Poemy (2001) See more »


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 (Minneapolis, MN) – See 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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