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This is one crack team of special agents that might be doing better if they actually were on crack. [Region 1 DVD #2] See more »
Ilpalazzo wants one thing: to rule world so he can better it. Excel just wants to help. Too bad she sucks at her job. Full summary »
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"Excel Saga" is a hilarious and insane-o anime that is more-or-less a parody and satire of the various genres of anime... Not to be missed! See more (20 total) »


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Takehito Koyasu ... Il Palazzo / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kotono Mitsuishi ... Excel (25 episodes, 1999-2001)

Jason Douglas ... Il Palazzo / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Omi Minami ... Hyatt (23 episodes, 1999-2001)

Monica Rial ... Hyatt (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rob Mungle ... Pedro (15 episodes, 1999-2001)
Shotaro 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)
Larissa Wolcott ... Excel Excel (13 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jessica Calvello ... Excel / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Satomi Koorogi ... Menchi / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
Brett Weaver ... Nabeshin / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2001)
Shin'ichi Watanabe ... Nabeshin (11 episodes, 1999-2001)

Tiffany Grant ... Misaki Matsuya / ... (11 episodes, 1999-2001)

Series Directed by
Shin'ichi Watanabe (26 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jun Fukuda (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Akihiko Nishiyama (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Takafumi Hoshikawa (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yoshimasa Hiraike (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ken Andô (2 episodes, 1999)
Rion Hisamura (2 episodes, 2000)
Shigenori Awai (1 episode, 1999)
Masahiko Murata (1 episode, 1999)
Shintaro Inokawa (1 episode, 2000)
Yasuhisa Kato (1 episode, 2000)
Masaru Kurenai (1 episode, 2000)
Hiroshi Kurimoto (1 episode, 2000)
Series Writing credits
Yôsuke Kuroda (13 episodes, 1999-2001)
Hideyuki Kurata (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Koshi Rikudo (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Matt Greenfield .... producer (26 episodes, 1999-2001)
Shigeru Kitayama .... producer (26 episodes, 1999-2001)
John Ledford .... producer (26 episodes, 1999-2001)

Mark Williams .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Toshio Masuda (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Film Editing by
Shigeru Nishiyama (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Art Direction by
Jun'ichi Higashi (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Art Department
Takafumi Hoshikawa .... opening director / storyboard artist (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Hideki Tonokatsu .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jun Fukuda .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Katsushi Oubi .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2000)
Shintaro Inokawa .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kouji Abiru .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Sound Department
Cesar Inserny .... adr editor / adr recordist / ... (17 episodes, 1999-2000)

Hideyuki Tanaka .... sound director (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Satoshi Ishino .... character designer / animation director / ... (25 episodes, 1999-2001)
Yumi Nakayama .... animator: ending sequence (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ryôichi Ooki .... animation director / assistant animation director (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Takehiro Hamatsu .... animation director (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yasuhisa Kato .... animation director / assistant animation director (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Takeyuki Yanase .... animation director (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kazuyuki Ikai .... animation director (2 episodes, 2000)

Akihiko Nishiyama .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Koshi Rikudo .... original creator (25 episodes, 1999-2001)

Carole Pavlik .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2002)

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Also Known As:
"Heppoko jikken animêshon excel saga" - Japan (original title)
"Quack Experimental Anime Excel Saga" - International (English title)
"Weird Anime Excel Saga" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Japan:30 min (26 episodes)
Australia:PG | Spain:13 | Spain:15 (one episode) | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-14

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In Episode #19, "Menchi's Adventure Part 2: Around The World In 80 Hours", while Ann Anzai's Grandfather was being operated by HOUNDS Scientist, you noticed that he had on the Kamen Rider 1 costume, without the helmet of course, while laying on the operating table.See more »
[Ilpalazzo looks up from his newspaper]
Ilpalazzo:Ah, Excel. Wastefully exuberant as usual.
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"Excel Saga" is a hilarious and insane-o anime that is more-or-less a parody and satire of the various genres of anime... Not to be missed!, 29 April 2012
Author: MaximumMadness from United States

First and foremost, I feel I should make it clear that in no way am I a huge anime fanatic. I've seen some of the classic movies (like "Akira" and "Vampire Hunter D") and a few of the more popular shows ("Cowboy Bebop", "GTO", "Hellsing", etc), but my knowledge of the art-form is fairly limited. (Mainly due to the outlandishly excessive prices for anime over here in the US, where a single-disc containing only 2 or 3 episodes can cost $15-$30, so I have to resort to finding good deals on used copies and imports for my small collection)

However, I can and will appreciate a good, thought-out parody when I see one, and I have a love for comedy, so "Excel Saga" was right up my alley!

Based on a popular (and apparently long-running) manga, "Excel Saga" follows the secret, evil ideological organization "Across", headed by the leader Il Palazzo. Their plans- to conquer "F City", the urban metropolis they are based around and have HQ set up beneath. Under Il Palazzo's command is his chief officer (and series heroine/villain) Excel, a hyper-kinetic young woman with idolized/pines for Palazzo, and mindlessly follows his plans. Excel is an absolute blast, and a great character to follow. She's the ultimate "cartoon", and is alternating manic, ecstatic, heartbroken, kinetic, hyper, etc many times within each episode. Her character is so delightfully insane that her American voice actress actually blew out her voice and had to be replaced halfway through the series due to the demanding role.

Other characters include Hyatt, a space-princess who becomes Excel's fellow agent and suffers the irritating condition of constantly becoming sick and dying only to immediately come back to life. Menchi, a sad little dog Excel owns who also doubles as her emergency food rations. Watanabe, Iwata, and the silent Sumiyoshi... Excel's next-door neighbors. Pedro, a man who is killed in the first episode and becomes the subject of a subplot as his ghost seeks to re-unite with his wife and child. And many other wacky, strange characters.

Animation and writing is top notch. Think "Airplane!" or "Blazing Saddles", but as an anime and you will get the tone of the series. Very wacky and crazy and very much a parody. Each episode, for the most part, tackles a different sub-genre of anime/animation, and satirizes the conventions of said sub-genre.

I have not heard the original Japanese audio tracks, but the American dub is excellent all around. Especially Jessica Calvello and Larissa Wolcott, who voice Excel. (Calvello voices her in Episodes 1-13, Wolcott in episodes 14-26.) Both have an insane, manic energy and drive and playfulness that suits the cartoony Excel perfectly. All other voice actors are outstanding as well, by Calvello and Wolcott shine as the stand-out performances. (Although to nit-pick, I will say I prefer Calvello's performance slightly more, simply because she established the character in the beginning, making the change to Wolcott jarring, despite their similar voices.)

It's also fun to mention that this series is in the ranks of other pieces of fiction like "A Clockwork Orange" in that we are essentially following the series villain (in this case Excel) as our protagonist, and we sympathize and like her a lot. It's just an interesting moral point I find amusing to point out- we're rooting for the bad guy, but she's so funny and adorable, we forgive her for basically being evil.

All-in-all, this is an uproariously funny series, and is darned-near flawless as a comedy. However, this series does lose a point for the final episodes. Without spoiling anything, I will say the series takes a dark, dramatic and out-of-left field turn into a more somber and even at times heart-wrenching final six episodes, and it was jarring and arguably unneeded.

But all-in-all, "Excel Saga" is an excellent and hysterical anime series! I give it a near-perfect 9 out of 10, and guarantee it will make you laugh. Check it out!

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