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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 »
Obliterate! Eliminate! Lord Ilpallatzo told me so! Genocide! Manga artist-cide! And an order of homicide to go!
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As the credits play, Menchi the dog walks up to a microphone and begins singing a sad tune in dog speak. A woman in the lower right-hand corner provides translations. The song is about Menchi, who is about to be cooked as a meal. Occasionally, a hand (presumably Excel's) drops down from the top of the screen to sprinkle salt on Menchi. As the curtains close in the end, the hand picks up Menchi and wisks him off. See more »
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 See more »
Now presenting the most insane anime in existence!
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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