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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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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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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Japan) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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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 »

Quotes

Excel: [singing] Obliterate! Eliminate! Lord Ilpallatzo told me so! Genocide! Manga artist-cide! And an order of homicide to go!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Psychic Wars (2011) 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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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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