English: Excel Saga
Japanese: へっぽこ実験アニメーション エクセル・サーガ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1999 to Mar 31, 2000
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.601 (scored by 26897 users)
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action comedy parody
SynopsisHyperactive Excel does anything and everything to try to please her lord, Ilpalazzo, who wants to take over the planet. Excel's misadventures takes her and her partner, the ever-dying Hyatt, all over the world, meeting several strange people as they go. Everything is bizarre and goofy, as any kind of anime or entertainment genre gets mocked and spoofed.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Excel Saga
Spin-off: Puni Puni☆Poemii
Characters & Voice Actors
In the beginning I must state that Excel Saga is a hell of an anime series. I mean, there are lots of works that aim to be the over-the-top, crazy roller coaster rides, but most of them end rather poorly. Excel Saga does not, as director Watanabe Shinichi seems to understand well that it takes a genius to make stupidity enjoyable.
Let's face it: Excel Saga is stupid. I mean, everyone (except for Nabeshin maybe) is a total loon one way or the other, and the world itself is as realistic and serious as the one in, say, the Naked Gun series or Hot Shots. Still, the viewer is immediately drawn into this world, and the characters quickly become as familiar to him/her as those in 300-episode anime sagas. The sense of humor in this series is completely lunatic, but still very efficient in making the viewer roll on the floor laughing - either because it's so clever or simply so shameless.
One must bear in mind that it is a parody series, and as such it makes fun of so many movie cliches, not only anime. Actually, it seems surprisingly Western in many aspects; the critique of cheap sci-fi, action B-movies, or date games is very appealing to a European viewer (like me). However, the series goes further than just being a parody; the characters are genuinely likeable, the plot (for lack of a better word) is actually captivating, and the art is exceptional. However, I think the greatest accomplishment of the creators is the way the viewer is endlessly being surprised, caught with his proverbial pants around his ankles by sudden twists in the plot and completely crazy (but fun) developments.
Is Excel Saga perfect? No, it's not; I still can't forgive them those two filler episodes made from previously shown material. However, most people will be taken aback by the sheer amount of... aimless energy, displayed not only by Excel herself, but by the entire anime. So much happens all the time that many people will undoubtedly find it annoying or hard to digest. This is not a series for everyone, that's all.
I might sound like a fanboy, but I'll say it anyway: this anime radiates awesomness, if you can handle that. It's not perfect, but it's easy to forgive its failings. However, I'd rather recommend it to more adult viewers, as I think it takes some cultural experience and maturity to fully appreciate this anime.
Hail, Ilpalazzo! read more
This show is one of the definitions of random. I will say right now, if you demand structure or linear plot lines, turn back now.
Excel Saga actually not only tells the story of Excel and her escapades, but it is actually three different story lines going at once.
We have the tale of Excel, Pedro, and The Neighbors that work for the city.
With that said, the story is not easily reviewable but here goes.
Well to tell the truth, there really is no story (aside from trying to take over the city) until the last few episodes when random twists of fate bring all three story lines together (dont worry that didn't ruin anything)
Each episode of Excel saga is meant to be a parody of different genre, for instance, there is a sci-fi episode, a fantasy episode, a "power rangers/sailor moon" type one, etc etc. Throughout the course of these episodes, stranger and stranger things start happening and its always entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes WTF.
The episodes that dont so much focus on Excel have no plot either, and are more of the "daily life" type anime episodes.
As for the art, the animation is top notch. Everything is well colored, choreographed, and presented. They make use of a wide array of animation styles for the various episodes and characters which is a plus.
The sound......i dont even know. This is one of the reasons you love it or hate it. Excel talks extremely fast about the most random things and she can get to be very annoying, or very entertaining. And you may think that "oh she can't talk like this the whole time" but you are wrong, almost the entire time she is running that jaw of hers. Dub or sub, she sounds the same, i dont have a recommendation, pick whichever you normally watch.
Aside from the vocal tracks, the music is quite entertaining. The character themes and sound effects play a big role to help emphasize scenes and actions.
As for enjoyment, I personally found the show very entertaining although at times i did want excel to just STFU but it was worth it in the end to watch it. Dont watch this for any kind of epic plot because you will be disappointed, but if you want highly entertaining, high energy and comical times, check this show out. read more
If you could handle Excel Saga's insanity, then i'm sure you can handle Furi Kuri's. It's shorter, faster, and it has a yellow vespa!
If Excel Saga was short, had a confused boy, and had philosophical undertones (or any plot at all) it would be Furi Kuri.
Excel Saga and FLCL are similar in that they are both extremely random and fast-paced anime with a plot structure that is all over the place more often than not. Zany and wacky to the extreme, these are series that poke fun at virtually everything - with a special focus on pop culture and anime in particular. Both are parodies that mock themselves as well as several genres, FLCL mostly concerned with mecha and ES covering a gamut of genres from horror to romantic comedy. In both there is an endless quantity of references to other anime and manga, and the level of hyper insanity that makes FLCL a stunning visual fest is preserved in ES' energetic craziness.
If you like animes without heavy meaning, and "I don't know what's going on, but it's so funny", those are for you. Don't miss Excel Saga DVD bonus episode!
Very strange and funny thing with many references to other anime
both extremly strange animes with randomness to the max
every character in both shows (except for our main guy in FLCL) is totally messed up
the main heroines in both shows are the same: weird, crazy and unpredictable but you can't help likeing them just a bit.
if your into anime with barely any plot or plots thats too confusing, watch these shows.
Okay so you think FLCL is insane, let me just say that Excel Saga takes the insanity of FLCL and brings it to a degree that was thought to be unreachable. Amazingly both are similar in that both try to experiment with different types of animation and genres.
Both series feature off-the-wall craziness, crude humor, superb animation, and two of the wildest (and weirdest) heroines in anime. Light on story but heavy on the laughs, FLCL and Excel Saga are strikingly original and addicting in their own perversity.
Feeling sad? Having a tough day at school? Having a long day at work?
If so, Excel Saga and FLCL are sure to put you off at a better mood with loads of insanity provided in each crazy episode that you won't want to miss!
they both have not very clear storylines. very unique characters. crazy gags. and they both have some anime parodies.
this is the follow-up project by director shinichi watanabe. only shared character is nabeshin but the style (extreme parody of japanese culture and slapstick humor) is the same.
Same studio, same director, same madcap insanity. Puni Puni Poemy is essentially Excel Saga compressed into two episodes.
Both very similar shows. Both main characters are very hyper-energetic and jthe shows are just plain comedy to the max.
Because the same people are behind both Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy, they share the same spirit of random over the top comedy. Anime conventions are targeted in both series, with ES parodying a gamut of genres while PPP focuses mainly on mocking fanservice. Anyone who enjoyed one of these series is bound to enjoy the other.
Both anime are directed by the GDW -- Great Director Watanabe! If you liked one, then there's no reason not to see the other, but watch Excel Saga first because Puni Puni Poemi takes place after.
Nabeshin exists in both of these worlds and it's crazy as Excel Saga but in compact form.
Both animes have their WTF moments....which makes both equally enjoyable. Puni Puni Poemi is just a short spin-off of Excel Saga with a different main character and more comical goodness that made Excel Saga a hit.
It's by the same anime creators and some of the voice actresses overlap. They're both hyper and wacky.
Opening Theme"Ai (Chuuseishin)" by Excel Girls
Ending Theme#1: "Menchi Aishou no Bolero" by Excel Girls (eps 1-25)
#2: "Menchi Aishou no Bolero (Gyakuna)" by Excel Girls (ep 26)
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